The Elements of the Periodic Table (Chemistry) – 11 AM PT

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    “In periodic table all the topics and activities were helpful – it gave a very thorough overview of difficult technical subjects. I thought the standard was high which I appreciate, but the fact that set homework was optional was refreshing as I don’t like too much obligatory homework as what each child needs/can do/has time to do varies so much.” ~Student K.B.

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    InstructorDr. Kirsten Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Course Length16 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM Pacific - 1/16/23 - 5/20/23

    All things are composed of elements…hair, water, computers, your dinner, and all living things. Everything we know is made of matter and contains chemicals that have different reactions and properties that scientists have mixed together to create the world we enjoy today.

    The Periodic Table is like a giant map of all the elements, and it was designed to be a cheat sheet for scientists!

    In this course our students will explore all of the elements on the Table, and they’ll have fun learning about atoms, bonding and what these different elements make when they are mixed together–things we see every day.

    At the end of the course our students will have mastered the Periodic Table. They can even choose to learn the placement of the elements by memory. Working with the Periodic Table will provide an invaluable foundation for further scientific study.

    Note to parents:

    • Dr. Kirsten created this class to follow her Middle School Chemistry course, therefore the information about atoms and bonding will be brief.
    • Highly recommended before taking this course, but not a prerequisite: Athena’s Middle School Chemistry or an equivalent course of self-study.
    • Middle School Chemistry follows this course in the same time slot in the fall.

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    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read or review a chapter in the text.
    • Complete a related experiment or activity.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.
    • Dr. Kirsten created this class to follow her Middle School Chemistry course, therefore the information about atoms and bonding will be brief. We will spend the first few weeks briefly reviewing the periodic table as a whole, atoms, and bonding. The remainder of the semester will be spent exploring each element.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Minecraft™ users can choose to create a semester-long project.
    • Science experiments using household items.
    • About half-way through the semester, students may create simple PowerPoint presentations to illustrate interesting facts about the elements we are studying. Students may share this information during weekly webinars. Participation opportunities depend on the number of students wishing to be involved from week to week.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Please note, depending on student questions and presentations, this class may go overtime. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

     

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read non-fiction at a strong 5th grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.
    • Highly recommended before taking this course, but not a prerequisite: Athena’s Middle School Chemistry or an equivalent course of self-study.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • The Elements, Ingredients of the Universe – 4th edition or 5th edition text with activities by Ellen Johnston McHenry. This text is used for pacing, to fill in any gaps, and to provide background knowledge for students coming from Middle School Chemistry. It is one of the sources used for this class. The text may be found on Amazon.com or Ellen McHenry’s website. Be sure to get the text with activities. The text with activities will cost more than the student text alone. The text with activities should be around $25 new paperback or $16 digital download.
    • Optional resources include common household supplies needed for periodic experiments.