Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide - PS-3852

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Overview

Standards-based, STEM-focused Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide designed by educators and curriculum experts for both new and experienced teachers. The core lab activities engage students as they collect real-time data, make predictions, use critical thinking, and build vocabulary skills with key term challenges. Students get practice for standardized exams with multiple choice question.

The guide contains 23 physical science experiments and includes assessments, as well as flash drive with teacher tips, the full teacher edition, and an editable MS Word version of student handouts.

The guide supports the use of SPARKvue, the SPARK Science Learning System, and all PASPORT interfaces.

Includes

  • Spiral-bound Teacher Binder with PDF versions of each activity and a wealth of resources
  • Editable Word files for each student version
  • Flash Drive containing all information in electronic format
  • Experiments

    Archimedes Principle

    Use a force sensor to measure the change in gravitational force on an object in the air and on that same object immersed in water.

    Boyle's Law

    Use an absolute pressure sensor to investigate the effect of changes in the volume of a confined gas on pressure at constant temperature.

    Conservation of Matter

    Use a temperature sensor and absolute pressure sensor to measure the change in temperature and pressure of an oxidation reaction.

    Energy Transfer

    Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to measure the transfer of heat energy of a candle flame through convection and conduction.

    Exploring Velocity and Inertia

    Use a motion sensor to measure the velocity of a cart as it travels down an inclined track and collides with an obstacle.

    Heat Transfer in Fluids

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to investigate what happens to the temperature of a solution when two substances of different temperatures are mixed.

    Investigating Evaporative Cooling

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to measure the change in water temperature as it cools.

    Investigating Solar Energy

    Use a temperature sensor to measure the change in temperature of black coffee as it is warmed by sunlight.

    Measuring Light Intensity

    Use a light sensor to investigate how light intensity changes as it gets further from the source.

    Measuring the Voltage of Elements in Series

    Use a voltage sensor to investigate the voltage drop across a varying number of elements in series in a circuit.

    Motion Graphs

    Use a motion sensor to measure the position of a moving object.

    Neutralizing an Acid and a Base

    Use a pH sensor to measure change in pH and to determine the endpoint of a titration.

    Newton's First Law of Motion

    Use a motion sensor and force sensor to determine how the change in an object’s motion is related to the force (push or pull) applied to the object.

    Newton's Third Law

    Use two force sensors to measure a pair of oppositely directed forces.

    Observing Freezing Point Depression

    Use a temperature sensor to investigate the effect of solid- liquid transitions on the temperature of ice water solutions.

    Observing Phase Changes

    Use a temperature sensor to measure the change in temperature during the heating of two different mixes of ice and water – one with distilled water only and one with salt dissolved in distilled water.

    Simple Harmonic Motion

    Use a motion sensor to measure the period of a simple pendulum.

    Simple Machines and Force

    Use a force sensor to measure the force required to lift a mass with varying configurations of fixed and moveable pulleys.

    Speed and Velocity

    Use a motion sensor to measure the position and velocity of a moving object.

    Transfer of Energy in Chemical Reactions

    Use a fast response temperature sensor and an absolute pressure sensor to measure the change in temperature of an endothermic reaction and the temperature and pressure change of an exothermic reaction.

    Varying Reaction Rates

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to measure the change in temperature over time during four trials of Alka-Seltzer® tablets as they react and produce bubbles in a container of water.

    Voltage Time

    Use a voltage sensor to measure the energy conversions that take place as the battery supplying energy for a miniature motor becomes exhausted.

    Work and Mechanical Advantage

    Use a force sensor to measure the force required to lift a mass with varying configurations of fixed and moveable pulleys, in combination with an inclined plane (a ramp).

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