Mr. Smith — Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Environmental Science

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School!

As your teacher, I commit to providing:
  1. Engaging, demanding, and justice-oriented teaching intended to support both students’ individual and collective self-determination;
  2. Office hours after school once a week during which students can seek additional support; 
  3. Progress report meetings each marking period (October 7, January 27, and April 17); 
  4. Ongoing dialogue about your son’s growth and needs throughout the year; 
  5. An updated course website with assignments and due dates listed; and 
  6. Opportunities for students to engage in science beyond our classroom through field trips, internships, and a monthly guest speaker program.
Check out a syllabus for each of my courses below:
Students and families may view grades on PowerSchool.


Homework
All homework will be posted on Google classroom
**Ask Mr. Smith for a Google Classroom code for access**


What's Been Happening in Class?

Do Only Chemical Reactions Change Temperature? What About Physical Changes?
[Week 3, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry]
  • What happens when something dissolves?
  • What ideas do we have about temperature and particles? 
  



How Can We Use Chemical and Physical Properties to Sort Plastics?
[Week 3, AP Environmental Science]
  • What are chemical and physical properties?
  • What makes kinds of plastics similar? Different?
      

      



    Wait, How Small Is a Particle Anyway?
    [Week 3, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry]
    • What does it take to get to the nanoscale?
    • How small are atoms and molecules compared to other stuff we've studied in science?
      



    What Other Substances Might Change Temperature When We Mix Them?
    [Week 2, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry]
    • What does it look like to write a procedure?
    • What ideas do we have about what's going on when temperature changes when we mix two substances?
      



    Simulating Wastewater Treatment Processes
    [Week 2, AP Environmental Science]
    • What processes and properties of matter are involved in cleaning our water?
    • How can we represent parts of a system?
      



    What Happens When We Mix Substances Together?
    [Week 2, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry]
    • What does safe and productive lab work look like?
    • How should we describe what we observe when we mix substances together?
      



    More Practice with Observations and Explanations: What We Can See and What We Can't See 
    [Week 1, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science]
    • What is the relationship between observations and explanations?
    • What are some common practices we might use to record observations and draft explanations?
    • How should we work together in small groups?
      



    Analyzing Historical Primary Sources and Asking Science and Social Studies Questions: "Radium Girls"
    [Week 1, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science]
      • How can we use our observations and reflections to help us ask questions?
      • What kinds of questions are productive for us to pursue as a class?
        

        



      Observing and Explaining How a Loose Metal Spring Falls 
      [Week 1, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science]
      • What is the relationship between observations and explanations?
      • What are some common practices we might use to record observations and draft explanations?
      • How should we work together in small groups?
      • What does it look like to learn from each other in whole group discussion?
        

        


      Comments