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Week of 11/28/16

Posted in Hydrosphere on December 1, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students were given the class today to finish up the river basins scavenger hunt and associated vocabulary that was worked on before the holiday.
  • Advanced science – Students began looking at and analyzing abiotic water quality indicators today by working through an activity in which they had to graph data collected from the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Virginia. This activity can be found here – Water Quality Indicators – Abiotic Factors (Part 1) and Water Quality Indicators – Abiotic Factors (Part 2).

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Students began working on an activity today in which they had to analyze water quality factors for a fictional river. Students were given a “snapshot” of water quality for a particular date at a location on the river. They then had to get together with students who had the same location that they had, but different dates, and create graphs of the 4 water quality parameters they were analyzing. We will be finishing this activity tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – In class today I went over the two water quality activities that students have worked on the past two days. We then began working through an activity that looks at how water quality relates to issues that arise in a water source. This activity can be found here – No Point To This Pollution – Student.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Students continued to work on the snapshot of water quality that we began yesterday. Homework tonight is a worksheet to review the 6 main indicators of water quality. I will collect this tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – Today in class we finished working through the Loop Lake story that was begun yesterday. I then discussed the river basins project with students and made a decision to extend the due date to next Friday, December 9. Students will be given class time tomorrow to work on their projects and I will be conferencing with students about the progress on their projects.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science

Week of 11/21/16

Posted in Hydrosphere on December 1, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students began working through an activity today where they had to read about river basins in North Carolina and answer questions pertaining to North Carolina’s management of our river basins. The booklet that students were to read can be found here – NC River Basins Booklet and the questions can be found here – River Basin Scavenger Hunt. The assignment should be completed and turned in through Google Classroom.
  • Advanced science – Students worked on their river basins project today. There is no “Science in the News” this week.

TUESDAY

  • Regular science – Students were to finish working on the scavenger hunt they began yesterday and then begin working on the vocabulary associated with this activity. The vocabulary is a cut-and-paste activity and can be found here – NC River Basins Vocabulary cut-and-paste.
  • Advanced science – Today was another work day for the river basins project. There is no “Science in the News” this week.

WEDNESDAY

  • Thanksgiving holiday break – No school.

THURSDAY

  • Thanksgiving holiday break – No school.

FRIDAY

  • Thanksgiving holiday break – No school.

Week of 11/14/16

Posted in Hydrosphere on November 16, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students spent time working on their notebooks today. They will be checked on Wednesday during the presentation by Mr. Newton Friday. I have uploaded three documents to Google Classroom that outline what should be in the table of contents as well as the words that should be in the index. Students were also given a molecular biology review packet that can be turned in as 10% extra credit towards the test grade. This packet MUST be turned in by Thursday in order to earn the extra credit.
  • Advanced science – Students spent time working on their notebooks today. They will be checked on Wednesday during the presentation by Mr. Newton Friday. I have uploaded two documents to Google Classroom that outline what should be in the table of contents as well as the vocabulary from the molecular biology unit that should be in the index.

TUESDAY

  • Field trip to Asheville – no core classes

WEDNESDAY

  • Study skills presentation by Ken Newton in both classes.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Today we went over the molecular biology tests. After going over the test, we began our study of water by going on a journey. Students took on the role of a water molecule and went through a series of stations that a water molecule may travel through. From this journey, they will write a story describing their adventures. The story is due by Tuesday, 11/22. The directions and rubric for the story can be found here – Journey of a Water Molecule. Just a reminder that I will collect science notebooks tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – We went over the molecular biology test in class today. Students can access this test from home through their PowerSchool/SchoolNet accounts. After going over the test, students then went on a journey as a water molecule as they moved through stations where water may be found. From the travel log of their adventure, students must write a story describing the journey. This story will be due on Tuesday, 11/22. Homework tonight is to do Science in the News (if it hasn’t already been done) and to watch the video on the distribution of water. It is found under science videos on the right side of the page and I have also put it up on Google classroom. Just a reminder that I will collect science notebooks tomorrow.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science – As we start our study of water, I first did a demonstration to give students an idea of how the quantity of salt water relates to that of fresh water. We then worked through a set of notes about where water is found on the planet. The notes can be found here – Distribution of Water Presentation and the worksheet for the notes can be found here – Distribution of Water on Earth.
  • Advanced science – Today, students first took a quiz on the video they were to watch last night. Following the quiz, I introduced a major project that students will be working on for the next two weeks. The details for this project can be found here – North Carolina River Basins Project. We will work on this in class on Monday and Tuesday next week, but the remainder of the work will need to be done outside of class. The final project is due on Friday, December 2.