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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Welcome back! January 3-6

Notice: The study guide for the semester test will be available by Wednesday. Ask Benson for a copy if you want to get an early start on studying for the final. Otherwise he will hand it out next week.

Tuesday
During the two weeks before finals week (January 17-19) students will be learning about the basic structure of the Earth and plate tectonics. Today they will watch a video titled "Magnetic Storm". If a you miss this day, get online and watch the 55-minute video HERE. As you watch, answer the questions on the WS, which can be found on this page.

Wednesday
We will go over the video and then Benson will explain the different "schools of thought" pertaining to the age of the Earth. He will also explain the structure of the Earth and paleomagnetism, and then students will do a WS titled, "Plate Tectonics". If you were gone, read text pages 233-237 (honors 249-252) and watch the video below.

Thursday
Students will watch a video titled, "Birth of the Earth".

Friday
Students will take notes as Benson explains the development of the Theory of Plate Tectonics.

Question(s) of the week: What is paleomagnetism, and how does it support the theory of plate tectonics?

Jan. 3: NOVA: Magnetic Storm
Jan. 3: The Northern Lights
Jan. 3: Northern Lights FAQs
Jan. 6: Interactive: Position of the Continents Over the Past 600 million years
Jan. 6: Interactive Plate Tectonics Map
Jan. 6: Read About Wegener's Last Expedition

Video of the Week

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 19-22 (short week)

Reminder: The optional assignment to replace your lowest non-test score for December is available upon request (ask Benson for it). It is due by the end of the week.

Monday
Benson will explain the dynamics of the Winter Solstice and then students will take notes as they learn about weather satellites. Honors students: The are no MESPOWs this week.

Tuesday
We will wrap up the unit and review for the test. As study guide will be provided. The study guide can also be printed out from Benson's teacher page.

Wednesday
Students will take the test.

Thursday
Students will make electric motors. See video below.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

December 12-16

Monday
Students will continue watching the video (Into the Storm). Attention honors students: The MESPOW for this week are #65 and #72.

Tuesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains several aspects of tornadoes. Students should read text pages 573-574 (honors 564-568). If you were gone, get a copy of the notes handout, copy it, and take a look at this interactive map of USA tornado deaths through the years.

Wednesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains how Doppler RADAR works. If you were gone, read this web page and watch this video.

Thursday
After a short introduction, students will do a map activity (The Blizzard of '93). Read text pages 567-568 (honors 558-561). If you are gone watch this presentation, then do the map activity.

Friday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains various aspects of tropical cyclones - In the USA we call them "hurricanes". Students should read text pages 575-577 (honres 570-576). If you were gone, watch this presentation and check out this animation of a storm surge. Also, watch this 3-minute video and short storm surge video.

Question(s) of the week: Warm water provides the "fuel" for tropical storms (we call them hurricanes). Explain how warm water contributes to the rain AND wind in a tropical cyclone.

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 5-9

Monday
Benson will do some demonstrations related to lightning and then we will finish the lightning video. If you miss Monday be sure to watch this 45-minute video. Attention honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #2, #58, and #114.

Tuesday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains various hazards associated with lightning and hail. If your were gone be sure to read through this web page. Get a copy of the notes handout and copy the notes you missed, and watch this 5-minute video.

Wednesday
Students will continue to take notes on a handout as Benson explains various hazards associated with thunderstorms. If you were gone be sure to read through this web page and watch watch/read all of the links below as well.

Flash Flood in Australia 2010 (YouTube)

Flash Flood in Southern Utah (YouTube)

Flash Flood in Nepal (YouTube)

Swath from Hi-Line Hail Storm Visible from Space (image and article)

Animation of Hail Formation

Watch This Microburst in Arizona (Vimeo)

Microburst Causes Blow-Down Near Butte (image and article)

Thursday
Students will do a lab related to latent heat (microbursts). If you miss this day, watch this video of the lab and the video below. Then do the make-up assignment - Click here to print a copy.

Friday
Students will take notes as Benson explains several aspects of tornadoes. If you were gone, get a copy of the notes handout, copy it, and take a look at this interactive map of USA tornado deaths through the years.

Question of the week: Explain what causes a microburst.

Watch this 15-second video!

8-30-15 - Wet Microburst Chandler Arizona from Monsoon Tracker on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 28 - December 2

IMPORTANT - The optional assignment to replace your lowest non-test score for this quarter is due on Wednesday, November 30. Periods 1-4-5 should do 1-20 page 553, periods 6-7 should do 1-9 page 547.

Monday
We will review the concepts covered on the pressure WS. Next, we will do a map activity related to high and low pressure systems, and then have a short notebook entry. If you were gone, read this web page and take a look at this Real-Time Animation of Winds in USA (Must see!). Also check this site to see current winds around the world - you should be able to identify areas of high and low pressure. Use your cursor to manipulate thed, and see what's happening in other areas. Attention honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #79 and #116.

Tuesday
We will go over the Map Activity: Prevailing Winds,and then review for the test (Kahoot!). A review sheet will also be provided.

Wednesday
Students will take the test. After the test they should read pages 564-567 (honors: 556-557).

Thursday
Students will do a lab (Understanding Fronts). If you were gone, do questions 1-7 on page 570 (honors students do "concept check" questions on page 558), and take a look at these Cold and Warm Front Animations. Also watch this Cold Front Simulation (from the lab) and this Warm Front Simulation (from the lab).

Friday
We will go over the "fronts lab", take some notes on fronts, and then start watching a video about lightning. If you were gone, take a look at these Cold and Warm Front Animations. Also watch this Cold Front Simulation (from the lab) and this Warm Front Simulation (from the lab). Watch this animation of a mid-latitude cyclone to see how an occluded front forms - watch it a couple times, and be sure to click on the little rectangle to get a side view. If you miss today and/or next Monday, be sure to watch this 45-minute video

Question(s) of the week: What is the weather like along a cold front, and why is it often more intense than weather along a warm front?

Video of the Week