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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Plans

CPO Physical Earth and Space Science Plans

I like CPO science.  Many are steered away from it because of the extensive list of expensive lab supplies that are recommended.  This is my second time using CPO science and we have found that it works well without spending a ton of money.  I’ve adapted some of the science investigations and substituted others.  This time through we are actually doing less investigations overall and are spending more time on videos especially since my son did most of the investigations along with his older brother a couple years ago.

We have pretty much done unit studies for science throughout the elementary years.  In middle school, I started venturing into using textbooks because of my personal limitations on science knowledge.  A textbook explains things in a way that I cannot.  A teacher’s edition allows me to check my child’s understanding too.cpo

CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science is an integrated textbook.  It combines physical science, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy.   The publisher of the textbook states that it is designed to be an integrated hands-on approach to a high school physical science.

My 6th grader is using CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science, but I’m spreading it out over 2 school years.  This year he will probably get through 4-5 units so those are the only ones I’m listing here.  He is finishing up his microbiology unit study and doing some engineering projects this year too.

We are using:

Unit 1:  Introduction

CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 1 – Measurement

  • CPO Investigation 1A Measurement
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science read chapter 1.1 Measurement pg 4-10
  • Go over Section 1.1 Review orally with me
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 1.2 Time and Distance pg 11-16
  • Go over Section 1.2 review orally with me
  • CPO Skill and Practice 1.2 Indirect Measurment
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 1.3 Converting Units pg 17-23
  • Go over section 1.3 review with me orally
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 1.4 Measurement and Graphing pg 24-29
  • Go over section 1.4 review orally with me
  • CPO Skill and Practice 1.4 Creating Scatterplots
  • Chapter 1 Assessment – All of vocabulary and selected other problems.
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 2 – The Scientific Process

  • CPO Investigation 2C Wave Speed
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 2.1 Inquiry and the Scientific Method pg 33-38
  • Go over section 2.1 orally with me
  • Complete Mastering the Scientific Method
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 2.2 Experiments and Variables pg 40-42
  • Go over section 2.2 orally with me
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 2.3 The Nature and Science of Technology pg 44-46
  • Go over section 2.3 orally with me
  • Chapter 2 Assessment – All of vocabulary and selected other problems
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 3 Mapping Earth

  • Investigation 3A: Positive and Negative Position
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 3.1 Position, Coordinates, and Maps pg 52-59
  • Go over section 3.1 orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Worksheet 3.1 Latitude and Longitude
  • Investigation 3B: Topographic Mapping
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 3.2 pg 61-64
  • Go over section 3.2 orally with me
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science 3.3 Bathymetric Maps pg 66-68
  • Go over section 3.3 orally with me
  • Complete chapter 3 Assessment pg 70-73  All vocabulary and selected other problems
  • Find a couple local geocaches
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Unit 2:  Motion, Force, and Energy

CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 4:  Motion

  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 4.1 Speed and Velocity pg 74-79magnext
  • Go over section 4.1 orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Vectors on a map
  • Build Magnext iCoaster marble raceway with 5 large and 5 small track pieces.  Design a track that gets the ball through the raceway as fast as possible and design a track that gets the ball through the raceway as slow as possible.
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 4.2 Graphs of Motion pg 81-84
  • Go over section 4.2 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Worksheet – Analyzing Graphs of Motion with Numbers with me
  • Use Vernier Video Physics app to track object going down inclined plane.  Discuss acceleration concepts from Investigation 4B
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 4.3 Acceleration pg 86-92
  • Go over section 4.3 questions orally with me
  • Play around with Vernier Video Physics app
  • Skill and Practice worksheet on acceleration with me
  • Complete chapter 4 assessment pg 94-96.  All vocabulary and selected other problems.
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 5 – Force

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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 6 – Newton’s Laws of Motion

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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 7 – Work and Energy

  • Watch http://www.teachersdomain.org/asset/mck05_int_rollercoaster/ and Watch http://www.teachersdomain.org/asset/phy03_vid_roller/ and then play around at http://www.funderstanding.com/slg/coaster/and http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/energy-skate-park-basics/latest/energy-skate-park-basics_en.html before going over concepts from investigation 7A
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 7.1:  Force, Work, and Machines, pg 147-153
  • Go over 7.1 questions orally with me
  • Skill and practice Types of Levers
  • Explore toys that have work translated into potential energy that is not gravitational (pressure, compression, elastic). and discuss concepts from Investigation 7B
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 7.2 Energy and the Conservation of Energy pg 155-165
  • Go over 7.2 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Conservation of Energy
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 7.3 Efficiency and Power pg 167-170
  • Go over 7.3 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Power in Flowing Energy
  • Chapter 7 assessment pg 172-174;  All of vocabulary and selected other problems.
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Unit 3:  Matter, Energy, and Earth

CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 8 – Matter and Temperature

  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 8.1 – The Nature of Matter pg 178-182
  • Go over 8.1 questions orally with me
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 8.2 Temperature pg 184-188
  • Go over 8.2 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Temperature Scales
  • Watch melting point and freezing point demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKbBbOa8Ig8 Watch melting point https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZUpbGF0Jj0 and discuss concepts from Investigation 8A
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science chapter 8.3 The Phases of Matter pg 190-194
  • Go over 8.3 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Reading a Heating/Cooling Curve
  • Investigation 8B:  Freezing Point of a Stable Mixture (need ice cream shell) using thermometer instead of temperature probe
  • Complete chapter 8 assessment;  All vocabulary and selected other problems
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 9 – Heat

  • Investigation 9A:  Temperature and Heat  Make aluminum cube from soda can.  Make sure you have a measuring cup that measures in ml and a thermometer for hot and cold.
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 9.1 Heat and Thermal Energy pg 199-204
  • Go over 9.1 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Specific Heat
  • Investigation 9B:  Convection in Earth’s Atmosphere Need geobox made, incense
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 9.2 Heat Transfer pg 206-210
  • Go over 9.2 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Heat Transfer
  • Complete chapter 9 assessment pg 212-214; All of vocabulary and selected other problems
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 10 – Properties of Matter

  • Find the density of irregular objects http://www.biologyjunction.com/volume_of_irregular_object_lab.htm
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 10.1 Density pg 216-220
  • Go over 10.1 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Density
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 10.2 Properties of a Solid pg 222-225
  • Go over 10.2 questions orally with me
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 10.3 Properties of Fluids pg 227-232
  • Go over 10.3 questions orally with me
  • Investigation 10B – Need stick of clay
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 10.4 Buoyancy pg 234-240
  • Go over 10.4 questions orally with me
  • Skill and Practice Buoyancy
  • Complete chapter 10 assessment on pages 242-244; All vocabulary and selected other problems
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 11 – Earth’s Atmosphere and Weather

  • Investigation 11A (need sand, water, 2 containers, thermometer, light)
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 11.1 Earth’s Atmosphere pg 246-252
  • Go over 11.1 questions orally with me
  • Investigation 11B (ongoing for 1 month using online weather resources)
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 11.2 Weather Variables pg 253-262
  • Go over 11.2 questions orally with me
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 11.3 Weather Patterns pg 263-271
  • Go over 11.3 questions orally with me
  • Complete chapter 11 assessment; all vocabulary and selected other problems
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Unit 4:  Matter and Its Changes

CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 12 – Atoms and the Periodic Table

  • Play MASTR the Elements app until 4 badges are earned
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 12.1 The Structure of the Atom pg 278-284
  • Go over 12.1 questions with me orally
  • Play Oresome Elements app until level 3 is completed in less than 4 minutes
  • Play Atommate card game
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 12.2 Electrons pg 285-290
  • Go over 12.2 questions with me orally
  • Play Periodic Table Quiz app levels 1-14
  • Play Atommate card game
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 12.3 The Periodic Table of the Elements pg 291-296
  • Go over 12.3 questions with me orally
  • lay Periodic Table Quiz app levels 15-29
  • Play Atommate card game
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 12.4 Properties of the Elements pg 297-302
  • Go over 12.4 questions with me orally
  • Play Chemistry Allie app Atomic Numbers, Chemical Names, and Symbols
  • Play Atommate card game
  • Complete Chapter 12 assessment;  all of vocabulary and selected other problems
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 13 – Compounds

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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 14 – Changes in Matter

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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 15 – Chemical Cycles and Climate Change

  • Photosynthesis in Leaf Disks Lab http://www.biologyjunction.com/5b-photoinleafdiskslesson.pdf
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 15.1 Chemical Changes pg 364-372
  • Go over 15.1 questions orally with me
  • Investigation 15C Natural Resources (need dried beans – two kinds, sand, soil, and clay)
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 15.2 Global Climate Change
  • Go over 15.2 questions orally with me
  • Chapter 15 assessment;  All vocabulary and selected other problems
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Unit 5:  Electricity and Magnetism

CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 16 – Electricity

  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 16.1 Charge an Electric Circuits pg 384-388
  • Review 16.1 questions orally with mesnap
  • Snap Circuits Student Guide Part 1
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 16.2 Current and Voltage pg 389-392
  • Review 16.2 questions orally with me
  • Snap Circuits Student Guide Part 2
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 16.3 Resistance and Ohm’s Law pg 393-400
  • Review 16.3 questions orally with me
  • Snap Circuits Student Guide Part 3
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 16.4 Types of Circuits pg 401-411
  • Review 16.4 questions orally with me
  • Chapter 16 Assessment;  all of vocabulary and selected other problems.
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CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 17- Magnetism

  • Investigation 17A – (need compass and 2 magnets)
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 17.1 Properties of Magnets pg 418-424
  • Go over 17.1 questions orally with mesnaptricity
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 17.2 Electromagnets pg 425-429
  • Go over 17.2 questions orally with me
  • Snaptricity Electromagnetism projects #43-52
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 17.3 Electric Motors and Generators pg 430-435
  • Go over 17.3 questions orally with me
  • Read Physical, Earth, and Space Science Chapter 17.4 Generating Electricity pg 436-443
  • Go over 17.4 questions orally with me
  • Do 5 more Snaptricity projects of choice
  • Complete Chapter 17 assessment;  all of vocabulary and selected other problems
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One Comment:

  1. What a timely post, thank you! I purchased this last year and have been working hard at making it work for us. But I was becoming a bit frustrated and began looking at other programs (ie. Apologia). I think this will help us stay with it for a while longer! Science is not my strength but my son is strong at it and I don’t want to be a hindrance. Thanks again!

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