Today we entered our first full month of the school year. I must say that the first half of the school year is always my favorite. There is so much to look forward to! September brings autumn and its cooler weather, the football regular season, etc. The students are settled into a routine too knowing that the carefree days of summer vacation are a memory and far enough into the future that they aren't distracted by it. October through December brings the various holidays.
We began with a warm-up shown below. I created an .mp3 of the text to read aloud to the students.
After discussing it with the class, I demonstrated it with progressively thicker papers and/or note cards until the magnetic force was too weak.
In science the students copied notes into their notebooks. There were four definitions and then some concepts that needed to be written down and studied. I did reiterate the importance of taking notes accurately and studying them. I also went over the fact that every experiment/activity/demonstration covers something that will be on a later quiz or test.
After the notes, I made one more demonstration of magnetism using a device called Magnetic Stirrer that is commonly used in laboratories. Inside is an electric motor with a rotor that has a magnet on it. A beaker or flask filled with liquid is placed on top and a plastic coated stirring magnet is placed at the bottom. As the motor spins the magnet in the device, it attracts the magnet causing it to spin and stir the contents of the flask or beaker.
The syllabus has been updated for this unit to reflect changes. I added some experiments and some notes for what students are expected to know for when we cover static electricity. It will once again be updated to include each lesson by the end of next week.