Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum

Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
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Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
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This Semester/Unit-bundle contains READY-TO-TEACH and EDITABLE Word Block plans & Smart Notebook based Lessons and all the supporting handouts you need to teach from beginning to end.

"Physics Semester 1" is one of two semesters developed for a comprehensive and progressive Smart Curriculum for high school Physics. This Semester and the other in the full year course function as an honors High School Physics course, which means the topic progression for Semester 1 prepares students for the first course in algebra based college physics: Mechanics. The lessons are well suited to general through honors level high school physics and ready for differentiated instruction as determined by the instructor. Note: The course is not explicitly designed to fully prepare students for taking the AP Physics 1 exam, which when passed offers college credit, but to prepare students for successful immersion in general college physics. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher is recommended.


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This product is a zipped file which includes all of the digital material needed to teach the first semester (Mechanics) in a high school physics course over 81-90 days. Over 70 Editable "Ready to Teach" notebook files are included. Suggested and editable block plans are included, with two pacing options when appropriate. Lessons follow the Madeline Hunter approach with the average lesson consisting of about 20 minutes of "tell me" and/or "show me" and 20 minutes of "Involve me." Summative Unit assessments that require critical thinking through application, synthesis, and evaluation of the material are provided. The digital version of all student handouts, worksheets, and tests is included. Step-by-Step Solutions for all worksheets and simulation labs are included. "Filled-in" static notes for Lessons and Guided practice are included. Directions for teachers to obtain Test solutions from a verified school email are also included. An optional full review week, based on links to select free material from the physics classroom, is included. A semester exam is included. A feedback site such as Socrative is an excellent compliment for review and feedback while teaching any of the lessons. Click here if you want to see a

free sample lesson that illustrates this curriculum and how I teach.

Update: 2018 Supplemental "filled-in" example notes for teachers are now included. These will be to enhance the clarity, provide additional notes and suggestions while teaching and hopefully create a more thorough product, especially intended for teachers less familiar with Physics.


The bundled Units and each of lessons within the units are self-sufficient, with built-in interactivity and hyperlinks. They are designed, by necessity, to be ready for the experienced teacher to teach and reteach after only a brief pre-class viewing. Filled-in portions for the lesson and guided practice are also included as a quick reference, especially for those who are newer to teaching physics.

SMART NOTEBOOOK SOFTWARE IS REQUIRED. To see if you have Smart notebook software, simply check out

this free sample lesson that illustrates this curriculum and how I teach. If the sample lesson doesn't work, then before you make any purchases you should ask your school's tech support to have the software installed. The software can be downloaded directly by schools or individuals. It can even be tried for 45 days before you need a license, at about $100/year. Regardless of whether you adopt this curriculum or not: I would not recommend trying to teach this (or any algebra-based physics) without interactive Software like Notebook.

Once you have Notebook software on your primary classroom computer (Windows or Mac) it will work on whatever primary classroom display you have hooked up to that computer. Some type of interactive interface (interactive-whiteboard/interactive-projector/touchscreen/touch-TV/tablet/etc) is also very highly recommended in order to effectively deliver the lessons. Just be sure you have some type of touch interface, because it can be difficult if your only interface is a mouse. I have taught it quite comfortably with: a SmartBoard, Epson Interactive Projector, and a generic touch screen monitor. Its really only a matter of personal preference and availability.

Many lessons require internet access for the instructor and students and are optimized for a one-to-one computer environment. These independent activities can also be adapted to a whole-class guided activity if your computer resources are limited to a single teacher computer.

Along with the standard equipment one would expect a high school physics classroom to be equipped with (rulers, carts, clay, springs, and so on) many of the labs utilize student computers for video analysis. Although the software for video analysis can be obtained through multiple sources and apps, including at least one free downloadable version, the most learning-orientated, useful, intuitive, and easiest to teach from is Vernier's Logger Pro. You can download a free demo (Windows or Mac) or try Vernier's Video Physics (iOS only). I would highly recommend familiarizing yourself with one of these and making them available on student devices. Once purchased, Vernier offers a very generous site license in which you "can install on any device, including students' computers" policy. If you want something free, and actually more powerful, but less intuitive, I would recommend Tracker (Windows or Mac, v.5.0 or higher runs "right out of the box" now, no extra installations like java are needed). I have employed Tracker and Tracker apps with great success when unable to install LoggerPro on student devices. Download Tracker (or other) and check out the help tutorials. Other options are available, but are less helpful at teaching/learning the real world to graph &equation relationships. Kinova. might be considered more user friendly and less technical than Tracker, but only instantaneous velocity is given for a track, making it difficult to analyze slopes or perform linear regressions (and hence examine motion, speed, velocity changes). Logger Pro is the top choice, especially for instructor demos. But if you aren't willing to pay the nominal software licence or you intend on students using something else (Tracker or other) then I would recommend that, during early demonstrations, you stick with what the students will be using. In this way you can teach it to them and you can better learn how it works for when it comes time to assist them during lab work .



Other Complete Units in this full year, two semester, course include:

Semester 1: (this is the product you are viewing)

The Science of Physics

Motion in One Dimension

Two Dimensional Motion and Vectors

Forces and the Laws of Motion

Work and Energy

Momentum and Collisions

Circular Motion and Gravitation

Semester 2: (this is sold separately)

Fluid Mechanics



Wave Mechanics


Light: Reflection, Refraction, Interference, Diffraction.


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For a discounted price and additional resources (such as semester exams, and supplements) please consider purchasing these Entire Semester products in my store:

Physics: Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum

Physics: Semester 2 -Interactive Smart Curriculum.

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