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BELOW you will find a brief description of topics we discussed, homework, and any assignments collected/returned for each day's class.  The Blog entries may also contain attachments you can access from home and a picure slideshow of our daily activities. 

Please forgive any spelling/grammatical mistakes.  They are a sign of intelligence.......right????

  • Thursday, November 13th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/13/2014
    Students began/continued their Anticipation Guide over Plate Tectonics, this activity will serve as an introduction into the topic where they are diving into various statements and collecting evidence to support or reject these statements.  Most of these statements use key terms and vocab that they may not be familiar with currently.  The key thing about this assignment is that most of the statements have evidence to BOTH support and reject each statement, encouraging some healthy debate (aka Science Fighting)!  
     
    Most of my classes didn't disappoint.  How often in their lives will they ever argue their view about Plate Tectonics.........not often! 
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Anticipation Guide (Research/Group Consensus)
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Wednesday, November 12th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/12/2014
    Today was a bit more laid back since the students worked so hard on their skills assessment for as it relates to Seafloor Spreading.  The assessment took two days and as I had described before, assessed some of the skills that we emphasized as we worked with a series of evidence and data relating to the ocean floor.  We wrapped up Seafloor Spreading and connected it with Continental Drift (where we were) and how they both tie in with Plate Tectonics (where we are going).  
     
    We also checked the homework that they were assigned, which was researching 8-10 details about/pertaining to Plate Tectonics.  We will be using these details to begin our notes for this section.
     
    HOMEWORK:  If you did not finish your details, DO THEM!
    ASSIGNMENT:  Topic Wrap Up/P.T. Details 
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  • Monday, November 10th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/10/2014
    Students took Pt. 2 of their Seafloor Spreading assessment.  We got through one portion of the assessment and will wrap it up tomorrow.  We are trying a new thing with some of their assessments, working on the practical application of 'science skills'.  So far it seems to be going well!
     
    HOMEWORK:  None   
    ASSIGNMENT:  Seafloor Spreading Quiz - Pt. 2 
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  • Friday, November 7th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/7/2014
    Today, students took Pt. 1 of their two part Seafloor Spreading quiz.  Today's portion was more content based.  On Monday students will take more of a skill based assessment as it relates to some of the various skills of data analysis and observation that we have been working on in class.  Pt. 2 is not really something they can study for, as it is an assessment of the skills that we worked on in class.  Have a great weekend!
     
    HOMEWORK:  None
    ASSIGNMENT:  Quiz - Seafloor Spreading 
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  • Wednesday, November 6th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/6/2014
    Today students finished up their Seafloor Spreading Models.  These models illustrate not only how the ocean floor is constantly being added at the Mid-ocean Ridge, but also illustrates some of the observations of the ocean floor (Patterns of Rock) that are explained by the process of seafloor spreading.
     
    QUIZ TOMORROW on Seafloor Spreading!!!! 
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  • Monday, November 3rd

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/3/2014
    CONFERENCES TONIGHT!!!  We did our best to accommodate all families that wanted to meet.
     
    Today, we continued working on our Seafloor Spreading model, representing this process and some of the observations used for support (patterns of rock).  Students need to have the 'magnetic patterns' measured and colored; ready to go for class on Wednesday (no school tomorrow!!!).  We will have a quiz on SFS this Friday.  Class notes will be attached tomorrow!
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  SFS Model Construction
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Pattern Construction 
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  • Friday, October 31st

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/31/2014
    Today, students began construction for a model of Seafloor Spreading.  This model will incorporate actual data related to the ocean floor and the patterns that are created on the ocean floor that provide support for this process (too much information, I know)!  We will continue this on Monday.  Have a good weekend! 
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  SFS Model
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Wednesday, October 29th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/29/2014
    Students used actual data gathered about the ocean floor, south of Iceland as an introduction to the discovery of magnetic patterns contained within the ocean floor (probably not as cool as I think it is)!  We will use the data to make observations, similar to those made by the individuals behind the development of this theory.  
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Magnetic Data Wkst
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Iceland Wkst 
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  • Monday, October 27th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/27/2014
    Students were assigned/introduced to their new groups and tables today during our Pump You Up Monday request.  As for class, we had a number of assignments to wrap up and review.  A bulk of our time was our Science Scattergories activity (like the game, but dorkier) with the subject of our research being Harry Hess.  Students were awarded points for unique details about this important geologist's life.  We also checked the ocean floor profile from last week for completion/accuracy.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Science Scattergories and Ocean floor Profile
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Thursday and Friday, October 23rd & 24th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/23/2014
    Over the past two days, students have been working with various sets of actual data, to help them create a profile (side view) of different regions of the sea floor.  The purpose of this lab investigation is to use actual data (similar to what would have been collected before sea floor spreading supported) to make observations and draw conclusions.  The initial observations of the ocean floor were VERY different than what they expected, which lead to further investigation and evidence to support sea floor spreading (it always has to start somewhere)!
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Ocean Floor Mapping
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Atlantic and Pacific Profile  
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