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.
WHAT DO I NEED?
The Unit/Lesson Bundle and each of lessons within the unit 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. 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.
An interactive whiteboard/projector/touchscreen is also recommended, but not required, in order to effectively deliver the lessons. 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, Vernier's Logger Pro or Vernier's Video Physics is highly recommended.
UPDATE FOR WINDOWS USERS: From Vernier: "Apple abruptly ceased to support QuickTime for Windows in April 2016. On 14 April 2016, several Windows only
QuickTime security vulnerabilities were made public. United States Homeland Security now recommends that QuickTime for Windows be removed from Windows computers, as Apple will not be updating QuickTime. Without QuickTime, video playback features of Logger Pro cease to work. The current Logger Pro is unusual in that all video playback features, including video analysis, have been disabled on the Windows version only. We expect that video playback to return in a later release." From Smart Science: For now, I recommend using the free Tracker download.
in place of Logger Pro for student conducted video analysis. Download Tracker (requires Java) 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.
is 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). I am eagerly awaiting the Logger Pro update for windows, as it is both user friendly and very easy to visualize and learn from.
WHAT WILL I GET WITH THIS PRODUCT?:
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 assessments that requires critical thinking through application, synthesis, and evaluation of the material are provided. 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. The digital version of all student handouts, worksheets, and tests is included. Available in Summer and by special request: Don't want to spend your time at the printer/copier? Check out Physics: Semester 1 - Full set of Handouts Pre-printed
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free sample lesson that illustrates this curriculum and how I teach? Click here.
Available to teachers only: Directions for obtaining a free copy of all step-by-step solutions for all worksheets, simulation labs, quizzes and tests is now also included with your purchase. See the READ ME file that comes with your download for directions.
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)
Light: Reflection, Refraction, Interference, Diffraction.
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Physics: Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum
Physics: Semester 2 -Interactive Smart Curriculum.