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Physical Science Curriculum

Maxwell Adventist Academy


Course Description
This course will focus on the introduction of the major concepts, processes, and skills of Physical Science & Earth Science, with an
emphasis upon hands-on activities and applying these concepts to our daily lives. Concepts will be introduced by discussion of
relevant issues, labs, demonstrations and problem solving activities. The concepts will be reinforced through worksheets, homework
assignments, and classroom discussions.

Core Adventist Science Standards


As students study science in Maxwell Adventist Academy, they will understand the principle of God as the Creator and Sustainer of
the universe including all life on earth. In the various classes they will recognize the core concepts of Adventist philosophy which
include:
Showing great understanding of the Genesis account of creation in six literal days.
Valuing Gods revelation of Himself through the natural world, as well as the Holy Bible and inspired writings of
Ellen G. White.
Recognizing the redemptive plan of Christ and His desire to restore this world to its original created state.

Standards
Physical Science
Understands the structure and properties of matter
Understands the sources and properties of energy
Understands forces and motion

Science Earth and Space Science


Understands atmospheric processes and the water cycle
Understands earths composition and structure
Understands the composition and structure of the universe and the Earths place in it

Goals
The Science program in Maxwell Adventist Academy will enable the student to accomplish the following:
Develop a meaningful relationship with God.
Develop those attitudes, values, and aspirations which strengthen belief in God as the Creator and in His special creation.
Understand the processes, concepts, classifications, generalizations, and unifying principles which lead to an awareness
of God and His creation.
Promote a growing interest in, curiosity and appreciation for science.
Using the scientific method, develop fundamental skills in gathering, organizing, interpreting, and communicating
scientific information, and drawing valid conclusions based on data obtained.
Develop proficiency in critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and cooperative learning skills.
Using laboratory and field investigations develop safety skills and an understanding of scientific concepts and processes.
Recognize the relationship of science and technology, and acknowledge their potential and limitations within society.
Evaluate current issues involving science and technology, and recognize the necessity of ethics and its application in
science.
Recognize the challenge of conflicting ideas and use critical analysis to discuss such topics as creation vs. evolution,
cloning, abortion, global warming and AIDS.
Recognize and appreciate the diverse ethnic and gender contributions to science.
Recognize how society influences the development and use of natural resources, and understand the individuals
responsibility to be good stewards of those resources.
Apply scientific concepts, related theories, laws, assumptions, observations and evidence to solving problems in everyday
life.
Recognize and evaluate aptitudes, interests, and abilities in exploring career and vocational opportunities in science.
Utilize reference materials, including appropriate Internet sources, to acquire information necessary for understanding a
particular topic.

First Semester - Physical Science


Course Overview
Physical science is a laboratory science based on the analysis of data. The realm of physical science includes physics, chemistry, and
the interaction of these upon the environment.

Goals and Essential Learnings

Topics

References

1. Develop attitudes, values and aspirations that strengthen


belief in the role of God as Master Designer, Creator,
Sustainer and Redeemer
2. Discern the wisdom and power of God, who has designed
the laws that govern the physical and chemical worlds.

God Designer, Creator,


Sustainer, and Redeemer/Faith

Bible & E.G. White


Writings

Electricity & magnetism


Gravity
Orders of magnitude

Textbook:
Chapters 16 & 17

3. Discover, understand and apply the concepts governing


chemical and physical phenomena.

Textbook:
Chapters 4 6, 14, 19-20

Atoms and Molecules


Chemical Reactions
Forces & Motion
Matter - Forms & Transfer of
Energy
Properties of Substances
Wave Characteristics &
Interaction
Atomic structure
Scientific method

Ethics, technology & society

Internet

People in science

Internet

4. Use conceptual models in the study of physical science.


5. Observe, collect and interpret data and make inferences
from that data.
6. Safely use laboratory instruments, equipment and
materials.
7. Recognize career and vocational opportunities in physical
science.

Textbook: Chapter 4
Textbook: Chapter 1

Second Semester Earth Science


Course Overview
Earth Science is the study of the Earth, its characteristics, meteorological phenomena, and outer space. Major topics include
geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. As students study geomorphic features and major geologic processes of the
past, present and future, they should gain a greater appreciation of God as the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Topics will be
taught from a content and concept basis with an emphasis on scientific processes and correlations with biblical accounts of Creation
and the Flood.

Goals and Essential Learning Objectives


1. Understand the basic laws, principles and theories of
Earth Science.
2. Understand the meteorological phenomena that
impact our planet.
3. Use and understand conceptual models to explain
earth processes.
4. Identify features of given objects, i.e. planets, suns,
asteroids and comets.

5. Dive into the world of oceanography and understand


the structures of the ocean floor.
6. Understand the major geologic processes and how
they shape the objects in the solar system.

Topics

Scientific Method
Earths Origin and History
Earths Atmosphere
Solar System
Faith in God Designer, Creator,
Sustainer and Redeemer/faith
Plate Tectonics
Gravity
Orders of Magnitude
The Universe
Sun and Other Stars
Solar System
Motion of Celestial Bodies
Earths Origin and History
Earths Surface Features
Motion of Celestial Bodies
Solar System
Motion of Celestial Bodies
God Designer, Creator, Sustainer
and Redeemer/faith

References
Textbook: Chapter 1
Internet
Textbook: Chapters 19 & 22
Bible
Textbook: Chapter 22:1
Textbook: Chapters 19 & 20

Textbook: Chapter 21

Textbook: Chapters 19 & 20


Bible

7. Construct geologic time scales for both the


uniformitarian and catastrophic models.

8. Recognize geomorphic features and explain the


geologic processes of the earth.
9. Understand how geology influences the quality of
living in an area.
10. Be aware of environmental changes in relation to
geomorphic and population impact.
11. Develop hypotheses that explain the observable
features of the earth.

12. Understand the implications of catastrophism and


the massive, fossil-bearing, sedimentary deposits.

13. Be aware of career opportunities in the field of


earth science and the requirements of those vocations.

Earths Origin and History


Rocks, Minerals, and Soil
God Designer, Creator, Sustainer
and Redeemer/faith
Earths Surface Features
Plate Tectonics
Earths Origin and History
Earths Surface Features
Earths Atmosphere
Plate Tectonics
Ethics, Technology, and Society
Earths Atmosphere
Natural Resource Management
Scientific Method
Earths Origin and History
Earths surface features
Plate tectonics
God Designer, Creator, Sustainer
and Redeemer/faith

Textbook: Chapter 21:3

Earths Origins and History


Earths Surface Features
Plate Tectonics
God Designer, Creator, Sustainer
and Redeemer/faith
People in Science
Ethics, Technology and Society

Internet
Chapter 21

Bible/E.G.White Writings
Textbook: Chapter 22

Textbook: Chapters 21- 22

Textbook: Chapters 19 & 22

Textbook: Chapter 1
Internet
Chapter 21
Bible/E.G.White Writings

Bible/E.G.White Writings
Internet