Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 18-22 . . . Test on Friday!

Reminder: If things go according to plan, the first test will be on Friday. If you missed class on Friday, be sure to watch this video. Watch this one too.

Monday
Classes are a bit shorter today due to early release (every Monday). We will go over the recent "Briny Deep Lab" and then watch a 30-minute video about El Nino. If you miss class, watch the video HERE. Attention honors students - The MESPOWs for this week are #8 and #49. Carefully read both of them and then decide which one you want to the the worksheet with. The MESPOWs are due SOC on Friday.

Tuesday
Benson will explain the phenomenon known as "El Nino" and then students will work start a map activity related to El Nino. Ask Benson if you need help. Also, watch this short video.

Wednesday
Students will listen and take notes as Benson explains several concepts related to plankton. Students will have some time to complete the map activity from yesterday. If you were gone, copy the notebook entry from a classmate, read this web page and watch this video.

Thursday
We wrap things up and review for the test tomorrow. Students will be given a review sheet, and we will do a Kahoot review in class. Attention honors students - You will have 2-3 additional questions on your test. The topics of those questions will be the density lab, the ocean conveyor belt (read this also), the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and MESPOW #25.

Friday
Students will take a test. After the test they will work individually on a graph activity related to our next unit.

Question of the week: What is El Nino?
(What causes it? What happens in the Pacific Ocean during an El Nino? Why does it affect the path of storms?)

Click here to see the VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

Friday, September 8, 2017

September 11-15

Reminders:
1. Open house for parents starts at 6 pm Thursday night.

2. Every month Benson offers an optional "replacement assignment" that students can to do replace their lowest non-test score so far. It is due by the end of the month, but can be turned in at any time. For periods 1-4-7 the September replacement assignment is 1-6 page 427, 1-5 page 432, and 1-4 page 437. For periods 3-6 (honors) the assignment is 1-9 pages 420-421.

Monday
Benson will return the labs from last week and go over them, etc. Students will also take notes as Benson explains "salinity". If you miss this class read this web page, copy the notes from a classmate, and watch the video below.

Tuesday
Benson has to attend meetings off-campus in the morning, so period 1-3-4 students will have a substitute teacher today (video). Period 6-7 students will be doing a lab today (The Briny Deep). If you were gone, get a copy of the handout, copy the notes from a classmate, and read text pages 4448-453 (honors 426-433). If you miss the lab, get a copy of the lab handout from Benson, watch this Briny Deep Lab Video, and complete the handout (you will need your book).

Wednesday

Period 1--3-4 students will be doing a lab today (The Briny Deep). If you miss the lab, get a copy of the lab handout from Benson, watch this Briny Deep Lab Video, and complete the handout (you will need your book). Period 6-7 students will take notes day as Benson explains "ocean currents". If you were gone, get a copy of the handout, copy the notes from a classmate, and read text pages 4448-453 (honors 426-433).

Thursday
Period 1-3-4 students will take notes day as Benson explains "ocean currents". If you were gone, get a copy of the handout, copy the notes from a classmate, and read text pages 4448-453 (honors 426-433). Period 6-7 students will watch the video that periods 1-3-4 watched on Tuesday.

Friday
Period 1-3-4 students will review the lab, watch a 15-minute video about the Ocean Conveyor Belt, and then take notes (brief). If you were gone read this web page.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September 5-8

Monday
No school!

Tuesday
Honors students: Your Montana Map Activity is due at the start of class today. Benson will go over rules and expectations and then students will be given time to finish the WS from last Friday.

Wednesday
All of Benson's classes will be doing a "Density Lab" today.

Thursday
All of Benson's classes will be doing a lab today ("How does salt affect ice-water?)

Friday
Students will watch a video while Benson issues books. If you miss class, watch this video.

IMPORTANT - The "Freshman Tail-gating" event will take place this evening at the football stadium. Listen to announcements for details. . . free T-shirt, free food, free admission to the football game (HHS vs. Hellgate).

Video of the Week

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Welcome class of 2021!

I hope everyone had a GREAT summer! I look forward to getting to know all of you, and I am excited about the upcoming school year. This site will be used to keep students and parents updated on what's happening in class. I plan to add a new post (plan for week, resources, etc.) before the start of of each school week. If you (students, parents, etc.) would like to receive the posts when they are added, select Posts (Atom) below and provide your information. Thanks!

Here are some tidbits to get you started . . .

1. www.bengalfrosh.com is a useful site that provides links to the web pages of HHS teachers who teach freshmen. Not all teachers have web pages, but this provides a convenient way to access all of the sites that are available. The teacher sites should be updated by September 1st.

2. I am one of the advisers for the HHS Outdoor Club. CLICK HERE to see our Facebook Page. We meet at noon every Friday (starting after Labor Day).

NOTE: Check out other "Important Links", which will always be available on the right side of this web page.

Wednesday, August 30 - Bengal Beginnings Day
Freshmen will participate in orientation activities in the morning. In the afternoon, they will go to each of their classes for about 10 minutes.

Thursday, August 31
Students will do a "Montana Map Activity".

Friday, September 1
Benson will gone today (competing in a trail race at Big Sky), so there will be a guest teacher. Students will do a worksheet.

The following links will be needed by honors students to complete their Montana Highway Map Activity.

1. The Wilderness Society

2. Montana Wilderness Association

3. Wilderness FAQs

4. Map of Montana's 15 designated wilderness areas

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: