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Jennifer Castro

Course MaterialS

Chemistry text materials and laboratory activity sheets
Index cards
Composition book for note taking


Students will be introduced to the science of chemistry. They will be asked to look at the world around them at the atomic level and consider how atoms interact to form the world around us. 


Much of the lab work will utilize everyday items to demonstrate fundamental principles of chemistry. Whenever possible, we will utilize professional laboratory equipment so the students will become comfortable and familiar in traditional laboratory environments. Safety is a priority and all students will be required to adhere to all safety guidelines for each lab including the use of goggles and aprons.

In Class

The student should be prepared for weekly instruction and note taking over reading assignments and laboratories. It is important that all students bring their books, assignments and a pen or pencil with them to class each week.


  • Reading material: The complete text for the year will be provided.. The text is divided into 6 chapters and students will be expected to read and take notes on the assigned portions before we begin covering it in class. Binders will be given out at the orientation meeting.

  • Activity Sheets: The Activity Sheets for each lab will be given out the week prior to the lab in order for the student to read ahead and come prepared for class.

  • Vocabulary Cards: Throughout the year, students will be creating vocabulary cards in order to master the language of chemistry. These cards will be a long term project throughout the year, and the students will be left with a nice collection at the end of their year for them to use and expand upon in future studies.

Testing and Quizzes

Weekly quizzes will be given over the week's assignment. Tests will be given over each chapter. 

Additional Assignments

Other projects such as brief presentations, outside research, and in class challenges will be occasionally assigned in order to focus on additional methods of learning.

Grading Policies

Attendance and grades will be recorded but will not be the primary focus of the class. Assignments will be returned with a number correct out of number possible. Parents are welcome to request their student’s grades at any time. I will notify parents if students are not completing assignments, or if I am concerned with consistent below average grades. 



Aug 9 Parent Meetings and Handing out of Supplies


Chapter 1: Matter - Solids, Liquids and Gases

Scientist to Know: Fahrenheit and Celsius

Aug. 16  Molecules and Motion, Introduction to Note Cards

Aug. 23  The Effects of Temperature on Liquids and Solids

Aug. 30  The Effects of Temperature on Gasses and 

    Ch. 1 Review / Ch. 2 Preview

    Exam 1: Take Home Exam Chapter 1


Chapter 2: Changes of State

Scientist to Know: Kelvin

Sept. 6Heat, Temperature and Conduction

Sept. 13 Changing State Evaporation and Condensation

Sept. 20 Changing State Freezing and Melting

Sept. 27 Changing State Sublimation and Deposition

    Chapter 2 Review / Chapter 3 Preview

    Exam 2 Take Home Exam Chapter 2


Chapter 3: Density

Scientist to Know: Archimedes

Oct. 4 Density and Water Displacement Method. 


Oct. 11  Fall Break


Oct. 18  Density of Water

Oct. 25  Sink and Float Solids and Liquids

Nov. 1 Temperature and Density

    Chapter 3 Review / Chapter 4 Preview


Chapter 4:The Periodic Table

Scientist to Know: Dmitri Mendeleev

Nov. 8 In Class Exam Chapter 3

    Protons, Neutrons and Electrons

Nov. 15 The Periodic Table 


Nov. 22  Thanksgiving Break


Nov. 29  The Periodic Table and Energy Level Models

    Element Presentations


Christmas Break


Chapter 4: Bonding

Jan. 10  Covalent Bonding

Jan. 17  Ionic Bonding

Jan. 24 Lewis Dot Diagrams.

    Periodic Table Challenge

    Chapter 4 Review/ Chapter 5 Preview


Chapter 5: The Water Molecule and Dissolving

Scientist to Know: Dissolve my Nobel Prize: Bohr, Von Laue, Frank

Jan. 31  Polarity and Surface Tension

Feb. 7  Water Dissolves Salt and Sugar

Feb. 14 Identifying an Unknown using dissolving

Feb. 21 Temperature Effects on Dissolving

Feb. 28 Liquids and Gasses Dissolving in Water

Mar. 7 Temperature Changes in Dissolving 

    Chapter 5 Review / Chapter 6 Preview

    Take Home Exam Ch. 5 


Mar. 14 Spring Break


Chapter 6: Chemical Change

Scientist to Know: Marie Curie

Mar. 21 Chemical Reaction and Controlling the Products

Mar. 28  Forming a Precipitate and Temperature Effects

April 4 Identifying an Unknown with chemical changes

April 11Energy Changes in Reactions and pH

April 18 Neutralizing Acids and Bases and Review

April 25  Chapter 6 Exam

May 2 Fun Day / Make Up Day


May 9 Snow Day or End of Year Party