Welcome to 8th Grade Earth Science!
Email questions to Ms Cloutier-Simons at dcloutier@latinpcs.org
Year-long QuestionsHow does the Earth affect us?How do we affect the Earth?
Setting up your Interactive Science Notebook (ISN)If you missed our class on setting up your ISN, or need additional pages, please click on the link below to access your Interactive Notebook Packet. You will need to log into your LATIN Gmail in order to access the link.Setting up your ISNTable of Contents
Be sure to check the live, electronic version of the Table of Contents throughout the year to keep your ISN organized and up to date.



Important Dates:

  • FINAL EXAM is on Tuesday, June 2nd

  • Final day for Quarter 4 lab revisions, revised timeline, or quiz makeups (if you were absent on quiz day): Wednesday, May 27th


    All labs must be turned in with revised lab, original lab, and original rubric to be graded. If you are missing one of these components you may not received a revised grade. It is required that all students wishing to revise a lab meet with Ms. Cloutier-Simons in tutorial to review what was done wrong the first time.

Current Homework
Homework is listed by the date that it is given. The due date is indicated with each assignment. Per WLPCS homework policy, late homework will not be accepted.


Final Exam Study "Guide" can be found here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1_ouwR8G3Hul1ilI-J-kJIH-6etD8vXaIuvqOkXwqBBg/edit?usp=sharingYou are to create your own study guide in your ISN using the guide above to help shape it.

Tuesday, May 26th
You are required to create your own study guide using the guide above and the questions you are given each day in class. This study guide will be given a grade on Friday, which will be worth 5 homework assignments. It is crucial that you go into the weekend with a complete study guide. Only include the things that you are not confident in so you are not wasting time studying things you already know.

Wednesday, May 27th:
Keep working on study guide or use the Study "Guide" for other ideas for studying. You will need to be able to show me a study guide on Friday. Also, this is the time to bring in any questions you still have. Bring them up when we are doing our Do Now or be sure to ask when we do our individual work in class.



Memrise Links (to be updated throughout the year)

Quarter 1: Earth in Space Unit
  1. Moon vocabulary: http://www.memrise.com/course/380009/astronomy-12/1/
  2. Cause of Seasons and Discoveries in Space: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/9/
  3. Energy, EMR, and Sunlight: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/10/

Quarter 2: Geologic Time Unit
  1. Chemistry and Bonds: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/7/
  2. Rock Dating:http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/1/
  3. Geologic Time: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/2/

Quarter 2-3: Tectonic Forces Unit
  1. Tectonic Plates: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/3/
  2. Volcanoes: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/4/
  3. Earthquakes: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/5/

Quarter 3: Ocean Motions and Our Atmosphere
  1. Ocean Motions: http://www.memrise.com/course/188131/washington-latin-earth-science/6/

Extra Science! (to be updated throughout the year)=

Citizen Science: the collection of data of the natural world by members of the general public, typically in collaboration with professional Scientists.Help Scientist catalog moon craters at CosmoQuest.org

Lab Makeup Supplies

Japan Tsunami Debris: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/29/15542069-japan-tsunami-debris-heads-for-hawaii-beach-thats-already-an-ocean-dumping-ground
Japan's Killer Quake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnZSQwpIh2w

Hawaii Hot Spot https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1Eo6o8MrQoQpurgd84fhnPwYV6CgcbNTCTp9ht9gH1rc/edit?usp=sharing

Viscosity Lab Information: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1hleT5DeRffx4nAlSU_78lgHAdxr-EQxY2rBoOnrueN0/edit?usp=sharing

Timeline Project Description and Checklist:
Planet Earth: Living Machine Link. Watch all parts of the video. There are at least 5 to be viewed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvz2hkWRyRQ
Egg Drop Lab Report:

M&Mium Decay Lab:
Reasons for Seasons Lab:

Homework Archive
ENERGY ESSAY AND POSTER PROJECT DESCRIPTION: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/11nVoi7Yj3dnPcu6FbvIfSnPceiK04xdyAAeRNt4koIc/edit?usp=sharing
ENERGY ESSAY AND POSTER RUBRIC: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1_DmucHm2hxc7mkbTuzsD0GmCq8uOEs_THoSYRN_TK3E/edit?usp=sharing

Monday, May 18th
C, D (due next time we meet): Your class completed Energy Investment day today! Please completed the reflection on the last page of the packet for tonight's homework, as this will help you to prepare for tomorrow's Socratic Seminar.
E: We'll finish our Energy Investment Day on Wednesday. Study your notes for the renewable energy quiz that will be either Wednesday or Thursday.

Tuesday, May 19th
F Period (due Thursday): Your class completed Energy Investment day today! Please completed the reflection on the last page of the packet for tonight's homework, as this will help you to prepare for tomorrow's Socratic Seminar.
D and G Periods (due Wednesday): Quiz next time we meet! Study your notes from energy investment day about the different types of renewable energy. Be sure you know how electricity is generated from each source. The energy packet that you filled out this week will be collected after the quiz to be given a lab grade. Make sure all sections have been completed.

Wednesday, May 20th
E (due tomorrow): Quiz tomorrow! Study your notes from energy investment day about the different types of renewable energy. Be sure you know how electricity is generated from each source.
All other classes: This is a good time to start reviewing your notes from the year. Please bring all of your ISNs to class next week for our reviews. Spend 15-20 minutes tonight looking over your notes and begin to create a study guide. https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1_ouwR8G3Hul1ilI-J-kJIH-6etD8vXaIuvqOkXwqBBg/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, May 21st
F Period (due tomorrow): Quiz tomorrow! Study your notes from energy investment day about the different types of renewable energy. Be sure you know how electricity is generated from each source.
All other classes: This is a good time to start reviewing your notes from the year. Please bring all of your ISNs to class next week for our reviews. Spend 15-20 minutes tonight looking over your notes and begin to create a study guide. https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1_ouwR8G3Hul1ilI-J-kJIH-6etD8vXaIuvqOkXwqBBg/edit?usp=sharinghttps://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1_ouwR8G3Hul1ilI-J-kJIH-6etD8vXaIuvqOkXwqBBg/edit?usp=sharing

Monday, May 11th:
E Period: Because you did not complete the infographic webquest on Thursday with the sub, please do this tonight. Choose one of the infographics in the links below and answer the 10 questions from your sheet on a separate piece of paper. If you need another sheet, please see pages 5-6 on the link above.
INFOGRAPHIC WEBQUEST LINKS:__Sweet Tooth____The Cold Outdoors____Mapping Marvel____The Best Beard____40 Hidden Messages____Top Tweeters____Halloween by the Numbers__Zombie Proof__Reading Sarah Dessen____Death in Shakespeare____Why Australia____What's in a Meme__
All Classes: Keep working on your final essay.
Next Monday you will need to turn in:
  • your outline
  • your two peer reviews (should have been completed last Thursday or Friday)
  • your final draft.

Tuesday, May 12th-Thrusday, May 14th
All Classes: Keep working on your final essay.
Next Monday you will need to turn in:
  • your outline
  • your two peer reviews (should have been completed last Thursday or Friday)
  • your final draft.
Do you need to bring in anything for your group poster? If so, be sure to get that tonight so you can be productive in class tomorrow. Some people may have to use infogr.am outside of class to create infographics, or you may create them by hand.

CITATIONS: remember to have a works cited page.
If you are citing the Modern Marvels video that we watched in class in your essay, please use the following citation:
"Renewable Energy." Modern Marvels. History Channel. 20 Sep. 2006 Recorded Television Episode.

ALL CLASSES: If you would like feedback on your essay, you must email me to request feedback no later than Friday, May 15th. That will give me enough time to read your essay and enough time for you to make my suggested edits. You may also turn in your essay early!
Monday, May 4th
All classes: After getting your research articles at the library today, read through the articles and annotate, looking for citations that you can put into your essay. You may also want to look for information comparing this source to other sources or info that can be put into a graph, as you will begin to work on your infographic in class later this week. If you cannot print out your article, then read it at home but take notes on pages 214-217. Write down specific quotes to use in your paper, and be sure to include the citation listed on the last page of the article.

Tuesday, May 5th
D, F, and G: We started our essays today in class. You should continue to work on them outside of class. You will have some time later this week to work on them in class, but won't have a chance to type them while in class. I highly suggest that you type what you have and share it with me via Google Docs if you would like to get feedback at any point. In order to get feedback, please send me a personal email that asks me to take a look at it.

Wednesday, May 6th
D Period: Bring in a hard copy of what you have so far of your essay. This may be what you were typing in class or may be your finished outline. We are doing peer review in class tomorrow.
G period (due Friday): See the homework for D period above. You need a hard copy of your essay.
C, E: Keep working on your outline. You may even want to start typing your outline to share in Google Docs. If you were one of the many that did not bring in a hard copy of your articles then please do so. It will not be possible to be productive in class if you do not come prepared tomorrow.

Thursday, May 7th:
C, E, F, G: Bring in a hard copy of what you have so far of your essay. This may be what you were typing in class or may be your finished outline. We are doing peer review in class tomorrow.
D Period: Keep typing essay in Google Docs. You won't have any more class time to type.

Friday, May 8th:
All Classes: Keep typing essay in Google Docs. You won't have any more class time to type.
Monday, April 27th:
No homework due tomorrow. You will be receiving info about the final Energy project in the next few days. You may look at the description found here:https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/11nVoi7Yj3dnPcu6FbvIfSnPceiK04xdyAAeRNt4koIc/edit?usp=sharing. If your class has already chosen energy groups then you may begin your research.
  • Need.org is a required source for students. Head to the student section and click on Intermediate or Secondary for resources on your source.
  • You need TWO database articles. We will be going to the library next Monday, May 4th, to do research in the databases.
  • Reminder: you are required to turn in a works cited page and to have at least three in-text citations from three different resources. You SHOULD NOT be doing any searches on Google or other search engines. Use ONLY DATABASE articles while researching.
Tuesday, April 28th
D Period: You received your energy source today and should begin to research and formulate your outline. Read through the Need.org article you were given today in class. You can look at databases (like what you do for history) if you know how to, or you can wait until Monday when we go to the library.
G Period (due tomorrow): Finish the conclusion questions from the solar lab. If you missed today's class we finished the Modern Marvels Renewable Energy movie in class and then completed a lab outside. You will need to make up this lab at recess.

Thursday, April 30th:
D period (due Monday): Finish the Solar Lab Conclusion questions on page 212 of ISN. BRING YOUR DC LIBRARY card to class on Monday as we will be in the library using databases!
All other classes: Work on your outline by reading the Need.org article that you were given. You may use database articles if you remember how to access them. ALSO! Don't forget to bring in a plastic shopping back for our Greenup Day tomorrow.

Friday, May 1st:
All:
  • We are heading to the library for class on Monday. Please bring your DC Library card so you can access the database articles.
  • It is highly recommended that you begin to write your introduction this weekend. You can use the need.org article to do this. You can print off another copy of the project description and the outline in the Google Docs link under Monday's homework description.
C and E Period: In addition to above, you need to finish your poem or rap showing the differences between fission and fusion.
Monday, April 20th:
All Classes: Work on your Debate Battle Prep outline for 20 minutes. You should have this completed for tomorrow if you worked well in class today. Use facts and quotes from the articles to support your reason as to why you are for or against mountaintop coal removal mining.

Tuesday, April 21st
D, F, G (due Thursday): Write a FLASH write on pages 106-107 arguing for or against mountaintop coal removal mining in the United States. Should this continue? Why or why not? A flash write is fast writing, which should be easier after today's "Debate Battle". Use the reasons and evidence that you made or that you heard from your partner in arguing for your opinion. You may choose either side, even if you did not argue the side in class. Include and introduction, three body paragraphs (each as a reason for or against it), and a conclusion paragraph.
Link to the Power Point for today's debate: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/presentation/d/1IfgnGzl9I2U_33RKlIX4TweoFhVe0He_cLpghf1J_2Y/edit?usp=sharing

Wednesday: Gettysburg Field Trip. The homework you had on Monday/Tuesday will be due tomorrow.

Thursday, April 23rd:
D Period (due Monday), F and E Periods (due tomorrow): Quiz on nonrenewable energy next time we meet!
C Period (due tomorrow): Write a FLASH write on pages 106-107 arguing for or against mountaintop coal removal mining in the United States. Should this continue? Why or why not? A flash write is fast writing, which should be easier after today's "Debate Battle". Use the reasons and evidence that you made or that you heard from your partner in arguing for your opinion. You may choose either side, even if you did not argue the side in class. Include and introduction, three body paragraphs (each as a reason for or against it), and a conclusion paragraph.
Link to the Power Point for today's debate: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/presentation/d/1IfgnGzl9I2U_33RKlIX4TweoFhVe0He_cLpghf1J_2Y/edit?usp=sharin

Friday, April 24th
C, D, and E Periods (due Monday): Quiz on nonrenewable energy next time we meet.
F and G Periods (due Monday): Three parts. See below.
  1. What is your ecological footprint. Complete this calculator: http://footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/ and write your results on page 210 of your ISN. Explore the calculator and find was that you could reduce your footprint. Write those ideas or others you have on your page.
  2. What is your Greendex score? Find out here: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/greendex/calculator/ and write your score down on page 210
  3. How did these two calculators compare? Which one did you like better? Why? Which one do you think is better? Why?

Monday, April 13th
F, G Periods (due tomorrow): Our final unit of the year will be on Energy Sources. Create a cover page on ISN page 194 after reviewing pages 118-145 in your textbook. Make sure to have three pictures and generate three questions that you would like to have answered during the unit.
C, D, E: Atmosphere next time we meet! Review your study guide on pages 190-191.

Tuesday, April 14th
D Period (due Wed) : Our final unit of the year will be on Energy Sources. Create a cover page on ISN page 194 after reviewing pages 118-145 in your textbook. Make sure to have three pictures and generate three questions that you would like to have answered during the unit.
F (Due Thurs), G Periods (Due Wed): Read Petroleum handout and fill out the questions. The questions page goes onto page 199 of ISN.

Wednesday, April 15th
D Period: Read Petroleum handout and answer the questions found here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1Ggfyn7dod1DF_ehIOXN43UGbqBCHl-oBZUWt7CYndzg/edit?usp=sharin The questions page goes onto page 199 of ISN.
E and C Periods (due Thursday): Our final unit of the year will be on Energy Sources. Create a cover page on ISN page 194 after reviewing pages 118-145 in your textbook. Make sure to have three pictures and generate three questions that you would like to have answered during the unit.

Thursday, April 16th
D Period (due Mon): Finish Oil in the Arctic Graph and questions
C Period (Due tomorrow): Fully answer all petroleum questions. If I gave you feedback on yours in class, please make the changes.
E and F Periods (due tomorrow): Read the Oil in the Arctic reading, doing the pre-read first. Answer questions 1, 2, and try the challenge for extra credit. We will do number 3 in class tomorrow.

Friday, April 17th
All Classes (due Monday): Finish the Oil in the Arctic Graph and questions if you did not finish those for HW last night. These will be collected on Monday by my sub.
Electricity Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Vb6hlLQSg
Tuesday, April 7th
All Classes: Work on your own study guide for 20 minutes tonight. Your atmosphere test is next week! This will cover ISN pages 168-189. You should make your own study guide on pages 190-191 making sure to cover these major topics below:
  • The Atmosphere (layers, facts, what it is)
  • Heat Transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)
  • Clouds (identify and names)
  • Weather (temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation)
  • Climate (changes over time)

Wednesday, April 8th
C and E Periods: Work on your own study guide for 20 minutes tonight. Your atmosphere test is next Wednesday! This will cover ISN pages 168-189. You should make your own study guide on pages 190-191 making sure to cover these major topics below:
  • The Atmosphere (layers, facts, what it is)
  • Heat Transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)
  • Clouds (identify and names)
  • Weather (temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation)
  • Climate (changes over time)

D, G periods: Finish your study guide for review next time we meet. If you get done early, begin to study! If you have not completed a concept map on page 184 using 20 vocabulary words from this section. I will be checking to make sure this is done before the unit test.

IF YOU MISSED D PERIOD today due to Track:
  1. Please read the article about the Mandate that happened in California last week. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/us/california-imposes-first-ever-water-restrictions-to-deal-with-drought.html?_r=1.
  2. Watch the video that is in the middle of the article.
  3. On page 187 of your ISN, write through the lens of either a Chipotle business owner, a celebrity living in California, or a regular citizen of CA. Answer the following questions:
    1. What is the role that you are pretending to be?
    2. What would you think about this mandate? Cite two parts of the article that make you believe this.
    3. If you were in this role, what would your next steps be? What would you do after hearing about the mandate?

Thursday, April 8th
C, E, F & G periods: Finish your study guide for review next time we meet. If you get done early, begin to study! If you have not completed a concept map on page 184 using 20 vocabulary words from this section. I will be checking to make sure this is done before the unit test as it is a really great way to see how all of the vocabulary words and ideas are connected.
IF YOU MISSED E PERIOD today due to Tennis or Softball:
  1. Please read the article about the Mandate that happened in California last week. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/us/california-imposes-first-ever-water-restrictions-to-deal-with-drought.html?_r=1.
  2. Watch the video that is in the middle of the article.
  3. On page 187 of your ISN, write through the lens of either a Chipotle business owner, a celebrity living in California, or a regular citizen of CA. Answer the following questions:
    1. What is the role that you are pretending to be?
    2. What would you think about this mandate? Cite two parts of the article that make you believe this.
    3. If you were in this role, what would your next steps be? What would you do after hearing about the mandate?

Monday, March 23rd
C, D, F, G: Cloud data collection sheet. Pick a time to view the clouds in the sky and complete the sheet. If you would like a colored version, click here: http://www.globe.gov/documents/348614/351665/atmo_ds_clouds1.pdf
Cloud Type Reference: http://www.globe.gov/documents/348614/351665/atmo_ds_cloudsobs.pdf
ALL CLASSES: You will have an ISN check this week: Thursday for C and D periods, and Friday for E, F, and G. Please take time this week to make sure pages 114-180 are organized. Complete any unfinished pages or put in papers that are missing.

Tuesday, March 24th
Notebook Check this week! If you know that you will not be in class on Thursday or Friday, then YOU MUST turn in your notebook before you leave or you will receive a zero as a quiz grade.

Monday, March 16th
C and E (due Wednesday), D, G, and F (due tomorrow): Quarter 3 Reflection onto pages 177-178. Answer the 5 questions on page 6 or 8 of your ISN. If you need another copy - please go to the link above labeled "Setting up your ISN" and go to the reflections page. This reflection covers pages 114-176 of your ISN. Answer in full sentences.

Tuesday, March 17th
F, D, and G: Work on your atmosphere brochure. This is due on Thursday. Rubric is here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1QrlF0inAjxBdcgKyLqv_Zm2Abi3c06uFSOdgyKHIuQA/edit?usp=sharing

Wednesday, March 18th
C & G(due Friday) and D (due tomorrow): Final atmosphere brochure is due tomorrow. Please refer to your rubric as completing it! A link to the rubric is posted under March 17th's date.
E Period (due tomorrow): Finish your Layers of the Atmosphere packet. You may begin working on your atmosphere travel brochure, which will be due on Monday.

Thursday, March 19th
C, F, and G Period (due tomorrow): Final atmosphere brochure is due tomorrow. Please refer to your rubric as completing it! A link to the rubric is posted under March 17th's date.
All Classses: Tomorrow is the last day to turn in lab revisions for quarter 3. I will not accept any on Monday.
E Period (due Monday): Work on brochure.

Friday, March 20th
All Classes: You have a Quarter 3 ISN check next Friday covering pages 114-180 of ISN. This is worth a QUIZ grade! If your ISN is looking in top shape you can easily get a 100%. Work on it over the weekend!
E Period (due Monday): Your atmosphere travel brochure is due!

Monday, March 9th
D Period : Finish your project! It is due tomorrow!!
C (due Wednesday), G Period (due tomorrow): Oceanography questions 1-4. You will be creating a graph in question 4.
E (due Wednesday): Read the acid and base handout and take notes on page 159 of ISN.

F (due tomorrow): Finish the pH Conclusion questions from today's lab. Should answer on page 158.

Tuesday, March 10th
F Period (due Thursday), D period (due tomorrow): Finish oceanography graph and questions.
G Period (due Wednesday): Finish the ocean depth graph and ALL of the questions. This should have been completed in class today

Wednesday, March 11th-Friday, March 13th

All Classes: I will be out on Thursday and Friday. This is the perfect time to revise any labs from this quarter. You can turn them into the IN BIN by my desk and I will grade them when I return. These must be turned in by 3/20 to receive a higher grade. You may only revise LABS, not quizzes or tests.

In addition - you will be completing a check list for your class this week. Please make sure you are working in class so you do not need to do any of the assignments at home. Refer to the check list that the sub will give you to find out what is due. A link to the list is here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1KFW_bOUBfQcfzGkKjH3MInRqEnpObKVl5aDieDPEouU/edit. All classes have a different checklist so be sure you are following the list for your period.

Monday, March 2nd
D: Create a proposal for your project and write this on a separate piece of paper to hand in. Which project are you going to do? Describe it in the paragraph. If you are doing the behavior modification report, what behavior are you going to change and what data are you going to collect? If you are doing the PSA with a partner then you must have a parent sign off on your proposal and your partner's parent must sign your partners proposal. Students that do not have parent signatures on their proposals will not be able to work together as this project will require you to work outside of class. Project description found here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/15KuG5F4_kUY59xqIMepY8c3KbhjmBXkNWLesJir_gvc/edit?usp=sharing
C, E, F, G: Study for the Oceans Motions quiz that we will have next time we meet. This will be a short quiz.
ALSO: Keep working on your Mission Blue Project. If your proposal was approved you should begin tonight. This is due on Monday, March 9th

Tuesday, March 3rd
All Periods: Keep working on your Mission Blue project. Please make sure you are using the rubric you were given with the project description to ensure that you are including all parts of your project.
  • If you are doing PSA: Create the outline for your video. What information are you going to give the viewer? What are the 5 ideas they can do to help oceans? Can you begin filming? IF YOU ARE USING ANIMATIONS OR PHOTOS that you found online, YOU MUST SUBMIT A WORKS CITED PAGE!*
  • If you are doing Behavior Modification Report: For most people, this is at least the second day of tracking data. Have you begun to write your background section? This can be done before you finish the project.

Wednesday, March 4th
All Periods:** Keep working on your Mission Blue project. Please make sure you are using the rubric you were given with the project description to ensure that you are including all parts of your project.
  • If you are doing PSA: Create the outline for your video before filming. What information are you going to give the viewer? What are the 5 ideas they can do to help oceans? Have you started filming yet? IF YOU ARE USING ANIMATIONS OR PHOTOS that you found online, YOU MUST SUBMIT A WORKS CITED PAGE!*
  • If you are doing Behavior Modification Report: For most people, this is the last day of tracking data. Some students have gone on to begin the behavior modification/change part. Have you written your background section? This can be done before you finish the project.

Thursday, March 5th
All Classes: You should be half way through your project at this point. If you have any questions, please have them into me BEFORE Sunday!

Friday, March 6th
All Classes: Finish your projects! All projects are due on Monday, except for those students in D period. Your projects are due on Tuesday. Have all of your questions into me by Saturday night. I will not read through any rough drafts that are sent on Sunday.
Focus of the week: We begin our Ocean unit this week! Why are the oceans important? How do they affect us and how do we affect them? We'll be watching a documentary called Mission Blue this week in class to uncover how oceans keep our planet alive and to see how they have changed in the last 60 years.
Oceans Motions Powerpoint: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/presentation/d/1gflevPzJVtspYDR_gCursR2s_6mjwv74HuT_M0aPf60/edit?usp=sharing
Pacific Garbage Patch Video from Class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtewmJ78hzw
Debris from Japan Video from Class: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/29/15542069-japan-tsunami-debris-heads-for-hawaii-beach-thats-already-an-ocean-dumping-ground

Monday, February 23rd
C (Due Wed): On page 156 of ISN, copy and solve the density problems from page 522 of textbook. Show all math and don't forget your units!
D &G (due tomorrow), E (due Wed), F (due Thursday): Read pages 521-523 in textbook. On page 155 of ISN, take notes on Density Currents using EITHER boxes and bullets OR the notes/visual outline.

Tuesday, February 24th
D, G (due tomorrow): On page 156 of ISN, copy and solve the two density problems from page 522 of the textbook. Show all math and don't forget your units!

Wednesday, February 25th
E Period (due tomorrow): On page 156 of ISN, copy and solve the two density problems from page 522 of the textbook. Show all math and don't forget your units!
C, D (due tomorrow) and G Period (due Friday): Read the article about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and complete the front of the handout (Summary and Explanation of Patch).

Thursday, February 26th
D Period (due Monday), C Period (due tomorrow): Create a proposal for your project on a separate piece of paper to hand in. Which project are you going to do. If you are doing the PSA with a partner then you must have a parent sign off on your proposal and your partner's parent must sign your partners proposal. Students that do not have parent signatures on their proposals will not be able to work together as this project will require you to work outside of class. Project description found here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/15KuG5F4_kUY59xqIMepY8c3KbhjmBXkNWLesJir_gvc/edit?usp=sharing
E (due tomorrow): Read the article about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and complete the front of the handout (Summary and Explanation of Patch).
F (due tomorrow): On page 156 of ISN, copy and solve the two density problems from page 522 of the textbook. Show all math and don't forget your units!

Friday, February 27th
E, F, G (due Monday):Create a proposal for your project and write this on a separate piece of paper to hand in. Which project are you going to do? Describe it in the paragraph. If you are doing the behavior modification report, what behavior are you going to change and what data are you going to collect? If you are doing the PSA with a partner then you must have a parent sign off on your proposal and your partner's parent must sign your partners proposal. Students that do not have parent signatures on their proposals will not be able to work together as this project will require you to work outside of class. Project description found here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/15KuG5F4_kUY59xqIMepY8c3KbhjmBXkNWLesJir_gvc/edit?usp=sharing
C period: Begin working on your project if you were approved today in class. If you are modifying your behavior, Saturday will be day 1, Sunday will be day 2, and Monday will be day 3.

Friday, February 13th
D, C, F, G: Study for the test. Use/Create a study guide on pages 144-145. Use memrise links to quiz yourself. Test is on Wednesday for Periods D and F. It is on Wednesday for C and G, and on Thursday for E Period.
E: Finish your tsunami story boards on page 138. Use color and words to describe each of the 6 panes to show how a tsunami is created. Study for the test is on Thursday.
Tsunami video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chbbiSCczB8

Wednesday, February 18th
E Period (due tomorrow), G Period (due Friday): Test next time we meet. Study your notes on plate tectonics, volcanoes, and earthquakes. This covers pages 107-145 in your ISN.

Thursday, February 19th
F Period (due tomorrow): Test on earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate boundaries is tomorrow. Study notes over pages 107-145. Your study guide should be done and should represent ideas that you need to review.
D,Period (due Monday), C Period (due tomorrow): Read pages 518-520 of textbook. On page 153 of ISN, take notes like boxes and bullets or do the notes/visual note taking strategy.

Friday, February 20th
E, F, G Periods: Read pages 518-520 of textbook. On page 153 of ISN, take notes like boxes and bullets or do the notes/visual note taking strategy on Surface Currents.
C Period: Read pages 521-523 in textbook. On page 155 of ISN, take notes on Density Currents. Use boxes and bullets or the notes/visual strategy.

Monday, February 9th
D (due Wednesday), C, E (due Wednesday): Read the article on the seismologists convicted of manslaughter. On page 141 of ISN, write a summary of what happened in the article, then write your own personal statement. Do you agree with the conviction? Why or why not? http://www.npr.org/2012/10/23/163499530/italian-seismologists-convicted-of-manslaughter
F, G (due tomorrow): How can we predict earthquakes (or can we)?? Research this question online and in textbook. Find TWO sources, write down the source, and then notes for each source on page 140 of ISN. You will need to refer to these next week in a Socratic Seminar!

VIDEO LINK: Japan's Killer Quake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnZSQwpIh2w
Killer Quake Movie Guide: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1wi1R8Tz4J3Pi3YbxjPWATRAI5Fx6E5yksl2RGpXw5B8/edit?usp=sharing

Tuesday, February 10th
F (due Thursday): Start to create a study guide for the plate tectonic unit test that will be on Monday. This covers pages 107, plus pages 115-142.
G (due tomorrow): Socratic Seminar on Friday. Read the article on the seismologists convicted of manslaughter. On page 141 of ISN, write a summary of what happened in the article, then write your own personal statement. Do you agree with the conviction? Why or why not? http://www.npr.org/2012/10/23/163499530/italian-seismologists-convicted-of-manslaughter

Wednesday, February 11th
C, D, E (due tomorrow), G (due Wednesday): Start to create a study guide for the plate tectonic unit test that will be on Monday. This covers pages 107, plus pages 115-142. Sections to include: Famous people and ideas, Plate tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes.

Thursday, February 12th
D, E, F: Study for next week's test. Use/Create study guide. Use memrise to quiz yourself on vocabulary. Test is on Wednesday for Periods D and F. It is on Wednesday for C and G, and on Thursday for E Period.
C: Finish your tsunami story board and STUDY! How a tsunami is formed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chbbiSCczB8. Your test is next Wednesday, February 18th .

Monday, February 2nd
C, D Periods: Use your notes from class (what causes earthquakes?) to create a "recipe" for an earthquake on page 132. What are the "ingredients" or things that are needed to have an earthquake, and what are the steps for forming one?
F Period: Quiz on volcanoes next time we meet! Study pages 122-128. You will need to be able to identify volcanoes visually and by reading first-hand accounts!
E, G (due next time we meet): Final draft of viscosity lab is due. You must turn in a hard copy at the start of class to receive full credit. I will not accept electronic submissions of papers. An papers turned in after the start of class, but on the same day, will receive half of a letter grade deduction.

Tuesday, February 3rd
F: Read pages 300-301 in textbook. On page 133 of ISN, write notes using boxes & bullets style. One box per heading.
D: Collect data on earthquakes around the world: Just as we did in class yesterday, go onto http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ to plot the recent earthquakes on your map. Use the same color coding system to identify weak, medium, and stronger earthquakes: Yellow for magnitudes 1-3, orange for 3-5.9, and red for 6 and up. On the back of your map, write a summary of where the more active places are for today's date.
G: Quiz on Volcanoes tomorrow. Study pages 122-128. Use memrise. You will need to be able to identify volcanoes visually and by reading first-hand accounts!

Wednesday, February 4th:
D: Make a second entry on your data map: Record all of the earthquakes in the last 24 hours and write a summer of where the most activity was and why. Click on the name earthquake name in the map to find out more information about each Earthquake.
C, G: Collect data on earthquakes around the world: Just as we did in class. Go onto http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ to plot the recent earthquakes on your map. Use the same color coding system to identify weak, medium, and stronger earthquakes: Yellow for magnitudes 1-3, orange for 3-5.9, and red for 6 and up. On the back of your map, write a summary of where the more active places are for today's date.
E: Quiz on Volcanoes tomorrow. Study pages 122-128. Use memrise. You will need to be able to identify volcanoes visually and by reading first-hand accounts!

Thursday, February 5th
D (due Monday): How can we predict earthquakes (or can we)?? Research this question online and in textbook. Find TWO sources, write down the source, and then notes for each source on page 140. You will need to refer to these next week in a Socratic Seminar!
C (due tomorrow): Continue to collect earthquake data on your map. Visit earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ to find where earthquakes happened in the last 24 hours. Just as you did last night, write the date and time that you look at the map, and a summary of where the most active places are.
F, E (due tomorrow): Collect data on earthquakes around the world: Just as we did in class. Go onto http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ to plot the recent earthquakes on your map. Use the same color coding system to identify weak, medium, and stronger earthquakes: Yellow for magnitudes 1-3, orange for 3-5.9, and red for 6 and up. On the back of your map, write a summary of where the more active places are for today's date.

Friday, February 6th
F, G (due Monday): Make a second entry on your Earthquake map log: Record the earthquakes from the last 24 hours. On the back, date and time stamp your summary. Where are most of the quarthquakes occurring? Why do you think this is? Go onto http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ to plot the recent earthquakes on your map. Use the same color coding system to identify weak, medium, and stronger earthquakes: Yellow for magnitudes 1-3, orange for 3-5.9, and red for 6 and up.
C, E (due Monday): How can we predict earthquakes (or can we)?? Research this question online and in textbook. Find TWO sources, write down the source, and then notes for each source on page 140 of ISN. You will need to refer to these next week in a Socratic Seminar!

Monday, January 26th
Today is the first day of quarter 3! A new quarter, a new semester, and a new set of grades. Make sure you are turning in assignments on time and are coming into tutorial whenever you have questions.
C, D (due tomorrow), F: (due Thursday): Complete the conclusion questions to today's lab. Write the answers in full sentences on pages 124 or 125. If you would like, you may begin to type them into the conclusion section of your lab (in google docs) but you MUST EMAIL ME to tell me that that is where you wrote them.
E Period (due Wednesday): Read through the lab that you received in class today. We will begin this tomorrow. Create a Google Doc to begin typing your introduction that explains the purpose of the lab. Give the reader background information. SHARE the google doc with me to receive credit for this homework assignment. If you are not using Google Docs, then please email me the file that has what you have written, or copy and paste what you wrote into the email. https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1hleT5DeRffx4nAlSU_78lgHAdxr-EQxY2rBoOnrueN0/edit?usp=sharing
G Period (due Tuesday): Create a Google Doc to begin typing your introduction, materials, and method sections of the lab that you will do on Monday. Please see the rubric for requirements for each section. SHARE the google doc with me to receive credit for this homework assignment. If you are not using Google Docs, then please email me the file that has what you have written, or copy and paste what you wrote into the email. https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1hleT5DeRffx4nAlSU_78lgHAdxr-EQxY2rBoOnrueN0/edit?usp=sharing

Tuesday, January 27th
D (due tomorrow): Complete the Hawaiian Hot Spot exploration graph and questions. This will be turned in next time we meet for a lab grade: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1Eo6o8MrQoQpurgd84fhnPwYV6CgcbNTCTp9ht9gH1rc/edit?usp=sharing
G (due tomorrow): Complete the conclusion questions to today's lab. Write the answers in full sentences on pages 124 or 125. If you would like, you may begin to type them into the conclusion section of your lab (in google docs) but you MUST EMAIL ME to tell me that that is where you wrote them.

Wednesday, January 28th:
D (due tomorrow): Study for quiz. Keep writing lab report.
E (due tomorrow): Type the full intro (purpose and hypothesis), materials, and methods section of your lab report. Please share it with me in Google Docs if you have not done so already.
C Period (due tomorrow), G (due Monday): Hawaiian Hot spot graph and questions (on handout)

Thursday, January 29th
C *(due tomorrow): Study for quiz and keep writing lab. Lab is due on Monday
D (due Monday): Final lab report due on Monday. Read over the rubric on the back of the lab handout to make sure you have all components of the lab.
E (due Monday): Type conclusion questions to the lab in your lab document on Google Drive. Email me when you have finished them so I can check them. Your final lab will be due on Wednesday.
F (due tomorrow): Hawaii Hot Spot graph and questions

Friday, January 30th
C, F Periods: FInal lab is due on Monday. Check over the rubric on the back of the lab handout to make sure you have all components.

This week's Power Point: Plate Boundaries: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/presentation/d/18MlbhI42lgNcAalAxyCo7nX1cyh0QQxVLHWwt_IKKiA/edit?usp=sharing
Convection in the mantle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0dWF_3PYh4
Mount Pinatubo Eruption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMe0VPQftsc
Tuesday, January 20th
D, F, G Periods: Letter to Alfred Wegener: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1DGQtkiMNRou0Y1DUZA0vi_kUCx3erCe0g8PboG94nzA/edit?usp=sharing

Wednesday, January 21st
D (due tomorrow), G (due Friday): Read pages 336-343 and fill out the graphic organizer. This is to be placed on page 123 of ISN: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1iIokdJ0kWh8VYcDePfCpb0LXYbfTwroBE4vBhMbC0IE/edit?usp=sharing
E (due tomorrow): Create your own study guide for tectonic plates and boundaries (covers pages 106-116) on page 120 OR do clock question #5: Create a song or poem to remember what you learned over the last week.
C period (due tomorrow): Letter to Alfred Wegener: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1DGQtkiMNRou0Y1DUZA0vi_kUCx3erCe0g8PboG94nzA/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, January 22nd
D period (due Monday): Create a Google Doc to begin typing your introduction, materials, and method sections of the lab that you will do on Monday. Please see the rubric for requirements for each section. SHARE the google doc with me to receive credit for this homework assignment. If you are not using Google Docs, then please email me the file that has what you have written, or copy and paste what you wrote into the email. https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1hleT5DeRffx4nAlSU_78lgHAdxr-EQxY2rBoOnrueN0/edit?usp=sharing
C and F Period (due tomorrow): Read pages 336-343 and fill out the graphic organizer. This is to be placed on page 123 of ISN: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1iIokdJ0kWh8VYcDePfCpb0LXYbfTwroBE4vBhMbC0IE/edit?usp=sharing
E (due tomorrow): Letter to Afred Wegener. https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1DGQtkiMNRou0Y1DUZA0vi_kUCx3erCe0g8PboG94nzA/edit?usp=sharing

Friday, January 23rd
C, F (due Monday): Create a Google Doc to begin typing your introduction, materials, and method sections of the lab that you will do on Monday. Please see the rubric for requirements for each section. SHARE the google doc with me to receive credit for this homework assignment. If you are not using Google Docs, then please email me the file that has what you have written, or copy and paste what you wrote into the email. https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1hleT5DeRffx4nAlSU_78lgHAdxr-EQxY2rBoOnrueN0/edit?usp=sharing
E Period (due Monday):
Read pages 336-343 and fill out the graphic organizer. This is to be placed on page 123 of ISN: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1iIokdJ0kWh8VYcDePfCpb0LXYbfTwroBE4vBhMbC0IE/edit?usp=sharing
Monday, January 12 (due tomorrow):
All Classes: Quarter 2 reflection questions are due. These were started before break. They are to be completed on pages 112-113. Use the five questions from pages 6 or 8 of ISN in the "Reflection Instructions" sheet. If you need another copy, open the file for "Setting up your ISN" at the top of this wiki page to print out a new sheet.
TIMELINE GRADES: I will meet with you and your timeline group next time we meet in class to discuss your grade. If you are not happy with the grade your group received, you may revise this grade by making a new timeline for the first 600 million years of Earth's history. This timeline will be 60 centimeters long in total and will need to have all of the events that would have fit in this time period on your original timeline. You will turn in your own timeline to receive a higher grade. That means, this revision process is an individual revision. Group members cannot work together. Because this is a revision (a gift to be able to do it again), you are required to attend tutorial to meet with me while starting this revision. Students that do not meet with me in tutorial will not be eligible to receive a higher grade on this assignment. REVISIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 16th

Tuesday, January 13th
D, G Periods (due tomorrow), F period (due Thursday): Read pages 276-278 to fully answer the three questions on the back of the Seafloor Spreading handout. I have your ISNs, so you will not be able to answer them on a page in your ISN.

Wednesday, January 14th:
All Classes: No homework! Please attend the Arts Night tonight.

Thursday, January 15th
C and F Periods (due tomorrow): Read 280-284 in textbook and make a flip book with the handout given to you. Cut it out, fold in the flaps. Write the name of a boundary type on the flap and underneath it, draw what is happening to the plate.
D Period (due Monday): Create your own study guide for tectonic plates and boundaries on page 120 OR do clock question #5: Create a song or poem to remember what you learned this week. As per the usual, weekly schedule, you can expect a quiz on this next week.
E Period (due tomorrow): Read 276-278 in textbook. Answer the 3 questions on the back of the seafloor spreading handout you got today. If you missed class today, take notes on your reading on page 115. You may choose any note taking strategy that we have used this year.
Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to turn in LAB REPORT revisions for ALL CLASSES! I will not accept lab reports that are turned in late. All revisions must be submitted to me in HARD COPY. I will not accept electronic submissions of revised lab reports. Revised timelines are also due tomorrow for D, F, and G Periods. C and E periods must have theirs revised by Monday.

Friday, January 16th
E and G Period (due Monday): Read 280-284 in textbook and make a flip book with the handout given to you. Cut it out, fold in the flaps. Write the name of a boundary type on the flap and underneath it, draw what is happening to the plate.
C, F Periods (due Monday):Create your own study guide for tectonic plates and boundaries on page 120 OR do clock question #5: Create a song or poem to remember what you learned this week As per the usual schedule, you can expect a quiz on this in the middle of next week.

Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9th:
All Classes: Welcome back! We are going to be reviewing this week for our Geologic Time Unit Test next Monday. We are creating our OWN study guides this week in class. You will not receive a study guide from Ms. Simons. It is important that you develop your own way to study for tests and quizzes as you prepare for high school. However, use the check list given to you in class to prepare (see below for another copy). Your test will cover pages 70-104 in your ISN. That's a lot of information, so it is best to study 15-20 minutes EVERY night instead of trying to cram it in this weekend.
Every night this week: USE the following checklist and FILL IN the study log each night. This will be turned in at the start of your test for a test point. You can find additional copies of the study log here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1UTmFJMIAnFmwRGVdjpeNum8Y7P9KELzgX_e3LIINM7Y/edit?usp=sharing
DUE on Monday, January 12th: Your completed study log AND BRING A CALCULATOR!

Monday, December 15
C, D, E, F: Continue to review for quiz on Geologic timeline. Use Memrise or look over your notes in your ISN.
G Period: Read textbook pages 408-413. Page 103 of ISN: You read about TWO eras. Argue what was the most important event in EACH era and why? Write in ISN.

Tuesday, December 16
F, D Periods: Skim through textbook pages 270-343 to preview what we will be learning about next. Make a cover page, with full color, on page 105 of ISN. You must have FULL color and write THREE questions that you would like to have answered during this next unit on this page to receive full credit.*
G Period: Study for tomorrow's quiz on the Geologic timeline. Use the Memrise link below to study or to at least look at what you are required to know. The students that have used Memrise have done THE BEST on this quiz. I cannot stress the importance of using it or flashcards to study!

If you feel that you need a new ISN, this would be a great time to make a second volume. Label it just as the first, but with "Volume 2" on the cover. Start your new ISN with this page. KEEP your old ISN at school. You will need it when we return from vacation as we begin to review for our test.

Wednesday, December 17
C, E Periods: Skim through textbook pages 270-343 to preview what we will be learning about next. Make a cover page, with full color, on page 105 of ISN. You must have FULL color and write THREE questions that you would like to have answered during this next unit on this page to receive full credit.
G Period: Study for Friday's quiz on the Geologic timeline. Use the Memrise link below to study or to at least look at what you are required to know. The students that have used Memrise have done THE BEST on this quiz. I cannot stress the importance of using it or flashcards to study! IF YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT BE HERE FRIDAY then please come take the quiz early. This is a HARD quiz and it is best that you do it now, rather than waiting two weeks to take it.
D Period: Begin working on your 2nd quarter reflection in your ISN. This is to be written on pages 112-113 of ISN. Use the "Reflection Instructions" sheet that was given to you in the beginning of the year, and answer question numbers 1-5 at the bottom. This might be on page 6 or 8 of your ISN. If you need a new copy, please look at page three on this link: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1MCuQZJSYVa8noIBK1QoNfVf-34en9BgUB5NjcRMnSUg/edit?usp=sharing

If you feel that you need a new ISN, this would be a great time to make a second volume. Label it just as the first, but with "Volume 2" on the cover. Start your new ISN with this page. KEEP your old ISN at school. You will need it when we return from vacation as we begin to review for our test.

Thursday, December 18
C, E, F: Begin working on your 2nd quarter reflection in your ISN. This is to be written on pages 112-113 of ISN. Use the "Reflection Instructions" sheet that was given to you in the beginning of the year, and answer question numbers 1-5 at the bottom. This might be on page 6 or 8 of your ISN. If you need a new copy, please look at page three on this link: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1MCuQZJSYVa8noIBK1QoNfVf-34en9BgUB5NjcRMnSUg/edit?usp=sharing
D Period: I hope that you and your family have a wonderful vacation! Enjoy this time off. If you travel anywhere, bring back some rocks to add to our rock collection! I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year!

Friday, December 19
All Classes:
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful vacation! Enjoy this time off.
If you travel anywhere, bring back some rocks to add to our rock collection!
I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year!

Monday, December 8
All Classes will begin their timeline of Earth's history in class this week.
C, E, F: Read pages 400-405 in textbook. Boxes and bullets on page 99 in ISN.
G: Read pages 392-393 in textbook and take notes (boxes & bullets) on page 97 of ISN. Look at page 397 to learn more about trilobites!
Carl Sagan Cosmic Calendar:

Tuesday, December 9
D: Read pages 400-405 in textbook. Boxes and bullets on page 99 in ISN.
F: Read textbook pages 408-413. Page 103 of ISN: You read about TWO eras. Argue what was the most important event in EACH era and why? Write in ISN.
G: Football Field Timeline: Convert events into distances, then plot those events on the timeline in their correct location. Your ISN will be collected tomorrow for an ISN grade.
If you were not in class or lost the timeline, print pages 2 and 4 from link here: https://www.utexas.edu/tmm/education/resources/pdf/geologic-time.pdf

Wednesday, December 10
C, D, E Periods : Read textbook pages 408-413. Page 103 of ISN: You read about TWO eras. Argue what was the most important event in EACH era and why? Write in ISN.
G Period:Read pages 400-405 in textbook. Boxes and bullets on a separate piece of paper. I will have your ISN over the weekend. If you are one of the few students that do have your ISN, you can do this work on page 99 of ISN.

Thursday, December 11
C, D, E, F Periods: Use Memrise to study for quiz that you will have on Tuesday of next week. You will need to know major events, eras, eons, and periods. How is Earth's history divided? I have your ISNs!
Monday, December 1:
C, F Periods: Conclusion questions to M&Mium Decay Lab on page 92 of ISN. The lab and your ISN will be collected on Thursday to be graded.
E: Fill in the Venn Diagram comparing Relative Dating and Absolute Dating on page 94 of ISN. Be as detailed as you can while completing the diagram. Your ISN will be collected on Thursday for an ISN check!
G: Observe & Interpret chart for tomorrow's Socratic Seminar.

Tuesday, December 2:
F: Quiz on Thursday about Absolute Dating and Radiometric Decay.
D and G Period: Conclusion questions to M&Mium Decay Lab on page 92. G Period: Your ISN will be collected tomorrow for an ISN check and to have your lab graded! Please answer in full sentences and show all math.

Wednesday, December 3:
Practice for Absolute Rock Dating: Use Memrise. You can also play with this Phet Radioactive Dating Gameif you want to put your knowledge to work.
C, D: Quiz on absolute rock dating tomorrow. ISN check tomorrow! Your M&Mium lab will be graded. Make sure you have complete sentences and show all math if you did not do so on Monday night.
E: M&Mium conclusion questions onto page 92 of ISN. Quiz tomorrow on absolute rock dating - we will review at the start of class. Your ISN will be collected at the end of class to grade your M&Mium lab and ISN.
G: Today in class we made a study guide for rock dating. Study for Monday's quiz on relative and absolute rock dating.

Thursday, December 4:
C, D, E, F Period: Geologic Timeline Football field: Put dates on field and answer questions. Your ISN will be collected next time we meet. Please make sure you have answered all questions in your M&Mium lab in complete sentences and have shown all math.
Football Field Timeline link: Please print pages 2-4: https://www.utexas.edu/tmm/education/resources/pdf/geologic-time.pdf Complete pages 2 and 4.

Geologic Timeline Observations: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/presentation/d/1czSF_xVEXKefWiabbCCzcYZcuXv2SuMggncHZ2hfyeM/edit?usp=sharing
Monday, November 24
D: Rock dating quiz tomorrow. Study pages 84-88
F: Observations and Interpretation Sheet for Socratic Seminar tomorrow.

All other classes - Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time off with your family! REMEMBER: We will have a FRIDAY schedule on Monday, December 1st. You will have Double F, B, C, A, G, and E. You will not have D period on the day that we return.
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Monday, November 17
C, D Periods: Procedure #1-2 on page 376, and Conclude & Apply questions 1-3. Complete this on page 86 of ISN.
E, F, G Periods: Concept Map of vocab words. Use at least 15 vocab words and WRITE how they are connected. Complete on page 83 of ISN. See list of vocab words here:
https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1jlh-bThigIKzftViPB19qlH3GVNAXooxlYdm7i_zSIk/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, November 20
C, D Periods: Write as many observations and interpretations of those observations about the graph given to you in class. Copies can be found here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1A0Sq8G7h6NyYI73V0QWG_w8op52gCqjU4EL8yqjWV7w/edit?usp=sharing

If you were not in class today, you will need to stay for tutorial on Monday to watch the video you missed in class. If you have access to Netflix, you can watch it. It is The Cosmos, Episode: The Clean Room. The video guide is here:https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1A9K-lHLsIEg-T5RIF_QwRfgApL17DSTnq1fQIEndAjI/edit?usp=sharing
F Period: Make a unique and creative rock cycle diagram on page 84 of ISN. You may have to look over today's notes to finish.
E Period: Procedure #1-2 on page 376, and Conclude & Apply questions 1-3. Complete this on page 86 of ISN.

Friday, November 21
F, G: Procedure #1-2 on page 376, and Conclude & Apply questions 1-3. Complete this on page 86 of ISN.
C: Study for Quiz
E: Observations & Interpretation Chart (see handout). https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1A0Sq8G7h6NyYI73V0QWG_w8op52gCqjU4EL8yqjWV7w/edit?usp=sharing
ALL CLASSES: QUIZ ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24. Quiz is on Rocks and Relative Rock Dating

BONDING and MIXTURES notes from this week: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/presentation/d/1maVKAlCdqtOYRoGDSbJrQIt4wJJ_M9KAi1YuZNM1cA0/edit?usp=sharing

Monday, November 10th
C (due Wed), D, F, G (due tomorrow): Quiz next time we meet on the periodic table: How to read it and how to draw atoms. Complete the handout we started in class to review.
Visit: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/build-an-atom and click on "Run Now". Don't download the game unless you love it. Use it to complete the handout. EVEN IF IT DOES NOT WORK you should be able to complete the handout with a periodic table. This just makes life a little easier if you a visual learner!
E period (due Wed):Finish reading pages 39-43 in textbook. Take notes on page 76-77 of ISN in the same style we began to practice in class. What do you know before reading? Write this in left column. As you read, write a bullet or two for each paragraph that summarizes the paragraph. Then, write a summary of your bullets in the right column (with a star). Your notebook should be set up like the one above.

Tuesday, November 11
D, G period (due Wed): Page one of bonding worksheet: Identifying covalent and ionic bonds.

Wednesday, November 12
C Period (due tomorrow): Page one of bonding worksheet: Identifying covalent and ionic bonds.
E Period: Quiz tomorrow on the periodic table: How to read it and how to draw atoms. Complete the handout we started in class to review. Visit: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/build-an-atom and click on "Run in HTML " to use the simulator and model, and quiz yourself with the game.
D Period (Due tomorrow) and G Period (due Friday): Write a song or poem on page 82 that shows the differences between covalent and ionic bonds.

Thursday, November 13
C Period: Song or poem on page 82 of ISN that is at least 2 verses long: What are the differences between ionic and covalent bonds?
D Period: Read/Skim pages 90-108 about the three types of rocks. Write their characteristics and how they are formed in your chart on page 85 of ISN
E, F Periods: Identifying Ionic and covalent bonds worksheet (front only)

Friday, November 14
C period: Make a diagram showing the rock cycle on page 84 of ISN (use pages 90-108 for help and your notes from today).
E, F Period: Make at least a 2-verse song or poem about covalent and ionic bonds. Write on page 82 of ISN.

Photos from our egg drop lab can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102335485573449229566/albums/6075260346395364561?cfem=1
You can copy and paste photos of your egg lander into your lab to use as an image!

Egg Drop Lab Rubric:

Monday-Thursday, November 3rd to November 6th
All Classes:
  1. Your final, hard copy of your Egg Drop Lab is due this week. D period is due on Thursday and C, F, an G are Friday. E period is due next Monday.You must turn in a hard copy to Ms. Simons by the start of class. No digital copies will be accepted. 10 points will be taken off for each day it is late. 5 points will be deducted if the lab report is not turned in at the start of class, but is turned in later this day.
  2. Memorize the first 20 elements, in order, on the periodic table. Advisory points will be given for the top three people that can memorize the most elements. You will be reciting these in class on Thursday for D period and Friday for all other period

Thursday, November 7th
D period: Finish reading pages 39-43 in textbook. Take notes on page 76-77 of ISN in the same style we began to practice in class. The headings you will have are:
  1. Interactions of Atoms
  2. Bonding
  3. Mixtures
  4. Separating mixtures.
Friday, November 8th
C, D, F, G period: Finish reading pages 39-43 in textbook. Take notes on page 76-77 of ISN in the same style we began to practice in class. What do you know before reading? Write this in left column. As you read, write a bullet or two for each paragraph that summarizes the paragraph. Then, write a summary of your bullets in the right column (with a star). Your notebook should be set up like the one below.

E Period: Finish labs. See instructions above


Tuesday, October 14
Quiz on the laws of motion in class tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 15
D Period: Velocity and Speed practice problems on page 63 of ISN
Page 1 of the link here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/15qAtqrLQpPZHAxVFJ1MD0iJ3QLQdvD-1BmqmdzAncX4/edit?usp=sharing
C, E, F, G: Each class received a study guide for the test that will occur next week. Work on it a little each night.
Link to study guide: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/1YfQVTodYny6rBmWtYFVGPolLMth7psuRLrpn7QWvzZ0/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, October 16
D Period: Acceleration practice problems on page 64 of ISN. If you finish those in less time than 20 minutes, then work on study guide.
Page 2 of the link here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/15qAtqrLQpPZHAxVFJ1MD0iJ3QLQdvD-1BmqmdzAncX4/edit?usp=sharing
Additional practice problems are on page 3.

C, E, F, G: Speed practice problems on page 63 of ISN. If you finish those in less than 20 minutes, then work on study guide.
Page 1 of the link here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/15qAtqrLQpPZHAxVFJ1MD0iJ3QLQdvD-1BmqmdzAncX4/edit?usp=sharing

Friday, October 17
D Period: Work on study guide for 20 minutes.
C, E, F, G: Acceleration practice problems on page 64 of ISN If you finish those in less than 20 minutes, then work on study guide.
Page 2 of the link here: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/15qAtqrLQpPZHAxVFJ1MD0iJ3QLQdvD-1BmqmdzAncX4/edit?usp=sharing
Additional practice problems are on page 3.
Monday, October 6
All Classes: You received your Earth in Space test back today. Your job is to make test corrections on the answers you got wrong. Use a different colored pen to make corrections on your test or on a loose piece of paper AND write the page number of your ISN or textbook that you used to find the correct answer. Do not look for correct answers online. If you are taking good notes in class and have completed labs, then you will have all of the information you need to make corrections with you.
DID YOU KNOW? There is a live table of contents at the top of this page. You can use that link to make sure your ISN is up to date! Check it out!!

Tuesday, October 7th
D, F, G: Read through the original Laws of Motion (page 55 of ISN). Make annotations in the margins. You may not understand what it is saying the first time. Read it again. Look up words that you don't know. Don't worry if you still do not know what it is saying. We will go through it tomorrow in class.

Wednesday, October 8th
C, E: Read through the original Laws of Motion (page 55 of ISN). Make annotations in the margins. You may not understand what it is saying the first time. Read it again. Look up words that you don't know. Don't worry if you still do not know what it is saying. We will go through it tomorrow in class.
D: Find at least one example of each law of motion in YOUR life today. Draw and fully explain how each example demonstrates one law on page 56 of ISN. You should have at least three different drawings and explanations on your page. If you want to go above the required work, keep a list of as many examples of each law as you can find. Split your page in three and write down examples of each law.

Thursday, October 9th
D: CHOOSE ONE:
Option 1: Vocab review: make scientific language cards for the vocab words: force, mass, first law of motion, second law of motion, third law of motion, and any other energy words that are giving you trouble. We will have a test in about a week on the energy and motion of space.
Option 2: How are the laws of motion demonstrated in space. Research this question and write what you discover on a blank piece of paper. This is for people that feel comfortable with the new vocabulary words and laws.

C, E, F: Find at least one example of each law of motion in YOUR life today. Draw and fully explain how each example demonstrates one law on page 56 of ISN. You should have at least three different drawings and explanations on your page. If you want to go above the required work, keep a list of as many examples of each law as you can find. Split your page in three and write down examples of each law.

Link to the video we watched in class: 100 Greatest Discoveries in Astronomy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NOZoIoKi0E

Friday, October 10th
All Classes: REMINDER: You will have a "Monday" schedule each day next week. Therefore, bring your Science materials to class each day.
CHOOSE ONE:
Option 1: Vocab review: make scientific language cards for the vocab words: force, mass, first law of motion, second law of motion, third law of motion, and any other energy words that are giving you trouble. We will have a test in about a week on the energy and motion of space.
Option 2: How are the laws of motion demonstrated in space. Research this question and write what you discover on a blank piece of paper. This is for people that feel comfortable with the new vocabulary words and laws.

Monday, September 29
All Classes: Write a reflection of your learning so far on pages 40-41 of your ISN. See the reflection instructions at the start of your ISN (This may be on page 3,4, or 8 depending on where you glued it during the first week of school).

Tuesday, September 30
D&G (due tomorrow) and F (due Thursday): Energy is all around us and today you learned about different types of energy. On page 46 of ISN, find 3 examples of kinetic energy and 3 examples of potential energy in your every day life. Try to find 3 different examples of each (not 3 of motion, 3 of chemical, etc.)
  1. Draw these examples or find cutouts (in a magazine) to glue or tape in. The examples should be examples of energy that you have witnessed today.
  2. Write at least one sentence that explains what energy type is being shown in the picture.

Wednesday, October 1
E & C (due tomorrow): Energy is all around us and today you learned about different types of energy. On page 46 of ISN, find 3 examples of kinetic energy and 3 examples of potential energy in your every day life. Try to find 3 different examples of each (not 3 of motion, 3 of chemical, etc.)
  1. Draw these examples or find cutouts (in a magazine) to glue or tape in. The examples should be examples of energy that you have witnessed today.
  2. Write at least one sentence that explains what energy type is being shown in the picture
D (due tomorrow): Choose a clock question - either 1, 9, or 11 to complete about how the sun "makes" energy.
G (due Friday): NO HOMEWORK

Thursday, October 2
D Period (Due Monday): Quiz on EMR and Energy.
C, E, F (due Friday): Finish your notes summary on Fusion (bottom of page 49), then Choose a clock question - either 9, or 11 to complete on page 48 of ISN about how the sun "makes" energy. Use notes about fusion to create this.

Friday, October 3
All classes: Quiz on Monday on EMR and Energy. Study pages 46-51 in ISN. Use memrise (link below) for vocab practice.

Monday, September 22
All Classes: Work on Study Guide for 20 minutes. Try to complete it without using your notes first, then go back through with a different colored writing utensil to make corrections or add information after using your ISN. Anything you got right the first time will not need to be reviewed as much as the other information that you needed to use your ISN for.
We will continue our Planet classification work next time in class, and then will begin to review for our test. You may also want to revise some of your labs that were graded this weekend. You may revise up to TWO labs per quarter. If you choose to revise them, make corrections on the page of the original lab in a different colored writing utensil. Flag that page with a post-it (I have some) and then turn in the notebook to be regraded.
Link to GoogleDoc Version of Study Guide: https://docs.google.com/a/latinpcs.org/document/d/18nDGlhXr7u2RNSJ1YQBQw3ylrf2eQDHey73ChGUB11A/edit?usp=sharing

NASA's Solar System Exploration: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/index.cfm

Tuesday, September 23
All Classes: Work on Study guide for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, September 24:
All Classes: Work on study guide for 20 minutes. If you are done, quiz yourself on the phases/vocab/ect. You can start to draft a writing response to the essay question. You may also want to use the
Your first reflection is due next Tuesday, the day after the test. Look at the refection guidelines in the first few pages of your ISN, Answer the prompts at the bottom of the page, and put your answers on pages 40-41 of ISN.

Thursday & Friday:
1) Study for the test using study guide, ISN, and Memrise
2) Work on your reflection that is due on Tuesday. See the ISN Reflection directions that you pasted into your ISN during the first week of school. Write this on pages 40-41.


Monday, September 15
IN CLASS LAB LINK: http://highered.mheducation.com/olcweb/cgi/pluginpop.cgi?it=swf::800::600::/sites/dl/free/0072482621/78778/Seasons_Nav.swf::Seasons%20Interactive
All Classes: Finish conclusion questions on page 30 of your ISN.
Analysis & Conclusion Questions
1. How does a change in the sunlight angle change the temperature of the planet? Explain the effects below using data from your chart above
2. In which direction (toward, away from the sun, or neither) is the Earth pointing during the following events:
  • Winter Solstice – 12/21
  • Spring equinox - 3/21
  • Summer Solstice – 6/21
  • Fall Equinox - 9/21
3. From this simulation, can you guess what a solstice is? What is an equinox? Describe what is happening to the sunlight angle on these days.
4. Explain why it is summer in Earth’s northern hemisphere at the same time it is winter in the southern hemisphere.
5. What is the true cause of the seasons?
6. What would happen to the seasons if the Earth did not have a tilt?

Tuesday, September 16
FINAL COPY of Seasons lab is due on Thursday (D period) or Friday (C,E,F,G periods)
D, G (due tomorrow), F (due Thurs): Read pages 1-2 of the The Story of Pluto. Make boxes and bullets on pages 32-33 of your ISN. Each heading should go into a box, and you should have one bullet for EACH paragraph. We will discuss in our next class, and finish reading the packet.

Wednesday, September 17
FINAL COPY of Seasons lab is due on Thursday (D period) or Friday (C,E,F,G periods)
C,E (due tomorrow): Read pages 1-3 of the The Story of Pluto. Make boxes and bullets on pages 32-33 of your ISN. Each heading should go into a box, and you should have one bullet for EACH paragraph. We will discuss in our next class, and finish reading the packet.
G (due Friday), D (due tomorrow): Read pages 3-4 of packet and do boxes and bullets: ONE box for each HEADLINE and a bullet under each box that is dedicated to the main idea of each paragraph. One bullet for each paragraph. Complete notes on pages 32-33 of ISN. Your ISNS will be collected on Friday to grade your in class work.

Thrusday, Septmeber 18
C, E, F (due tomorrow): Read pages 3-4 of packet and do boxes and bullets: ONE box for each HEADLINE and a bullet under each box that is dedicated to the main idea of each paragraph. One bullet for each paragraph. Complete notes on pages 32-33 of ISN. Your ISN will be collected tomorrow to grade your in class work.
D Period (due Monday): Explore one or both of the websites below, which we will be using next time we meet in class. After exploring it for a few minutes, choose a planet in our solar system to learn a little more about. Write down a 40 word summary of the planet on a loose piece of paper to be used and turned in on Monday.
  1. NASA Solar System Explorer: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm
  2. Nineplanets.or: http://nineplanets.org

Friday, September 19
All Classes:
Explore one or both of the websites below, which we will be using next time we meet in class. After exploring it for a few minutes, choose a planet in our solar system to learn a little more about. Write down a 40 word summary of the planet on a loose piece of paper to be used and turned in on Monday.
  1. NASA Solar System Explorer: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm
  2. Nineplanets.or: http://nineplanets.org

Tuesday, September 9
All (F due Thursday. G,D due tomorrow): Study for the moon quiz. Look over your notes (pages 21-25 in ISN) and use the Memrise link below. You will need to know the phases!

Wednesday, September 10
C, E due tomorrow: Study for the moon quiz. Look over your notes on pages 21-25 in ISN. There is a Memrise link below to use for vocabulary. You will need to know the moon phases and facts about the moon from today and from the Bill Nye Video (some classes will finish this video before the quiz.
D, G: Interview THREE people that are NOT students in the 8th grade. Ask them, "What causes the Seasons?" and record their answers, in detail, on page 27 of your ISN.

Thursday, September 11
D Period: Watch the video, A Private Universe, which shows Harvard Grads with a misconception about the cause of seasons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrXaQu_qGeo
How did the Harvard Grads get their Misconception? How can we prevent this misconception from forming or coming back once a person learns the real reason for the seasons? Write your response on a separate piece of paper.
C,E,FG: Interview THREE people that are NOT students in the 8th grade. Ask them, "What causes the Seasons?" and record their answers, in detail, on page 27 of your ISN. ISN CHECK TOMORROW!!

Friday, September 12
All Classes: Watch the video, A Private Universe, which shows Harvard Grads with a misconception about the cause of seasons. COPY AND PASTE THE LINK into your browser. If it does not work, go to youtube and type in: "A Private Universe (fragments)" http://youtu.be/TrXaQu_qGeo
How did the Harvard Grads get their Misconception? How can we prevent this misconception from forming or coming back once a person learns the real reason for the seasons? Write your response on a separate piece of paper. You may also include any reactions that you had to the video.
Friday, September 5

All classes:
Read pages 666-668 in your textbook and complete the Moon Phases Vocabulary worksheet. Bonus: What phase(s) will you see this weekend?
Next week we will make a model of the moon phases and you will be quizzed on them.


Monday, September 8
All Classes: Pick Clock-Question 5 or 9 (see pg 3 of ISN) on page 24 of your ISN to explain the CAUSE of the phases of the moon. You can go into more detail to include what the actual phases are.
D Period: You should have completed the Moon Vocab sheet in class today after working with today's model.



Tuesday, September 2
F Period (due Thurs): Finish the graphs from class today. Be sure they are all labeled and colored. If you already turned in your graph, please see the homework for the other classes below.
D, B, G Periods (due Wed): Draw an "Earth in Space" Cover page on page 16 of your ISN. It must include the following:
  • 3 pictures
  • Questions - What do you want to know about astronomy?
  • Color! Do not have any white showing.
Use your textbook for ideas!
You received your textbook in class today. Please keep this in a safe spot at home. You will not need to bring it in to school, but will need to return it at the end of the year.

Wednesday, September 3
E, C Periods (due tomorrow): Draw an "Earth in Space" Cover page on page 16 of your ISN. It must include the following:
  • 3 pictures
  • Questions - What do you want to know about astronomy?
  • Color! Do not have any white showing.
Use your textbook for ideas! Please keep the textbook in a safe spot at home. You will not need to bring it in to school, but will need to return it at the end of the year.
G (due Friday), D Period (due tomorrow): Quiz on parts of a graph and on the revolution/rotate vocab next time we meet. Study your notes on pages 14, 15, 18, 19

Thursday, September 4
D Period (due Monday): Two parts: 1) Weekend Word Problem: see below. Then, do a little research online. What can you find out about human history on the moon? We'll do a brief discussion about it on Monday before learning the phases of the moon.

WWP: The North Star, Polaris, is 434 light years away. If light travels 300,000 kilometers per second (km/s), or 186,000 miles per second (m/s), how far would the light travel in 434 years? Don't forget to include units!

C, E, F, G (due tomorrow):
Quiz on parts of a graph and on the revolution/rotate vocab next time we meet. Study your notes on pages 14, 15, 18, 19

Monday, August 25
All classes:
Due Tuesday: Signed Syllabus from parent/guardian. Make sure to re-read the whole thing.
Due Wednesday: All students need a BLUE, preferably plastic-covered notebook in Science, and a current photo of themselves.

Tuesday, August 26
  1. Obtain a blue notebook and CURRENT photo of yourself.
  2. Make an about me page on page 1 with your photo, name, adjectives that describe you and a scientist, and fill the whole page with color.

Wednesday, August 27
  1. Have parents sign off on your Science Safety Contract. Due tomorrow
  2. On the back of the Science Safety Contract, pick FIVE of the most important class rules and explain why you think they are the most important in a paragraph of at least 6 sentences.
Bonus: Create a Science Safety poster to represent one of the safety rules you learned about today. In order for it to be considered for display in the classroom, it must be colored and everything must be spelled correctly! Be creative!
Link to the Science safety video we watched in class today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr7roogzM8c

Thursday, August 28
Periods C, F, G: Finish numbering all of the pages of your ISN. Even pages are on the left side, odd pages are on the right. Finish reading and annotating all of the pages you put into your ISN - what questions do you have while reading them? DO NOT HIGHLIGHT!
Period D, E: Finishing putting papers in ISN. Then, number your pages. Left sides are even, right sides are odd.


Friday, August 29
Finish graphing Assignment Number 2 for next time we meet (Periods D, F, G due on Tuesday, and Periods C, E on Wednesday).