Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 26-30

IMPORTANT - Period 1-4-5 students have one week to come in (before school, at lunch, or after school) to make corrections on their tests. They can use their notes and handouts. Honors students can make corrections if their score was less than 70%, and can only raise their score to 70%.

Monday
Students will do a lab called "Burning Up the Atmosphere". Honors students: MESPOWs for this week are #1 and #29. Read them both carefully and choose one to do with the WS.

Tuesday
We will discuss several factors that influence the flight of a baseball or football. If you were gone, carefully read this web page and pages 479-480 in your text (honors pages 466-467). Students will listen and take notes as Benson explains "The Hole in the Ozone Layer". If you were gone, get a copy of the notes handout and copy the notes from a classmate, read this web page and watch the video of the week below.

Wednesday
Benson will show students a demonstration, and then students will continue to take notes and learn about the hole in the ozone layer. If you were gone, copy the notes from a classmate and read this web page and be sure to select the arrow to watch the change over several years.

Thursday
We will do a quick review and then students will do an introductory lab activity to help them understand experimental design.

Friday
We will have a notebook entry and then Benson will explain the UV Bead Project. Watch this video -> How the Sun Sees You Students will have time to start working on their projects. Here is a description of the project-> UV Bead Project

Question(s) of the week: What causes the hole in the ozone layer to appear over Antarctica every September through November? Why does the hole affect the rest of the world?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 19-23

Reminder: If things go according to plan, the first test will be on Thursday.

Monday
Classes are a bit shorter today due to early release (every Monday). 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. 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
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.

Wednesday
Students will watch a video related to oceanography.

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 4 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!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 12-16 . . . First full week of school.

NOTICE: Every month I offer an "optional replacement assignment" that students can do to replace their lowest non-test score so far that quarter. For periods 1-4-5 that assignment is 1-6 p. 427, 1-5 p. 432, 1-4 p. 437. For periods 6-7 (honors) the optional replacement assignment is 1-9 p. 420. It is due on September 30, but the sooner you get it in, the sooner it will help your grade.

Monday
Classes are a bit shorter today due to early release (every Monday). Benson will give some papers back today and go over them. Students will also have a notebook entry - The topic will be "salinity". Periods 1-4-5 should read text pages 448-453, periods 6-7 should read pages 426-433. Honors students will have a MESPOW that is due SOC on Friday (read 110 and do 25).

Tuesday
We will be doing a lab today. The WS that goes with the lab is due SOC Wednesday. If you miss the lab, watch this YouTube Video and complete the WS (Lab: The Briny Deep is available from Benson)

Wednesday
Students will listen and take notes as Benson does a presentation on ocean currents. If you were gone, get the notes handout and then copy the notes from a classmate. Also, be sure to carefully read pages 448-454 (honors read pages 426-433). Finally, watch the video of the week below.

Thursday
Reminder: Open House at HHS tonight - In class today we will review some recent assignments/concepts and then students will watch a 26-minute video about the Ocean Conveyor Belt. If you were gone watch this short YouTube video and read this web page. Finally, watch this 26-minute video.

Friday
Students will take notes as Benson explains "the Ocean Conveyor Belt". Then we will will watch a video about El Nino (a topic to be covered in more detail next week). If you were gone, copy the notebook entry from a classmate and watch this YouTube video and read the text beneath the video.

Question of the week: In the ice-water lab, why did the temperature of the salty water get colder than that of the fresh-water by making come of the ice melt?

VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

Monday, September 5, 2016

September 6-9

Reminders

1. Thursday is "school picture day".

2. The first meeting of the HHS Outdoors Club will be Friday during lunch in Benson's room.

3. The "Freshman Tail-Gating" event is Friday at the football stadium from 6-7 pm. HHS freshmen get free food, a free T-shirt, and free admission to the game.

Tuesday
We will discuss the recent pre-quiz (not graded), and then Benson will go over guidelines and expectations for the course. Students can use remaining time to work on the MT Map Activity or the WS from Friday.

Wednesday
We will be doing a lab today. The WS that goes with the lab is due SOC Thursday. The lab will provide a good review of "density", which will be an important concept as we begin to learn about ocean currents next week.

Thursday
Students will do another lab today to help them understand how salt affects ice-water. This will also be important as we begin to learn about ocean currents.

Friday
Students will watch a video as Benson issues textbooks.

Question of the week: In the ice-water lab, why did the temperature of the salty water get colder than the fresh-water? Hint: It had something to do with melting.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Welcome to the Class of 2020!

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 will 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 notification when posts 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 webpage.

Tuesday, 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.

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

Thursday, September 1
Students will take a quiz (not graded) to assess their science background, and then be given time to finish the map activity from yesterday.

Friday, September 2
Benson will be gone today. Students will do a worksheet.

Attention Honors Students - Part of being an honors students is figuring out how to find information and figure some things out on your own. Below are some links that will help with the last few questions on your map activity. Use your Internet searching skills to access other resources!

1. The Wilderness Society

2. Montana Wilderness Association

3. Wilderness FAQs

4. Rules of Thumb for Wilderness Areas

Click on the map below for a larger view of Montana's 15 designated wilderness areas.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 31 - June 3 . . . Last post for the 2015-2016 school year!

NOTE: The monthly optional "replacement assignment" for period 1, 3, 4 is questions 1-23 on page 725. The replacement assignment for periods 6-7 is available here. Your score on this will replace your lowest non-test score so far. Get it in by the end of the day on June 3.

Monday
No school.

Tuesday
We will go over a couple solar system topics and then learn some basic things about the Sun.

Wednesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains several astronomy topics.

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 do this KaHoot Review Game. A study guide will be provided. For other review resources, check out the links below. Good luck on finals!

Click here to print a copy of the study guide for the semester final. - Benson will provide you with a copy on Friday.

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.

7. Attention Honors students - The topic of one of your essay questions will the Northern Lights and the topic of the other one will be the Bakken formation.

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?