• Science Club

    2020 Distance Learning, Trimester 1:

    Procedures and Guidelines for Ms. Downing’s Science Classroom

    1) Office Hours: 


    Daily (M-F) 1:15pm-2:50pm 

    Sign up Genius Available on Google Classroom 

    All students are welcome to email (adowning@mvschools.orgto ask questions, get clarification or check in. I check my email regularly throughout the day and will do my best to respond promptly. 

    2) Posting Procedures: 

    I am posting the weekly document in Google Classroom to help students manage work: 

    • Each Monday a document featuring the four Tasks for the week will be posted on Google Classroom under Classwork→ Distance Learning by the dates of the week by 8:45 am. That means, you can see all tasks and learning goals that you should have finished by Friday. Each lesson features links to resources-text, videos, interactive simulations and lab activities. All work should be recorded in the Evidence of Learning column on this document to help students stay organized and on track. 

    3) Grading, Due Dates and Turn in Procedures: 

    • All work for the week is due Friday before midnight.  Please submit ALL work to Google Classroom

    • Points, scores, and credit for assignments will be returned to you via Google Classroom whenever applicable, but you can track your total points and scores easily by using Aeries Portal, which I am continuing to update with all assignments on a weekly basis.

    4) Science Curriculum Snapshot:

     For science, we will beginning the year by investigating the relationship between energy, motion and forces as we explore our Physics unit. We will also cover Chemistry and Earth History. A short unit of Family/Sex Ed will be covered between Thanksgiving and Winter Break.  Our culminating unit will be Astronomy, where we will study known objects in space and the universe as a whole. These units will lay the foundation for the upcoming Physics in the Universe course at Tam High. We will be using a variety of resources to augment and support our distance learning curriculum including (but not limited to) student science material kits, PhET simulations, PBS learning resources, Science World Magazine (videos and articles), Brainpop, Physics and Astronomy Webquests, and our Pearson science textbook for reference. Distance Learning will evolve over time and may modify the scope and sequence to best meet the needs of our students.