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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jan 28-Feb 1

Weekly Lesson Plans January 28th-February 1st

Monday- Students are finishing the rock lab. Rocks #31-40.

Tuesday- BR#33  1. What is erosion? 2. How does wind cause erosion? 3. How does weather cause erosion? 4. How does ice cause erosion? Students will take notes and have discussion over Chapter 21 S.4 about weathering and erosion.  Homework: Chapter 21 S.4 Questions pg. 761 #1-9
Wednesday- Chapter 21 Study Guide. Due Friday.

Thursday- Grand Canyon Video.  Reviewing the chapter about weathering and erosion.

Friday- Trade and grade the Chapter 21 Study Guide.  Play the Gameshow Review.

Chapter 21 Test on Monday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jan 21-25

Weekly Lesson Plans January 21st-25th

Monday- No School

Tuesday- students will watch a clip about Rocks of Ages discussing some ways that geologists age rocks. Then students will take notes on Chapter 21 S.3 about Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks. Homework- Seafloor Sediments and how they unravel past climate change.

Wednesday- Students will start a rock lab. Students will be examining 10 minerals, 10 igneous rocks, 10 sedimentary rocks, and 10 metamorphic rocks.  Students will be explaining physical characteristics for each rock- color, luster, cleavage or fracture, uses, how it formed etc.  Students will be focusing on rocks #1-10.

Thursday- Students continue to work on the rock lab focusing on rocks #11-20.

Friday- students continue to work on the rock lab focusing on rocks #21-30.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Jan 14-18

Weekly Lesson Plans January 14th-18th

Monday- Finding the Epicenter of and Earthquake Lab

Tuesday- BR #30 Read Volcanoes and Humans on page 747 and answer question 1.  Students will take notes and have discussion over Chapter 21 S.2 Volcanoes.  Homework: Ch 21 S.2 Review Questions pg. 746 #1-8

Wednesday- BR # 31 Read What are Rocks Good For? pg.755 questions 1 and 2.  7 minute video clip over Monitoring the Mt. Augustine Volcano.  Students will take notes and have discussion over Ch 21 S.3 Minerals.  Homework- Hydrothermal Vents and Volcanoes and Climate Change.

Thursday- BR #32 How would you characterize a mineral?  9 minute Video Clip How to Identify Minerals.  Students will take notes over Ch 21 S.3 Minerals physical properties and Igneous Rocks.  Homework- Asbestos: What are the risks?

Friday- Half day.  Assembly in the morning.  Shortened class periods. Video clip about Exploring the Earth. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Jan 7-11

Weekly lesson plans January 7th-11th

Monday- Opening activity on Pangea. Students will take notes and have discussion over Earth's physical layers and plate tectonics. Students will watch an eleven minute video clip about Exploring the Earth. Homework: Drilling into the Earth and Inge Lehmann.

Tuesday- BR# 28 1. List the three layers of the Earth and their temperatures. Students will take notes and have discussion over Plate Boundaries. Homework: chapter 21 section 1 review questions page 737 # 1-8.

Wednesday- BR# 29 1. What is the Richter Scale? 2. What is the greatest magnitude on the Richter Scale? 3. Where would an earthquake of this magnitude be felt? Students will take notes and have discussion over chapter 21 section 2 about Earthquakes. Homework: Earthquakes East of the Rockies.

Thursday- Students watch the video Earthquake Proof House and answer the questions.

Friday- Chapter 21 vocab quiz. Students finish watching the movie Earthquake Proof House and turn in their video sheet.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jan 1-4

Weekly Lesson Plans January 1st-4th

Monday-  No School

Tuesday- No School

Wednesday- Teacher's Institute

Thursday- BR # 26 What is Geology? List four things that Geologists study.  Students will watch a 2 minute video clip titled "What is Geology?".  Students will take notes and have discussion over Chapter 21 An Introduction to Geology.  Homework: Ch 21 Vocab pg. 765 21 words due Monday.

Friday- BR #27 What are the physical environments that the Earth is divided into?  Students will take notes and have discussion over Ch 21 Earth as a System and Earth's Interior.  Video Clip 7 minutes, "Inside Our Planet". Homework: Ch 21 Vocab pg. 765 21 words due Monday.

Chapter 21 Planet Earth

Chapter 21 pages 726-769

Chapter 21 Overview
This chapter discusses the composition of Earth's interior and the theory of plate tectonics.  The chapter also covers the causes and classification of earthquakes and volcanoes.  The chapter then introduces students to the types and properties of rocks and the rock cycle.  Finally, this chapter covers the concepts of physical weathering, chemical weathering, and erosion. 

Chapter Goals- Students will be able to explain:
Chapter 21 S.1 Earth's Interior and Plate Tectonics
1. How is Earth's interior structured?
2. How has the appearance of Earth changed over time?
3. What geologic features are common near tectonic plate boundaries?
Chapter 21 S.2 Earthquakes and Volcanoes
1. Where do most earthquakes occur?
2. How do scientists learn about earthquakes and the Earth's interior?
3. What is a volcano?
Chapter 21 S.3 Minerals and Rocks
1. What minerals make up rocks?
2. How are scientists able to tell how old a rock is?
Chapter 21 S.4 Weathering and Erosion
1. How does physical weathering affect rocks?
2. How are rocks affected by chemical weathering?
3. What is erosion, and what causes it to happen?

Chapter 21 Vocab
plate tectonics
surface wave
Richter Scale
igneous rock
sedimentary rock
metamorphic rock
acid precipitation