States of Matter 101 Course Syllabus

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States of Matter 101 Course Syllabus

  1. 1. States of Matter 101 Course Syllabus Fall 2013
  2. 2. Instructor Information • • • • Instructor: Katherine A. Hill Email: kh03349@georgiasouthern.edu Phone: (229) 881-5899 Office Hours: 3:15-4:00 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) 4:00-4:30 (Tuesday/Thursday)
  3. 3. Course Description Matter, Matter Everywhere! is an online course designed as an introduction to the three states of matter. In this course, learners will investigate the three states of matter through a variety of online learning experiences. Learners will use the information gained throughout the course to create a States of Matter presentation using Prezi. The intended audience for this online course is second grade students. This course is completely online and is accessible through PBworks and KidBlog.
  4. 4. Georgia Performance Standard S2P1. Students will investigate the properties of matter and changes that occur in objects. a. Identify the three common states of matter as solid, liquid, or gas.
  5. 5. Course Goals By the end of this module, students will be able to: ~Use correct vocabulary when defining and explaining properties of the three states of matter. ~Determine whether an object is a solid, liquid, or gas.
  6. 6. Course Objectives After completing the tasks in this module, students will: ~Define solids, liquids, and gases. ~Describe the properties of a solid, liquid, and gas. ~Classify pictures of matter as a solid, liquid, or gas. ~Create a States of Matter presentation following a rubric (see Module 3) that will demonstrate their understanding of the 2nd grade standard S2P1. (a).
  7. 7. Prerequisites ~Students will need to know how to write a complete sentence. ~Students will need to know how to read and follow a given set of directions. Directions will be provided in audio format for students who are not able to read on a 2nd grade reading level. ~Students will need to be able to classify pictures of objects into groups that are alike. ~It will be understood that adult supervision is a prerequisite for this online course due to each student’s age and the fact that they are having to access websites and search for pictures on the internet. ~Students will need to create a Prezi account, if they do not already have one, prior to taking this online course. Directions on how to create a Prezi will be included on the course website for students who need additional help. ~Students will need to post and reply to discussions using KidBlog. Directions on how to access and navigate throughout KidBlog will be included on the course website for students who need additional help.
  8. 8. Course Activities Module 1 (Week 1): ~Listen to the Getting Started Video. ~Read through the Syllabus. ~Listen to the podcast that provides overview of the content in this course. ~Follow instructions for completing the communication activity. ~Complete Syllabus Quiz. Module 2 (Week 2): ~Read the States of Matter article. ~Watch the Study Jams video and complete Test Yourself quiz after watching the video. ~Watch the States of Matter BrainPOP Jr. video and complete Easy and Hard Quiz. ~Complete online picture sort. ~Follow instructions for completing the communication activity. ~Take online States of Matter Quiz. Module 3 (Week 3): ~Create a States of Matter presentation using Prezi. Please follow the instructions and rubric listed under Course Activities.
  9. 9. Course Project A States of Matter presentation will be created using Prezi. Students should follow the instructions below. The rubric used to grade this presentation is provided on the next slide. Instructions for completing the States of Matter presentation: ~Open Prezi and start a new presentation. ~Frames should include the following (Students will only be allowed to use images within Prezi for this presentation). ~Title of presentation and student’s first and last name ~Information about Solids - definition, and properties of solids, at least 3 images that represent a solid. ~Information about Liquids - definition, and properties of liquids, at least 3 images that represent a liquid. ~Frame(s) that include information about Gases - definition, and properties of gases, at least 3 images that represent a gas. ~At least two additional resources not listed in the online course. These resources may be videos, websites, articles, etc. ~References. ~Prezi should be saved and include a title and student’s first and last name. States of Matter presentations will be shared by posting the presentation URL on KidBlog.
  10. 10. States of Matter Presentation Rubric Category Attractiveness 3 Makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, etc. to enhance the presentation. (6 points) 2 Makes use of font, color, graphics, etc. but occasionally these distract the content of the presentation. (4 points) 1 Use of font, color, graphics, etc. but these often distract the content of the presentation. (2 points) Content All components of the project are included. (9 points) Student includes at least 2 out Student includes 1 out of 3 of of 3 components of the the components. project. (3 points) (6 points) Multimedia Effective use of images/videos/links to enhance and support content. (6 points) Prezi includes adequate photos, videos, and/or links to support content. (4 points) Little to no photos, videos, and/or links are included in the Prezi. (2 points) Spelling & Grammar No spelling or grammatical mistakes. (9 points) Minor spelling or grammatical mistakes. (6 points) Spelling and grammatical mistakes hinder clear communication of ideas. (3 points) Originality Content is original and in the student’s own words. (9 points) Most content is original. All content is in the student’s own words. (6 points) Content is not original and not in the student’s own words. (3 points) Organization The path moves logically from one idea to the next. Ideas are grouped in a way that makes sense. (6 points) The path moves in a seemingly arbitrary way. Ideas are not grouped or are grouped arbitrarily. (4 points) There is no path and/or grouping. (2 points)
  11. 11. Grading Information: Grades are based on a scale of 100 points and are distributed among major assignments as follows: Assignment Weekly KidBlog Participation Syllabus Quiz States of Matter Quiz States of Matter Presentation End of Course Survey Percentage Value 20% 5% 25% 45% 5% Weekly KidBlog Participation: Participation in discussions must be completed within the week assigned. Our primary means of interaction this semester will be through discussions using KidBlog. This will count for 20% of your final grade. Syllabus Quiz: Students will take the Syllabus Quiz at the end of Module 1. This will account for 5% of your final grade. States of Matter Quiz: Students will take the States of Matter Quiz at the end of Module 2. This will account for 25% of your final grade. States of Matter Presentation: Students will complete the States of Matter presentation during Module 3. This performance requirement is fully described under the Course Assignments section of this syllabus.
  12. 12. Expectation for Use of Technology: ~Watch the following video to learn about Netiquette http://www.netsmartzkids.org/LearnWithClicky/BadNetiquetteStinks ~Guidelines for Course Discussions: ~Each discussion post should be thoughtful and demonstrate an understanding of the topic. ~Be nice classmates. ~Refrain from inappropriate language and personal attacks. ~Avoid using slang. ~Access to Tools: Computer/laptop with internet access and internal/external speakers ~Cyber Safety: Watch the following video to learn how to be safe online http://www.netsmartzkids.org/LearnWithClicky/BeSaferOnline ~Parent Guidelines: Please review the details included in this syllabus with child so that you will both be familiar with the expectations and policies incorporated in this online course. Please feel free to assist your child in completing the assignments. However, completing assignments for your child is more harmful than good. Any assignments that are completed by anyone other than the student in this class will receive NO CREDIT.

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