Last week, the chem 20s had their second quiz of the semester, and performed their first official "quick lab". I am learning a lot from these weekly quizzes, although they are not worth marks, they do tell me the gaps in understanding in the class, and WOW there are a few gaps!
So this week, instead of moving forward, we are going back. All the way back to science 10 review, because each and every student in this chemistry class need more practice on creating and balancing equations! So we will return to the basics, as if they are not confident in creating equations, the next step in chem 20 will be basically impossible! Not to worry - we have time, and in order to be successful, if we have to take a little bit more time, its ok!
Just to note, the first real exam for chem 20 is Thursday October 6, prior to the Thanksgiving long weekend. This will allow the chem 20s to have ZERO homework over the 5 day break! If your child will be absent the day prior to the break, please let me know, as I would prefer they write the test before leaving!
This week in Chem 20
Monday: Review of Quiz / Balancing
Tuesday: Stoich Project Work
Wednesday: Stoich Project Work
Thursday: Assembly - no chem class
Friday: Topic 13 Mole Ratio!
Upcoming Due Dates
Tues Sept 27: Iced Tea Quick Lab due
Thurs Oct 6: Summative Exam 1 (Topic 1-13)
Fri Oct 14: Stoich Project due
Last week, the students had their first quiz in chem 20, and it came to my attention that there is a lot of misconceptions in the math that occurs in chemistry. This is of no fault to the students, as it turns out (to my surprise), the curriculum in grade 9-11 math does not really go into depth with manipulating formulas. So this may be a consistent struggle throughout the year. Thankfully, for the most part, chem 20 can be solved using unit conversions, and as long as the chem 20s practice practice practice, they will be fine!
This week in chem 20 we will dive right into reviewing the mole concepts learned in science 10, taking it a little bit further with converting moles to concentration. We will finish up by creating and testing solutions of iced tea! Yum to chemistry!
Reminder, the Terry Fox run is this Friday, and if you have pledged to donate, you can use the link http://www.terryfox.ca/ChestermereHigh to donate today!
This week in Chemistry 20
Monday: Topic 11 Moles
Tuesday: Topic 12 Molar Concentration
Wednesday: Work Period / Study
Thursday: Quiz 2 Topic 7-10
Friday: Iced Tea Quick Lab (time dependant on Terry Fox Run!)
Last week the chem 20s got to EXPERIENCE chemistry! I really didn't teach them anything, but together we designed and performed experiments to find the trends that gases experience involving pressure, volume and temperatures changes. I was just there to facilitate and make sure they didn't make any mistakes! SO MUCH FUN and LEARNING! <3
This week, we will continue with the inquiry based laws, learning Lussac's Law (the trends of pressure and temperature on a gas) and Combined Gas Law (pressure, volume and temperature). After that, we will move on to the next section of learning with a review of science 10 atoms and molecules within the periodic table.
Thursday, the chem 20s will have their first formative assessment, a quiz. This will cover the gas laws learned in class, but it will not count on the student's overall grade. Instead, it will let me see where they need more help and learning, and let the students see the types of questions that might be on a summative assessment.
This week in Chem 20
Monday: Lussac's Law Inquiry
Tuesday: Combined Gas Law Inquiry
Wednesday: Atoms and Molecules
Thursday: Quiz 1 (Topic 1-7) and Review
Friday: Periodic Trends
Hello Everyone! Welcome to Chem 20 with Ms. Mogck! I am looking forward to an exciting new year full of chem activities!
This website is super handy for both students AND parents, to see what is going on in class, and as a resource. If you look around the site, you can find notes, videos, extra practice and just about anything to do with my classroom throughout the year! This website will be updated weekly to allow parents to see what is coming up during the week, and any future assessments!
This year, I am teaching chemistry a little bit differently, in hopes of reducing student anxiety and improving student interest and understanding of chemistry! Instead of taking in a million tiny assignments, the only things that will influence a student's mark are major labs, assignments and cumulative tests. There will be additional assignments and weekly quizzes (Thursdays) that will be assessed, to allow students to improve on their understanding, however these will not influence their overall grade in the class. Instead, students will be provided with comments, suggestions and complete answers to demonstrate successful achievement of outcomes. If a student chooses not to hand in an assignment on time (that is not for marks), they will simply not receive the feedback that will assist them in doing better on the major assessments. This will also effect their ability to rewrite the cumulative tests (as per the science department assessment policy). The following breakdown is how chemistry 20 will be graded this semester:
4 Full Lab Reports (30%)
4 Major Projects (20%)
4 Cumulative Tests (25%)
Written Final Exam (13%)
Lab Final Exam (12%)
Hopefully this will be a great year! If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at your earliest convenience!
This week in Chem 20
Tuesday: WHMIS, Sig Figs and Unit Conversions
Wednesday: Boyle's Law Inquiry Lab
Thursday: Charles' Law Inquiry Lab
Friday: Gay Lussac's Law Inquiry Lab
Science Dept Learning Lead
Chestermere High School
Ms. Kendra Mogck