Introduction to Chemistry

Introduction to Chemistry

Teacher: Brenda Woodward Teacher Availability:  2nd period or scheduled time before or after school

Contacting Me:  email [email protected] or send a message through Schoology


The content of the course will follow Idaho State Standards for physical science and Next Generation Science Standards.  You will have the opportunity to apply good scientific practices as you learn more about the substances that make up our world.  We will do as many hands-on-activities as our resources and time allow.  Therefore, it is essential that you plan to attend class consistently and be prepared to be an active learner.  


Course Content

We will explore the following BIG IDEAS:  

  • Science is a systematic method for gathering and processing information.
  • The universe is made up of matter, which has both physical and chemical properties.
  • Scientists use models to understand the natural world.
  • Scientists seek patterns to make predictions.




Leaving the Room

Your learning is important.  Please plan to stay in the classroom so that you don’t miss important learning opportunities.  Please use breaks to use the restroom or get a drink.  If you must leave class check with Brenda before leaving, sign out at the door and take the appropriate pass.


Food and Drink

We will use substances in this room that are unhealthy to consume.  For your own protection, there can be no food or beverages on the lab benches.  You may have food at your desk as long as it is not a distraction to your learning and you clean up any spills or trash.


Cheating and Plagiarism

Reviewing your work is how I will gage your level of understanding.  It is very important that work with your name on it is your work.  In class there are opportunities to work collaboratively (with others) and independently. During collaborative times you are encouraged to share with others.  Your grade will reflect your contribution to the project.  During independent times you must work alone.  Work that is meant to be done independently, but isn’t, may be redone.


Cell Phones & Electronic Devices

During class time, these need to be off and away as stated in the student handbook.



Use Schoology regularly to monitor your progress and check for missing work.

  • Journals will be reviewed and graded weekly.
  • Tests, quizzes, and larger assignments will be graded with a percentage based on how many points were earned.  Most of these assignments may be redone for a better grade prior to the end of the grading period.