Overview of course style, objectives and topics. Introduction to Lab Safety, Website & Class Dojo.
Overview of classroom procedures, lab safety and course grading policy. The more efficiently this classroom runs...the more fun things we get to do this year. The importance of maintaining a detailed, organized Lab Notebook, adhering to proper classroom/lab procedures and the ability to work as a team are stressed as essential components of this course.
After this brief overview students will
Understand the difference between knowledge, concepts & skills and that learning means accumulating, building from, and reapplying new knowledge.
Read: Lab Safety Summary - A summary of the safety rules most relevant to this classroom and the labs we will do.
Students learn to recognize important scientific tools, supplies and safety equipment in the lab, determine the locations of each in this classroom and read about the function and proper handling of each.
Students work with a group to determine the appropriate lab equipment to use for measuring various classroom items (in metric), complete conversions and follow instructions to determine the required answer. After completing this lab, students will understand that it is not enough just to know the names of scientific tools and measurement units. Students must understand what each tool measures, perceive the actual size of units of measurements in relation to each other, and be able to relate this information to the use of other tools they will be introduced to through out the year. Focus is also placed on gaining the skills of taking precise measurements, pre-reading lab procedures, following all safety protocols, the ability to work independently and in groups to meet a common goal.
After completing this lab, students will
Understand the importance of pre-reading lab procedures.
Be able to choose appropriate lab equipment for a task and demonstrate proper use of it.
Be able to take precise measurements and convert metric units
Be able to work both independently and in groups to meet a common goal.