• Dear Students,


    Welcome to Physical Science for Online/Distance Learning.  This format is a new adventure for all of us.  We will learn together what works and what doesn't work for us.


    Please, be patient, participate, and ask questions.  I look forward to getting to know each of you.  Hopefully, we will meet "in person" before the end of the school year!


    The daily agenda, assignments, and video links will be posted here by date.  We will transition to Microsoft Teams video conferencing for a more interactive class experience.  However, on Day 1 after you watch the Intro video, please send a "Hello" chat for Attendance.



    Ms. Fagan


    Class Supplies:  1.5-2” Ring Binder        Tab Dividers for Ring Binder       Simple Calculator

    Colored markers/pencils           Black or Blue Pens     Red Pen     Highlighter

    When/if we transition back to classes at school, you will need Small Dry Erase Markers.          




    First Day of School (Mon Aug 24 p1 & Tues Aug 25 p4)

    Part 1

    If your parent/guardian is not available right now, either (1) view later with them, or (2) Copy/Paste the links via email or text.

    1. Watch these 2 videos with parent(s)/guardian:

         Online Classroom Etiquette (1.5 min)  Click here for video

         Netiquette (3 min) Click here for video

    2. Watch this video with parent(s)/guardian.

         Student and Parent Guide to Microsoft Teams (9 min)  Click here for video.

         Say "Hello!" to me in Chat on Microsoft Teams.  This is roll call for Attendance!

    3. On your own paper, write 1 or 2 paragraphs.  (Save paper for later discussion)

    • What is your favorite thing that you have studied in science?
    • What is your least favorite thing about science?
    • What are you curious to learn more about?

    4. Watch the TED Talk "Science is for everyone...kids included" (15 min)  Click here

           Take a short break for bathroom, snack, stretch, walk the dog

    Part 2 

    5. Go to the online textbook (McGraw Hill "Florida Physical Science")via Student Desktop ConnectED tile.

          Read p13 Scientific Theories and Laws

                Write a paragraph (on same paper) about the difference between Scientific Theories and Laws.

    6. Ch 1 Sec 1 Scientific Method    p8-11              Read silently (or listen to audio and follow along)

    7. Begin assignment (this should take all week to complete properly):

    Draw and Color Steps of Scientific Method (See p 8 Figure 3)

    including the following info within the flow chart: 

    • Descriptions of the Process. Add Illustrations if you like. 
    • The “Test the Hypothesis” box can also be named “Perform Experiment” Make this box LARGE and include the green words
    • Include the blue words in the “Data” box. You may have to use other resources to find the definitions.
    • Add Theory after “Hypothesis is Supported” and “Repeat several Times”
    • Include definitions: Hypothesis      Independent Variable      Dependent Variable   Control    Constant     Qualitative Data and Quantitative Data                Theory    
    • Law is NOT part of the flow chart. Write and define it in a corner on your paper, but not within the flow chart.
    • Use examples where it might help to explain


    Wed-Thurs Aug 26-27

    Part 1:

    BW – On your own paper (at least 2 paragraphs),

    • Write a paragraph about your biggest personal challenge right now.
    • How do you plan to overcome it?
    • Write a paragraph about your biggest challenge in school.
    • How do you plan to overcome it? Retain for Discussion

    Class Meeting with Video Microspft Teams – It’s time for us to get acquainted!  We will discuss yesterday’s questions:

    1. What is your favorite thing that you have studied in science?  What is your least favorite thing about science?  What are you curious to learn more about?
    1. (Read p13 Scientific Theories and Laws)  What is the difference between Scientific Theories and Laws?

    CW 1 Read p11 Peer Review and Being Objective

    • What is peer review?
    • Explain how bias can affect the outcome of an experiment.

    Give an example of how bias can influence the results of an investigation.

    Take a short break for bathroom, snack, stretch, dance, walk the dog

    Part 1:  Stay on Video Meeting in Mute.  I am here to answer questions.

    Continue to do yesterday’s CW - Draw and Color Steps of Scientific Method (See Figure 3 p8) See instructions above.


    Tues-Wed Sept 1-2

    Part 1:

    Bellwork – Read p12 Visualizing with Models

                What is a model?  Give 2 original examples of types of scientific models.

    Begin Ch 1 Section 2 Standards of Measurement

    Read (& Listen) Aloud – p14-15 Units & Standards, Measurement Systems

    Lesson:  SI Base Units

    Silent Reading p16-18 Measuring Length, Volume, Mass, & Density

    Lesson:  Derived Units

    CW 1 – Add to your Notes: (1) SI units for length, mass, time, temperature (2) Common SI prefixes

    Part 2:

    Silent Reading p18-19 Measuring Time & Temperature

    Lesson:  Time & Temperature

    CW 2 – Add to Notes definitions:  matter mass       volume      density           SI     Do not turn in Notes

    CW 3 - Rev Ex p20: 7-9 Ex Cr 10-11 Turn in by the end of the week

    If you can't get to the E-Book Textbook, this is a good website for Sec 2 Measurement: 



    Thurs-Fri Sept 3-4

    Begin Ch 1 Section 3 Communicating with Graphs

    Read (& Listen) Aloud p21-25 A Visual Display; Line, Bar, & Circle Graphs

    CWGraphing & Presenting Scientific Data WS

    You will make 3 types of Graphs.

    • Use Ruler or Graph Paper.

    • Plan appropriate Scale and Size of Graph.

    • To determine scale, use the largest numbers in the Data as a guide

    • Add Color to Bar and Circle Graphs.

    • Do not write percentages in the Circle Graph, but make the wedges appropriate sizes.

        (Half of the Circle is 50%, ¼ of the Circle is 25%)

    • Trace a Circle from something round like a glass or vase.

    • One of the graphs is a Double Bar Graph.

    • Don’t forget a Legend or Key to your use of Color.


    Tues-Wed Sept 8-9

    Part 1:

    Lesson:  Examples of Experiments Hypothesis and Variables

    Crash Course – Scientific Method (13 min)


    Part 2:

    Did you turn in all of Ch 1 Assignments?

    (1) Steps of Scientific Method Flow Chart with 8 Definitions. 

    (2) Rev Ex p20: 7-9 Ex Cr 10-11

    (3) Graphing & Presenting Scientific Data WS


    Thurs-Fri Sept 10-11

    Ch 1 Test = 25 points = 19 MC + 6 Matching


    Ch 2 Motion

    Mon-Tues Sept 14-15

    Begin Ch 2 – Motion

    BW – Your car’s speedometer reads 60 mph.  How fast is your car traveling compared to the telephone poles?

    1. How fast are YOU (your body) traveling compared to the telephone poles?
    2. How fast are YOU traveling compared to your CAR?
    3. A car passes you at 75 mph. How fast is his car traveling compared to your car?

    Feel free to sketch illustrations to demonstrate your reasoning.

    What is Physics?  Bozeman Science - 9 min

    What will we be studying in Physics?

    Section 1 – Describing Motion p44-47

                Vocabulary: frame of reference, distance, displacement, vector, speed

    Lesson p44-45

    Read Aloud & Discuss p46-47

    Word Problem Steps:  Write Data > Write Formula > Insert Data with Units

    CW – Practice Problems p47: 1-4 Show your work and Units!

    Hold your work in order to add to it later


    Wed-Thurs Sept 16-17

    BW – on your own paper (Do not turn in)

    1. You hiked 6 km in 2 hours. What was your speed?
    2. You drive your car 95 km/hr on the Interstate. How far can you travel in 3 hours?

    Word Problem Steps:  Write Data > Write Formula > Insert Data with Units

    Lesson Part 1 p48           Vocabulary: Average Speed & Instantaneous Speed

    Activity: Outdoor Lab!  Ch 2 Section 1 Distance & Displacement

    Lesson Part 2 p49-50      Graphing Motion

    CW - On paper from last class, add Practice Problems p50: 5-11

    Show your work and Units!  Turn in 1-11 problems on Microsoft Teams in Assignments


    Outdoor Lab!

    Ch 2 Distance & Displacement Activity

    Your unit of measurement will be your steps or paces.  Keep the length consistent.  Mark your starting point. 

    Part A.  1.   Walks North 6 paces.  2.  Walk West (turn left) 3 paces.  3.  Walk south (turn left) 2 paces

    1. Walk West (turn right) 5 paces. 5. Walk North (turn right) 4 paces.  6.  Walk East (turn right) 3 paces.

    Part B.  Measure the number of paces from your Ending point to your Starting Point.

    Question #1        How many total paces did you travel in Part A?

    Question #2        How many paces did you measure directly from your Starting point to your Ending Point in Part B?

    Question #3        What Distance did you travel? ______                   What was your Displacement? ______


    Fri & Mon Sept 18 & 21

    Turn in p50: 5-11 Did you show your work and Units!

    BW - 1. Graph & Label 2 lines:

    • Distance = 100 km, Time = 4 hours
    • Distance = 100 km, Time = 3 hours
    1. Find the speed by calculating the slope of each line.

    Review Outdoor Lab

    Section 2 – Velocity p51

    What is velocity? Why is velocity a vector?

    Speed & Velocity Music Video

    Read Aloud & Discuss p53 Relative Motion

    CW – Sec 2 Review p55: 16-19 Hold in order to add more problems later.


    Tues-Wed Sept 22-23

    Video Review: What are Speed & Velocity? (8 min)

    Section 3 – Acceleration p56

    Read/Listen & Discuss p56-57 Velocity and Acceleration

    Lesson 57-58      Calculating & Graphing Acceleration

    CW – On paper from last class, add Practice Problems p58: 22-24

    Show your work and Units! 

    Turn in on 1 paper: p55: 16-19 and p58: 22-24

    HW – Ch 2 Review Work-Sheet


    Thurs-Fri Sept 24-25

    Computer Fun!!

    CW - PhET Simulations (45 min)

    Physics > Motion > Anything with Forces or Motion

    The Masses & Springs are fun!

    CW – Complete Ch 2 Review WS Turn in Today Complete any Ch 2 missing work

    Activity:  Kahoot!


    Mon-Tues Sept 28-29

    BW – (on your own paper)

    1. Graph the acceleration of a car that starts at rest, speeds up for 4 seconds, and has a final velocity of 20 m/s. What is the acceleration?
    2. On the same graph, draw a line to represent a truck with a constant velocity of 10m/s. What is the acceleration?

    Check Skyward to see if you received credit for all of your assignments.

    Review Ch 2 Review WS

    DVDDiscovery When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions Episode 2 “Friends & Rivals” (50 min)


    Wed-Thurs Sept 30/Oct 1

    Lesson 57-58 Review Calculating & Graphing Acceleration

    Ch 2 Test25 points = 20 MC + 5 Completion

    CW – Begin Forces Foldable 5 sheets for 9 Flaps.  Tabs should be very thin.