Semester Long Plan



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Science Department

Semester Long Plan


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IACS

Science Department

Semester Long Plan


Course Title: Chemistry for a Healthier You                    Grade:       11   

Instructor Information:  
Ms. Raksmey Derival
rderival@innovationcharter.org                                  
(978) 649-0432  x 3242
Extra Help:   Thursdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm or by appointment

Course Description:

This course will focus on the chemistry behind common consumer products and the effect of those products on health.  After a basic introduction to toxicology, students will learn how chemicals found in cosmetics, sunscreens, foods (pesticides, hormones, etc.) affect the human body.  Additionally, students will learn how consumer practices affect the environment.  Students will research and evaluate data that will better inform and guide them to make safer and healthier lifestyle/consumer decisions.  The goal is to create better informed citizens who can improve their health and the environment through their consumer powers.

Strands:
  1. Experimentation:  

Whenever students are required to collect, analyze, and display data, their work will be graded as part of this strand.   Methods of this data collection can be done via traditional labs as well as computer simulations.   

  1. Research:  

The scientific community is rich with ever evolving ideas and findings.  Students must develop the skills to access and evaluate this information from multiple sources, document these sources, and summarize the findings in writing.   Students will improve their ability to ask questions, an important skill in science.  Students will have at least one research paper and several smaller research based assignments.

  1. Modeling:  

Creating models can be an extremely helpful way to transform concepts from the abstract to the concrete.  Students can build physical models, computer simulations, or create conceptual models/maps to represent processes or principles that exist in the natural world.  

  1. Work Habits:

Work should be completed in a Punctual manner, students should be Productive during class, students should contribute to a Positive work environment.   These traits will create an environment where people are Proud of their work.


Semester Overview:
  • Sustainability
  • Toxicology
  • Waste, e-waste, water
  • Household products
  • Cosmetics
  • Foods
  • Major project
    • Students will evaluate a current product being used in their home, then find a healthier alternate for the product, an alternate way to replace/reuse the current product, and/or if it is appropriate, students can design a greener version of the product.





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