Today: Field Trip Announcement and “Making North America” video

I explained the field trip NEXT WEDNESDAY to OMSI and handed out permission slips.


We then spent the rest of the class finishing the video started on Friday.

Video Link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/making-north-america.html#north-america-origins

Homework: Finish “Plate Tectonics Project” worksheet #4 through question #4.


In class students worked on worksheet #4 for the Plate Tectonics Boundaries project. Students should have finished through PART 3 on that assignment. That includes defining the different boundaries using the textbook.

HOMEWORK: FINISH PART 3 of WORKSHEET 4. Here is a copy of the sections  needed in the book: Boundary Types


Today: Discovering Plate Boundaries Project

Today in class the students worked on PART 4 of our plate tectonics project. They completed their identification and description of several plate types. Tomorrow we will work on matching those types with plate boundaries described in the textbook.


WORKSHEETS: DPB Project Worksheet 4



Topic: Discovering Plate Boundaries Project

In class students worked in their “specialty groups” to analyze data that supports the theory of plate tectonics and continental drift.

Homework: Finish worksheet if not done.


LINK TO MAPS: http://plateboundary.rice.edu/downloads.html

Monday 4.2 and Tuesday 4.3

Topic: Discovering Plate Boundaries

Monday we launched a project aimed at giving students the data which supports the theory of continental drift and plate tectonics. Within the project, students take on a specific role as either a volcanologist, seismologist, geochronologist, or physical geographer. They then began to research and take notes on what that type of scientist does.

Tuesday groups finished up their research into their scientific specialty. They then shared there notes with other specialists, providing each student with a basic overview of the roles of each scientific specialty.

Homework: Finish the first project worksheet if not done yet.

Worksheet link


Today: Inside Earth Intro

We watched a Bill Nye episode to get an introduction to the inside of Earth and then continued to work on the “Juice Cocktail” lab activity. We discussed how to explain density and liquid layering without using the words “density” or “dense.”

HOMEWORK: Video notes – 3 notes and 1 question  for each box on the video notes sheet.

Bill Nye Earth’s Crust Video



Today: Measuring  Density of Liquids

We collected data for our “Fruit Juice Cocktail”  activity. The purpose of this activity is to understand how materials of different density behave relative to each other. Students who missed class will need to see me to get the data we collected and  experience collecting the data themselves.

HW – none.


In class today we completed the “Igneous Rock Classification” activity.

HOMEWORK: Finish “Igneous Rock Classification” assignment if not done.

Ignious Rock Classification Assignment

3/12/18 – Update after absences

I was absent for several days last week, first caring for my sick kid (he’s better now). I was gone Friday to chaperone the science fair club field trip. While I was gone, students worked on the following:

TUESDAY – Video on types of rocks. The link below should be accessible with your school Google login. (not turned in, keep for notes)


Notes Sheet: Rock Types Video Notes

WEDNESDAY – Sorting rocks activity to explore the concept that rocks are sorted based on their physical characteristics. These characteristics relate to how they formed. (not turned in, keep for notes)

Rock Types Observation

THURSDAY – Reading notes on igneous rock. Classifying igneous rock activity (not finished)

FRIDAY – Rock crystallization activity (not finished).

MONDAY – Rock crystallization activity (finished and turned in). Then continuing “classifying igneous rock” activity (not finished).

Pelican Spider!