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May 18-19 It’s So Hard to Say Good-Bye

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!

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May 11-15 The Planets

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.

May 4-8 The Big Bang Theory

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.

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April 27-May 1 Severe Winds and Tornadoes

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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.
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April 20-24 Weather

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.
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April 13-17 Keep It Rockin’!

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)

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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.
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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.

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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
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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.