Creation Studies Institute
Cedar- Homeschool Middle and Highschool Students Cedar


CSI joins the Classical Education Day at Riverside.

Creation Studies Institute is offering a biblically based science program at the Classical Education Day at Riverside Christian Fellowship. Classes will be one day a week beginning Tuesday, August 20th.

The science classes that will be available are Middle School Science, and three high school honors classes with labs. The high school classes are Honors Physical Science, Honors Biology, and Honors Chemistry. The Apologia Science Curriculum will be used for these science classes. The Apologia Science Text books can be purchased through Creation Studies Institute.  

Tom De Rosa, Educator and Executive Director of Creation Studies Institute, will be teaching the science classes. The classes will be held each Tuesday for 30 weeks excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter Break, and Spring Break.  There will be a mandatory parent/student meeting on August 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Riverside Christian Fellowship Center. If you are interested in the classes, the registration process begins with CEDAR. 

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Psalm 92:12 NKJV

For more information, go to the CEDAR web site: www.learnwithcedar.com 

LOCATION:
957 SW 71st Ave
North Lauderdale, FL 33068
(954) 720-8737

Instructor: Mr. Tom DeRosa  tomd@creationstudies.org
Administrative Assistant: Noah DiPasquale info@creationstudies.org 

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Science Syllabus 2013/2014
1. INVESTIGATIVE SCIENCE
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Description:
This course is a hands-on approach to solving problems in the area of science for middle school students. It is designed to allow students to investigate God’s creation using their area of giftedness. The course is based on science process skills that will bring them to logical conclusions. This type of science is widely accepted and assessed through national exams because it follows the National Science Standards. It will cover various areas of exploratory middle school science including such topics as insects, flight, various topics in chemistry, microorganisms and many others.

Students will be taught to keep a science notebook for their observations and collection of data. They will learn how to compile and analyze their data with graphs, charts and illustrations. Emphasis will be placed in summarizing their conclusions in a clear and an understandable way. There will be no textbook required. Students will be given lab packets for each session and be evaluated with their lab notebooks and quizzes.

Textbook Students will be supplied with 6 to 8 page booklet which will contain presentation notes for the lesson, investigations, questions, data tables and other reference pages.

Materials for class
Text: Supplied
Calculator: Simple functions (as instructed)
Notebook: Loose leaf binder with dividers. This will be used for lab reports, handouts, and completed assignments from each module which includes answers to questions from each investigation. Students should always have enough paper to take notes and to do assignments during class. Students will be given computer generated graph paper as needed.
Writing Materials: Pens, pencils and a small ruler.

Expectations:
Students will make sure all assignments are completed in a timely fashion which includes experiments designated for home. Parents will supervise a period of time to complete the assigned work. Please note that students will be assigned investigations that will be activity based during class and may need to do some experimental work at home. They will be required to research topics on the internet so please be aware of the necessary supervision for this kind of activity. Since this course is highly investigative, students are going to required keeping an updated lab notebook. We will use a set format for labs with title, purpose, procedure and conclusion. Periodically, students will have to prepare in advance for their assigned experiments requiring them to read ahead and begin writing their lab reports following the recommended format.

Assignments:
Students will be given an assignment each week and will be posted on our web site

http://www.creationstudies.org/cedar.html

Please check this on Wednesday PM for the following weekly assignments and announcements. Each module in the book will be covered in approximately 2 - 3 weeks in which a study Guide and a Test will follow taken from

Special Assignments and Projects:
There will be extra assignments or projects assigned that will require additional work outside the classroom.  They will be designed to be interactive and follow scientific protocol that will be given in class.

Evaluation
Parents are responsible for giving their child the final grade. In this course, the instructor will assist my grading quizzes and lab reports. Parents will keep track of their son’s or daughter’s grades by keeping a written record of each quiz including the investigations (experiments) that go with each module. A quiz will be assigned for each module and will be administrated in class or at home. Quiz will be sent to the parents email. Please check the assignments each week on our web site listed above to see when these are scheduled. Use the corrected questions from the written modules and investigations as a study guide for preparing your student to be successful in taking his/her quiz. The quiz will be graded by the teacher and the corrected test will be given to the student to put into his science notebook. Please check your student’s notebook weekly making sure all the graded quizzes, investigations, hand-outs and assignments are in order. You will need this to determine your child’s final grade. My lab assistant and I will periodically check them and alert you if we see any problems.

Grades
We will keep grades in class on digital format and have them available for you at the end of the year for reference. Please keep a concurrent set of grades for yourself as a permanent record. A recommended grading assessment is listed below,

                                                50 %                            Evaluation (Quizzes)  
                                                50 %                            Completed Assignments & Lab Work
                                                                                               

Calendar
Classes are held every Tuesday from 8:00 – 9:20 AM 
First day of class                                 8/20/2013
Thanksgiving Break                            11/25/2013
Christmas Break begins                     12/17/2013
First Day back                                    01/07/2014
Spring Break                                       03/04/2014
Last day of classes                             04/30/2014


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Assignments:

1. Investigative Science - August 22, 2013

2. Investigative Science - September 3, 2013

3. Investigative Science - September 10, 2013

4. Investigative Science - September 17, 2013

5. Investigative Science - September 24, 2013

6. Investigative Science - October 1, 2013

7. Investigative Science - October 8, 2013

8. Investigative Science - October 15, 2013

9. Investigative Science - October 22, 2013


10. Investigative Science - October 29, 2013

11. Investigative Science - November 5, 2013

12. Investigative Science - November 12, 2013

13. Investigative Science - November 19, 2013

14. Investigative Science - Dec 3, 2013

15. Investigative Science - Dec 10, 2013

16. Investigative Science - Jan 7, 2014

17. Investigative Science - Jan 14, 2014

18. Investigative Science - Jan 21, 2014

19. Investigative Science - Jan 28, 2014

20. Investigative Science - Feb 4, 2014

21. Investigative Science - Feb 11, 2014

22. Investigative Science - Feb 18, 2014

23. Investigative Science - Feb 25, 2014

24. Investigative Science - March 11, 2014

25. Investigative Science - March 18, 2014

26. Investigative Science - March 25, 2014

27. Investigative Science - April 1, 2014

28. Investigative Science - April 8, 2014

29. Investigative Science - April 15, 2014

30. Investigative Science - April 22, 2014

31. Investigative Science - April 29, 2014

Evaluations:

 

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2. PHYSICAL SCIENCE
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Description
The course gives a science foundation that deals directly with the physical forces of God’s creation and how they relate here on earth and to the universe. The various topics covered  include includes: the structure and properties of matter, metric conversions, the chemical composition of air, the atmosphere, the chemical composition of water, the hydrosphere, the structure of the earth, the different models of continent formation , weather and its patterns, global warming status, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, entropy and conservation of energy, gravity, electromagnetic forces, atomic structure and forces, chemical reactions, radioactive forces, the nature of sound and light waves, stellar evolution, and an introduction to astrophysics.  It builds the relationship between science, technology, society and real life.  This includes lab which requires formal lab reporting. If the student completes the assigned work to the instructor’s satisfaction, this course should be recorded as one Honors Physical Science with Lab credit.

Text Book
Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd edition Text book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests Book.

Materials for class
Text: Above
Calculator: Simple functions (as instructed)
Notebook: Loose leaf binder with dividers. This will be used for lab reports, handouts, and completed assignments from each module which includes answers from “On Your Own” (OYO) questions and Study Guides. Students should always have enough paper to take notes and to write class assignments.
Writing Materials: Pens, pencils and a small ruler.

Expectations
Students will make sure all assignments are completed in a timely fashion which includes experiments designated for home. Parents will supervise a period of time usually about an hour a day to complete the assigned work. Please note as topics in the syllabus are presented from the text that all OYO questions should be completed and study guides that follow each chapter (module).  For each experiment assigned students are required to read and begin writing their lab report. Before class they are use their texts as a reference to write the title, purpose and procedure on separate sheet of paper before class. Observations will be done during the class and conclusion will be done at home. The procedure for lab reports will be gone over on the first day of class in detail. (Check the attachment) There is no formal evaluation process taking place in class. Parents will administer tests at the end of each module averaging every two weeks. When the new module begins, the Instructor will use the beginning of class to go over answers and questions that need be resolved.

Assignments and Projects:
There will be extra assignments or projects assigned that will be require some extra work. They will be designed to be interactive and follow scientific protocol that will be given in class.
Please check this on Wednesday PM for the following weekly assignments and announcements. Each module in the book will be covered in approximately 2 - 3 weeks in which a study Guide and a Test will follow taken from “Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science.”

Announcements and Web Site

http://www.creationstudies.org/cedar.html

All important information including the course syllabi, instructor notes and announcements will be found on our web site as noted above.

Please check this on Wednesday PM for the following weekly assignments and announcements. Each module in the book will be covered in approximately 2 - 3 weeks in which a study Guide and a Test will follow taken from “Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology.”

Evaluations
Parents are expected to grade the module tests and keep track of their child’s grade. Students are expected to bring to the next class their corrected tests with any questions that might have occurred in the process of evaluation. The instructor will also keep a test record in class. There will be some added quizzes throughout the year that will be administered in class and graded by the instructor. They will be announced at least a week before class and posted on the Web Site. Assignments should be done on loose leaf or individual sheets of paper so that they can be collected and checked every class for completion. I will periodically check their notebooks and alert you if we see any problems.

Grades
We will keep grades in class on digital format and have them available for you at the end of the year for reference. Please keep a concurrent set of grades for yourself as a permanent record. A recommended grading assessment is listed below,

                                                50 %                                        Tests and Quizzes  
                                                30 %                                        Assignments
                                                20%                                         Lab Notebook

Calendar
Classes are held every Tuesday from 10:50 – 12:10 PM 

First day of class                                 8/20/2013
Thanksgiving Break                            11/25/2013
Christmas Break begins                     12/17/2013
First Day back                                    01/07/2014
Spring Break                                       03/04/2014
Last day of classes                             04/30/2014

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Assignments:

Physical Science Assignments:

1. August 20, 2013-September 10, 2013

2. September 17, 2013

3. September 24, 2013

4. October 1, 2013

5. October 8, 2013

6. October 15, 2013

7. October 22, 2013

8. October 29, 2013

9. November 5, 2013

10. November 12, 2013

11. November 19, 2013

12. December 3, 2013

13. December 10, 2013

14. January 7, 2014

15. January 14, 2014

16. January 21, 2014

17. January 28, 2014

18. February 4, 2014

19. February 11, 2014

20. February 18, 2014

21. February 25, 2014

22. March 11, 2014

23. March 18, 2014

24. March 25, 2014

25. April 1, 2014

26. April 8, 2014

27. April 15, 2014

28. April 22, 2014

29. April 29, 2014

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3. GENERAL SCIENCE
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Description
This course gives middle school students an opportunity to explore a variety of science topics where the inquiry method will be primarily implemented through hands-on activities. It will focus on how science works from a biblical perspective emphasizing the use of basic science process skills to make thoughtful conclusions. Topics covered will include: Simple machines, Archeology, Paleontology, Geology, Fossil and Geological Record, DNA and Life, Classification of Life, Energy of Life and the Systems of Human Body. Students who complete the course in due diligence and complete the assignments will be prepared to go to next level which is High School Science.

Textbook
Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests Book.

Materials for class
Textbook: Above
Calculator: Simple functions (as instructed)
Notebook: Loose leaf binder with dividers.  This will be used for lab reports, handouts and completed assignments from each module which includes answers from “On Your Own” (OYO) questions and Study Guides. Students should always have enough paper to take notes and to write class assignments.
Writing Materials: Pens, pencils and a small ruler.

Expectations
Students will make sure all assignments are completed in a timely fashion which includes designated experiments for home. Parents will supervise their son/daughter for about an hour a day to complete the assignment for the week. Please note as topics in the syllabus are presented from the text that all OYO questions should be completed and study guides that follow each chapter (module).  For each experiment assigned students are required to read and begin writing their lab report. This should include the title, purpose and procedure on separate sheet of paper before class. Observations will be done during the class and conclusion at home. The procedure for lab reports will be gone over on the first day of class in detail. (Check the attachment)

Special Assignments and Projects
There will be projects assigned that will be require some extra work. They will be designed to be interactive and follow scientific protocol that will be given in class.
Assignments, Announcements and Web Site
Students will be given an assignment each week and will be posted on our web site below.

http://www.creationstudies.org/cedar.html

Please check this on Wednesday PM for the following weekly assignments and announcements. Each module in the book will be covered in approximately 2 - 3 weeks in which a study Guide and a Test will follow taken from “Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with General Science.”

All important information including the course syllabi, instructor notes and announcements will be found on our web site as noted above.

Evaluations
Parents are expected to grade the module tests and keep track of their child’s grade. Students are expected to bring to the next class their corrected tests with any questions that might have occurred in the process of evaluation. The instructor will also keep a test record in class. There will be some added quizzes throughout the year that will be administered in class and graded by the instructor. They will be announced at least a week before class and posted on the Web Site. Assignments should be done on loose leaf or individual sheets of paper so that they can be collected and checked every class for completion. I will periodically check their notebooks and alert you if we see any problems. 

Grades
We will keep grades in class on digital format and have them available for you at the end of the year for reference. Please keep a concurrent set of grades for yourself as a permanent record. A recommended grading assessment is listed below,

                                                50 %                            Test and Quizzes  
                                                30 %                            Assignments
                                                20%                             Lab Notebook
                                   

Calendar
Classes are held every Tuesday from 12:40 – 2:00 PM

 First day of class                    08/20/2013
Thanksgiving Break                11/25/2013
Christmas Break begin           12/17/2013
First Day back                         01/07/2014
Spring Break                           03/04/2014
Last day of classes                 04/30/2014

Download Complete Syllabus


Assignments:

General Science Assignments:

1. August 20, 2013-September 10, 2013

2. September 17, 2013

3. September 24, 2013

4. October 1, 2013

5. October 8, 2013

6. October 15, 2013

7. October 22, 2013

8. October 29, 2013

9. November 5, 2013

10. November 12, 2013

11. November 19, 2013

12. December 3, 2013

13. December 10, 2013

14. January 7, 2014

15. January 14, 2014

16. January 21, 2014

17. January 28, 2014

18. February 4, 2014

19. February 11, 2014

20. February 18, 2014

21. February 25, 2014

22. March 11, 2014

23. March 18, 2014

24. March 25, 2014

25. April 1, 2014

26. April 8, 2014

27. April 15, 2014

28. April 22, 2014

29. April 29, 2014

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4. HONORS BIOLOGY
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Description
This is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. It provides the student with a strong background using a Creationist perspective surveying the five-kingdom classification scheme using microscopic techniques, several dissections introducing comparative anatomy and a variety other biological investigations including the extraction of DNA. Foundational concepts in biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular systems, genetics, and ecosystems will be covered to prepare students to be successful at the college or university level courses. Students will also be given a strong background in the evolution /creation model of origins so that they will prepared to give a reason for their hope in Christ as sated 2 Peter 3:15.

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition Text book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests Book.

If the student completes the assigned work to the instructor's satisfaction, this course should be recorded as an Honors Biology with Lab credit.

Materials for class
Text: Above
Lab Notebook: Students will use composition book to keep all written lab reports.
Biology Notebook: Used to take notes, assignments and a place to store handouts. Assignments will be handed in every week so paper needed in the form of loose leaf or paper for printers.
Writing Materials: Pens, pencils and a small ruler.

Expectations
Students will make sure all assignments are completed in a timely fashion which includes experiments designated for home. Parents will supervise a period of time usually about an hour a day to complete the assigned work. Please note as topics are presented from the text that all “On Your Own” (OYO) questions should be completed and study guides should be answered that follow each chapter (module). For each experiment assigned students are required to read and begin writing their lab using their text as a resource. They should write the title, purpose and procedure in their note books before class.  Observations will be done during the class and conclusion will be done at home. The procedure for lab reports will be gone over on the first day of class in detail.

There is no formal evaluation process taking place in class. Parents will administer tests at the end of each module averaging every two weeks. When the new module begins, the Instructor will use the beginning of class to go over answers and questions that need be resolved.

Special Assignments and Projects
There will be number of extra assignments or projects assigned usually from the text that will require some extra work.  They will be designed to be interactive and follow scientific protocol that will be shared with others in the class.

Announcements and Web Site
http://www.creationstudies.org/cedar.html

All important information including the course syllabi, instructor notes and announcements will be found on our web site as noted above.
Please check this on Wednesday PM for the following weekly assignments and announcements. Each module in the book will be covered in approximately 2 - 3 weeks in which a study Guide and a Test will follow taken from “Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology.”

Evaluations
Parents are expected to grade the module tests and keep track of their child’s grade. Students are expected to bring to the next class their corrected tests with any questions that might have occurred in the process of evaluation. The instructor will also keep a test record in class. There will be some added quizzes throughout the year that will be administered in class and graded by the instructor. They will be announced at least a week before class and posted on the Web Site. Assignments should be done on loose leaf or individual sheets of paper so that they can be collected and checked every class for completion. I will periodically check their notebooks and alert you if we see any problems.  

Grades
We will keep grades in class on digital format and have them available for you at the end of the year for reference. Please keep a concurrent set of grades for yourself as a permanent record. A recommended grading assessment is listed below,

50 %                     Test and Quizzes
30 %                     Assignments
20%                      Lab Notebook
                                   
Calendar
Classes are held every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:45 AM
 
First day of class                                 08/20/2013
Thanksgiving Break                            11/25/2013
Christmas Break begin                       12/17/2013
First Day back                                    01/07/2014
Spring Break                                       03/04/2014
Last day of classes                             04/30/2014


Download Complete Syllabus


Assignments:

Honors Biology Assignments:

1. August 20, 2013-September 10, 2013


2. September 17, 2013

3. September 24, 2013

4. October 1, 2013

5. October 8, 2013

6. October 15, 2013

7. October 22, 2013

8. October 29, 2013

9. November 5, 2013

10. November 12, 2013

11. November 19, 2013


12. December 3, 2013

13. December 10, 2013

14. January 7, 2014

15. January 14, 2014

16. January 21, 2014

17. January 28, 2014

18. February 4, 2014

19. February 11, 2014

20. February 18, 2014

21. February 25, 2014

22. March 11, 2014

23. March 18, 2014

24. March 25, 2014

25. April 1, 2014

26. April 8, 2014

27. April 15, 2014

28. April 22, 2014

29. April 29, 2014

Lab:
 
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5. HONORS CHEMISTRY

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Description
This high school course is designed to give a foundational and academic background in chemistry for those students who plan to go on to college. The course covers the nature of science, the classification, structure, and changes in matter, atomic theory, significant figures, units, the periodic table, chemical bonding, formulas, reactions, balanced equations, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, kinetics, acids and bases, redox  reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.  Students who successfully complete this course will have developed problem solving skills and be grounded in important concepts of this discipline so as to succeed at university level.  If the student completes the assigned work to the instructor’s satisfaction, this course should be recorded as an Honors Chemistry with Lab credit.

Requirements
In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra I.

Textbook
Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd edition Text book and the accompanying Solutions and Tests Book.

Materials for class
Textbook: Above
Calculator: Scientific type
Lab Notebook: Students will use composition book to keep all written lab reports.
Chemistry Notebook: Used to take notes, assignments and a place to store handouts. 
Writing Materials: Pens, pencils and a small ruler.

Expectations
Students will make sure all assignments are completed in a timely fashion which includes   experiments designated for home. Parents will supervise a period of time usually about an hour a day to complete the assigned work. Please note as topics are presented from the text that all “On Your Own” (OYO) questions should be completed and study guides should be answered that follow each chapter (module). For each experiment assigned students are required to read and begin writing their lab using their text as a resource. They should write the title, purpose and procedure in their note books before class. Observations will be done during the class and conclusion will be done at home. The procedure for lab reports will be gone over on the first day of class in detail. (Check the attached hand-out)

There is no formal evaluation process taking place in class. Parents will administer tests at the end of each module averaging every two weeks. When the new module begins, the Instructor will use the beginning of class to go over answers and questions that need be resolved.

Special Assignments and Projects:
There will be number of extra assignments or projects assigned usually from the text that will require some extra work. They will be designed to be interactive and follow scientific protocol that will be shared with others in the class.

Announcements and Web Site
http://www.creationstudies.org/cedar.html

All important information including the course syllabi, instructor notes and announcements will be found on our web site as noted above.

Please check this on Wednesday PM for the following weekly assignments and announcements. Each module in the book will be covered in approximately 2 - 3 weeks in which a study Guide and a Test will follow taken from “Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Chemistry.”

Evaluations
Parents are expected to grade the module tests and keep track of their child’s grade. Students are expected to bring to the next class their corrected tests with any questions that might have occurred in the process of evaluation. The instructor will also keep a test record in class. There will be some added quizzes throughout the year that will be administered in class and graded by the instructor. They will be announced at least a week before class and posted on the Web Site. Assignments should be done on loose leaf or individual sheets of paper so that they can be collected and checked every class for completion. I will periodically check their notebooks and alert you if we see any problems. 

Grades
We will keep grades in class on digital format and have them available for you at the end of the year for reference. Please keep a concurrent set of grades for yourself as a permanent record. A recommended grading assessment is listed below,

50 %                            Test and Quizzes  
30 %                            Assignments
20%                             Lab Notebook

Calendar
Classes are held every Tuesday from 2:05 – 3:25 PM

First day of class                                 08/20/2013
Thanksgiving Break                            11/25/2013
Christmas Break begin                       12/17/2013
First Day back                                    01/07/2014
Spring Break                                       03/04/2014
Last day of classes                             04/30/2014

Download Complete Syllabus

Assignments:

Honors Chemistry Assignments:

1. August 20, 2013-September 10, 2013


2. September 17, 2013

3. September 24, 2013

4. October 1, 2013

5. October 8, 2013

6. October 15, 2013

7. October 22, 2013

8. October 29, 2013

9. November 5, 2013

10. November 12, 2013

11. November 19, 2013

12. December 3, 2013

13. December 10, 2013

14. January 7, 2014

15. January 14, 2014

16. January 21, 2014

17. January 28, 2014

18. February 4, 2014

19. February 11, 2014

20. February 18, 2014

21. February 25, 2014

22. March 11, 2014

23. March 18, 2014

24. March 25, 2014

25. April 1, 2014

26. April 8, 2014

27. April 15, 2014

28. April 22, 2014

29. April 29, 2014

 



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