Friday, March 27, 2020

Attention HLP Science Students:

Greetings from Mr. Benson! (scroll down for information about school work.)

UPDATE - Tuesday, May 5th
Due to the mess created by the school closure, that is the grade you will get for the semester as well (school board recently decided this). If you want to improve your grade (optional), you can do the online assignments.

Here's how it will work for my class (other teachers may be doing it differently) . . . For every 4 online assignments that you successfully compete, I will raise your grade by 10%. IMPORTANT: You need to score at least 8/10 for an assignment to be counted as "successfully completed". Any assignments that you do, must be turned in by May 17th.

Instead of putting the grades into Infinity I will keep track on my clipboard. Then on May 21st, I will put your adjusted grade into Infinity. If you ever want to know what your grade is, just email me - my email is on the sheets that were sent home.

If you are satisfied with your third quarter grade and want that to be your final grade (semester grade), you are not required to do the online work. However, I hope that you will continue to do the assignments because it will be good for you to learn about infectious disease and diabetes.

See you in August! -Benson

Homework Information
When schools first closed I sent home a green "Rewards" workbook that contains 15 short science articles. I also included a worksheet with instructions and spaces to put answers. You should have been reading one article per day and completing the questions - hopefully you've been doing this. If not, it should be easy to get caught up. Finish the reading and questions, then have the answer sheet dropped off at the school some day when your parent/guardian picks up your food.

IMPORTANT: On Tuesday, April 14th we started online instruction. I have a Google Classroom set up with assignments posted. The code to join my Google Classroom is jioig7x. If you need to contact me, my email is included on the sheet that was sent home (or you can contact me through Facebook Messenger).

Listed below are the links that go with the various assignments.

Assignment #1: There are no links for this assignment but you will need

Assignment #2: Viruses Video (6:48)

Assignment #3: Antibiotics, Antivirals, Vaccines Video (9:28)

Assignment #4: Page (videos and article)

Assignment #5: WHO site . . . CDC site . . . Smallpox site . . . YouTube Video (4:33)

Assignment #6: No links for this assignment.

Assignment #7: How to Eradicate Smallpox Video (5:45)

Assignment #8: The 1928 Flue Pandemic Video (6:38)

Assignment #9: Corona vs. the Flu Video (6:31)

Assignment #10: Mechanical Ventilation Video (3:25) . . . Respiratory Therapy Website . . . Optional UM College Site

Assignment #11: How Your Digestive System Works Video (4:56)

Assignment #12: Diabetes and the Body Video (8:45)

Assignment #13: Symptoms and Complications of Diabetes Video (3:51)

Assignment #14: Complications of Diabetes Video (2:33) . . . Amputations Video (1:24)

Assignment #15: Awakening the Spirit Video (11:36) . . . Valerie's Story Video (6:33)

Optional/Recommended: Stay updated on current events. CLICK HERE to watch CNN 10.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Last post for Helena High Students

NOTICE: This post and all of the older posts are from when I was teaching at Helena High School. They are not intended for my students at Hays-Lodge Pole.

The test will be 100 multiple-choice questions. Honors students will also have two essay questions (see #5 and #6 below). All of the questions on the study guide are very closely related to questions on the test.

Regular Monday schedule. We will do a Kahoot review to refresh your memory.

Zero period final from 8:20-9:40
First period final exam from 9:55-11:15
Second period final from 11:50-1:10

Third period final from 8:20-9:40
Fourth period final from 9:55-11:15
Fifth period final from 11:50-1:10

Sixth period final from 9:55-11:15
Seventh period final from 9:55-11:15

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 . . . Make sure you understand it.

3. There will be several questions to check your understanding of Moon phases. Look at the diagrams in your text (look up "moon phases" in the index to find the page number).

4. 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.

5. Honors students will have an essay question about the contribution of Henrietta Leavitt to modern astronomy. This short video will provide a good review.

6. Honors students will also have to explain "sea-floor spreading" (including the evidence for it). Text pages 209-210 and 214-216 will help.

7. Watch this 3.5 minute video to understand the scale of the universe.

8. CLICK HERE to access the Kahoot that we used to review.

9. Meghan's Quizlet.

Have a groovy summer!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 20-24 . . . the last full week of school.

Periods 1-4-5 will watch a video about the history of the telescope. Periods 3 and 6 (honors) will do an activity called "The Shape of Planetary Orbits". Honors students, if you were gone be sure to go to this website and spend some time trying all of the features.

Periods 1-4-5 will take notes as Benson explains several general astronomy topics. Periods 3 and 6 will watch a video about the history of the telescope. If you were gone, be sure to check out this interactive visual, which was created by two 14-year old boys in 2012, and watch this 3-minute video.

Periods 1-4-5 will start a star classification activity. Periods 3 and 6 will take notes as Benson explains several general astronomy topics.

Periods 1-4-5 will finish the star classification activity. Periods 3 and 6 will go over Kepler's Laws and then begin the star classification activity.

Periods 1-4-5 will begin watching the movie "Contact". Periods 3 and 6 will finish the star classification activity.

Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13-17

Attention Honors Students
There is no MESPOW this week.

Students will take notes as Benson explains "Small Solar System Bodies". If you are gone, read text pages 659-665 (honors 655-660).

We finish learning about small solar system bodies and then students will make solar system bracelets.

Wrap-up, review. Kahoot. Here are some links that may help you prepare for the test.

1. Solar System Visualizer

2. Moon Phase Animation

3. Another Moon Phase Animation.

We will watch this 10-minute video and then take the test.


Monday, May 6, 2019

May 6-10

Attention Honors Students
There is no MESPOW this week.

We will compare the physical conditions on Mars with those on Earth and then begin viewing "The Martian".

We will go over the recent Solar System assignment and scale model assignment, then continue watching the movie.

We will finish the movie.

Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains comets, asteroids, etc.

Students will take the ACT Aspire Test during class.

Monday, April 29, 2019

April 29 - May 5

Attention Honors Students
There is no MESPOW this week.

Students will take notes as Benson explains solar activity.

We will go over the scale model activity and then students will do a WS.

We will watch a video (NOVA: Asteroid).


No school due to Vigilante Parade.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April 22-26

Attention Honors Students
MESPOW this week is #48.

Students will do a WS.

Students will take notes as Benson explains Earth-Moon phenomena.

We will finish the notes and then do this Online Moon Phase Exercise.

Students will take notes as Benson explains several aspects of the Sun.

Students will do a scale model activity (Solar System).