Monday and Tuesday May 18 and 19: We will be finishing Saturn and the Ice Worlds. Please upload your answers to the questions to the appropriate Box folder with your name in the title of the document. Please read The Lives of Stars, take notes on it and upload them to the appropriate Box folder with your name in the title of the document. If we have time, I will be going over information in a powerpoint from the chapters The Size and Scale of the Universe and Finding Objects in the Night Sky. The accompanying questions are below. You will only HAVE to answer these questions if we have time to go over this information in class. However, if you would like to read the chapters and answer the questions since many of you express having a lot of free time, that would be terrific!
Friday May 15: No assignments. Teacher planning day.
Wednesday and Thursday May 13-14: We will begin watching The Planets: Saturn and The Ice Worlds. Again, this is a movie that I own, so we will have to watch it during class time. Please be prepared to answer the questions found below as you watch. Please read the directions! Please also take notes on The Origin of the Universe, the chapter provided below. Then, upload them to the appropriate Box folder with your name in the title.
Monday and Tuesday May 11 and 12: We will finish watching the video on Mars and Jupiter. There are no additional questions beyond The Inner Planets for this part of the video. Please complete the lab at the beginning of the chapter The Size and Scale of the Universe and upload it to the appropriate Box folder with your name in the document title. I have included an answer sheet for your convenience as it is a wordy and at times confusing lab. Please use it.
Wednesday and Thursday April 29-30:
- Attend a Zoom meeting during your scheduled class time when you will be graphing the data collected by yourself and your classmates. You will be broken into 5 groups with each group assigned a specific instrument. Please have your weather data uploaded an hour before your class is scheduled to begin. Graph the provided data from that instrument and upload it to the appropriate Box folder. Please be sure that your names are on the graph. Also, be sure to follow the steps of graphing!
- Complete the “Cloud Lab” and upload your answers to the appropriate Box folder with your name in the title of the document.
Monday and Tuesday April 27-28:
- Attend a brief Zoom meeting during your scheduled class time to go over the assignments for the week.
- Do the lab at the beginning of Severe Winds and Tornadoes. Do not worry about Part B which asks you to have among other things, a bicycle pump. If you are able to do it and are looking for something to do, please do it and report back! Upload the completed answers to the lab in appropriate Box folder with your name in the title of the document
- Here is a link to a printable map of the United States to assist with Part A of the lab: https://www.waterproofpaper.com/printable-maps/united-states-maps/printable-map-of-the-united-states-labeled.pdf
- Read the chapter on Severe Winds and Tornadoes and take notes. Upload your notes to the appropriate Box folder with your name in the title of the document.
- Don’t forget to be taking your weather measurements! If they are not working the best, it is all right. Part of what I wanted was the experience of building it and taking the measurements. We will graph it as best we can on Wednesday.
Friday April 24: Don’t forget to take your weather measurements!
Wednesday and Thursday April 22-23:
- Don’t forget to start your weather measurements
- There is no Zoom meeting today!
- Please do the Thunderstorm lab at the beginning of this chapter. Please do as much of it as you are able with the supplies that you have at home. There is a Box folder for what you are able to accomplish.
- Read the chapter and take notes (they don’t have to be detailed). Upload your notes to the provided Box folder.
Monday and Tuesday April 20-21:
- During your scheduled science class, we will have a brief Zoom meeting so that I can go over instructions for the week. I will send that link via email right before class with the waiting room enacted.
- Build an anemometer, wind vane or barometer. Please build as many as you are able and collect data from them. Use the following website to help you build these items. http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/gather_data/thermometer.htm. You should also use a rain gauge and outdoor thermometer to collect data. Also found on this website is a document that will help you record your data. Please take a measurement everyday until next week when we will get into breakout groups to graph the data. Upload your data in the provided Box folder by 9am on Wednesday April 29.
- Read the chapter Weather Basics from the EarthComm text book. Take notes on it (they don’t have to be detailed) and upload it to the Box folder provided.
Wednesday April 15-Friday April 17: Read and take notes on sections 3.6 Structural Geology, 3.7 Reading of Geologic History. I have also posted 3.8 Geology of the United States for your enjoyment. I will be available in a zoom chat during your scheduled class times if you wish to “enter the meeting” and discuss the material. This is not a requirement.
Tuesday April 14: Attempt to do one of the labs found at the beginning of section 3.2 Igneous rocks, 3.3 Sedimentary rocks or 3.4 Metamorphic Rocks. The one for sedimentary rocks looks fun, messy and doable with supplies likely already in your house.
Monday April 13: There is no Zoom meeting today and no required Zoom meeting this whole week! Get outside, be active and have fun! Take a walk with your brother or sister (or whoever is available to you during this time of quarantine) and take 5 pictures of different rocks that you see, or make a fun video or some other form of media. Although this assignment is more a suggestion and for fun, I think that it would be really fun to look at what each other has come up with. I will provide a Box folder for you to upload your media. Try to:
- Identify the mineral type
- Is it extrusive or intrusive
- What is the crystal size
- What is it being used for
- Where did it likely originate? Is it indigenous? (Probably not)
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.
- 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!
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
6th hour Zoom information: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/231199551?pwd=WkhnOVlzWDVUMkJITkFSUUxMTDF0dz09
Meeting ID: 231 199 551
8th hour Zoom information: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/704480671?pwd=VHZ6MXgraXhuRlkwSVBBS2t2eXZNZz09
Meeting ID: 704 480 671
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!
- 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
- Fracking: Regulatory Failures and Delays by GreenPeace (an obviously biased site): https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/global-warming/issues/fracking/regulatory-failures-and-delays/
- Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development by the EPA: https://www.epa.gov/uog
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday October 21: Work on data, analysis and conclusions. It is all due by Tuesday at the end of class!
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
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!
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
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
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:
Monday September 9:
*Short quiz on the scientific method
*Review graphing powerpoint
*Begin working on graphing homework
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.
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
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.
Tuesday August 16: Review the syllabus and begin discussing laboratory safety
Monday August 15: Scientific ice breaker
Friday May 8: Teacher Planning Day
Wednesday and Thursday May 6 and 7: Finish watching The Inner Worlds, Mars and Saturn. Upload your answer to the questions to the appropriate Box folder with your name in the title.
Monday and Tuesday May 4 and 5: During our class time, we will be watching The Planets: The Inner Worlds, Mars and Jupiter. We will have to watch this during our class time because it is a disk that I own. It is 180 minutes long so we will finish it on Wednesday. Please be prepared to answer the questions that follow as you watch. Read the directions! Please complete Weather Forecasting and upload it to the appropriate Box. Then, watch The Creation of the Universe found at https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/creation-universe/ and answer the questions found on the document below. Please be sure to read the directions. Upload your answers to the appropriate Box folder. Be sure to include your name in the document title when you save it.