Sunday, June 4, 2017

Finals week!

Below: Links to IMPORTANT Review Resources

1. It is important that you understand the Rock Cycle (several questions). To review read pages 67-69 (honors pages 52-54) and take a look at this animation.

2. This graph will be on the test - CLICK HERE

3. There will be several questions to check your understanding of this Moonphase Exercise

4. Make sure you understand the motion, varying speed, and tail of a comet. Watch this animation

5. There will be a diagram and questions to check your understanding of Giant Springs

6. This diagram will be on the test. The same diagram can be found on page 339 of your text (honors text page 328). You should be able to use principles of superposition and cross-cutting to determine relative ages as you did on the WS: Principles of Geology last winter.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 22-26

Monday
Weather-permitting we will launch rockets today.

Tuesday
Students will take notes as Benson provides a general overview of NASA - past, present, future.

Wednesday
Students will do a WS.

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains several concepts related to the Earth-Moon relationship, including tides, phases, and eclipses. Be sure to do this Online Moon Phase Exercise (very good). You do not need to hand anything in, but there will be similar questions on the semester exam. Here is a 10-minute video (ABC News coverage) of the 1979 solar eclipse, including coverage from Helena, Montana!

Friday
Students will watch a video "Meteor Strike".

Interesting Links

What the 2017 Solar Eclipse will look like from Kentucky.

NASA's YouTube Channel

Monday: Brief History of Animals in Space

Space Shuttle Landing Sites (6-minute video)

Video of Probe Landing on Mars in 2004 (6-minute YouTube video)

Video of Probe Landing on Mars in 2012 (6-minute YouTube video)

Are we going to Mars?

History of Exploration of Mars

Moon phase animation

Another Moon phase animation

Moon phases this month

Online Moon Phase Exercise (very good)

Lunar Eclipse Animation

Lunar Eclipse Explained

Tides Animation

D-Day Moon

Tides - select "Launch Interactive"

Spring and Neap Tides

Eclipse Animations

Various Moon Animations

Space Weather

Solar Max of 2013

Northern Lights Explained

Spaceweather.com

Northern Lights Explained

Northern Lights over Iceland

Question of the Week
Why is Pluto no longer considered to be a planet?

Video of the week:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 15-19

Monday
Students will finish the video (October Sky) and then Benson will explain fact vs. fiction, etc.

Tuesday-Wednesday
Students will be constructing rockets.

Thursday
Students will begin watching a video about the "Space Race" and then be given time to put finishing touches on their rockets. If you miss this class, print out this worksheet and watch the first 65 minutes of the video below.

Friday
We will finish watching the video and then Benson will explain the Apollo missions. If you were gone, watch the video below.

Interesting Links

NASA's YouTube Channel

Brief History of Animals in Space

16-min Video about the controversial 1972 USA vs. USSR gold medal game

Question of the Week
Why was it so important for the USA to land a man on the Moon before the USSR did?

Video of the week:

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8-12

Monday
Students will take a test.

Tuesday
We will start watching a movie called "October Sky".

Wednesday
Benson will explain the historical context of the movie and then we will continue watching it.

Thursday
TBD

Friday
No school today due to Vigilante Parade.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 1-5

Attention honors students: The MESPOW for this week is #101.

Monday
We will finish the notes from last week (glaciers, etc).

Tuesday
We will watch a video: Snowball Earth - If you were gone, watch it here (43 minutes).

Wednesday
We will take notes on a handout called "Ice Ages". Honors students who were gone should read the text section titled "Causes of Glaciation" (pages 174-177).

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various ways that the last ice age impacted Montana.If you miss this class, go to this site and read each of the following: 12, 24, and 33.

Friday
We will watch a short video and then prepare for the test. If you were gone, scroll down and watch the "video of the week".

Below: Important Links - Be sure to check them out if you missed class.

Glacial Landforms
Striations
Milankovitch Cycles
Ice Ages changed the Missouri River
Flathead Lake
Snake Butte in North-Central Montana

Question of the Week: What caused the formation of Glacial Lake Missoula, and how did the outburst floods cause the Scablands of Washington?

Video of the Week

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 24-28

Monday
Students will continue working on the Island Watershed Activity. It is due at the start of class on Friday. Honors students - MESPOWs are due on Friday: #91 and #123 (read them both, pick one to do with the WS).

Tuesday
Students will do a map activity called "Helena Area Watersheds". If you were gone, get the make-up assignment from Benson.

Wednesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various Helena area water resources. If you miss this class, read this webpage, get the notes handout, watch this PowerPoint Presentation, and watch the video of the week below.

Thursday
Benson will have a sub (science teachers will be at science curriculum meetings). Students will watch a video called "The Last Extinction". If you were gone, get a copy of the video worksheet and fill in the answers as you watch it online here.

Friday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various aspects of glaciers. If you were gone read pages 188-198 (honors 158-171).

Make-Up Assignment for Montana Rivers (last week)
The Great Falls of the Missouri
Watershed of the Yellowstone River
Milltown Dam
Triple Divide Peak
Handout for Watershed Project (pdf file)
Island Watershed Project
Oxbow Lakes
SNOTEL Sites

Video of the Week

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18-21

Tuesday
We will go over the recent Map Activity: USA Basins, and then start working on the Island Watershed Activity. Honors students - There is no MESPOW this week. Instead, you will do an assignment called Intro to the Bakken Formation. It is due SOC Friday.

Wednesday
Students will continue working on the Island Watershed Activity. It is due at the start of class on Friday.

Thursday - Assembly Schedule Today
We will go over the recent Map Activity: Montana Rivers. Students will continue working on their islands.

Friday
Students will continue working on their islands.

Make-Up Assignment for Montana Rivers (last week)
The Great Falls of the Missouri
Watershed of the Yellowstone River
Milltown Dam
Triple Divide Peak
Handout for Watershed Project (pdf file)
Island Watershed Project
Oxbow Lakes
SNOTEL Sites

Video of the Week