Physics Syllabus - (5 pages) this includes the general layout of a syllabus (instructor information, course description, course objectives, grading scale, materials needed, types of assessments, course overview). Also included is general information on HOW to take a physics class, and Dos and Donts on Academic Integrity.
Physics Calendar Plan: (each one is about 3 pages) This is my daily plan that I use each year. It includes: which ninja exercises I used, topics I cover, homework assigned, due dates, other assignments given, holidays, test dates, school events. I have one for the following: 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, 4th quarter before Seniors leave, 4th quarter after seniors leave. This plan reminds me when we have special events at school each year that "interfere" with our progress and how I planned around it. If there are materials that you see referenced in my calendar, send me a note and I will let you know where I found the reference or let you know if it is "coming soon" on TpT.
Student survey - (one page) this is a survey I hand out on the first day of class. It includes an area for the students to fill out their schedule, tell me about their career and college goals, and a little about themselves. Over the years, I have found this to be very helpful in giving the class a "direction" for the year. It is a very different class if everyone only needs physics to "get into" college compared to have a few people who plan to be engineers or programmers. Word Format.
Math Review with answers - (5 pages) this is a "math reminder" that is designed to be sure that the pre-requisites are met in your class. After looking at this hand out, some students will realize that Physics is over their head at the moment, until they get some more math. The second page is not original material, but is from a website called "physics1516". However, I have provided a key.
Formula sheet - (one page) this is a copy of the formula sheet that I use in class. In general, I try to get the students to NOT have to use it. You can usually tell when you have a class that will need it. Again, this is a borrowed resource, so it is not included in the price but I thought I would save you from hunting!
Ninja exercises - (one page, intro topics only) these are "bell ringer" exercises that I use at the beginning of class. I call them "Ninja exercises" because you don't become a "Physics Ninja" without repetitive exercises (e.g., wax on, wax off!). Use all or some, depending on how much time you want to work on them. I usually put them on the board. They are divided by topic. This set includes: dimensional analysis, scientific notation (some reminders on exponent rules), and graphing data (how to solve an equation for different variables). I designed these exercises to catch up on the understanding of low level concepts before we moved on to the higher level skills. I gave you this file in Word format, in case you want to make copies and hand them out rather than write them on the board (you will have to eliminate the answers). I will be posting some Ninja exercises for other chapters later.
Parent Night - (one page) At our school, we have a Parent Night where the parents come to school and go through their student's schedule. It's pretty fun but can be a little nerve wrecking if you are a first time teacher. I have included MY notes. I include the main goals of the class and how the parents can communicate with me. We are at a religious school, so one of my goals is to discuss if you can believe in God AND be a scientist. You, of course, can take that out, but I left it, in case you have the same type of school or if you are homeschooling. The file in Word format, one page.
Checklist for evaluating our Maturity - (one page) Adapted from “Moral and Spiritual Values” used by the Los Angeles, California city schools in their educational program, 1972. I use this handout as a way to fend off whining. I highly recommend it!
For more Physics resources:
The Scientific Method & the history of physics
Physics Introduction - Exam 1 with answers
Electricity Unit Bell Ringers