Best Practice High School

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS FOR FRESHMAN

Lesson Plans

Week #1
WEEK #2
1ST SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Students First Day in Physics Block Schedule
Math & Graphing Skills Test

2ND SESSION
(Wed)

Student Inventory Evaluation (Science) a national questionnaire to learn students attitude towards science.

3RD SESSION
(Thurs)

žForce Concept InventoryÓ; a national exam to pretest students level and proficiency in physics

4TH SESSION
(Fri)

Steve Zemelman presentation on žQuestioning SkillsÓ

WEEK #3
5TH SESSION
(Mon)

Introduction, Graphing, Measurement, Conversions
Short Lecture and introduction to labs

6TH SESSION
(Tues - Thurs)

Students working in team groups on labs and writing lab reports

7TH SESSION
(Fri)

Introduction to worksheets žMeasuring DistanceÓ

WEEK #4
8TH SESSION
(Mon - Wed)

Students will be introduced to Worksheet 1-1 Graphing and be given additional time to complete labs & White Boards

9TH SESSION
(Thurs)

Students will be given a Bell Ringer #1 to help practice and learn graphing principles. Additional time will be given to allow students to finish their labs.

10TH SESSION
(Fri)

Students will be given Bell Ringer #2 for further practice with graphing skills. Worksheet 3 will be explain giving example and allowing students time to practice in groups and give oral presentations at the end of the period.

WEEK #5
11TH SESSION
(Mon - Wed)

Students will be given a Bell Ringer #1 to help practice and learn graphing principles. Additional time will be given to allow students to finish their labs. complete the 1st lab, žVelocity, Distance, &AccelerationÓ (ticker tape).

12TH SESSION
(Thurs - Fri)

Students will be given the 1st worksheet, giving sample problems and be given time to practice their skills and make an oral presentation (on white boards).

WEEK #6
13TH SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Students will be given the 2nd lab žBall down the Ramp.Ó Students will design a lab to determine time, distance,velocity, & acceleration.

14TH SESSION
(Thurs)

Students will be given lab time to complete the mini labs stationed in the room.

15TH SESSION
(Fri)

Students will be given Worksheet 2-2 žaccelerationÓ. Students will be given several examples and asked to complete the worksheet.

WEEK #7
16TH SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Bell Quiz; Discussion on the mini labs in the room and how to set them up. Also, students will be given another opportiunity to finish the mini-labs.

17TH SESSION
(Thurs - Fri)

Bell Quiz; Worksheet 2-3; žLinear EquationsÓ examples will be shown and time will be given for each student to complete the problems.

WEEK #8
18TH SESSION
(Mon)

Bell Quiz; Discussion on the žComputer LabÓ as a resource for the žScience Fair ProjectsÓ.

19TH SESSION
(Tues)

Class session in the computer room. Students will be given HOU introduction and be given access to the computers. Students will learn how to access the HOU Programs.

20TH SESSION
(Thurs - Fri)

Students will be given time to complete all mini-labs in the Unit #2; Worksheet 2-4 Velocity, Distance, Accleration. Graphing will be introduced. Students will be given an opportunity to complete the work.

WEEK #9
21ST SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Bell Quiz; Identification of slopes and sample worksheet work. Class presentation on worksheet 2-4 showing others how they worked out their problems in teams and prepare white boards.

22ND SESSION
(Thurs - Fri)

Preparation for the final exam. Students are placed into groups to prep for exam.  Also students are given time to complete all mini-labs and worksheets.

WEEK #10
23RD SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Students are given 50 minutes to complete the Final Exam. The next day is to be spent completing Unit #2.

24TH SESSION
(Thurs)

Unit # 3; Introduction; žForces in EquilibriumÓ. Students will be introduced to mini labs set up in the classroom. The unit worksheet will be presented. and a time line established.

25TH SESSION
(Fri)

Students will work on Lab -31; žForce vs. AngleÓ. Students will create a lab format and graph to explain their findings. General applications will be established to explain examples in life.

WEEK #11
26TH SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Students will continue to complete the unit #3 Labs. We will start the Wrksht 3-2 Vectors and Equilibrium.

27TH SESSION
(Thurs)

Bell Ringer - Practice adding vector and defining terms.

28TH SESSION
(Fri)

Students will be given the end Bell Ringer for Unit #3. Students will be given the end worksheet and given practice time to complete worksheet.

WEEK #12
29TH SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Bell Ringer #4 žVectorsÓ & complete lab žComponents of ÓForcesÓ.

30TH SESSION

Notes in preparation for Unit #3 Test. Sample problems and group activities.

WEEK #13
31ST SESSION

Introduction to Unit 4; žScience Fair.ž Students will be given current due dates and also strategies for completing the first 3 assignments.

32ND SESSION

Library references on 2nd Floor; Reading summary; Definitions for new terms in Unit #4.

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

 

WEEK #14
33RD SESSION

Notes for Unit #3 Test; Computer Lab Room 206

34TH SESSION

Test on Unit #3; žVectors in EquilibriumÓ

35TH SESSION

HOU žBrowser; in the Computer Lab Room 206

WEEK #15
36TH SESSION

Reading Summary #2, Internet Research, worksheet 4-2; žTopic Choice.Ó

37TH SESSION

Bell Quiz #1; žParts of the Science Projects.Ó Choosing 10 Labs to Reflect and  Evaluate

38TH SESSION

Bell Quiz #2; žEvaluation of Previous Projects.Ó Completion of Research articles on the Internet. Worksheet 4-4

CHRISTMAS VACATION 2 WEEKS

 

WEEK #16
39TH SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Bell Quiz #3; žHypothesis & Procedures to Project.Ó Research and Individualize help. Lab Reports.

40TH SESSION
(Thurs -Fri)

Introduction to Unit #; žNewtonŪs Laws.Ó Lecture and  brief description of 11 labs.

WEEK #17
41ST SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Unit #6 NewtonŪs Laws lab time. Data Collection and Graphs for Science Fair.

42ND SESSION
(Thurs - Fri)

Student Centered Time to complete the portions of the Science Fair Project not completed to date & Unit #6 labs.

43RD SESSION

Student Centered Time to complete the portions of the Science Fair Project not complete to date. Individualized Help. Typing Abstract and Presentation Board.

WEEK #18
44TH SESSION
(Mon - Tues)

Student Centered Time to complete the portions of the Science Fair Project not completed to date. Individualized Help. Typing Abstract and Presentation Board.

45TH SESSION
(Thurs - Fri)

žALL SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIRÓ
(ALL STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THIER PROJECTS & SET UP TIME)

WEEK #19
46TH SESSION

Discussion about the evaluations and scores received in the Science Fair.  Students asked to share their feelings with the rest of the class. Discussion about the next steps in developing their projects.
Introduction to the new topic; Unit #5; žReflectionÓ

47TH SESSION

Students were given a copy of their final grade for the semester. Students given time to talk one-on-one with the teacher to discuss the evaluation given for the 1st Semester. Unit #5; Definitions and Reading Summary

48TH SESSION

Unit #5. Lab žReflection in a Plane Mirror.Ó Students are prepped for the lab and begin working in groups of 2 to complete the Lab.

WEEK #20

Special Schedule: H.O.U. PRESENTATION
VIVIAN HOETTE, LEAD TEACHER
ADLER PLANETARIUM

 

WEEK #21
49TH SESSION

Unit #5 Mini Labs  5-3 -- 5-7. Students work in cooperative groups to complete the mini labs and hand in the lab reports.

50TH SESSION

Unit #5 Mini Labs Day II. Labs 5-3 -- 5-7. Students work in cooperative groups to complete the mini labs and hand in the lab reports.

WEEK #22
51ST SESSION

Unit #5; Lab žReflection in a concave mirror.Ó Students are prepped for the lab and begin working in groups of 4 to complete the Lab.

52ND SESSION

Complete worksheet 1 and 2 for Unit #5. Reflection in a Concave Mirror and the 3 Rules for determining image point.

53RD SESSION

Unit #5 Last two days for mini-labs and completing worksheets. Possible žWhite BoardÓ presentations.

WEEK #23
54TH SESSION

Unit #5 Last two days for mini-labs and completing worksheets. Possible žWhite BoardÓ presentations.

55TH SESSION

Prep for final exam. Quick Bell Quiz and Review

56TH SESSION

FINAL EXAM Students complete a 100 point test to complete the unit.

57TH SESSION

Prep for New Unit Demonstration in Laser Technology.

WEEK #24
58TH SESSION

Students will be given the new unit sheet #8 and a brief description of the labs and schedule

59TH SESSION

Students first day working in Unit #8 žRefractionÓ

60TH SESSION

Students second day working on Unit #8 žRefractionÓ

WEEK #25
61ST SESSION

Lecture on the concepts found in žRefractionÓ and how it extends the unit on reflection.

62ND SESSION

Video Presentation on žReflection and RefractionÓ

63RD SESSION

Lecture #2 on the concepts found in žRefractionÓ (ie. Speed changes in medium, T.I.R.)

64TH SESSION

Video Presentation on žSpectrum and Color MixingÓ

WEEK #26
65TH SESSION

Refraction Worksheet #1 & #2
Rules and Ray exercises; Finding image position.

66TH SESSION

Students work in project groups to complete lab work
Students are reassigned seating and grouping.

67TH SESSION

Students groups work on white board problems and presentation.

68TH SESSION

Students will finish the lab work to be handed in on assigned due date.

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