Friday, February 17, 2017

February 21-24

NOTE: The monthly optional "replacement assignment" for periods 1-4-5 is 1-22 on page 303. Honors students - Your "replacement assignment" is 1-10 on pages 292-293 of your text. Optional replacement assignments are due the last day of the month.

Monday
No school today.

Tuesday
Periods 1-3-4: We will go over a recent lab and then students will do a WS.

Wednesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains weathering and erosion. If you were gone, it is important that you read chapter 5 in your text (Honors - chapter 4), and watch this animation - 5 parts.

Thursday
Students will watch a video about the Alps.

Friday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains sedimentary rocks. If you were gone, read pages 76-79 (Honors 62-68). Also read these web pages: Montana coal - Madison limestone - Eagle sandstone - Belt formation

PowerPoint Presentation - Weathering and Erosion
Washington Mudslide Interactive
Mass Wasting in Gates of Mountains
Mass Wasting in Jackson Hole
Mt. Rushmore Facelift
Photos of March 2011 Rockslide Near Billings
Rockslide Caught on Camera in Tennessee
Cleaning Lichens from Mt. Rushmore in 2005
Formation of the Himalayas
Coal Mine Near Colstrip
Thursday: Eagle Sandstone
General Article About Limestone
Madison Limestone
An Ice Cave in the Madison Limestone
The Belt Supergroup
(YouTube Video) Virtual Tour of a Wyoming Strip Mine
Montana Coal Mine
Montana's Oldest Rocks
Chief Mountain
Sea Creatures in Glacier Park?

Video of the week . . .

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 13-17 . . . Test on Thursday!

Monday
We will review several topics covered last week, and then spend some time examining various types of igneous rocks.

Tuesday
Students will do a group activity related to igneous rocks. If you were gone, read text pages 72-74 and do questions 1-7 on page 74 (honors read 57-60).

Wednesday
We will return and go over several recent assignments/labs, and review for the test (Kahoot). A study guide will be provided. The photo below may be helpful in preparing for the test.

Thursday
Students will take a test.

Friday
Students will do a lab titled, Frost Wedging. (If you were gone, click on the link and follow instructions.)

Question of the Week: Crown Butte is made of an igneous rock called "porphyry". Explain how this rock formed.

Longer Video (13-min) about Alex Honnold Climbing
Excellent Video About Hiking Onto Half Dome
Ringing Rocks

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 6-10

NOTE: The monthly optional "replacement assignment" (for period 1, 3, 4) is 1-22 page 303. Your score on this will replace your lowest non-test score so far. Honors students - Your "replacement assignment" is 1-10 on pages 292-293 of your text.

Monday
We will go over several concepts from last week, and then students will take notes as Benson explains several aspects of mineral formation.

Tuesday
Students will watch a video. If you were gone, you can watch the video here..

Wednesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains "plutonic formations". If you were gone, read through the Crown Butte Virtual Field Trip and then take a look at this animation (4 parts). Read pages 295-297 (honors 276-280).

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various types of igneous rocks. Read 70-74 (honors pages 55-58).

Friday
Students will do a lab to determine the density of different types of igneous rocks.

Question of the week
If plutonic formations form beneath the surface, why can they be found standing above the surface today?

Click on the links below to see many resources related to this unit.

Plutons Animation
Benson and Daughter Climb Devils Tower (photo album)
Igneous Rocks Pictures

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 30 - February 3

The optional assignment that can be done to replace your lowest non-test score for the quarter is available: Periods 1-4-5: Do 1-22 on page 303. Periods 6-7: Do 1-10 on pages 292-293. The optional assignment is due by the end of February, but it can be handed in at any time.Monday
Students will continue taking notes as Benson explains various hazards associated with volcanism. See links below if you were gone.

Tuesday
Period 1-4-5 students will watch a video called Earth's Deadliest Eruption. Period 6-7: Benson will explain 3 great eruptions. Read this if you were gone. MESPOWs for this week (honors) are 71, 80, and 89.

Wednesday
Period 1-4-5: Benson will explain 3 great eruptions. Period 6-7 students will watch a video called Earth's Deadliest Eruption.

Thursday
Students will do a lab to called "Magma and Lava". If you were gone, read pages 70-74 and do questions 1-7 page 74 (Honors: Read 55-60 and do 1-7 p. 62).

Friday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various types of volcanic formations. If you were gone copy the notes (handout) from a classmate.

Question of the week
How can geologists determine whether an igneous rock formed from lava that cooled above the surface, or from magma that cooled beneath the surface?

Click on the links below to see many resources related to this unit.

Mt. St. Helens Lava Dome

Monday/Tuesday: Deadliest Eruptions of All time

The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens

Benson's Three Days of Hiking - St. Helens and Rainier

Mt. Rainier Mudflow (future)

Bodies at Pompeii

Collection of Photos: Bodies at Pompeii

Krakatau Tsunami (1883)

Ship Survives Krakatau Tsunami (1883)

Ashfall Fossil Site in Nebraska

Mazama Ash near Helena

Yellowstone Volcano Explained by the Scientist-In-Charge

Misconceptions about the Yellowstone Volcano

Monday/Tuesday: The Elkhorn Volcano (near Helena)

Time-Lapse of Mt. St. Helens Lava Domes 2004-2008 (1:26)

Short Time-Lapse of Mt. St. Helens Lava Dome (00:07)

Animation of Mt. St. Helens Lava Domes (00:12)

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 23-27: Second Semester Begins!

Monday
We will discuss the semester grades, and then students will be given time to start an assignment (WS: Intro to Volcanism). Attention honors students: MESPOW this week is #111.

Tuesday
Periods 1-4-5 students will take notes (on handout) as Benson explains basic concepts related to volcanoes. If you were gone, take a look at this animation. Periods 6-7 students will do a lab - "What happened at Lake Nyos?" If you are gone, read this and watch this video.

Wednesday
Periods 1-4-5 students will do a lab - "What happened at Lake Nyos?" If you are gone, read this and watch this video. Periods 6-7 students will take notes (on handout) as Benson explains basic concepts related to volcanoes. If you were gone, take a look at this animation.

Thursday
Periods 1-4-5 will watch a video - "Mystery of the Meagavolcano". If you were gone, be sure to watch it HERE. Periods 6-7: Benson will explain various hazards associated with volcanoes as students take notes. If you were gone, take a look at this photo album.

Friday
Periods 1-4-5: Benson will explain various hazards associated with volcanoes as students take notes. If you were gone, take a look at this photo album. Periods 1-3-4 will watch a video - "Mystery of the Meagavolcano". If you were gone, be sure to watch it HERE.

Question of the week: What are the three basic types of volcanic activity? Provide an example of each.

Interactive: Three Types of Volcanism
What happened at Lake Nyos?

Video of the Week

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 17-19 - Finals Week!

Notice: The optional assignment for January is 1-17 page 275 (honors 1-10 p. 222-223). This will replace your lowest non-test score for the quarter. If you get it in by January 19, it will apply to second quarter. If you get it in by January 31, it will apply to third quarter.

Monday
No school

Tuesday
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

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

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

Friday
No school for students.

Video of the Week

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 9-13

Notice: The optional assignment for January is 1-17 page 275 (honors 1-10 p. 222-223). This will replace your lowest non-test score for the quarter. If you get it in by January 19, it will apply to second quarter. If you get it in by January 31, it will apply to third quarter.

Monday
Students will take notes (on handout) as Benson continues to explain Plate Tectonics. Attention honors students: No MESPOWs this week.

Tuesday
We will watch a video about the Mariana Trench. If you miss this class, be sure to watch it online: Video: Deepest Place on Earth (43 minutes)

Wednesday
Students will do a group problem-solving activity related to the movement of tectonic plates.

Thursday
We will review several concepts related to plate tectonics, and then Benson will explain the different types of geology that takes place at different types of plate boundaries.

Friday
Benson will tell students about the test, provide a review sheet, and then we will do a Kahoot review.

Question(s) of the week: What is a zone of subduction, and what are the various features and activities that take place there?

Sea-Floor Spreading Animation
What makes the plates move?
Interactive: Position of the Continents Over the Past 600 million years
Interactive Plate Tectonics Map
Read About Wegener's Last Expedition
Journey to the Deepest Place on Earth
Animation of a Hot Spot

Video of the Week