Physical Science Unit 1: How and Why Do We Science?
- To develop your understanding of the nature of science as it pertains to the physical world.
- To understand and describe, qualitatively and quantitatively, the nature of matter and energy and apply your understanding to natural phenomena you observe
- To experience the engineering design process and demonstrate the interrelationship with science.
- To investigate and understand the interactions between humans and the Earth.
Course Essential Questions
- How might I use scientific inquiry to investigation the natural world?
- How can I use my experience in science to learn to think and communicate clearly, logically, and critically in preparation for college and a career?
- How can I best assess my own learning and progress?
- How can I use technology in my learning and become a better digital citizen?
- How can I think more divergently, creatively, and innovatively as a scientist?
- How are a system’s characteristics, form, and function attributed to the quantity, type, and nature of its components?
Unit Essential Questions
- How are the basic concepts, skills, and understandings in science related to one another? interrelated?
- In what ways is measurement used to describe the patterns in the natural world?
- In what ways can data be used to visualize, display, and share new information?
- Scientific measurement; SI system and why it is used - mass, length, volume, time
- Precision and accuracy in measurement
- Calculations are the justification for your results
- Measurements and observations are analyzed using mathematical processes to discover connections and trends.
|Learning Targets: Skills and Measurement
Students will be able to....
- Measure and record length (meters and centimeters), volume (milliliters) and mass (grams.)
- Identify testable questions and explain how each would be falsifiable
- Explain how to choose the best type of graph (bar, line, sctter plot) for a given set of data.
- Choose a type of graph that best communicates results and correctly construct the graph.
- Define independent variable and dependent variable and explain their relationship.
- Construct a graph (bar, line, scatterplot) for a set of data on paper or using a computer app.
|Learning Targets: Essential Question
Students will be able to.....
- State the essential question, and
- Explain how each topic of study is foundational to or otherwise related to our essential question.
|Academic Vocabulary: Bricks
||Academic Vocabulary: Mortar
- SI system
- significant figures (measurement)
- testable question
- particle model
- thermal energy
- pure substance
- list; state
- law (in science)