Sunday, December 9, 2018

December 10-14

Optional Replacement Assignment
The optional assignment is due on December 21. Your score on this assignment can be used to replace your lowest non-test score. For periods 1-4-5, do 1-20 page 527. For periods 3-6, do 1-7 and 9-14 on pages 519-520. Attention honors students - The MESPOWs for this week are #43 and #62.

Monday
We will go over a couple activities from last week and then students will be given time to work on a worksheet. Here is a link to the video that explains how to make a cloud with your mouth: VIDEO.

Tuesday
Students will do a lab titled, "What's the Recipe for a Cloud?". If you were gone, watch this video and then watch this one also.

Wednesday
Students will take notes on a handout. If you were gone, carefully read this web page and watch this video.

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains concepts related to atmospheric pressure (demo included). If you miss this class watch this Can Crush Demo (YouTube video), and ask Benson for a copy of the notes. Read text pages 532-533 (honors 526-528).

Friday
After a quick review of recent topics, Benson will do a demonstration and then students will do a "can-crush" activity. If you miss this class, watch this Fountain Demo (YouTube video) and check out the other links listed below.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

December 3-7

Optional Replacement Assignment
This is due on December 21. Your score on this assignment can be used to replace your lowest non-test score. For periods 1-4-5, do 1-20 page 527. For periods 3-6, do 1-7 and 9-14 on pages 519-520.

Monday
Students will take a test (atmosphere topics). After the test read text pages 504-509 (honors 490-496). Attention honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #61 and #96.

Tuesday
Students will do a lab related to humidity.If you were gone, do "Reviewing Concepts" questions 1-6 on page 509 (honors do "Concept Check" questions on page 492 and 498.

Wednesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains humidity topics.

Thursday
We will do a Kahoot to review humidity concepts, and then students will do a lab to find out what the relative humidity is today. If you were gone, watch this video.

Friday
Students will take notes and watch demonstrations as Benson explains the basics of "cloud formation". If you were gone get a copy of the notes handout, copy the notes from a classmate, and watch the video below. If you were gone, watch this video AND the one at the bottom of this web page. Here's a link to the video about how to make a cloud with your mouth: Check it out!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

November 27 - December 1

Optional Replacement Assignment
This is due on November 30. Your score on this assignment can be used to replace your lowest non-test score. For periods 1-4-5, do 1-20 page 499. For periods 3-6, do 1-12 page 485. Attention honors students: The MESPOW for this week is #124.

Monday
We will review some important concepts from last week, and then students will take notes as Benson explains acid rain. If you were gone, watch this video and then watch this one too.

Tuesday
We will finish watching the video "From the Ashes" (2017 National Geographic).

Wednesday
We will go over the recent "WS: Temperature" and then students will take notes as Benson explains temperature inversions. If you are gone, copy the notes and carefully read this web page (does not open on mobile devices).

Thursday
Benson will have a sub, so students will work on the study guide.

Friday
We will review for a test on Monday (atmosphere topics).

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Carbon Cycle Base Camp

1. Carbon Cycle Processes (web page)

2. What's the deal with Carbon? (video 3:03)

3. Scapegoat Mountain (web page)

4. Ashgrove (web page)

5. Fossil Fuels 101 (video 2:42))

6. Deforestation (video 2:48)

7. Ocean Acidification (video 2:51)

8. What you can do about climate change (video 9:59)

9. Carbon Footprint (video 2:00)

10. Climate Science: What you need to know. (video 6:12)

11. Dear Future Generations (video 6:02)

12.Carbon Cycle Summary (web page)

12.What if all the ice melted? (video 5:50)

Carbon Cycle Diagram

Sunday, November 18, 2018

November 19-21

Optional Replacement Assignment
This is due on November 30. Your score on this assignment can be used to replace your lowest non-test score. For periods 1-4-5, do 1-20 page 499. For periods 3-6, do 1-12 page 485.

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

Tuesday
Students will watch the first half of a video called "From the Ashes" (2017 National Geographic). Unfortunately I cannot find it online.

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Carbon Cycle Base Camp

1. Carbon Cycle Processes (web page)

2. What's the deal with Carbon? (video 3:03)

3. Scapegoat Mountain (web page)

4. Ashgrove (web page)

5. Fossil Fuels 101 (video 2:42))

6. Deforestation (video 2:48)

7. Ocean Acidification (video 2:51)

8. What you can do about climate change (video 9:59)

9. Carbon Footprint (video 2:00)

10. Climate Science: What you need to know. (video 6:12)

11. Dear Future Generations (video 6:02)

12.Carbon Cycle Summary (web page)

12.What if all the ice melted? (video 5:50)

Carbon Cycle Diagram

Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 12-16

Optional Replacement Assignment
This is due on November 30. Your score on this assignment can be used to replace your lowest non-test score. For periods 1-4-5, do 1-20 page 499. For periods 3-6, do 1-12 page 485. Attention honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #18 and #104.

Monday
We will review some important concepts from last week, and then students will finish the Carbon Cycle Packet. It is due at the start of class tomorrow.

Tuesday
We will go over the recent graph activity and then 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 this video,and 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. Then watch this 4.5-minute YouTube video. If you would like to know more about skin cancer, click here. Also watch this video -> How the Sun Sees You.

Thursday
We will do a lab to help students understand the heating of land and water.

Friday
We will go over the Carbon Cycle packet, and then students will watch a 20-minute video about "Ocean Acidification".

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Carbon Cycle Base Camp

1. Carbon Cycle Processes (web page)

2. What's the deal with Carbon? (video 3:03)

3. Scapegoat Mountain (web page)

4. Ashgrove (web page)

5. Fossil Fuels 101 (video 2:42))

6. Deforestation (video 2:48)

7. Ocean Acidification (video 2:51)

8. What you can do about climate change (video 9:59)

9. Carbon Footprint (video 2:00)

10. Climate Science: What you need to know. (video 6:12)

11. Dear Future Generations (video 6:02)

12.Carbon Cycle Summary (web page)

12.What if all the ice melted? (video 5:50)

Carbon Cycle Diagram

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November 5-9: Second quarter begins!

Optional Replacement Assignment
This is due on November 30. Your score on this assignment can be used to replace your lowest non-test score. For periods 1-4-5, do 1-20 page 499. For periods 3 and 6, do 1-12 page 485.

Monday
After a brief introduction, students will do a WS.

Tuesday
Students will take notes during a presentation on climate change (aka "global warming"). Periods 1-4-5 should read pages 602-603. Periods 3-6 should read 594-601. Also, check out this climate change graphic and watch this 2.5 minute YouTube Video.

Wednesday
Students will work on a graph activity - "Climate Data from the Past".

Thursday-Friday
Students will be working on a Carbon Cycle Activity.

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Carbon Cycle Base Camp

1. Carbon Cycle Processes (web page)

2. What's the deal with Carbon? (video 3:03)

3. Scapegoat Mountain (web page)

4. Ashgrove (web page)

5. Fossil Fuels 101 (video 2:42))

6. Deforestation (video 2:48)

7. Ocean Acidification (video 2:51)

8. What you can do about climate change (video 9:59)

9. Carbon Footprint (video 2:00)

10. Climate Science: What you need to know. (video 6:12)

11. Dear Future Generations (video 6:02)

12.Carbon Cycle Summary (web page)

12.What if all the ice melted? (video 5:50)

Carbon Cycle Diagram

Monday, October 29, 2018

October 29 - November 2

Attention honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #1, #8, and #49.

Monday
Students will take a test (hydrology, glaciers, ice ages). After the test, students should read text pages 476-482. (honors 462-467).

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%.

Tuesday
Students will do a lab called "Burning Up the Atmosphere". If you were gone, periods 1-4-5 should do questions 1-10 on page 499 . . . periods 3-6 should read 472-477 and do questions 1-2 on page 478.

Wednesday
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 do a graph activity. It is due at the start of class tomorrow.

Thursday-Friday
Students will be watching the documentary "Chasing Ice".

Video of the Week

Monday, October 22, 2018

October 22-26

The optional assignment for October (to replace your lowest non-test score) is 1-21 page 183 (Honors - Do the following questions from your text: p. 120 #2, p. 122 #1, p. 125 #3, p. 127 #1-3, p. 129 #3, p 130 #1, p. 132 #1, p. 134 #1-3).

Attention honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #101, #115, and #123.

Monday
Benson will explain a couple current issues related our hydrology unit and then students will be given time to complete their crossword puzzle from last week.

Tuesday
We will take notes on a handout called "Ice Ages". Honors students who were gone should read the text section titled "Causes of Glaciation" (pages 174-177)..

Wednesday
We will watch a video: America's Ice Age - If you were gone, watch it here (43 minutes).

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various ways that the last ice age impacted Montana.If you miss this class, go to this site and read each of the following: 12, 24, and 33, and watch this 18-minute video.

Friday
We will review for the test, which will be on Monday.

Attention honors students: The topics for the two essay questions will be . . .

1. The Upper Tenmile Watershed (Helena's primary source of water) - Where is it? How do we manipulate it (structures, time of year, storage, etc.)? CLICK HERE for a review resource (does not open on mobile devices).

2. The Berkeley Pit - What is wrong with the water, and how did it get that way. CLICK HERE for a review resource (does not open on mobile devices).

Below: Important Links - Be sure to check them out if you missed class.

Glacial Landforms
Striations
Milankovitch Cycles
Ice Ages changed the Missouri River
Flathead Lake
Snake Butte in North-Central Montana

Question of the Week: What caused the formation of Glacial Lake Missoula, and how did the outburst floods cause the Scablands of Washington?

Video of the Week

Monday, October 15, 2018

October 15-17 . . . No school on Thursday and Friday!

The optional assignment for October (to replace your lowest non-test score) is 1-21 page 183 (Honors - Do the following questions from your text: p. 120 #2, p. 122 #1, p. 125 #3, p. 127 #1-3, p. 129 #3, p 130 #1, p. 132 #1, p. 134 #1-3).

Attention honors students: There are no MESPOWs this week due to the short week.

Monday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various aspects of glaciers. If you were gone read pages 188-198 (honors 158-171).

Tuesday
We will watch a video: Snowball Earth - If you were gone, watch it here (43 minutes).

Wednesday
Students will work in groups on a crossword puzzle.

Monday, October 8, 2018

October 8-12

The optional assignment for October (to replace your lowest non-test score) is 1-21 page 183 (Honors - Do the following questions from your text: p. 120 #2, p. 122 #1, p. 125 #3, p. 127 #1-3, p. 129 #3, p 130 #1, p. 132 #1, p. 134 #1-3).

Monday
Students will take notes as Benson explains various Helena area water resources. If you miss this class, read this webpage, get the notes handout, watch this PowerPoint Presentation, and watch the video of the week below.

Tuesday
Students will watch a short video (watch the "video of the week" below), and then they will do a lab (Porosity and Permeability).

Wednesday
Students will take notes on "Groundwater Issues". If you were gone, get a copy of the notes handout, copy the notes from a classmate, and watch this video.

Thursday
We will take a quick look at Hurricane Michael, go over the recent map activity, and then students will watch a video (The Last Extinction). If you were gone, watch it HERE.

Friday
We will go over a recent lab, and then students will finish watching the video.

Video of the Week

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October 1-5

The optional assignment for October (to replace your lowest non-test score) is 1-21 page 183 (Honors - Do the following questions from your text: p. 120 #2, p. 122 #1, p. 125 #3, p. 127 #1-3, p. 129 #3, p 130 #1, p. 132 #1, p. 134 #1-3).

Honors students - MESPOWs are due next Tuesday (NOT Friday) #68 and #120 (read them both, pick one to do with the WS).

Monday
We will watch this 24-minute video and then go over the "Map Activity: USA Drainage Basins", and then Benson will explain several concepts related to surface water. If you were gone, watch the video.

Tuesday
Counselors from the guidance department will be working with students in class today all period.

Wednesday
Students will take notes on a handout (Groundwater). If you were gone, read pages 171-180. Also, watch this video.

Thursday
Students will do a map activity called "Helena Area Watersheds". If you were gone, get the make-up assignment from Benson.

Friday
We will go over the Montana Rivers Map Activity, take notes on the "Water Cycle", and then students will finish their map activity from yesterday.

The Great Falls of the Missouri
Watershed of the Yellowstone River
Milltown Dam
Triple Divide Peak
Island Watershed Project
Oxbow Lakes
SNOTEL Sites

Video of the Week

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. It is due at the start of class on Thursday.

Wednesday
Benson will be gone today. Students answer questions on a worksheet as they 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.


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

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?

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14-18

Monday
We will review Moon and Sun phenomena, and then begin watching "The Martian". If you were gone, take a look at these : Moon phase animation and Moon phases this month and Tides Animation

Tuesday
We will continue watching "The Martian".

Wednesday
We will go over solar system topics, including Keppler's Laws. If you were gone, check theses out: Best Ever Scale Model of the Solar System (7-minute video) and take a look at this: Kepler's Laws Animations.

Thursday
Students will do a lab. Honors students who miss the lab should do 1-12 on pages 631-632. Period 1-4-7 students who miss the lab should do 1-25 on page 669.

Friday
Students will continue watching "The Martian". Check this out: Nine things the movie got right or wrong.

Interesting Links

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:

Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7-11

Monday
We will look at a couple current events and then go over a recent WS (Earth Motions)..

Tuesday
Students will take the ACT Aspire Test and then do this Online Moon Phase Exercise (very good). UPDATE 5/9/18 - Many of you are reporting that the online activity isn't working. When I get back to school Thursday, I will tell you what to do.

Wednesday
Benson will be gone. 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.

Friday
Students will watch a video "Eclipse Over America" and then take notes as Benson explains "solar cycles".

Interesting Links

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:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 23-27

The optional assignment for periods 1-4-7 is 1-20 page 243. For periods 3-6 it is 1-11 pages 252-253 (due on the last day of the month).

Monday
Students will be constructing rockets. Rockets are due by the end of the day on Friday.

Tuesday
Students will be constructing rockets. Rockets are due by the end of the day on Friday - Hopefully we will launch them next week.

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
We will finish watching the video and then Benson will explain the Apollo missions. If you were gone, watch the video below.

Friday
Benson will have a sub, so students will do a worksheet.

Interesting Links

NASA's YouTube Channel

Brief History of Animals in Space

Video of the week:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 16-20

Attention Honors students - To review for the two essay questions, you should watch this short video: The Earthquake/Tsunami of 1700, and read this page Radiocarbon Dating (does not open on mobile devices).

The optional assignment for periods 1-4-7 is 1-20 page 243. For periods 3-6 it is 1-11 pages 252-253 (due on the last day of the month).

Monday
We will review for the test. CLICK HERE to access the Kahoot that we played in class today.

Tuesday
Students will take the test and then start watching a movie called "October Sky".

Wednesday
Benson will explain the historical context of the movie and then we will continue watching it.

Thursday
We will finish the movie.

Friday
Students will begin making rockets (to be continued next week).

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 9-13

Honors students - the MESPOW for this week is #15. The optional assignment for periods 1-4-7 is 1-20 page 243. For periods 3-6 it is 1-11 pages 252-253 (due on the last day of the month).

Monday
Students will watch a video called "Himalayan Megaquake".

Tuesday
Students will finish the video and then do some epicenter problems. If you were gone, do the "Virtual Earthquake Activity" HERE, print out your answer sheet (or write your answers on your own sheet of paper) and hand it in .

Wednesday
Benson will go over several aspects of earthquakes. If you were gone, watch this video. Also watch this one.

Thursday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains various earthquake hazards. If you were gone, watch this Tsunami Animation and this Tsunami Demonstration (Oregon State Lab).

Friday
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 have an asterisk (*).

*Montana's Greatest Earthquake Disaster
*Earthquake Destroys Helena High in 1935
*Helena Has Its Faults
Major Quake Hits Japan
Japan's Earthquake Warning System Explained
Before and After Photos of Tsunami Damage in Japan

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 3-6

Tuesday
We will go over the recent station to station activity, and then start watching a video called "The First Face of America". If you were gone, read this article.

Wednesday
We will finish the video and then go over the recent WS.

Thursday
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.

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

Video of the Week

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 19-23

Monday
Students will watch a video called "The Day the Mesozoic Died". If you were gone, watch it here (33 minutes, scroll down once the site opens). Honors students: The MESPOWs are #73, #56, and #117.

Tuesday
Freshmen and seniors do not have school today due to CRT and ACT testing for sophomores and juniors.

Wednesday
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), get a copy of the handout, and go through at this Rock Cycle Presentation Complete the handout.

Thursday
Benson is scheduled for jury duty, so he will may be gone today. However, trials are often cancelled, so he may end up being here. Students will do a worksheet - Principles of Geology.

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)

Scroll down and select "Older Post" to see last week's post.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 12-16

Periods 1-4-7: Your optional "replacement assignment" for March is 1-22 on page 303. It is due on March 23. It will replace your lowest non-test score. Also, remember that after every test, you have a week to come in and make corrections before school, at lunch, or after school.

Monday
Students will do a worksheet.

Tuesday
Benson will have a sub today. Students will watch a video.

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 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

Friday
Students will be listening to a guest speaker in the Little Theater.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 5-9

Periods 1-4-7: Your optional "replacement assignment" for March is 1-22 on page 303. It is due on March 23. It will replace your lowest non-test score. Also, remember that after every test, you have a week to come in and make corrections before school, at lunch, or after school.

Monday
We will review several topics covered last week, and then spend some time examining various types of igneous rocks.

Tuesday
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. This is the KHOOT that we played in class today.

Wednesday
Students will take a test.

Thursday
Students will do a lab titled, Frost Wedging. (If you were gone, click on the link and follow instructions. Does NOT open on mobile devices.)

Friday
Period 1-4-7 students will take notes. Honors students will have the period to work on their Science Circus Projects.

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 25, 2018

February 26 - March 2

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. Honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #89, #115, and #117.

Monday
Students will take notes as Benson explains several types of volcanic formations.

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.

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 20-23

The optional assignment that can be done to replace your lowest non-test score for the quarter is available: Periods 1-4-7: Do 1-17 on page 275. Periods 3-6: Do 1-10 on pages 292-293. The optional assignment is due by the end of February, but it can be handed in at any time.

Tuesday
Students will continue taking notes as Benson explains various hazards associated with volcanism. See links below if you were gone.

Wednesday
Students will watch a video called Earth's Deadliest Eruption.

Thursday
Students will do a lab to called "Magma and Lava". If you were gone, read pages 70-74 and do questions 1-7 page 74 (Honors: Read 55-60 and do 1-7 p. 62).

Friday
Benson will explain 3 great eruptions.

Click on the links below to see many resources related to this unit.

Mt. St. Helens Lava Dome

Monday/Tuesday: Deadliest Eruptions of All time

The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens

Benson's Three Days of Hiking - St. Helens and Rainier

Mt. Rainier Mudflow (future)

Bodies at Pompeii

Collection of Photos: Bodies at Pompeii

Krakatau Tsunami (1883)

Ship Survives Krakatau Tsunami (1883)

Ashfall Fossil Site in Nebraska

Mazama Ash near Helena

Yellowstone Volcano Explained by the Scientist-In-Charge

Misconceptions about the Yellowstone Volcano

Monday/Tuesday: The Elkhorn Volcano (near Helena)

Time-Lapse of Mt. St. Helens Lava Domes 2004-2008 (1:26)

Short Time-Lapse of Mt. St. Helens Lava Dome (00:07)

Animation of Mt. St. Helens Lava Domes (00:12)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 12-16

Monday
We will review for the test tomorrow. Honors students: The MESPOW for this week is #80. HERE is the link to the Kahoot that we played in class today.

Tuesday
Students will take a test (storms and plate tectonics). After the test students should read 280-286 (honors 282-287).

WednesdayStudents will do a lab - "What happened at Lake Nyos?" If you are gone, read this and watch this video.

Thursday
Students will watch a video - "Mystery of the Megavolcano". If you were gone, be sure to watch it HERE.

Friday
Periods 1-4-5: Benson will explain various hazards associated with volcanoes as students take notes. If you were gone, take a look at this photo album.

Interactive: Three Types of Volcanism
What happened at Lake Nyos?

Video of the Week

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5-9

Monday
Students will take notes as we go through a timeline of the Theory of Plate Tectonics. Honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are 20 and 93

Tuesday
We will watch a video called "Magnetic Storm" - If you were gone, watch it HERE and write a 1 paragraph summary. Hand it in upon return.

Wednesday
Students will do a group problem-solving activity.

Thursday
Benson will explain differences in geologic activity at various types of plate boundaries, and then he will explain the upcoming Science Circus.

Friday
Students will watch a video called "Birth of the Earth". If you are gone, get a copy of the WS and answer the questions as you watch the video HERE.

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29 - February 2

Monday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains various aspects of tropical cyclones - In the USA we call them "hurricanes". Students should read text pages 575-577 (honors 570-576). If you were gone, watch this presentation and check out this animation of a storm surge. Also, watch this 3-minute video and short storm surge video.

Tuesday
Benson will explain the Super-Blue-Lunar Eclipse (website). Students will watch a video about Hurricane Sandy. If you were gone, watch it on YouTube.

Wednesday
We will finish the video and then read an article about the possible influence of global warming on hurricane intensity. If you were gone, get the article from Benson and write a 1-paragraph summary of the article (3 points possible).

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains the theory of Plate Tectonics. If you were gone, read text pages 248-261 (honors 194-200).

Friday
Students will watch a video called "The Deepest Place on Earth." If you were gone, watch it on YouTube.

Question(s) of the week: Warm water provides the "fuel" for tropical storms (we call them hurricanes). Explain how warm water contributes to the rain AND wind in a tropical cyclone.

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22-26

Monday
Students will do a worksheet.

Tuesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains several aspects of tornadoes. Students should read text pages 573-574 (honors 564-568). If you were gone, get a copy of the notes handout, and copy it.

Wednesday
Students will watch this 43-minute video.

Thursday
Students will take notes as Benson explains how Doppler RADAR works. If you were gone, read this web page and watch this video.

Friday
After a short introduction, students will do a map activity (The Blizzard of '93). Read text pages 567-568 (honors 558-561). If you were gone watch this presentation, then do the map activity.

Friday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains various aspects of tropical cyclones - In the USA we call them "hurricanes". Students should read text pages 575-577 (honres 570-576). If you were gone, watch this presentation and check out this animation of a storm surge. Also, watch this 3-minute video and short storm surge video.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 15-19 is Finals Week!

Monday
No school

Tuesday
Zero period final from 8:20-9:40
First period final exam from 9:55-11:15
Second period final from 11:50-1:10

Wednesday
Third period final from 8:20-9:40
Fourth period final from 9:55-11:15
Fifth period final from 11:50-1:10

Thursday
Sixth period final from 9:55-11:15
Seventh period final from 9:55-11:15

Friday
No school for students.

Attention honors students: The topics of the essay questions are as follows . . .

1. El Nino - See Map Activity from last fall and/or read text page 543-545

2. Chinook Winds - read MESPOW #61

3. The Greenhouse Effect - See notes handout from last fall and/or read text page 477

4. Temperature Inversions - See MESPOW #18

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 8-12

Monday
Students will watch a video about lightning. Attention honors students: The MESPOWs for this week are #2 and #114.

Tuesday
Students will take notes on a handout as Benson explains various hazards associated with lightning and hail. If your were gone be sure to read through this web page. Get a copy of the notes handout and copy the notes you missed, and watch this 5-minute video.

Wednesday
Students will continue to take notes on a handout as Benson explains various hazards associated with thunderstorms. If you were gone be sure to read through this web page and watch watch/read all of the links below as well.

Flash Flood in Australia 2010 (YouTube)

Flash Flood in Southern Utah (YouTube)

Flash Flood in Nepal (YouTube)

Swath from Hi-Line Hail Storm Visible from Space (image and article)

Animation of Hail Formation

Watch This Microburst in Arizona (Vimeo)

Microburst Causes Blow-Down Near Butte (image and article)

Thursday
Students will do a lab related to latent heat (microbursts). If you miss this day, watch this video of the lab and the video below. Then do the make-up assignment - Click here to print a copy.

Friday
We will take some notes on fronts, and then review for the test. If you were gone, take a look at these Cold and Warm Front Animations. Also read text pages 564-567 (honors 556-557). Here is a link to the Kahoot review: KaHoot!

Question of the week: Explain what causes a microburst.

Watch this 15-second video!

8-30-15 - Wet Microburst Chandler Arizona from Monsoon Tracker on Vimeo.

Monday, January 1, 2018

January 2-5

Tuesday
Students will watch a video about WWII balloon bombs (related to the jet stream), and then review several concepts covered in December. If you were gone watch this video, read this Wikipedia page, carefully read this web page, and carefully read this one also.

Wednesday
Students will take notes as Benson explains several aspects of jet streams.

Thursday
Students will have a short notebook entry and then do a map activity (jet streams).

Friday
Students will do a map activity (Highs and Lows) and then take notes.

Weather Balloon Launch
Jet Streams Video
Image of current jet streams

Video of the Week