About the instructor of this Course:

The Principal Investigator (and Faculty Advisor) for the North Bay Science Project is Lynn Cominsky, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Sonoma State University. Lynn will be teaching the Physical Science portion of the Summer 2003 Physical Science Open Institute. Now in her seventeenth year on the SSU faculty, Dr. Cominsky is recognized as an outstanding educator. In 1993, she was both the SSU Outstanding Professor and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) California Professor of the Year. She has taught physics and astronomy at all undergraduate levels, including four years of inquiry-based physics for non-physics majors.

Assistant Instructor: Joanne del Corral

Since 1983 Joanne has been a lecturer in the Department of Physics and
Astronomy at Sonoma State University. The majority of her teaching has
been in General Physics Laboratories. In these labs physics students
obtain hands on experience exploring the abstract concepts introduced in
lecturer. For many students this is where understanding truly happens.

Physical Science Leadership Institute Summer 2003
Dates: June 27 - July 11, 2003

Week One: June 27 - July 3

  Friday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:00-9:30 Introduction: Organization, review and discussion of science standards Review of Content Review of content

Field Trip

Exploratorium

Museum exhibits and K-5 science standards

Review of Content

9:30-10:30

Introduction to Pedagogy and Principles of Science

Philosophy of scientific thought and K-5 pedagogy

Properties of Matter: Mass, Volume and Density

Using Physical Properties to Identify Objects HC: p. C5

Density Column HC: p. C31

Phases of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases

What can we find out about gases? HC gr. 2, p. C20

Mixtures and Solutions

Mix it up HC p. C31

Mixing Solids into Liquids HM p. C52

To mix or not to mix? HM p. C54

10:30-10:45 Break Break Break Break
10:45-12:15

Scientific Methods

Activities: Observations, Hypotheses, Experiments and Interpretations

Properties of Matter: Sinking and Floating

How Metal Boats Float HM: p. 198

Can Ice Sink? HM P. C7

Phase Changes: Melting and Freezing

Changing states of matter HC p. C12

Chemical Changes

Chemical Properties HC p. C20

Pennies, Paper Clips and Vinegar HC p. C33

12:15-1:15 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:15-2:45

Science and Math Activities

Measurements, graphing, geometry, statistics

Properties of Matter: Heat and Electrical Conduction

HC p. 73

Phase Changes: Evaporation and Condensation

How much liquid is in fruit? HC gr. 2 C27

Field Trip Cont’d

Museum exhibits and K-5 science standards

Review of K-5 Science Curriculum Building

Review of activities, materials, and application to standards

Changes in Matter

Splitting Water HC p. C57

Balloon Blower HM p. C64

2:45-3:00 Break Break Break Break
3:00-4:30

Science and Reading

Age appropriate resources

Finding science in reading assignments

Properties of Matter: Magnetism

Mystery Boxes HC p. C38

Phase Changes: Boiling and Sublimation

Dry Ice activities

HM p. 230

Concept Mapping
4:30-5:00
Daily Review Daily Review Daily Review Daily Review

 

Week Two: July 7 - July 11

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-9:30 Review of Content Review of Content Review of Content

Tour of Cerent Laboratories at Sonoma State University

(Scanning electron microscope, Auger spectrometer, X-ray diffraction machine, Atomic Force microscope)

Review of K-5 Science Curriculum Building

9:30-10:30

Atom’s Family: Electrons, Protons and Neutrons

Atom’s Family: Semiconductors

What’s the Matter in the Universe? Development of Lesson Study topics
10:30-11:00 Break Break Break Break
11:00-12:15

Atom’s Family: the Periodic Table

Atom’s Family: Isotopes, and Radioactivity

Group Reading

Discussion of matter properties in children’s literature

Development of Lesson Study topics
12:15-1:15 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:15-2:45

Periods and Families

HC p. C46 Grouping Elements

Water and Organic Molecules

MH p. 221 Modeling Molecules

Science as a way to teach math.

Analyzing data, graphing, tables and charts

Cerent Laboratories Continued

Summative Assessment and Evaluation

 

Post-test

2:45-3:00 Break Break Break Break
3:00-4:30

Atom’s Family: Metals and Magnets

HC p. C44

Molecules: Acids, Bases and Salts

HM p. C78 Cabbage Juice Science

Writing the Science Report

Concept Mapping Debriefing of Teacher Leaders
4:30-5:30 Daily Review Daily Review Daily Review

 

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