Science is an imaginative adventure of the mind seeking truth in a world of mystery.
Sir Cyril Herman Hinshelwood

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Feb 27-March2

Weekly Lesson Plans
February 27th - March 2nd

Monday- We are starting Chapter 11 about motion.  Students will take a pretest about the main points of the chapter.  We will go over the pretest together to see how much students know about speed, distance, time, acceleration, friction, and units.  Students will be put into groups.  They will conduct the Motion on Motion activity.  Students have a sheet with 8 tables on them.  Each table is for students to record the distance, time, direction, speed, and average speed of several wind up toys or their partners doing different kinds of motion.  Students will fill out three tables in class today and finish the tables tomorrow. No homework.

Tuesday- Students will go to the cafeteria and finish the Motion on Motion activity from Monday.  Homework is the Chapter 11 vocab words pg. 389

Wednesday- Bellrigner # 35 What is motion? Give three examples.  Students will take notes and have a discussion over Chapter 11 S.1  I will go over some practice problems with students.  Homework- Ch 11 S.1 Review worksheet.

Thursday- Bellrigner #36 1. Logan rode his bike 60km in 4 h.  How fast was he going? 2. Matt says that he is faster.  He rode his bike 90km in 6h. What is Matt's speed? 3. Who is faster?  Students will participate in a lab about measuring speed with dominoes.  Homework- Speed, Distance, Time problems on the back of the lab.

Friday- Bellringer #36
l1. Olivia can pitch a baseball a distance of 50 meters in 2 seconds.  How fast is her pitch?
l2. How long does it take a bird to fly 200 km if it travels at a speed of 50km/h?
l3. A person in a kayak paddles down river at a average speed of 15km/h. After 3.25 hours, how far have they traveled?
Students will take notes and have discussion over Chapter 11 S.2 Acceleration. Homework: Worksheet.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Feb 20-24

Weekly Lesson Plans February 20th-24th

Monday- No School

Tuesday- Students are finishing the video Twister.  They will turn their questions in at the end of the period.

Wednesday- Students will be trading and grading their Chapter 22 Study Guides.  Study Guides were handed out last Thursday due to computer problems. Homework- study for the chapter 22 test including the cloud and water cycle diagrams.

Thursday- Students will take the Chapter 22 test. Extra credit will be given and it is due on Friday.

Friday- Students will be watching a video about Geologic Time.  This video will focus on topics learned in Chapter 21 and Chapter 22 like plate tectonics, volcanoes, climate, erosion, weathering, fossils, the law of supeposition, radiometric dating etc.  Students will have a question sheet where they will be writing down dofferent characteristics about climate, geology, and plant and animal life for a variety of different Eons and Eras. The video sheet is due at the end of the period.  No homework over the weekend.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Feb 13-17th

Weekly Lesson Plans

February 13th-17th

Monday- Bellringer #34 Read Surviving Natural Disasters pg. 793 Answer question 1.  Students will outline Chapter 22 Section 3 Weather and Climate pg.789 and answer the Section Review Questions #1-5 on page 795. Whatever they do not finish in class is homework.

Tuesday- Students will watch Twister and fill out a question sheet.

Wednesday-Students will watch Twister and fill out a question sheet.

Thursday- Students will watch Twister and fill out a question sheet. The question sheet will be due at the end of the period. 

Friday- 11:30 dismissal Students will take their Chapter 22 Vocab Quiz. No homework over the weekend.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Prehistoric Climate Change

The Smithsonian has wonderful resources for educators, students, and families.  Check it out.

Watch a video with Scott Wing detailing his studies of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).

Feb 6th-10th

Weekly Lesson Plans February 6th-10th

Monday- Bellringer #32 1. Which layer of the atmosphere is the closest to Earth? 2. Which layer of the atmosphere is farthest away? 3. Which layer of the atmosphere is coldest? Students will take notes and have discussion over Chapter 22 Section 1 Characteristics of the atmosphere.  Homework: CH 22 Review pg. 780 #1-7. Students will have a 10 point quiz over Section 1 on Tuesday.

Tuesday-  Students will have 5 minutes to review Section 1.  Students will take a 10 point quiz over the main points in Section 1.  Students will work on an activity where they are graphing altitudes and temperatures and then labeling the different layers of the atmosphere. Homework- Finish Graphing the Atmosphere.

Wednesday- Bellringer #33 Read Harnessing the Wind on page 788, answer question 2.  Students will discuss the limitations to wind energy and watch a video clip about how wind turbines are causing bat lungs to explode.  Students will take notes over Chapter 22 Section 2 Water and Wind.  Homework: Labeling clouds and the water cycle sheet and the Chapter 22 Section 2 Review questions pg. 787 #1-7.  Students will have a quiz on Thursday over the main concepts of Section 2.

Thursday- Students will be conducting a greenhouse effect lab.  Thier lab sheet is due Friday.  Inbetween taking temperatures of their jars, students will be taking the Quiz over the main points of section 2, and working on their vocab.  Homework- Lab and Chapter 22 Vocab page 799, 15 words.

Friday- Students are going to do a Prehistoric Climate Activity. In the lesson plan, the class does the work of a team of paleontologists studying a time of rapid global warming 55 million years ago. By examining fossils of leaves from various tree species, and by incorporating the findings into a mathematical formula, the students are able to tell average annual temperatures during this prehistoric time.