Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20-24

Monday
Students will take notes as they learn about Montana Earthquakes. If you were gone, get a copy of the handout, copy the notes, and carefully read each of the links below that are marked with an asterisk(*). Honors students - MESPOWs for this week are 31, 35, 46.

Tuesday
Period 1-3-4 students will watch a video (Ultimate Earthquake) and periods 6-7 will take notes on a handout (Earthquake Hazards).

Wednesday
We will review for the test and then play a Kahoot review game. Attention honors students - The topics for the two level-2 questions on the test will be . . . the earthquake/tsunami of 1700, and radiocarbon dating.

Thursday
Test

Friday
We will start a lab (Porosity) - to be continued after spring break.

Alaska Earthquake Video
Tsunami Animation
Tsunami Demonstration (Oregon State Lab)
Impressive Video of 2004 Tsunami
Animation of 2004 Tsunami
Tsunami Tutorial Video
*Montana's Greatest Earthquake Disaster
*Earthquake Destroys Helena High in 1935
Photos of Damage from the 1935 Helena Earthquakes
*Helena Has Its Faults
Major Quake Hits Japan
Japan's Earthquake Warning System Explained
Before and After Photos of Tsunami Damage in Japan
30-Foot Wall no Match for Tsunami

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 13-17

Monday
Benson will be gone. Students will do a worksheet.

Tuesday
Period 1-4-5 students will learn about the basics of earthquakes as they take notes on a handout. If you were gone, read chapter 7 - Honors students will have time to work on their Science Circus Projects.

Wednesday
Period 1-4-5 students will do "epicenter location problems". Period 6-7 students will learn about the basics of earthquakes as they take notes on a handout. If you were gone, read chapter 7 - Honors read chapter 8.

Thursday
Periods 1-4-5 will learn about earthquake hazards. Periods 6-7 will do earthquake epicenter problems.

Friday
Students will watch a video called "Ultimate Tsunami".

Wednesday: Largest Earthquakes by Magnitude since 1900
Wednesday: YouTube explains Moment Magnitude Scale

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 6-10

If you were gone Friday
Students did a station to station activity related to recent topics. If you are gone (or aren't happy with your score) periods 1-4-5 do "Reviewing Content" 1-10 on page 89 (honors do 1-10 on page 78-79).

Monday
Benson will explain "relative age" and "absolute age", and then students will do a WS: Principles of Geology. If you are gone, go to this website and print out a copy . Do it!

Tuesday
We will go over the "station to station activity", watch a short video, and then finish the "Rock Cycle Activity" from last week. If you were gone watch this 26-minute video.

Wednesday
Benson will explain how radiometric dating works, and then students will do an assignment called "Dating Deep Blood Kettles". If you were gone . . .
1. Watch the video posted below.
2. Read this web page: Radiometric Dating at a Bison Kill Site
3. Print out the "Radiometric Dating Assignment" handout here or get a copy from Benson.
2. View the PowerPoint Presentation. Do as instructed.

Thursday
We will go over several concepts related to the "Principles of Geology" WS as we correct the WS in class.

Friday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains basic concepts related to earthquakes.

Video of the Week

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 27 - March 3

Monday
Students will watch a video called "The Day the Mesozoic Died". If you were gone, watch it here. Honors students: The MESPOWs are #73, and #103.

Update: I tweaked my back while shoveling snow Monday morning, and had to take a "sick day" Tuesday. So, students will watch a video about the Grand Canyon on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, the Link Crew will be coming in to do a presentation. -Benson

Thursday
Students will do an activity to help them understand the rock cycle. If you were gone, carefully read pages 67-69 (honors pages 52-54) and take a look at this animation.

Friday
Students will do a station to station activity related to recent topics. If you are gone, periods 1-4-5 do "Reviewing Content" 1-10 on page 89 (honors do 1-10 on page 78-79).

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
We will go over a recent lab and then students will do a WS. Honors students: There are no MESPOWs this week.

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