Science Studies Weekly - Physical Science
A weekly series of physical science lessons for grades 6 - 8, each issue includes current events, biographical spotlights, labs with experiments that reinforce the concept being taught, articles about noteworthy technology, and crossword puzzles.
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Week 1 - Scientific Inquiry An overview of scientific inquiry, including formulating questions, forming hypotheses and carrying out experiments.
Week 2 - Properties of Matter Explores the physical and chemical properties of matter.
Week 3 - Changing Matter Discusses how matter can be changed from one state to another and how it can be combined physically or chemically.
Week 4 - Force Explores both contact and non-contact forces; discusses inertia and weightlessness in space.
Week 5 - Motion Discusses the motion of objects, including speed, velocity and acceleration.
Week 6 - Energy Explores both kinetic and potential energy, as well as forms of energy including heat, light, electrical, chemical and nuclear.
Week 7 - Energy Transformation Examines ways energy is transformed from one form to another and the flow of energy in systems; discusses the laws of thermodynamics.
Week 8 - Light and Sound Explores light and sound energy and describes characteristics of waves.
Week 9 - Machines Discusses both simple and compound machines and how machines help people do work.
Week 10 - Engineering Explores design, invention and innovation; discusses scale and models.