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  1. My daughter has now made a slight change and would like to do chemistry instead of physics next year now. So, we are evaluating some different courses. What I am looking for is an open and close book. For labs we decided to follow the Illustrated chem labs. So looking for opinions on families who have used Chang's : does this have a teachers guide that is easy to find and get my hands on? Spectrum : It appears to be thorough with a usable teacher guide but is it? I thought Conceptual but it seems almost too easy??? Any thoughts of assistance for me. I have read through all of the chemistry link and often but now need some extra detail if possible. My daughter has potential plans to go into a STEM field. Thanks!
  2. Hi, I'm Adam Boyd, I work at the American Chemical Society, specifically in the Education Division, which developed inquiryinaction.org and middleschoolchemistry.com. I hope it's OK to do so, but I just wanted to mention that we finished a free online resource for teaching high school chemistry that uses lab investigations, student reading, demos, and multimedia to teach the big ideas about energy. As always, all of the content is available for free at highschoolenergy.acs.org. I hope this is helpful for a few people!
  3. Ana has biology and Algebra I all but done. We'll finish this week. She did great with Biology via Apologia. We were planning on moving into Spectrum Chemistry next. However, she really struggled with Algebra. Once she switched to Life of Fred she did well but it really had presented a challenge. This has me wondering. Should I plan Chemistry and Life of Fred Advanced Algebra at the same time or wait to complete Algebra before beginning Chemistry? (She doesn't mind working through summers with a short break here and there.)
  4. I do not know if this has ever been mentioned before on the forum, but I found a great list of links to free stuff for Science Teachers. It is a treasure chest of goodies from podcasts, video demos, posters, to teaching tips, etc. I have just started going through it and it is awesome! It seems to be geared mainly toward high school, but I did see some middle school stuff on there as well. It is called "Science Inquirer" - CLICK HERE Have fun!
  5. I need to pick up a book for this course, but the price of the 5th edition has been slowing me down for months. Can we get by with an earlier edition or ...?
  6. I need to pick up a book for this course by suchoki , but the price of the 5th edition has been slowing me down for months. Can we get by with an earlier edition or ...?
  7. My head is about to explode trying to make this decision. I have put it off long enough, so I have come to the people I know will talk me through this. I have two students taking chemistry this year: 9th grade dyslexic dd who wants to eventually get a job in wildlife management or some other animal-related field. 11th grade Liberal Arts major ds who is science-phobic and loaded with other AP and language courses. Dd will use this as a "Pre-AP" course and expects to do Biology next year, then another chemistry course later. Ds just wants to mark the "science with lab" box and move on to his love of literature, grammar and government. I am considering Conceptual Chemistry and definitely want to add more of a lab component. Also, I think a fun foray into some "kitchen chemistry" when time allows would go over well here. Alton Brown has been a favorite for years. (Not to mention that I am trying to incorporate a "Life Skills" course to help the 16yo alleviate his fear of actually doing something in the kitchen.) Here is where I explain my dilemma. To this point, my ds has a fairly rigorous transcript filled with AP's and honor classes. Unfortunately, he was so swamped last year that life was not fun. Part of me is panicking a bit that this may not be accepted as a "true" chemistry class by colleges. The other part of me wants to say, "What the Hay?", all of his other classes this year are very rigorous and time-consuming. Let's have some fun, learn the concepts, do some experiments, keep the math fairly light (although I do have the Zumdahl "World of Chemistry" teacher text and hope to supplement a little bit with the math in there), and "mark the science box". Dd struggles somewhat with reading, although science seems to "click" with her. I am questioning doing a chemistry course with her this early, though. I know there is a discussion out there about the benefits of taking a "conceptual chemistry" class before biology and this does seem to make sense to me. Usually, it is the math that keeps the chemistry at bay until at least after Algebra 1. Dd will be taking them concurrently. Also, I am debating the following labs: Home Scientist basic lab Microchem Throw all caution to the wind and do some TOPS, Kitchen Chemistry, and dig around in the Chem3000 set I already own. I have to say it goes against everything I have done with him for the past several years to actually be thinking about a course that is not considered rigorous, but I also want it to be fun for all of us. I would love to hear what the hive thinks about this.
  8. A friend found this at a curriculum fair. I really want to use a secular text this year, but there just aren't that many reviews online about this. We need a good solid chemistry text, but not AP.
  9. I'm trying to finalize a plan for my hs junior for chemistry. The reviews on Spectrum look good, but the lab materials are soooo expensive. It would be more economical for us to wait and do the chem lab with Landry the following year at 1/2 the price. So, here's the question - have any of you used an alternative lab with Spectrum other than the lab they provide and did this work well?
  10. Any suggestions for books for a fun introduction to chemistry for a 10th grade girl who will be taking it in school next year? She is a fan of science but about average in math. We have Mystery of the Periodic Table. We used Exploring the Way Life Works last year in conjunction with her school biology class and it helped her to be successful. I'm looking for a reference like that, but for chemistry.
  11. My dd really liked this explanation of how to write up a 'Formal' lab report... http://webs.wofford.... Lab Report.pdf Just wondering what others favorites are? Joan
  12. Does any have this game? http://www.amazon.co...=pd_sim_sbs_t_1 Likes, dislikes? Would it be good for a high schooler and a 7th grader? Worth the $? thanks Carolyn
  13. What is the hive's thought on Abeka chemistry? This will be a course that will be followed in a couple of years by AP Chemistry. The student will have only algebra 1 as a math background and will be taking geometry concurrently.
  14. DD is planning to use the "honors chemistry" lesson plans from the Dr. Tang site and use Chang Essential Concepts in Chemistry book. The Dr. Tang site has 9 labs. The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments recommends 36 labs for a student heading towards a science major in college. So..... that's a big difference? :001_huh: I prefer the Illustrated Guide to Tang (Tang uses chemical formulas in the materials list and Illustrated Guide spells it out in good old English for us non-Chemistry folks... so it was much easier to make a list of what we need while flipping through the Illustrated Guide because I didn't have to translate things into a layperson's language). But, is 36 labs overkill? There are probably 2 or 3 that we won't be able to do due to lack of materials or equipment, but everything else in his first year labs seems very do-able. But when I look at the syllabus for Tang, and it being Honors Chemistry, and it only having 9 labs... I dunno. Time is a precious commodity for dd and although I am quite sure she would love nothing MORE than 2-3+ hours per week doing JUST Chemistry Lab work, I worry about it swallowing up more precious time than is perhaps really neccessary for a thorough first-year Chemistry class. She will also have Environmental Science labwork to do on top of the Chemistry. So - thoughts? Pick and choose from the Illustrated Guide, or attempt them all (that he suggests for 1st year labs)?
  15. We are facing Chemistry next year (ugh!) I am trying to find a basic regular chemistry course (college prep) and would like to have a video lecture component with it. I have been reading about the GPB Chemistry and am very interested in it. How do you implement this course? I've read about having to purchase the teacher materials CD. Is this all that is needed to make this a complete course or do you need to add a textbook? If so, which one(s) would work with it? Now about labs...what is the best way to go? I need some that are doable at home without having to purchase a lot of special equipment. I have read about kits, but I don't know which ones are the best for our needs. ALTERNATE PLAN: I am also considering Apologia. I don't really care for the conversational tone or the lack of "wow" factor to the books. I have never used them, however. I've thought about using DIVE or RWT with it. I don't have any experience with chemistry. Please help!! I would really appreciate hearing from the hive!
  16. What instructor materials have you been able to access from the big publishers (Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill, Addison-Wesley, etc.) that accompany intro level college science texts (chemistry and physics)? Could anyone give a rundown of what can be purchased by a homeschool teacher? I'm interested in materials that have quality virtual labs, tutorials - either power point type or video lessons, plenty of worked problems, a thoroughly worked answer key, tests, and a great quality textbook. Also, have you found that there are sufficient resource links to enhance and reinforce material lbeing studied? How difficult is it to aquire these materials (as a homeschool parent) and is customer support reasonable? Have you had success teaching college prep science using these materials? Thanks!
  17. Is anybody else planning their 3rd grade chemistry? So far I'm enchanted by Ellen McHenry's Elements (12 weeks, 8yo and up) perhaps to follow with her Brain (9 weeks, 8yo and up) and, if Button is up to it, Carbon Chemistry (no time listed, for 9yo and up). I figure that be a year's worth of work. I'm tempted to use REAL Science Chemistry as a spine, but perhaps that would be a pointless addition. I thought I'd supplement with Basher's Periodic Table and Basher's Chemistry Cartoon Guide to Chemistry (for older children -- will have to see how this goes) Maybe biographies for Marie Curie George Washington Carver Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Louis Pasteur Lord Kelvin (? -- the distinction btw. physics and chemists blurs/doesn't apply this early, not sure when we'll do Kelvin) Antoine Lavoisier Josiah Wedgwood -- not an academic chemist, but functionally a master materials scientist; would love to find a good bio for him Montessori-style cards were made by this blogger (links to her instructions) using this Elements site -- basic subatomic structure of each element. I haven't figured out whether or not I want to to this myself. we ourselves don't work very well from DK-style books, so none are listed ... but what are y'all doing? or, if you've come through Grammar chemistry already, what have you liked? ETA resources suggested by others, down-thread: Elemental Science curriculum GEMS Chemical Reactions unit Mr. Q's Chemistry Noeo Chemistry II Royal Fireworks' Press Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals: Chemistry (text + CD with visuals; you can download a sample) Guest Hollow's chemistry (this is a free scheduling of resources for a year of chemistry: do visit for the resource list at least, incl. DVDs) Homeschool Share's free chemistry unit (lapbooking/notebooking) ACS middle school chemistry-- this is free, but FWIW boardies much prefer McHenry's Elements. It is suggested to try ACS, then Elements since ACS is simpler; the ACS includes videos of dramatic demonstrations you prob. won't be doing at home :) ACS's Wonderscience activity book (on Amazon, used, much more cheaply) -- boardies love this resource. "Chemically Active: Experiments You Can Do At Home" book by Cobb "Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High-Speed Supercomputers" by Tiner Memoria Press' guide to the Tiner book above (they sell the text, too) -- scroll down a bit. "The Disappearing Spoon": this is not a book written for children; good resource for the parent or for a child old enough to enjoy. A living book. Theodore Gray's "The Elements" " "Elements Vault": Treasures of the Periodic Table w/ Removable Documents and Real Element Samples Incl. Gold " Photographic Card Deck of the Elements " The Elements Puzzle (1000 pieces) periodictable.com (from Gray & co, just like the Elements book but with other stuff too) periodicvideos.com from the University of Nottingham: videos for all elements, links to the authors' writing in the peer-reviewed journals Science and Nature Chemistry, &c.
  18. DS 12 told me he wanted to do chemistry this semester, so we are doing ACS Middle School Chemistry. It's a great program, but it is not what he expected - he wants fizz and bubble and explosions. I would therefore like to supplement ACS with some fun experiments that he and his dad can do together once a week or so. I don't have the time to shop for the supplies for experiments described in books like Fizz, Bubble and Flash. I need complete materials and instructions to hand to DH and DS and let them rip. If there is text or an online module to provide the formal "science" part, all the better. DS is a great reader. Thoughts so far: -PLATO Physical Science is science but no fizz, so that does not make sense given our needs. -Supercharged Mastery Kits are too much (in terms of time & $) given that we need a supplement, not a full program. Suggestions? Experiences? Reviews? Warnings? I am in an endless loop of surfing through websites and need to just make a choice!
  19. Sorry if this has been posted here already, but I wanted to share this link to the annual 50% off sale for Mr. Q. Science: http://www.eequalsmcq.com/HolidaySale2013.htm?utm_source=December+2012+LabNotes&utm_campaign=LabNotes+Nov+2012&utm_medium=email Of course, Life Science is free all the time, so you can preview it to your heart's content. But if you want to go on, 50% off certainly sweetens the deal. NOTE: all curriculum is in PDF form only, so you'll have to decide what to print yourself. I combed through the downloads, then used a free program called PDFill Tools to extract the pages I wanted to print into separate PDF documents, which I then printed (relatively) cheaply at Staples. Enjoy!
  20. :confused: We started chem this year with a 7th grader, 2 6th graders and a 3rd grader. We bought the Thames CHEM 2000 kit and everything else SWB recommemded for Chem, and I have to say that for the first time I am disappointed with this recommendation. Half the time the experiments don't work, and even if they do, there is so little explanation of the real concept behind the lab that it seems like all we are doing are magic tricks! It's very difficult to tie any learning of real chemistry with this kit because of the lack of information. I am not chemist but I do have a BS in biology and am 1 hr short of a chem minor, plus I worked in a water analysis lab for 2 years, so I do have a little exposure to chemistry. I still feel my instruction is inadquate with this lab. We are trying to follow the schedule set by SWB of doing labs for 90 minutes and writing them up, but there are so many "mini-labs" in this manual that we can't write them all up. Then the next class period we are supposed to research something related to the lab topic, but half the time we don't even know what we are looking for in the lab. Also, how do we get in the basics; ie, molecules, atoms, mixtures/compounds/solutions, etc? Is there any resource anywhere that might be helpful in identifying the most important concepts we should cover throughout the year? Anybody else try the CHEM 2000 lab, and how are you doing with it? Or does anyone have any suggestions for middle-school chemistry? Thanks for your help! Shelly
  21. I ordered this on Friday and it just arrive in my mail box at 10:55 on Monday morning! My boys are LOVING this curriculum. http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/id25.html AND... she was out of the cheaper version which I ordered and sent me the better version for no charge. Ellen, if you are out there... I love you!
  22. This is what he e-mailed me after chemistry today: I understand how to do it, i.e. 1 Mole 5 kg --------- + ---------- 2 kg 5 Moles You can cross out the kilograms and the moles. What I don't see is why. In this problem, the second part has a different denominator from the first. I thought you could only cross things out if they had the same denominator or were in a multiplication problem. *sorry for the formatting of the problem. It looks fine in preview but it must reformat it or something to take out the spaces I put in to align it correctly.
  23. Ohhhh Ruuuuth. Lol. Help? 1) What content do you want your daughter to learn in middle school? Are you more concerned about breadth or depth? I want breadth at the moment. Because DD enjoy science but likes a variety (she wants Biology and Chemistry; my husband also wants her exposed to Physics), right now I want to expose her to a variety of fields, not just dive deeply into one. My husband is taking care of physics every other Saturday with her. That leaves the rest on me. 2) What content does she want to learn? What is she interested in? Have you asked her? Right now she wants to learn chemistry. 3) What skills do you want her to learn in science? Skills that you do not have covered somewhere else. For example, she could learn to read and write about a history textbook, but she could learn to make oral presentations and write lab reports in science. etc. Skills. This one is tough. Autumn is dyslexic and while she *can* read well, it takes her a considerable amount of time to get through the same books/texts - and it frustrates her. She hates reading with an unrivaled passion. I'm not sure how much I want to push it in science. She is required to read and write for every other subject and I think that contributes to her dislike of many other subjects (she loathes history, for example). I suppose it may be best for her to approach science with oral presentations and lab reports. DD is a visual learner. She retains very little when it is presented TO her orally. This is two fold in difficulty - her dyslexia makes it difficult for her to read higher level content that she craves/needs, but she must read it/see it in order to retain it. 4) What kind of program do you feel comfortable implementing? Do you have the time and inclination to work with her? Do you need 1 book or can you manage many? Can you do a hands on program or do you not have the space or inclination? I can implement almost any programss? Do lab work? Does she like to read living books or more get-to-the-point short and dense books? Does she like documentaries or lecture series? How does she process/remember the information? She wants to use the labs. She hates reading in general and dislikes "living" books. If she has to read, she prefers a text. She does enjoy visually stimulating documentaries (not lectures though). She remembers by *seeing*, *doing*, and *reading*. 6) And here is the most difficult question for you, and I don't mean this in a snarky way - really. Are you ready to actually design a program that works with her strengths and desires? Or are you just going through the motions? Do you think in your most honest moments, that you really can't be bothered and that tailoring a program is just too hard and not really worth the trouble? Do you kind of know that in the end, you will still put her with a traditional textbook program? (And I am not against textbooks, I am just not convinced that she has the capability or interest right now to read them) Definitely ready. I want to work with her ONE area of interest; I realize the importance of doing so since she appears to struggle so much in other areas and generally dislikes school - but for science. We tried a traditional text at the beginning of the year, but it was nothing new to her so she lost interest quickly. I'm willing to purchase more in terms of supplies, books, or texts - I'm just not sure where to go with it. On hand, for chemistry, I have the following right now: Conceptual Physical Science a couple TOPS units Thames and Kosmos Chem kit The Story of Science (chem, physics, astronomy, I believe) Horrible Science boxed set
  24. Just planning ahead and trying to find a good fit for my older two. I feel like Chem 101 is a more casual choice. Dive appears to be more meaty. But, since I have never actually watched them, I was hoping someone else had.
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