Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 28 - October 2

We will have a notebook entry and then Benson will explain the UV Bead Project. Watch the video below. After Benson explains the project, students will have time to start planning their projects. Here is a description of the project-> UV Bead Project. Honors students: Only one MESPOW for this week (#18).

Benson will review the UV bead project, and then students will be given these 3 period to work on the project. Projects are due at the start of class on Friday.

Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains concepts related to the global warming issue. If you were gone, get a copy of the notes handout, copy the notes from a classmate, and watch this short video. Also, take a look at this interactive graph and watch this video. Finally, watch this video.

Question(s) of the week: The vast majority of climate scientists believe that the current climate change is caused (in part) by humans. Not everyone agrees with the scientists. According to scientists, what are we doing to cause the world to get warmer? Explain how they think is causing our atmosphere to trap heat.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 21-25: Test Scores are Posted in PowerSchool

Reminder: Students can come in this week (Tuesday-Friday) on their own time (before school, lunch, after school) to make corrections on their tests. Honors students can only do this if they scored below 70/100 - and they can only raise the score to 70/100.

Classes are a bit shorter today due to early release (every Monday). Benson will be gone today, so students will do a worksheet. Honors students: MESPOWs for this week are #1 and #29. Read them both carefully and choose one to do with the WS.

Students will do an introductory lab activity related to the composition of the atmosphere.

Students will listen and take notes as Benson explains "The Hole in the Ozone Layer". To download/view the presentation, go to Benson's teacher page and select the link titled, "Click Here to Download PowerPoints". If you were gone, get a copy of the notes handout and fill in the notes as you view the presentation. Also read this web page, and watch the video of the week below.

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. Be sure to select the arrow to watch the change over several years. Also, read this page and watch the video below.

Students will do an introductory lab activity to help them understand experimental design.

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?