Friday April 3: Please read the sections on sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks. Take notes and apply the information to your assigned rock. We will go over the chapters next week!
Wednesday April 1 and Thursday April 2:
If you are scheduled to have a meeting time with me, we will go over minerals and hopefully begin igneous rocks
If you are not scheduled to have a class time with me, please read the section on igneous rocks and create your salt gardens.
Monday March 30 and Tuesday March 31:
3rd hour: Please be sure that you are logging on at 11am. You should recently have received a zoom chat invitation. See you soon!
If you are scheduled to have a zoom meeting with me, we will go over the minerals powerpoint and the rock presentation which will be due on Friday April 10. You will get your mineral/rock assignment today.
If you are not scheduled to have a meeting with me, start your salt garden. I will have started one and will be showing the progression of it with pictures. (PS: This is a fun one to do with younger brothers and sisters). If you do not have some of the supplies, this will just be a casualty of at-home schooling. Hopefully, you will enjoy the one that I made. Also, read the section on igneous rocks and take notes. Apply this to your rock type as you go.
So, to clarify, your “assignment” if we do not have class time scheduled is a salt garden and take notes on the igneous rocks chapter. If you do have scheduled time, we will go through the mineral powerpoint, you should take notes and we will review the rock presentation which is not due until next week.
Thursday March 26 and Friday March 27: Please read and possibly take notes on the powerpoint on rocks. I will be reviewing it via Zoom next week and then we will do some projects with it. I am not assigning questions or quizzes over the material, but I encourage you to pay attention to it!
Monday March 23: Read some or all of the articles on the legalities of hydraulic fracturing and be prepared for a discussion via zoom during your “scheduled class time” on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your section hour. Please consider the control via laws of the following issues: effects on local communities, water pollution, use of public lands or other forms of destruction to the environment. If, in your research, you have found other good sources regarding laws governing hydraulic fracturing, I would love to add them!
Friday March 13: Outline for your fracking paper due by the end of class. If you are done with it, please begin writing your paper. You have no homework over break and your paper will not be due until after break. Happy Spring!
Thursday March 12: Begin constructing the outline and bibliography for your paper. Continue research if you need to.
Wednesday March 11: Discussion day with classmates to share information and resources. You have to write your own paper so if you would prefer to continue to work independently, you are welcome to work silently also.
Tuesday March 10: Silent research day to find information and resources on hydraulic fracturing
Monday March 9: Receive hydraulic fracturing paper assignment. Presentation on what hydraulic fracturing is.
Thursday February 27: Finish going over the powerpoint and study for the quiz
Wednesday February 26: Go over powerpoints together; Turn in one question that you think should be on the quiz
Tuesday February 25: Finish working on the powerpoints for 2-7 Volcanic Landforms
Monday February 24: Read section 2-7 Volcanic Landforms (p. 200-205) and make your own powerpoint. Try to think of this as a method of taking notes. You should only include things that you think may be important enough to be on a quiz. You will want to find pictures and maybe even videos that help you understand what you are writing about. Pretend like you are writing it for a classmate to study from (like the ones that I have made). There will be no questions for this section.
Friday February 14: Quiz on 2-6 The Changing Geography of Your Community.
Thursday February 13: Finish reviewing the section and answer remaining questions. Study for the quiz tomorrow.
Wednesday February 12: Go over the 2-5 quiz and the lab from 2-6. Review the 2-6 powerpoint and questions The Changing Geography of Your Community with the instructor. Questions are due by the beginning 8 am this morning for completion.
Tuesday February 11: Catch-up Day. Ms. Smyser will be absent. Use this day to finish your lab, finish your questions and if all of your science is done, work on other assignments that have been neglected because of the recent demands of science.
Monday February 10: Read the 2-6 powerpoint and section. Answer the 2-6 questions. This will be a silent work day.
Tuesday January 21: Go over the previous quiz. Read the next lab. It is a long lab to read, but not really to do. Therefore, by reading it ahead of time, you will be able to get it done more quickly. We will be working in groups of three. This will be a day to work on ExploraVision. If you are not an ExploraVision participant, please bring something to work on quietly when you are done reading your lab. (You could even begin reading the next section 2-4 Plate Interactions if you wanted to).
Friday January 17: Quiz on 2-3 What drives the plates. Read Lab for 2-4 Plate motions and plate interactions to be ready to go for Tuesday!
Thursday January 16: Finish reviewing 2-3 powerpoint and questions. Study for quiz tomorrow.
Wednesday January 15: Finish answering 2-3 questions using 2-3 powerpoint and reading (see Tuesday January 14). Check questions for completion. Begin reviewing the powerpoint and questions with the instructor.
Tuesday January 14: Finish lab by answering questions on the oil and transparency pieces. Turn in lab. Begin reviewing 2-3 powerpoint and answering 2-3 questions (There is no 2-2).
Friday January 10: We will go over the questions and the powerpoint in class. The questions will be collected today for a grade. Be prepared to take notes. Be ready for a quiz on Monday.
Thursday January 9: Read Section 2-1 Where are the Volcanoes and Earthquakes? and look at the powerpoint that accompanies it. Be sure to look at the links provided. Answer the questions provided. They should be completed by tomorrow Friday December 10, but will be reviewed in class.
Please see the green board in class for a chart of what is due and when for each project. Also, pay attention in class on Monday when everything will be reviewed. It is strongly suggested that you take notes!
Friday December 13: Section #2 is due for ExploraVision. A script is due for the Discovery project. A sketch is due for the 3-D project.
Thursday December 12: Section #1 is due for ExploraVision. The rubric is included here. It is, however, generic to fit all the sections. Be sure to be looking at exploravision.org for specific requirements for each section.
Wednesday December 11: For Discovery and 3-D projects, a summary of research is due. Include information about what the problem is, how the innovation will work and how the innovation will affect the problem. Ms. Smyser will also be going over how to do the “webpages” for ExploraVision.
Tuesday December 10: Work on “assignment #1”
Monday December 9: Discuss the schedule for all projects through finals; work on “assignment #1”
Friday December 6: Research assigned pieces of information. Turn in 5 references (in APA format) that could be used in the project. Provide one sentence about what it is about and one sentence about how it could be used.
Thursday December 5: Research assigned pieces of information. Ms. Smyser will not be here today
Wednesday December 4: Begin researching topic. Determine what information needs to be obtained for topic. Assign topics to group members (if appropriate). Turn in a list of things to research. Ms. Smyser will be meeting with each group to discuss the project.
Tuesday December 3: Discuss topics with classmates. Determine which project you would like to pursue and find group members if appropriate. Submit on paper and in writing your chosen project, topic and group (if appropriate).
Monday December 2: Silent independent work day. Be ready to turn in 3 topics for which you could see designing an innovation to improve the situation. Due in box by 10 pm tonight.
Friday November 8: Continue designing procedure. Begin thinking about a materials list. Pay special attention to what you will need to provide yourself, what we already have and what I might need to obtain for you.
Thursday November 7: Begin designing procedure.
Wednesday November 6: Research and compose a summary of “your question.”
Tuesday November 5: Research day. Each group should brainstorm what information they need to find to refine their hypothesis and begin writing their procedure. Choose at least 4 topics (3 if you are a group of 3) and each person should be responsible for finding information about them. A summary of what you have found will be due by the end of class tomorrow.
Monday November 4: Research day. Turn in 5 sources by the end of the class period in proper APA format. You should write two sentences for each source. One about what the source is about and one about for what you would use it. Be more specific than something similar to “in the introduction.” Only 5 sources are due per group.
Friday November 1: Review how to find reliable, academic websites. Continue to research. Five references in APA format that would be good for your lab write-up will be due at the end of class. Ms. Smyser will begin meeting with groups to discuss hypotheses.
Thursday October 31: Get with your assigned group and begin to discuss a hypothesis. Use the starburst chart to help you. A properly written hypothesis is due by the end of class.
Wednesday October 30: “Faculty Mixer” to discuss ideas and be ready to suggest groups with topics that the groups are built around by the end of class.
Tuesday October 29: You will need to turn in 3 ideas of what you would like to study by the end of class. You do not have to have experiment ideas ready yet, but if you do include them. Be ready to discuss your ideas tomorrow.
Monday October 28: Begin thinking of ideas of what you would like to study in your next experiment. Use the Idea Generation Diamond to help get you started.
Friday October 24: No school. I get to enjoy meeting your families!
Thursday October 23: Work on final draft of everything! Make sure that it is all organized, flows well together and that the sections are in the correct order. It is due Friday by 10pm (or tonight at 10pm if you do not want homework over the weekend). For those of you that would like to take a look at it, here is the rubric for all of the sections in one handy-dandy place!
Wednesday October 22: Compose bibliography which is due tonight by 10pm
Tuesday October 21: Work on data, analysis and conclusions. It is all due by the end of class today. If you are done, work on your bibliography. Please see the How to Write a Lab Write-Up and APA formatting to help you.
Friday October 4: Research day for introduction to carbon dioxide labs.
Thursday October 3: Work on procedures with group members. Procedures that have been agreed on by the group should be submitted to the box folder: Procedure carbon dioxide by 8pm tonight.
Wednesday October 2: Begin combining procedures with other group members.
Tuesday October 1: Finish researching information on carbon dioxide production and consumption if you need to. Begin writing your procedures individually. This should be a quiet work day after a short presentation. You will need your computers. Complete your procedures tonight and have them ready to be reviewed by the instructor tomorrow at the beginning of class.
Monday September 30: No school. I hope that you enjoyed your Fall Break!
Turn in “Outside the Box” graphs. Please remember, you need to turn in a data set with your name on it (one per team), a graph (each person) and an explanation of why you chose that graph, what the trends are and how the graph efficiently demonstrates them.
Friday August 30: No science class. Subbie Retreat Day!
Thursday August 29:
*Finish metric system and between system problems.
*Answer remaining questions
*Work on review problems (if time). These will not be for homework. They will be practice for the quiz on Tuesday. You will not have an additional assignment after the quiz because Ms. Smyser will not be there on Tuesday. Please bring something to work on in case you finish early. Even though it is after an extended break, please be ready! I won’t be there to answer questions.
Wednesday August 28: Open House. I get to meet your guardians!
*Review stepwise instructions
*Do a few practice problems between systems of units