Sunday, September 23, 2018

September 24-28

Reminder: 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. Honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #27 and #58 - read them both and then pick one to do the WS with.

Monday
Students will do a "Map Activity: USA Drainage Basins". If you miss the map activity, get a copy of the packet from Benson, watch the PowerPoint here, and complete the packet.

Tuesday
We will review several topics and then students will be given time to finish the map activity that we started yesterday.

Wednesday
Benson will be gone today. Students will watch Salmon: Running the Gauntlet (52-minute video). Note: Skip the intro and start at the 2-minute mark.

Thursday
Students will learn about several Montana water issues and start a "Montana Rivers Map Activity".

Friday
After we watch a couple short videos, students will continue working on the Montana Rivers Map Activity. If you were gone, watch this video and then watch this one too.


Friday, September 14, 2018

September 17-21

Reminder: If things go according to plan, the first test will be on Friday. 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 1-4-5 the September replacement assignment is 3-6 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
Classes are a bit shorter today due to early release (every Monday). Students will take some notes as Benson explains a situation related to the "oceanic conveyor belt", and then students will watch a 25-minute video. If you missed class today, be sure to watch the first 25 minutes of this video.. Attention honors students - The MESPOWs for this week are #31 and #46. 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 only 2 additional questions on your test. The topics of those two questions will be the ocean conveyor belt . . . (read this also) and the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. CLICK HERE to access the Kahoot review that we did in class today.

Friday
Students will take a test. After the test students in periods 1-4-5 will work individually on a worksheet related to our next unit. Periods 3-6 students should read text pages 138-143.

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!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 10-14

Reminder:
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 1-4-5 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
Students will watch a video about ocean currents.

Tuesday
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).

Wednesday 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 448-453 (honors 426-433).

Thursday
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.

Friday
Students will take the ACT Aspire Test during class today.

Monday, September 3, 2018

September 4-7

Monday
No school!

Tuesday
We will go over the recent "pre-quiz" (not graded), watch a 14-minute video, Benson will do a demonstration, and then students will be given time to finish the Montana Map Activity.

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

Thursday
Students will do a WS as Benson issues books.

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

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

Video of the Week

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Welcome, class of 2022!

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 29 - 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 30
After a brief introduction, students will do a "Montana Map Activity".

Friday, August 31
Benson will go over rules and expectations and then students will be given a pre-quiz (not graded). After that they will have time to finish the Map Activity from yesterday.

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, May 27, 2018

May 29 - June 1

NOTE: The monthly optional "replacement assignment" for period 1, 4, 7 is questions 1-25 on page 669 The replacement assignment for periods 3 and 6 is 1-8 page 661-662. Your score on this will replace your lowest non-test score so far. Get it in by the end of the day on May 31 (Thursday).

Monday
No school.

Tuesday
Benson has jury duty, so students will answer questions as they watch a video called "Invisible Universe Revealed". If you were gone watch it HERE.

Wednesday
We will finish the video and then students will be given time to work on their review sheets for the semester test.

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains the life cycles of stars. Gone? Read pages 707-714 (honors 693-699).

Friday
Benson will tell students about the test and then we will play a KaHoot Review Game. For other review resources, check out the links below. Good luck on finals!

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 Moon phases.

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

5. 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.

Question of the Week
What can we see (Hubble Space Telescope) that indicates there is a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy?

Groundwater Basics
Water Cycle Tutorial
Interactive Water Cycle Graphic
Berkeley Pit in Butte
Septic Systems