Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nov 5-9

Weekly Lesson Plans November 5th-9th

Monday- Students will work on the Chapter 4 Review. pg. 115 Do #1-24, 26-29, and 32, 33.

Tuesday- Students will work on the Chapter 4 Study Guide

Wednesday- Students will trade and grade the study guide and then play the review game.

Thursday- Chapter 4 Test, extra credit will be given.

Friday- Veteran's Assembly

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oct 22-26

Weekly Lesson Plans October 22nd-26th

Monday- This is the last day that students will have to work on their Natural Disaster Presentations in the library.

Tuesday- Four students will present their Natural Disaster power points.

Wednesday-Four students will present their Natural Disaster power points.

Thursday- Three students will present their Natural Disaster power points. Witht he time left over students will watch a video clip about some of the natural disasters they researched.

Friday- No School.  Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oct 15-19

Weekly Lesson Plans October 15th-19th

Monday- Students will take the Discovery Education Science Test.

Tuesday- Students will begin a powerpoint project about a natural disaster.  Students will be signing up to research a volcano, disease, plague, or tsunami.  Students will have five days in class to complete their powerpoint.

Wednesday- Students will be in the library continuing to work on their natural disaster power point.

Thursday-Students will be in the library continuing to work on their natural disaster power point.

Friday-Students will be in the library continuing to work on their natural disaster power point.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oct 8-12

Weekly Lesson Plans October 8th-12th

Monday- No School

Tuesday-Took notes and had a discussion over Chapter 3 S.3 about the Hydrosphere and Biosphere.  Homework: The Atmosphere/Hydrosphere and Biosphere worksheet

Wednesday- Work on chapter 3 study guide

Thursday- Trade and grade study guide and play the gameshow review

Friday- Chapter 3 Test and extra credit.  These are the last grades on 1st quarter.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Oct 1-5

Weekly Lesson Plans October 1st-5th

Monday- Lab Analyzing S and P Waves.  Students will do the first half of the lab.
Students will:
-Compare the movement of S and P waves generated by an earthquake
-Graph data regarding S and P wave travel times
- Explain the relationship between distance and seismic wave travel time using graphed data
- Combine data to locate the epicenter of a simulated earthquake by triangulation.

Tuesday-Students will comtinue to work on their Lab Analyzing S and P Waves.

Wednesday- Students will continue to work on their Lab Analyzing S and P waves. Due Thursday.

Thursday- Br #18 Why do planes fly so high, often 10km off the ground? pg.71  Quiz over Section1.  Notes and discussion over Chapter 3 S.2 The Atmosphere.  Video Clips The earth's Atmosphere, and Northern Lights. Homework: The Atmosphere worksheet

Friday- No School!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sept 24-28

Weekly Lesson Plans September 24th-28th

Monday-BR #15 Read Bats and Bridges on page 60 answer questions 1 and 2.  Students will read a American Wildlife Association article about bats in Indiana that have a disease and are becoming endangered.  Students will work on their homework: chapter 3 vocab definitions pg. 86 (23 words).

Tuesday- BR # 16 1. What is the geosphere? 2. Where is most of the geosphere located? Students will take notes and have a discussion over Chapter 3 Section 1 The Geosphere.  Students will watch a 7 minute clip about the inside of our planet.

Wednesday- Pangea Activity. Students will take notes and have discussion over chapter 3 s.1 Earthquakes and palet tectonics.  Students will watch a video clip about exploring the earth.  Homework: Geosphere worksheet.

Thursday-BR #17 How are volconoes dangerous? How are volcanoes helpful? Students will watch a video clip about the dangers and benefits of volcanoes.  Students will have notes and discussion over chapter 3 S.1 Volconoes and erosion. Students will watch a 20 minute video about volcanoes. Homework: Ch 3 S.1 Review questions #1-6 pg. 70

Friday- Students will watch Fearless Planet Grand Canyon and answer some questions.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sep 17-21

Weekly Lesson Plans September 17th-21st

Monday- Students worked on the Chapter 2 Review questions #1-27, 35 and 36 on page 53.

Tuesday- Students went to the Biology Crime Scene that is set up in the building.  Since we have been talking about the scientific method, models, scientific tools, etc. students made a list of as many observations as they could.  Then they were given the name of four suspects and they were supposed to write a one page story using their observations and explaining how the person died and which suspect is guilty.  Then they were to write a one page paragraph about how they used the scientific method to determine their outcome.

Wednesday- Students took the chapter 2 vocab quiz.  Then students had the res of the period to work on their chapter 2 study guide.

Thursday- Students will trade and grade their study guide and then play the game show review.

Friday- Chapter 2 Test

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekly Lesson Plans September 10-14
Reminder: This is Homecoming Week.  Powderpuff is at 6pm on Wednesday.  The Homecoming Football Game is on Friday at 7pm. The Homecoming Dance is in the cafeteria on Saturday at 8pm.

Monday- BR # 12 Why should the results of an experiment be repeatable?  What is the difference between a hypothesis and a prediction?  Quiz over Chapter 2 S.ection1.  Students will take notes and have a discussion over Chapter 2 Section 2.  Homework: Active Reading: Statistics and Models. 

Tuesday- BR # 13 How do you make decisions? What kinds of factors do you consider when making a decision?  Quiz over chapter 2 Section 2.  Students will take notes and have a discussion over chapter 2 section3.  Homework: Active Reading: Making Infrormed Decisions.
Wednesday- BR # 14 Read "Saving the Everglades" pg. 48 answer both questions.  Students will take a Quiz over Chapter 2 S.3.  Students will watch a video clip and answer some questions about the Everglades. Homework- None
Thursday- Students will watch a BBC Documentary about Jane Goodall.  The video is a cinematic portrait of the great zoologist and the chimpanzees she has spent a lifetime studying.  This will review some concepts in chapters 1 and 2 about what science is, what scientists do, the scientific method, making informed decisions etc.
Friday- Half Day! Class Games!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sep 3-7

Weekly Lesson Plans September 3rd-7th

Monday- No School

Tuesday- BR #8 Look at page 32.  How would these videos from the picture help scientists?  Show Youtube Clips about pollution and sustainability.  Homework: Chapter 2 Vocab p.52 there are 20 words.

Wednesday- BR #9 What kind of tools do you think environmental scientists use?  Poison Pump Activity- getting the students to understand scientific thinking and using logic.

Thursday- BR #10 1. What is an observation? 2. Why might scientists be measuring the wolf's tail in p.33?  3. Once they make the measurement how might they use it? Notes over Chapter 2 S.1  Quick Lab: about Hypothesizing and Predicting.  Homework: Map Skills

Friday- BR #11 Read "The Experimental Methos in Action at Knee High School" p.35 Answer questions 1 and 2.  You tube clips about tree coring, and reading tree rings.  Park it Right Here activity.  Finish chapter 2 section 1 notes and discussion.  Homework: Active reading: Scientific Methods.  Quiz over Ch 1 S.1 on Monday.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Aug 27-31

Weekly Lesson Plans August 27th-31st

Monday- BR#4 List 5 things you can do to reduce your ecological footprint.  Finish slides from Section 2.  Students will take a quiz over section 2.  Homework: Concept Review and Vocab sheets.

Tuesday- BR #5 Read Chicken of the Trees p.30-31 and answer questions in your journal.  Students will have the rest of the period to work on their Study Guide.  Homework: Chapter 1 Study Guide. 

Wednesday- BR #6 Answer Questions 1-4, and 7-13 in your journal.  Trade and Grade the study Guide. Homework: study for the Chapter 1 test on Friday.

Thursday- BR#7 Read Lake Washington page 13. Answer question 1 in your journal.  Students will play the Game Show Review to get ready for the test tomorrow.

Friday- Chapter 1 Test.  Extra Credit due Monday.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chapter 1 Overview

Environmental Science Chapter 1 pages 4-31
Chapter 1 Overview
This chapter presents an overview of environmental science and the history of humans in the environment.  To solve environmental problems, we must be able to identify causes and describe solutions.  The chapter also examines environmental science in a social and economical context.

Chapter Goals- Students will be able to explain:
Chapter 1 S.1 Understanding Our Environment
1.      Define environmental science, and compare environmental science with ecology.
2.      List the five major fields of study that contribute to environmental science.
3.      Describe the major environmental effects of hunter-gatherers, the agricultural revolution, and the Industrial Revolution.
4.      Distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources.
5.      Classify environmental problems into three major categories.

Chapter 1 S.2 The Environment and Society
1.      Describe “The Tragedy of the Commons”.
2.      Explain the law of supply and demand.
3.      List three differences between developing countries.
4.      Explain what sustainability is, and describe why it is a goal of environmental science.
Key Terms
Environmental science
Natural resource
Law of supply and demand
Ecological footprint


Weekly Lesson Plans August 20th-24th

Monday- I will check that students have a binder and a journal just for my class for 10 points.  Students will participate in a Peanut Lab in which they will be describing, measuring, weighing, and drawing a peanut that they choose out of a bowl.  The goal is to help students understand that when doing lab work they need to be very specific, descriptive, and accurate.  Students will fill out a following directions sheet to help them understand the importance of reading and following all directions.  Students will fill out a get to know you sheet and I will share with the students some of my background and interests.  Students will be assigned a Physical Science textbook. Reminder: Parent signature sheet is due on Tuesday the 21st.

Tuesday- BR#1 1. What do you think when someone mentions the environment? 2. What do you think environmental science is?  Students will take notes and have discussion over the first portion of Chapter 1 Section 1 Understanding Our Environment.  Homework: Graphic Organizer from page 9.  There will be a quiz over Section 1 on Thursday.

Wednesday- BR #2 1. List some of the most significant environmental problems in the world today.  2. Name some of the environmental problems in the local community.  Students will take notes and have discussion over the second portion of Chapter 1 Section 1 Understanding Our Environment.  Homework: Active Reading: Understanding Our Environment. Reminder: Quiz over Ch1S1 tomorrow.

Thursday- BR#3 Brainstorm a list of ways that economics is related to the environment.  Quiz over Chapter 1Section1.  Students will take notes and have a discussion over Ch.1.S.2. The Environment and Society.  Homework: Active Reading: The Environment and Society.  Quiz tomorrow over Ch1.S.2.

Friday- BR#4 List 5 things you can do to reduce your ecological footprint.  Quiz over Ch1.S.2.  Go to the computer lab to calculate ecological footprints.  Homework: Concept Review.  Reminder: Vocab Quiz next Tuesday, Test on next Friday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Aug 13th-17th

Weekly Lesson Plans
August 13th-17th

Monday- No School

Tuesday- No School

Wednesday- Teachers Institute

Thursday- Students will get an assigned seat.  I will go over the class syllabus (this is posted on the right side if you want to check it out and see what the students will be learning and doing this year).
Extra Credit: bring in 2 kleenex boxes for 10pts any time starting Friday the 17th until Friday the 31st. 
Homework: Get a notebook (journal) and a 3 ring binder just for my class.  I will check that you have both for 10 points on Monday the 20th. If students cannot get these supplies they need to talk to me before class on Monday.

Friday- I will go over classroom rules with the students (also posted on the right).  I will also be going over how late passes work in my class, how to write a lab report, and how to outline a chapter.  Students will get sheets for all of these topics and they will be expected to keep all of them in their binder.
Homework: Students will get a parent signature sheet.  Their second assignment is to share my classroom rules with you and have you sign the sheet stating that you both have read and understand my rules especially the late passes.  The sheet is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday the 21st for 10 points.



Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to my blog!  The purpose for creating this blog is to help connect you with what is going on in my classroom. I will be posting weekly lesson plans, chapter summaries, chapter notes, pictures, and other important information about the class and science in the news. I hope that all of this information is helpful to you.

Mrs. Stallings