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WEEK OFAPRIL 11th - April 15th:  Triclosan Lab Completion and Science Interim Assessment

Friday, April 15th:  Ecommunity Day at Cochituate State Park (NO SCIENCE CLASSES)

Thursday, April 14th: World Language Students will be working on World Language Concert.  Stay tuned for what the rest of us will be doing.

Wednesday, April 13th:  Triclosan Lab Due + Science Interim Assessment (normal schedule)
Classwork:  Science Interim Assessment
Homework:  Get Progress Reports and Journal Checklists Signed.
Use website to make up incomplete work and work that was never done.
All lab reports not turned in by the end of this week will be Spring Break Homework.

Tuesday, April 12th: Triclosan Lab Peer Editing  
(No C Block Tuesday, but Lab Report is still due Wednesday for all students)
Classwork:  Peer Editing
Homework:  Final Lab Report is due Wednesday.
Review Lab Report Checklist  and other documents regarding the lab (listed below in previous days)

Monday, April 11th: Triclosan Lab Errors and Conclusion Drafting
Classwork: Work on Errors and Conclusion Section drafts. (See Triclosan Lab Report Assignment)
Lab Report Checklist is here.
Lab Report Sentence Starters are here.
Work on Bar Graphs (Day One and Day Two Data is here.)
Triclosan Powerpoint
Data from 2007-2010 revealed!
Homework: Draft Errors Section, Conclusion Section, make bar graphs for Days One and Two.  
Be prepared to peer edit on Tuesday.
Triclosan Lab Report Assignment)
Lab Report Checklist is here.
Lab Report Sentence Starters are here.
Work on Bar Graphs (Day One and Day Two Data is here.)

WEEK OF APRIL 4th - APRIL 8th:  Triclosan Lab and the Evolution of Drug-Resistant Bacteria


Vocabulary and Information Posters for this week

Friday, April 8th:  Data Collection DAY TWO
Classwork: DAY TWO Observations of Bacterial Growth Colonies.
Record Data (Full Grade Data will be posted here as it is gathered)
Homework:  Draft Day TWO Observation of Results & Discussion of Results Section
(See Triclosan Lab Report Assignment)
Triclosan Lab Data for BOTH DAYS is here!

Thursday, April 7th: Data Collection DAY ONE
Classwork:  DAY ONE Observations of Bacterial Growth Colonies.
Record Data (Full Grade Data will be posted here as it is gathered)
Homework:  Draft Day ONE Observation of Results & Discussion of Results Section
(See Triclosan Lab Report Assignment)
Triclosan Lab Data for BOTH DAYS is here!

Wednesday, April 6th:  EXPERIMENT DAY:  Triclosan Lab
Classwork:  Conduct Triclosan Lab and start with homework (see below)
Homework:  Introduction, Materials, Procedure & Diagram draft (See Triclosan Lab Report Assignment)

Tuesday, April 5th: Pre-Lab-->  Why are we doing this experiment?
Classwork:  Complete Journal Prompts from Monday
Start with Prelab and Hypothesis
Practice Run for Lab
Homework:  Prelab and Hypothesis + Read and Highlight Triclosan Lab Report Assignment

Monday, April 4th: How Bacteria Evolve and Why We Should Care!
Classwork:  Bacterial Evolution Reading Check
Evolution of Bacteria Journal Prompts (glued into journal and addressed in class discussion and activities).
Bacteria evolve by natural selection.
Bacteria get genetic variations from 1) Mutations, 2) Conjugation, and 3) Transduction
Mutation = DNA copying mistake or DNA damage from chemicals or radiation.
Conjugation = When one bacterium shares a snip of DNA with another bacterium.
Transduction = When a virus moves snips of DNA from one cell to another.
Evolution of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Evolution of Drug Resistant Staph (MRSA)
Evolution of Superbugs
Antibiotics in Livestock Food
Antibiotics in Household Products
Homework:  Read Antibacterials and Disinfectants and
produce no more that 2 pages of 2-column notes.


Friday, April 1st: Why Does Natural Selection Matter--> Drug Resistant Bacteria!
Classwork: Finalize analysis of Who Wants to be Naturally Selected game data.
Check up Questions for Who Wants to be Naturally Selected
Discussion of other Natural Selection Case Studies.
Why does Natural Selection Matter to us?
Homework: A, C and D Blocks--> Read Evolution of Bacteria minipacket: First Part.  Second Part.
and produce 2-column notes in your Science Journal
B Block:  Complete Check up Questions and Paragraph on Game.
If not done with graph, get that done too.  Paragraph and Graph need to go in your Science Journal.

Thursday, March 31st: Why Does Natural Selection Matter--> Case Studies
Classwork:  Use the data and graphs to analyze the process of Natural Selection
A Block Data and Graph
B Block Data and Graph
C Block Data and Graph
D Block Data and Graph
Start reading Natural Selection Case Studies
Homework:  A, C and D Blocks--> 1) Read Natural Selection Case Studies (first 8 pages)
and choose ONE case study to do ONE OR TWO PAGES OF 2 column notes on (IN JOURNAL). 2) Get Journal 2/28-3/16 Grading Checklist signed and
find/complete some of your missing work (if you have any).  3) Students who have not completed their graph and paragraph need to do these (and make
sure they are in your Science Journal).
B Block--> Finish Graph and Paragraph (and make sure they are in your Science Journal.

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29th & 30th:
Classwork:  Do Now--> Natural Selection Quizlet
Finish "Who Wants To Be Naturally Selected" Game.
Homework:  (None Tuesday night, but homework is assigned on Wednesday night for all classes)
Due Thursday:  Graph of Data from Who Wants to Be Naturally Selected + a 7+ sentence open response on how natural selection has played out in the
Special Note:  B block needs a bit more data, so they will only be brainstorming for the paragraph.  All other blocks will need to do the graphing and the
paragraph by Thursday.

Monday, March 28th: Who Wants to Be Naturally Selected Game:  The Evolution of Whales
Classwork:  Play "Who Wants to be Naturally Selected" and collect data from the game.
Homework:  Eat healthy food

Friday, March 25th:  Horrible Disease Game part 2
Classwork:  Continue to play Horrible Disease Game,
modeling genetic variation in a cornfield due to gene flow and sexual reproduction.
Homework:  None

Thursday, March 24th: Horrible Disease Game Part 1:  
Classwork:  Discussion of the issue of monocrop agriculture and low genetic diversity.  
*Advantage:  Easier for agricultural companies to predict the results of their crops.
*Disadvantage:  Low genetic variation makes crops vulnerable to disease.
Discussion of how Gene Flow and Sexual Reproduction can increase genetic variation.
Genetic Variation modeled in Horrible Disease Game.
Homework:  Reading and Notes on Gene Flow and Sexual Reproduction

Wednesday, March 23rd:  Sexual Reproduction as a source of Genetic Variation
Classwork:  Discussion of ways that genetic variation happens: Focus upon sexual reproduction.
Vocabulary:  Mitosis vs. Meiosis.  Haploid and Diploid cells.  Gametes and Zygotes.
Modeling meiosis and the genetic combinations involved in sexual reproduction using 8 word sentences broken into 2 parts and then recombined in new
Homework:  Reading and Notes on Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction and Genetic Variation

Tuesday, March 22nd:  MCAS (only met with A and B blocks) Mutations as a source of Genetic Variation (Types of Mutations)
Classwork:  Types of Mutation Activity
Modeling types of mutations in sentences.
Here is the class reading on Causes and Types of Mutations
Vocabulary:  Point or Substitution Mutation, Frame Shift Mutation,
Homework: Same Mutation Reading and Questions assignment from Monday is still due Wednesday.

Monday, March 21st:  Mutation Telephone Drawing Activity
Classwork:  Mutation Telephone Drawing Activity
Homework:  Mutation Reading and Questions (Due Wednesday due to MCAS on Tuesday)
Week of March 14th - 18th

Hint Page for Angry Wombat Cladogram (for those taking on the challenge cladogram)

Friday, March 18th
    Classwork:  Work on Cladogram Posters
    Homework:  Cladogram Poster is due on Monday!

Thursday, March 17th
    Classwork:  Correct Hole in the Head Cladogram and begin work on a revised Cladogram Poster.  
  1. Figure out what the largest group is first.
  2. Figure out what the first 3 subgroups are (hint: it has to do with what the cells are held together with)
  3. In one of those "what the cells are held together with groups", you'll have two big groups divided by which end the blastula opens on first.
  4. Treat each small group as its own little cladogram.  It will be easier to look at the parts instead of the entire ginormous group of organisms.
  5. Remember that the way to eat an elephant is "One bite at a time!"  Good luck!
    Homework:  Spend 30 minutes working on Cladogram Poster.  

Wednesday, March 16th: Using Homologies to Make a More Complex Cladogram:  Hole in the Head Cladogram

Tuesday, March 15th:  Using Homologies to Hypothesize about Evolutionary Relationships:  Making the Kitty Cat Cladogram!
    Classwork:  Create a cladogram from data about homologies amongst several organisms:  Kitty Cat Cladogram

Monday, March 14th:  Using Homologies to Hypothesize about the Evolution of Flight
    Classwork:  Work on Evolution of Flight Poster in class.  See details on Friday, March 11th (below)
    Homework:  No homework if you are done with your Evolution of Flight Poster!  Otherwise, get your Evolution of Flight Poster done tonight!  See details on Friday, March 11th (below).

Week of March 7th - 11th

Friday, March 11th:  Science in the News (Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami) + Preparation for Poster on Evolution of Flight

Thursday, March 10th:  How did flight evolve?

Wednesday:  March 9th: DEBATE!  Blue Whale, Flying Fish, & Fruit Bat!
    Classwork:  Class Debate-->  Which two are the closer relatives amongst these three organisms:  A Blue Whale, a Flying Fish, & a Fruit Bat?
    Homework:  First part of this two page file:  Cladogram Practice.

Tuesday, Marth 8th:  Homologies and You, Part2--Broadening our comparisons and homologies.
    1) Make a hypothesis for which organisms have a more recent common ancestor and
    which ones have a common ancestor that is more distant in the past.  
    2) Present this hypothesis in the form of a cladogram (branching family tree).
    3) Write a short paragraph justifying your hypothesis.
    Homework:  Make sure you are done with the 3 parts of the classwork:
    1) Hypothesis of 4 organisms' relationships; 2) Simple 4-organism cladogram;
    3) A short paragraph justifying your hypothesis.  (IF YOU ARE CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT TO DO, GO BACK AND RE-READ THE CLASSWORK SECTION --ABOVE).

Monday, March 7th: Homologies and You, Part 1--Applying your understanding of homologies to analyze evolutionary relationships
    Do Now:  Quizzlet 3711A
    Classwork: Compare human skeleton with other vertebrate skeletons

Week of February 28th - March 4th:  Evidence for Evolution--DNA, Homologies and Analogies, The Fossil Record!

Friday, March 4th: What did T. rex taste like?
    Classwork:  In Tech Lab-->  Apply and develop understanding of homologies to test hypotheses about T. rex.
    Using this website interactive lesson from the University of California Museum of Paleontology
    work through the tools and the evidence that can help up make hypotheses about what T. rex tasted like as well as other questions.
    Complete all 5 folders of the lesson + the Special Assignment at the end of Folder 5.
    Progress reports given out in class.
    Also, highlight all "NC" and "Pending" assignments in your progress report and get it signed by your parents or guardian.  Due MONDAY, 3/7/11

Thursday, March 3rd: Analogies--Evidence that living things have adapted to their environments
    Classwork: Analogies-Similarities that come from adaptation to similar environments (usually superficial).
    Convergent Evolution produces analogies.  Convergent evolution is when different species adapt to the same environments and evolve into similar shapes independently.
    Examples of marsupial and placental mammal analogies.
    See this link for examples: www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/01/4/pdf/l_014_02.pdf
    Question generation activity from homework of 3/2.

Wednesday, March 2nd: Homologies

Tuesday, March 1st: Evidence for evolution--Shared common ancestors

Monday, February 28th: Evidence for evolution Building Background Knowledge
    Classwork:  Introductory discussion to some of the evidence for evolution.  
    First evidence: Life has changed.  This evidence is contained in the fossil record.
    Second evidence: There is considerable evidence that living things share common ancestors and that ALL LIFE shares one original common ancestor
    Reading on Homologies: Shared characteristics due to relatedness amongst different organisms.  Common homologies include bone structures, DNA, embryo similarities during development.
Week of February 14-18:  Change over Time


Friday, 2/18/11  Evidence of Evolution

Thursday, 2/17/11  Vocab Review and Evidence of Evolution

Wednesday, 2/16/11  Geologic Time Calendar Page Drafts Returned:  Work on Revisions

Tuesday, 2/15/11  Changes in Life Over Time Prompt continued
    Classwork:  Second part of prompt from Monday
    Homework:  Read pages 152 and 153 and answer questions 1-6.  

Monday, 2/14/11:  Changes in Life Over Time
    Classwork:  1) Peer Edit Geologic Time Calendar pages as needed
     2) Interview peers for information about changes in life over time.
    Homework:  Read assigned pages (check your planner for which pages were assigned in class) in Changes over Time and answer the questions on those pages.  

Week of February 7-11:  Geologic Time Calendar Research Project


Friday, 2/11/11: First Draft of Geologic Time Calendar Due
    Classwork:  Finish final touches on Calendar Pages, Peer Editing when ready
    Homework:  None unless not done with first draft of Geologic Time Calendar Page

Thursday, 2/10/11:  Geologic Time Research

Wednesday, 2/9/11:  Computer Lab Geologic Time Research
    Classwork:  Online Research on Geologic Time
    Homework:  15 minutes online research + 15 minutes organizing information for Geologic Time Calendar Page

Tuesday, 2/8/11:
    Classwork:  Share successes and failures from research homework.  Discuss ways to overcome obstacles to research.
    Research Geologic Time Divisions and record more details
    Homework:  30 minutes of online research and recording of information on your assigned Geologic Time Division

Monday, 2/7/11:
    Classwork:  Geologic Time Divisions assigned.
    Events in Geologic Time Reflection in Journals
    Homework:  Online Research and Record 5 facts or events from your geologic time division

Week of January 31-February 4th:  Building a Geologic Timeline

Friday, 2/4/11:
Geologic Time Calendar Page Assignment
    Classwork:  Investigate the events in the past on the giant timeline in class.  Record observed and inferred patterns.
    Homework:  Students should do 4 make up assignments as needed.  See Catchup Page for more information.  If done, please do a bonus assignment (See the snowflake on the main page of the website for more information.)

Thursday, 2/3/11: Events in the Past
    Classwork: Finish tables on events in the past as if the Earth were a 7th grader or a 1 year old.  
    Homework: Students should do 4 make up assignments.  See Catchup Page for more information.

Tuesday, 2/1/11:    Early Release due to Snowy Weather:  
    Classwork:  Building a timeline (to be continued)
    Homework:  Students should use the extra time to do catchup work.  Most assignments are available below, but I have organized them
    so they match up better with the progress reports:  Classwork and Homework Catchup Page

Monday 1/31/11: Events in the Past
    Classwork: Organize events of the past in a table.  Compare the actual times of the events with how long ago they would've happened if the Earth's history were compressed into the 13 years of a 7th grader.  Also compare the times of the events with how long ago they
    would've happened if the Earth's history were compressed into just one year.
    Homework:  Bring home progress reports, highlight assignments that were ZEROs or were listed as NC (not completed).

Week of January 24-28: Geologic Time:  Way Back in the Way Back Machine

Friday: Imagining Geologic Time continued.

Thursday:  Snow Day #4, but Challenger 25 Anniversary Event is Still Happening at Framingham State tonight!

Wednesday: Imagining Geologic Time
    Classwork:  Do Now:  What is wrong with the picture on the page 162 of last night's homework (best viewed in color here)?  (Ocean would be green because of dissolved iron.  Sky would be mustard yellow-orange because of high carbon dioxide content.)
    Observations/Inferences/Comparisons of different images of the history of the Earth:  Image 1     Image 2      Image 3
    Homework:  Read Middle and Recent Earth History and produce 2-column notes (in journal) and questions 1-5 (in journal).  Bonus point to anyone who explains why the title of the reading is ridiculous!  Here is the reading:  Middle and Recent Earth History Page 170, Page 171,
    Page 172, Page 173, Page 174, Page 175

Tuesday:  Important Developments in the History of Life (or....  from Bacterial Slime to Sequoias, Giant Squids, and Humans!  How did we get from there to here?)

Monday: Wrap up "Who Wants to be Bacterial Slime" (don't worry, we'll be playing more evolution games!)

Week of January 18-21: Who Wants to Be Bacterial Slime?  A Prebiotic Evolution Game

Friday:  Snow Day
Bonus Assignment Opportunities:   
Miller-Urey Experiment Simulation

Thursday:  Continue Bacterial Slime Game (first life is getting going already!)
Classwork:  Play "Who Wants to Be Bacterial Slime" and record results (a few students have become "cells" and a couple are now "Bacterial Slime!"
Homework (DUE MONDAY):
 A Block: Where Did Life Begin Reflection

Wednesday:  Bacterial Slime Game in full swing!
Classwork:  Play "Who Wants to Be Bacterial Slime" and record the results.
Homework:  Read and produce 2-column notes on Mr. Ward's
"How Life Began" Movie Notes.  Also, write 2 questions on the origin of life.

Tuesday:  Begin Bacterial Slime Game
(C and D Blocks Only--early release day due to bad weather)
Classwork:  Get started with "Who Wants to Be Bacterial Slime" and record results
Homework:  (C and D Blocks Only):  5-6 sentence reflection (in your science journal) on this question:  "How does the Bacterial Slime Game model ideas of the origin of life?"

Week of January 10-13:  ORIGINS OF LIFE -->  Guest Speaker on Thursday!  
Postponed due to the Snow Days

Thursday, January 13th:  Snow Day AGAIN!!!

Wednesday, January 12th:  Snow Day Bonus Homework Project:  Simulation of the Miller-Urey Experiment!

Tuesday, January 11th:  Spontaneous Generation, and Other Ideas of the Origin of Life
    Homework:  Watch any parts of the How Life Began movie and take notes.  See above for sections.

Monday, January 10th:  Extremophile Life and the Origins of Life
    Classwork:  Do Now:  What is Emergence and What are some examples? (in journals)

Week of January 3-7

Friday, January 7th:  Building Blocks of Life/How Life Began
    Classwork:  Do Now on what CHON and SPONCH CaFe stand for (mnemonics for the most important elements used by life)
    (CHON =  Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen)  
    (SPONCH CaFe = Sulfur, Phosphorus, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon, Hydrogen, Calcium, Iron)
                              (Realplayer will play this.  You can get it for free at this website.)
    Homework:  If not done with revisions on field guide draft, respond to revision prompts and notes from Mr. Ward.  Be sure to share or email to me at rward@mcaulifferegional.org

Thursday, January 6th
    Classwork:  Do Now:  What are the defining characteristics of life?  
    Homework:  30 minutes work on revisions of field guide draft (if you have not responded to all revision prompts and notes).  Be sure to share or email to Mr. Ward.

Wednesday, January 5th
    Classwork:  Revise field guide drafts (in Tech Lab) and share revisions with me.
    Homework:  30 minutes work on revisions of field guide draft (if you have not responded to all revision prompts and notes).  Be sure to share or email to Mr. Ward.

Tuesday, January 4th
    Classwork:  Do Now:  Compare half-life graphs and discuss how predictable patterns can be useful in understanding the absolute age of things.
    Homework:  Read and highlight Mr. Ward's notes on the geologic history of Massachusetts (This is in preparation

Monday, January 3rd:  Half Lives as a tool for measuring time
    In Class:  Do Now: Brainstorm about favorite organisms from the distant past + Class sharing and short discussion

Week of December 20-23  

Tuesday, December 21st:  Half-Life Lab
    Readings that you need for Sections I-IV are here:

Monday, December 20th:  Mr. Ward is out sick today.

Stratigraphic Bonus Assignment:  Stratigraphic Cake!  Some students expressed interest in bringing in a cake that showed stratigraphic principles  
What a cool idea!  I welcome such initiative and will award it with bonus homework points as long as a few criteria are met:
No nuts of any kind.
2)  The cake demonstrates stratigraphic principles and the ideas of measuring relative age.
The cake is accompanied with a thoughtful write-up explaining correctly how it applies stratigraphic principles such as
    a)  The Law of Superposition
    b)  The Law of Cross-Cutting
    c)  The Law of Inclusions
    d)  The Law of Folding
    e)  The Law of Original Horizontality
4)  Please be sure to bring napkins and utensils if you are planning upon anyone eating this stratigraphic cake.

Week of December 13-17   
TEST REVISIONS ARE DUE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 20TH!!!  (see below for details)

Friday, December 17th:  Combining Absolute Age and Index Fossils with Relative Age
    Question #1:  In the first puzzle, if a radiometric date has been determined as 500 Ma for rock formation "A", what can we say about the
    ages of rock formations "B" and "C"?
    Quesiton #2:  In the second puzzle, if a radiometric data has been determined as 500 Ma for rock formation "B" AND we  found fossils of a giant plankton straining
    fish called a "Leedsichthys" in rock formation "D".  This fish is known to have lived from 180 Ma to 200 Ma.  Based upon this information, what can we say
    about the ages of rock formations "A", "C", and "E"?
    Notes and Links on the Leedsichthys:  The Leedsichthys was actually around in Jurassic seas about 150 Ma, a little more recently than the times used in the in-class questions.  Information on the Leedsichthys:  1) National Geographic Article, 2) BBC Fact File, 3)
    A site from the actual dig that found the Leedsichthys.

Thursday, December 16th:  MCAULIFFEST 6-7PM!!!!

Wednesday, December 15th:  
    All students who earned less than a MEETING are required to revise their Earth Science Tests.
    Corrections must include an explanation for why they are correct in order to get credit.
    You may use any resources in your Science Journal, this website, or web resources, or the textbooks to help you with your corrections.
    Students who earned a MEETING or better may choose to revise their tests.
    In Class:  Review of Tuesday's homework

    Homework: (Different for different classes!)

Tuesday, December 14th:

    Homework: (Different for different classes!)   

Monday, December 13th:

    Homework:  Basic Assignment-->  Questions 1-5 at the end of Absolute Age of Rocks.  
    See Friday, December 10th Homework for links to homework reading.

    Bonus Assignment-->  Read and 2-Column Notes on Absolute Dating (challenging reading level, but a lot of useful detail)
Week of December 6-10

Friday, December 10th:
    *(For the Web Link listed above, go to the "Sequence Puzzles listed on the right side of the page.  Word Documents with puzzles will download from there.)

    Homework:  Read and 2-column notes in Journal on Absolute Ages of Rocks:  Page 139, Page 140, Page 141, Page 142, Page 143  (We'll save questions 1-5 for Monday in class)
                         We will be doing activities next week that will require you to develop and apply an understanding of Index Fossils as well as Relative AND Absolute Age.
     (Revise your tests by Wednesday if you got less than a Meeting!  See Thursday homework notes for details.)

Thursday, December 9th:
    In Class:  Index Fossils and geologic time, Tests returned (If lower than a Meeting or Exceeding, you have until Wednesday, December 15th to revise and correct your test.  
    See Homework section for details.)
    Homework:  Read Relative Age of Rocks, Take 2-column notes in your Journals.  Questions will be done in class Friday.
    Here is the reading:  Page 132, Page 133, Page 134, Page 135, Page 136, Page 137
    Test Revisions and Corrections:  To get full credit, correct any mistakes on the test AND EXPLAIN WHY THE CORRECT ANSWER IS CORRECT.
    Corrections with out explanations will NOT get credit.
    Students who earned Meeting or better may choose to make corrections as well.
    IF YOU LOSE YOUR TEST, CHECK WITH Mr. Ward because he has a record of incorrect multiple choice answers.

Wednesday, December 8th:  Ways to know about the past intro

Tuesday, December 7th:  Deep Time and Geologic Time

Monday, December 6th:
    In Class:  Perform Earth Structure Songs
    Homework:  None, unless you have to revise your song
Week of November 29-December 3, 2010:  Wrap-up the Trimester!

Big Events:  
Earth Sciences TEST on Wednesday, 12/1/10
Also:  A couple Earth Structure Songs will be performed each day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, so be ready if your group is called!

Monday (11/29/10) and Tuesday (11/30/10):  Review for December 1st Earth Sciences Test
(Review Page HERE)

Week of November 22-24, 2010:

Prepare for December 1st Earth Sciences Test
(click on this link for study review and practice quizzes!)      

Tuesday, November 23rd:  
Earthquake and Volcano practice quizzes.

Monday, November 22nd:  Mr. Ward was out sick, but groups got started with songs about the structure of the Earth
(and about how we know something about the interior of the Earth)  Songs will be performed throughout next week.

Week of November 15-19, 2010:       

Friday, November 19th
    In Class: Quizlet 6 on Volcanoes
    Further Work on Tectonics and prep for Trimester Earth Sciences Test (December 1st)
    Homework:  Journal Catchup

Thursday, November 18th

Wednesday, November 17th
    In class: Quizlet 4 + Notes on Earth Structure and Magma Formation
    Homework:  People and Earthquakes:  Read, 2-Column Notes, and answers 1-5 at the end of the chapter:  

Tuesday, November 16th
    In class:  The three types of Faults and connections to plate boundaries and types of forces
  • Normal Fault (divergent boundaries, tension)
  • Reverse Faults (convergent boundaries, compression)
  • Strike-Slip Faults (transform boundaries, shearing)
    Useful links on faults:

Monday, November 15th

Week of November 8-12, 2010:

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010:
  • Classwork: Gondwanaland Fossil Puzzle...  Evidence for Continental Drift
  • Homework:  Write 5-6 sentences on evidence for Continental Drift.
  • Links with information on this topic and the general topic of plate tectonics as well!:

Week of November 1-5, 2010:

Monday, November 1st, 2010:
Do Now:  5 sentence reflection on "Where do volcanoes get their magma from?"  (in journal)
Homework:  Tectonics Boundary Homework
Resources for Homework:

Week of October 4-8, 2010:  Nottingham Team Camping Trip Wednesday, October 6-Friday, October 8, 2010

Monday:  Vocab prep for fieldwork.  There will be a vocab checkup on Tuesday in class.

Week of September 27-October 1st, 2010:  
Monday, 9/27:   Local Fieldwork

Tuesday 9/28:  Debrief Local Fieldwork and work on Streamtable Lab Report (FIRST DRAFT DUE WEDNESDAY, 9/29/10)

Wednesday 9/29:  First Draft of Streamtable Lab Report is DUE
Tectonics Plates and Geologic Time

Homework:  Watch two of my fieldwork site videos on
my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/planetward and take notes.

Friday, 10/1: Rift Valleys, Volcanoes and Sedimentation

Homework:  Watch four of my fieldwork site videos on
my youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/planetward and take notes.
Welcome to Science at Planet Ward!
    Soon to arrive at Planet Ward:  Bonus Challenges.  These will count as extra
    homework points!  That's right!  Do these problems, show your work, and if you get
    them right, you get credit for an extra homework assignment.  You can revise your
    work as many times as it takes to get the problems right and I'll be available to help.

    Each week, I'll have one or more Bonus Challenges in this homework page.  Click
    the link for Bonus Challenges and go for it!