SCIENCE for middle school



The classes are all the same price this year.

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CELLS      September 7 to Oct. 19  (12:30-3:00)  (7 classes total)

$40 (Siblings are half price)

        We will be using my curriculum called “Cells” which can be previewed (downloadable zip file) by clicking here.  A booklet will be provided for each student.  This class will give the students an excellent understanding of how cells work.  We’ll really get into the nitty gritty of what all the parts do.  But no fear, the fingerprint guys will be there helping the readers to get through the hard parts.  Class time will feature lots of hands-on activities and and games.  (The content of this unit is basically everything you need to know about cells at high school level so it is fine for 9th graders, too.)

“DISSECT YOUR DINNER”: an introduction to food chemistry      Nov. 2 to Dec. 21  (12:30-3:00)  (7 classes total)

$40 (Siblings are half price)

             This is the title of a curriculum I started several years ago then set aside.  The plan is to take it out again and see if I can get it finished, or at least get it most of the way done.  The book is another fingerprint people adventure, and this time they are your waiters at a restaurant.  However, being so small, they have to stand on the table in front of you, so it is very humorous.  When you arrive at a restaurant, you start with nothing but a glass of water at your place, and maybe some salt and pepper shakers on the table.  So that is where we start with food chemistry.  We dissect everything at a molecular level and find out exactly what food is made of.  What is salt?  What is sugar? What is fat?  What is gluten?  What is MSG? Are preservatives bad for you?  All these questions and many more will be answered.

I will be running this topic for elementary ages, too, but will probably do a modified version for them.  I will try to make sure I challenge the older group.

ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM      Jan.11 to Mar. 1  (12:30-3:00)  (8 classes total)

$40 (Siblings are half price)

       The electromagnetic spectrum includes all EM types of energy, arranged into a picture/chart by wavelength.  The longest waves are radio waves.  Then we have the waves that old-fashioned tv’s used, then microwaves, and infrared.  Then comes the visible part that we can see– light waves.  This means that this unit will include studying light.  After that comes UV, x-ray and gamma ray.  We’ll see how gamma rays can be emitted by radioactive substances, so that we can add radioactivity to our list of topics.  We can compare EM waves to sound waves and see what all waves have in common. Also, we can learn what electricity is and how it is can be used in conjunction with magnetism. I doubt I will write a book for this, but I can’t say exactly what resources I’ll be using.

SIMPLE INVERTEBRATES      Mar. 22 to May 3   (12:30-3:00)  (7 classes total)

$40 (Siblings are half price)

      The categories that qualify as simple invertebrates in include worms, rotifers, small crustaceans (such as daphnia), planaria, sponges, corals, tardigrades (water bears), slugs, snails, echinoderms (sea stars), and maybe some things you’ve never heard of, too.  The emphasis during the unit will be on comparative anatomy, seeing how each organism accomplishes the same basic functions of life in different ways.  We’ll do some scientific drawings, some crafts, and some games.  (I will try to avoid making this just repeat of info from ponds or oceans.)  Also, I will require each student to do a research project (a bit of scientific method here) on one creature (something they have never worked with previously). (I will order organisms for anyone who wants to work with something unusual.) They will then write up their results in a very specific format, similar to the format used by real scientists to publish their work.  I will collect all the research projects and put them into our own “journal” and have copies to hand out on the last day. In addition to the written paper, students will also give an oral presentation to the class, telling about their research.  This unit is also being offered for elementary, since it can be adapted to