Middle School Chemistry Lab Class

Middle School Chemistry - Project-Based Lab Class

Middle School Chemistry Lab Class

This is a lab and lecture/discussion class. It meets 1x/week every 3 weeks – on week 4 every 4 weeks, students will work on a project. During the 3-week sessions there is a live lecture/discussion session (this will be taped for students who miss a session). There will be an accompanying lab matched with that week’s topic. Every 4th week that students work on a project. These can be completely self-directed or scaffolded and guided, as needed and desired by the student.

The lab portion of the class will include pre-recorded instructions. The All written course materials will be included with the class. You are responsible for your own lab supplies.

In addition to the regular meetings, there will be a meeting with parents/guardians before the course starts & each student will meet privately with me during weeks 2-3 to develop their customized rubric for the course & to discuss possible project topics.

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Class Duration: January 26th – May 11th

Class Size: 1-15 learners

Age Range: 11+

Total Price: $475

This is a lab and lecture/discussion class. It meets 1x/week every 3 weeks – on week 4 every 4 weeks, students will work on a project. The lab portion of the class will include pre-recorded instructions. All class materials will be included in the class.

In addition to the regular meetings, there will be a meeting with parents/guardians before the course starts & each student will meet privately with me during weeks 2-3 to develop their customized rubric for the course & to discuss possible project topics.

The Weekly Schedule
Week 1 – From Big Bang to Matter (& Anti-Matter) How Everything Came To Be (& Not To Be)
Week 2 – The Math of Chemistry & Making Measurements
Week 3 – Atoms
Week 4 – Guided and Mentored Project focused on The Chemistry of Lead Pollution

Week 5 – Periodic Table
Week 6 – Compounds
Week 7 – Biochemistry
Week 8 – Integrated Science focused on The Chemistry of Nutrition

Week 9 – Reactions & Equations
Week 10 – States of Matter
Week 11 – Solutions
Week 12 – Integrated Science focused on The Chemistry of Pesticides & Herbicides

Week 13 – Equilibrium
Week 14 – Energy Transformation
Week 15 – Integrated Science focused on Atmospheric Chemistry – Global Warming, Climate Change, but first the Ozone Hole
Week 16 – Presentations

We will meet live as a group on Tuesday from 1 PST – 2 starting January 26 & ending May 11th

The list of lab supplies will be available on or before November 10th. The instructor will strive to make lab supplies easy to obtain and affordable.

To interact in class: Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Students will need a Zoom account (free) and a Google Drive account (free).

For assignments: Written work can be submitted through Microsoft Word or through Google Docs. If learners choose to create a multimodal final presentation, they can use whatever tools they’d like (for example PowerPoint, video editing software, etc.)

Usually 3-5 hours per week of work; length may vary based on reading speed, project choice, & lab technique.

Some reading skills (ability to decode unfamiliar words through context, ability to make connections between ideas over multiple chapters)

Facility with multiplication, division, decimals, and rounding.

An Understanding of Chemistry

How to Write a Lab Report

How to report about non-fiction science topics

Improved ability to evaluate sources and materials

Lab technique and skills

The basic math used in the physical sciences

Ability to connect current topics in science with basic principles in chemistry

Meet with students to develop a personalized rubric. The individual support is really the cornerstone of this class. While the core final project might be similar, what that looks like will be different for each person. The instructor will work with students to create their own goals and to give feedback and guidance that helps reach those individual goals. In this way, learners at different skill levels can all find challenge and success in the class.

Families and learners are welcome to share any information about their individual learning preferences and needs and instructor will make accommodations that are helpful to the class.

Assignments with feedback, Hand outs, Office Hours, Meeting with parents and students so everyone knows what to expect, scaffolding and mentoring students to develop their rubric for this course.

The protest songs we look at deal with difficult topics from history. Some of the topics include protests against lynching, racism, discrimination against LGBTQ people, war, limited birth control access, and denial of women’s equality.

Some of the songs contain profanity. There are descriptions (though not typically graphic ones) of violence and brutality within the text of the book itself.

In short, there are a lot of sensitive topics in this course, and since they are being shared through the songs of the people protesting them, the emotional response is often a key part of their rhetorical message.

The instructor may also point individual learners to supplemental resources or guide them through independent research to find other sources depending on their topics and interests.

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