Stephanie R. Henderson
Manzano High School
Albuquerque, NM

Unit Objectives:   By the end of this section, you should be able to 

  1. Give specific examples of what to do and what not to do during given safety situations,
  2. Classify materials as metals, polymers, ceramics/glass, or composites,
  3. Distinguish between chemical and physical properties and chemical and physical changes,
  4. Tell the difference between matter and energy and give examples of each,
  5. Classify energy as kinetic, potential, radiant, chemical, or mechanical,
  6. Identify and give examples of transformations in matter and energy,
  7. Explain the laws of conservation of mass and energy.

Key Terms - B


  • chemical energy


  • conservation of energy

    conservation of



  • heat

    kinetic energy

  • mechanical energy


  • matter


  • polymer

    potential energy

  • radiant energy


    Grading Scale:


      B C D F
      88-100 pts 75-87 pts 62-74 pts 49-61 pts < 49 pts

    * Textbook Reference: Addison-Wesley Chemistry Chapter 1

    * Useful Websites:


    C Layer: 

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    may not exceed





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        Assignment Description Worth




      R Complete a Weekly Work Log for this unit.  Hand it in at the end of the week. 5    
      R Complete a Unit 1B Pre-Test and turn it in. 5    
      R Watch all the Safety Demonstrations.  Answer the accompanying questions for each demonstration on a piece of paper.  Defend your answers to your group. 5    
        Listen to lecture and take notes                     (DAY       1      2      3    4 )    5/day    
        Read Sections 1-3, 1-5, 1-9, 1-10, and 1-12 from the Addison-Wesley book.  Take notes on each section. 3/sec    
        Rewrite the Unit Objectives as open-ended questions and answer them correctly. 2/obj    
        Based on ALL the lecture notes, write a 10-question quiz and an answer key.  Have a peer take your quiz (orally or written).  Discuss their “score” with teacher  
        Make a definitions list (or flashcards) for all key terms.  You’ll be quizzed randomly on 10. 10    
        Design a crossword puzzle using all key terms.  Have a classmate complete it without a key. 10    
        Without a key, complete the crossword puzzle designed by a classmate.  Have them check your work.  Discuss with Mrs. H. 5    
        Use all of the key terms to make a concept map (brainstorm).  Explain to teacher. 10    
        In writing, translate the definitions of the Key Terms to another language.  Explain to a peer. 10    
        Get the Cartoon Sheet and circle all the things you see wrong in the picture.  Discuss w/ Mrs. H. 3    
        Go through the each item in the “Classification of Matter” activity.  Write your answers on your chart.  Discuss your answers and rationale with someone.  Defend with Mrs. H. 10    
        Make a “Classification of Matter” foldable.  Include a definition and examples.  See product card.      
        Make a table with 3 columns.  In the 1st column, list 20 materials used only at home.  In the 2nd column, classify them as metal, ceramic, polymer or composite.  In the 3rd column, classify each material as natural or synthetic. 10    
        Make a flowchart of to identify different materials.  Have someone test it.  See product card. 10    
        Take the Campus Tour with 2 other people.  Write a 5-sentence paragraph on the importance of some of the materials you saw, their properties and their function.  Discuss with Mrs. H. 15    
        Find a newspaper or magazine article that relates to materials.  Highlight the most important ideas and be prepared to discuss what you learned.  No internet articles permitted. 10    
        Identify 10 New Mexico businesses/industries that are concerned with materials.  Explain each. 10    
        Contribute a new item to the class Mystery Materials box.  Be prepared to discuss why you think it‘s so mysterious.  For you to earn points, Mrs. H must approve your item. 10    
        View PowerPoint Presentation on energy.  Answer questions in it & discuss with teacher at end. 10    
        Make a graphic organizer that describes 4 or more types of kinetic energy and 4 or more types of potential energy.  Discuss with Mrs. H. 5    
        Make a foldable with a minimum of 6 questions that relate to energy. 10    
        Write a paragraph that describes how you use 5 or more different types of energy in your life. 5    
        Make a Venn Diagram that distinguishes between matter and energy.  Include at least 5 differences and 5 similarities.  See product card. 10    
        TOTAL POINTS EARNED =      

    B Layer:

    Worth up to

    12 points

    .  Choose

    1 assignment.


    Before you start, make sure you will have earned at least 63 points in the C Layer! 

      Assignment Description Worth




      With a partner, research the history of the 4 types of materials that we discussed.  Construct a timeline that gives some information about each type of material including the year(s) it originated, by whom, where, and original uses.  Make your timeline visually attractive.  See product card.  
      What kinds of materials is your car made of?  Make a labeled poster that describes at least 10.  See poster product card. 12    
      Design and carry out an experiment to demonstrate the Law of Conservation of Mass OR the Law of Conservation of Energy.  Follow B Layer Lab Guidelines on bulletin board. 12    

    A Layer:

    Worth up to 12 p


    Choose 1 topic and how you want to present it.  (See below.)



    * Before you start, make sure you will have earned at least 75 points in the C & B Layers. 

    The following is required in order to earn full credit for an A:

    Locate 3 sources of information about your topic (newspaper, magazine, Internet articles).

  • Completely fill out an A-Layer Assignment Sheet (front & back).


    how you want to

    present your information:

      [Mark your choi


          * HIGHLIGHT YOUR TOPIC * Worth




          In terms of society, which is the most important of the 4 classes of materials?  Why? 12    
          In terms of society, which is the least important of the 4 classes of materials?  Why? 12    
          In terms of recycling materials, which plays a larger role: the Law of Conservation of Mass or the Law of Conservation of Energy?  Why? 12