April 6-10 This Week Still Rocks!

Friday April 10: Submit your presentations into the appropriate box folder by 11am. View each others’ presentations, learn and enjoy!

Wednesday April 8 and Thursday April 9:

  • If you have scheduled class with me, we will be going over igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
  • If you do not have class with me, work on your rock presentation and finish taking notes on the sections.

Monday April 6 and Tuesday April 7:

  • If you have a scheduled class, we will be going over igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
  • If you do not have a class with me, work on your rock presentation and finish reading the sections and taking notes.

March 30-April 3 This Week Rocks!

  • 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.


March 23-27 The First Week of On-line Learning

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!

Tuesday March 24 and Wednesday March 25: Scheduled debate about the laws governing hydraulic fracturing. Please be ready to discuss the ideas listed on Monday’s post.

3rd hour Zoom meeting information: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/170650221?pwd=aWJlNXd6KzZrbEoyRXBXTW5UU1hvQT09

Meeting ID: 170 650 221
Password: 003015

6th hour Zoom information: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/231199551?pwd=WkhnOVlzWDVUMkJITkFSUUxMTDF0dz09

Meeting ID: 231 199 551
Password: 023904

8th hour Zoom information: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/704480671?pwd=VHZ6MXgraXhuRlkwSVBBS2t2eXZNZz09

Meeting ID: 704 480 671
Password: 018347

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!

  1. Ban Fracking Act proposed by Bernie Sanders (thank you to Annika Polk for providing this source!): https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3247/text
  2. Fracking: Regulatory Failures and Delays by GreenPeace (an obviously biased site): https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/global-warming/issues/fracking/regulatory-failures-and-delays/
  3. Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development by the EPA: https://www.epa.gov/uog

March 9-13 Hydraulic Fracturing

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.


March 2-6 The end of plate tectonics!

Friday March 6: Unit test on Plate Tectonics

Thursday March 5: Ms. Smyser will answer questions about the test in class. Study session in room 302 today after school!

Wednesday March 4: Study for the unit test. Please find the review sheet and all of the powerpoints listed below.

Tuesday March 3: Finish the topographic map lab. Begin studying if there is time.

Monday March 2: Begin the topographic map lab


February 24-28 Volcanic Landforms

Friday February 28: 2-7 Quiz Volcanic Landforms

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.


February 10-14 The Changing Geography of Your Community

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.


February 3-7 Plate Boundary and Environments

Friday February 7: Work on 2-6 Lab The Changing Geography of Your Community. Finish lab today and turn in.

Thursday February 6: Work on 2-6 Lab The Changing Geography of Your Community

Wednesday February 5: 2-5 Quiz Plate Boundaries and Plate Environments. If applicable, work on ExploraVision when the quiz is over.

Tuesday February 4: Finishing going over the 2-5 questions and study for the quiz tomorrow (Wednesday February 4)

Monday February 3: Finish reading powerpoint and section and turn in questions. Begin reviewing the powerpoint with the instructor.


January 27-January 31 Plate Motions and Plate Interactions

Friday January 31: Have questions finished to be graded for completion. Review questions and powerpoint with instructor.

Thursday January 30: Finish 2-5 lab Plate Environments and complete the reading and answering the questions.

Wednesday January 29: 2-4 Quiz on Plate Boundaries and Plate Environments. Begin 2-5 Lab Plate Boundary Environments

Tuesday January 28: Finish reviewing the powerpoint. Study for the quiz and work on ExploraVision if there is time.

Monday January 27: Have questions ready to be graded for completion by 8am. Review of the powerpoint and questions with the instructor.


January 20-January 24 Plate Interactions

Friday January 24: Silent work day to read section 2-4, look at the 2-4 ppt and answer the 2-4 questions

Thursday January 23: Finish 2-4 lab Plate Interactions

Wednesday January 22: Begin 2-4 lab Plate Interactions.

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).

Monday January 20: No school. Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration.


January 13-17 What Drives the Plates

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).

Monday January 13: Finish going over 2-1 powerpoint, take 2-1 quiz and answer questions about the density column.


January 6-10 Where Are the Volcanoes and Earthquakes?

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.

Wednesday January 8: Lab: Part B: Volcanoes, Earthquake and Your Community

Website that shows locations of volcanoes, earthquakes and sulfur emissions: https://volcano.si.axismaps.io/

Tuesday January 7: Lab: Part A: The Distribution of Volcanoes and Earthquakes. (This lab will not be available online. Please make sure that your group does not lose their copy).

Monday January 6: No school. Teacher’s Institute Day.


December 9-13 Creative Project

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”


December 2-6 Creative Project

Discovery Education

Useful websites include: exploravision.org and https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge/create/entry-topics

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.


November 18-22 The final Count Down

Friday November 22: Abstract due by the end of school.

Thursday November 21: Conclusions and bibliography is due at the end of school.

Wednesday November 20: Go over how to write an abstract. Catch-up day. Work hard. Our deadlines are tight!

Tuesday November 19: Data and results due by the end of class. A folder has been provided for you. If you are not able to meet this deadline, be sure to speak with me ahead of time!

Monday November 18: Introductions due by the end of school. A folder has been created in the independent experiment folder.


November 11-14

Friday November 15: Ms. Smyser will not be here today. Turn in final drafts of procedure by the end of class. I will grade them over the weekend and next week we can begin experiments.

Thursday November 14: Be writing introduction. Final draft of procedure due by end of class.

Wednesday November 13: Begin writing/continue to research introduction. Turn in what part of the introduction for which you are responsible.

Tuesday November 12: Rough draft of procedure due by 10pm this evening.

Monday November 11: Continue working on procedure. Have a list of materials ready to turn in by the end of class taking particular note of items that you are not able to provide.


November 4-8

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.


October 28-November 1 New Experiments

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.


October 21-25 Conclusions

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.

Monday October 21: Work on data, analysis and conclusions. It is all due by Tuesday at the end of class!


Oct. 14-18 Collecting Data

It’s my favorite!

Friday Oct. 18: Data, analysis, and conclusion due (?)

Thursday Oct. 17: Collect data/write data, analysis and conclusions

Wednesday Oct. 16: Collect data/write data, analysis and conclusions

Tuesday Oct. 15: Collect data/edit introductions/silent academic study hall

Monday Oct. 14: Collect data/edit procedures/silent academic study hall


September 30-October 4 Beginning the Carbon Dioxide Lab

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!


September 23-27 Laboratory Write Up

Friday September 27: No school. Have a great fall break!

Thursday September 26:

  • Go over the carbon dioxide laboratory write-up assignment.
  • Do what research can be done
  • Try to determine the variables that you want to study

Wednesday September 25:

  • Finish going over the laboratory write-up sections
  • Go over the sample bubble lab

Tuesday September 24:

  • Go over writing laboratory write up

Monday September 23:

  • Go over unit tests
  • Begin going over laboratory write ups


September 16-20 Pure Science vs. Applied Science

Friday September 20:

  • Introductory Unit Test. Be ready to start immediately. It is long!

Thursday September 19:

  • Answer questions on the review and continue to work on it.

Wednesday September 18:

  • Begin working on the review for the introductory unit test

Tuesday September 17:

  • Finish Pure Science vs. Applied Science Debates

Monday September 16:

  • 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.
  • Debates on Pure Science vs. Applied Science

September 9-13 Graphing

Friday September 13:

*Short graphing quiz

Work on debate. Be ready to go for Monday!

*Work on “outside the box” graph if you are ready for your debate. It is due on Monday.

Thursday September 12:

*Review pure science vs. applied science and debate their merits.

*Review the debate assignment

*Complete the debate role preference form

*Work on outside the box graph which will be due Monday

Wednesday September 11:

*Going beyond line and bar graphs and pie charts which will be due on Monday. Please use this website to help you: https://blog.adioma.com/how-to-think-visually-using-visual-analogies-infographic/

*Collect locker data

Tuesday September 10:

*Motion graphs

Monday September 9:

*Short quiz on the scientific method

*Review graphing powerpoint

*Begin working on graphing homework


September 2-6 Scientific Method

Friday September 6: Presentation of devised experiments using the scientific method

Thursday September 5:

*Answer any questions on the scientific method.

*In pairs, design experiments based on the stimulation questions provided in class.

Wednesday September 4: Go over scientific method powerpoint. Bring materials to take notes.

Tuesday September 3: Quiz on numeric prefixes, unit abbreviations, metric system conversions and between system conversions.

Monday September 2: Labor Day. No School.


August 26-30 Science Math

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

*Work on between systems practice problems

Tuesday August 27:

*Answer questions on scientific notation

*Brief scientific notation quiz

*Go over numeric prefixes

*Review base units and metric prefix units

*Practice metric unit conversion problems

*Read the stepwise conversion instructions for tomorrow

Monday August 26:

*Review questions on significant digits

*Significant digits quiz

*Review scientific notation

*Scientific notation homework


August 19-23 Laboratory Equipment

Friday August 23:

  • Brief quiz on significant digits
  • Review scientific notation
  • Practice scientific notation problems

Thursday August 22:

  • Brief quiz on laboratory safety and laboratory equipment.
  • Review the rules of significant digits
  • Work on significant digits problems
  • Be prepared for a short quiz on significant digits. There will be time for questions

Wednesday August 21: Learn microscope parts and perform an activity that uses a microscope. Finish laboratory equipment lab as necessary.

Tuesday August 20: Laboratory activity that practices uses of laboratory equipment.

Monday August 19: Review lab safety symbols. Identify names and uses of laboratory equipment.