This will be our first year HS. I have 2 9th graders and a kindergartner. For the 9th graders, I am using Apologia for Science and Abeka for nearly everything else. Anyway, I am going to need some projects for their Physical Science to help fill in some days. I am required by our cover church (which is required in our state) to have 170 days of lessons. There are only 16 modules in the course (about 4 modules per every 9 weeks). I am already trying to plan our first 9 weeks of school work. I am the type who has to have an organized lesson plan or I will go crazy..lol.
Anyway, I have already planned to do 5 modules in 7 weeks! So, what I am thinking is after we do these 5 modules, I am going to let them do about 2-3 weeks worth of projects to help reinforce what they have learned. The boys love doing things like this anyway so I figure it will be great to help fill in days and to help them enjoy it alot more. They will do at least a one page report with each project that they do.
The first module is on atoms and molecules. I thought about letting build a model of an atom or molecules.
Module 2 is about air. It covers carbon dioxide, humidity, the idea of global warming, carbon monoxide, pollution, and the ozone layer. I am not sure what to do here.
Module 3 is about the Atmosphere. It includes the Earth's layers. So maybe they could do a model of the Earth's layers.
Module 4 is The Wonder of Water. It basically covers everything water..I am not sure if there is anything I can really do with this that we won't be doing in experiments.
Module 5 is The Hydrosphere. It covers water sources, the hydrolic cycle, ground water and soil moisture, surface water, atmospheric moisture, and water pollution. I think for this they can do a nice drawing of the hydrolic cycle.
I will only do 2 or 3. I would give them a week to do each project (during normal classtime).
i would love to hear your thoughts and your ideas...thanks.