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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????

  • Wednesday, October 15th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/15/2014
    Students have been working on a puzzle to recreate a portion of Pangea.  This assignment is due tomorrow, but we began an independent investigation of the evidence that we use as support for this idea.  Again, we are emphasizing that there is little we know for sure, BUT there is always evidence that aims to support our scientific theories!  
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  CPU Lab Investigation
    HOMEWORK:  Puzzle Activity due Tomorrow! 
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  • Monday and Tuesday, October 13th and 14th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/14/2014
    We will start off our topics associated with the Earth's changing surface with the Theory of Continental Drift.  Students are working with actual evidence to recreate a landmass referred to as Gondwanaland, which was one of two landmasses that we believe resulted after the break up of Pangea.  Students are making observations (location/type of fossils and shape of landmasses) and then drawing conclusions by inferring the past arrangement of these separate continents/landmasses.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Continental Drift Puzzle
    HOMEWORK:  Puzzle due THURSDAY! 
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  • Friday, October 10th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/10/2014
    Some of the classes finished up a follow-up activity with the seismic wave lab.  All of them worked on a Science Scattegories activity in preparation for our next topic, Continental Drift.  There was some heated competition involved, so I would say it's a success!
     
    Have a good weekend!
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Science Scattegories
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Thursday, October 9th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/9/2014
    Happy QUIZ Day!
     
    Student took an assessment on the Earth's interior and it's formation.  We will be continuing on with our content tomorrow, with an attempt at Science Scattegories!  We'll see how it goes.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Quiz
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Science Spotlight/Scattegories (already has been checked once) 
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  • Wednesday, October 8th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/8/2014
    QUIZ TOMORROW!!!
    On Earth's interior and formation (notes attached in Monday's post)
     
    We finally wrapped up our seismic wave lab, where we gathered evidence to support the idea that the Earth does in fact have layers.  Students worked with actual data, constructed their own data, and created a way to visually present their data.   Based on their findings, we made inferences based on their observations.  
     
    The purpose of the lab was to demonstrate how geologists can (and do) use seismic waves to collect information about the Earth's interior.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Seismic Wave Conclusion
    HOMEWORK:  Study notes/resources in preparation for quiz!
     
     
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  • Tuesday, October 7th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/7/2014
    Today we analyzed our graphs that we created with the goal of making observations by identifying patterns, trends, etc.  Tomorrow we will then begin to draw conclusions/make inferences based on our observations.  This is an essential skill for the students to have and yet they traditionally do not get very many opportunities to actually apply meaning to the graphs that they generally create.,
     
    Remember QUIZ on Thursday over the Earth's interior and formation.  Notes on those topics were attached in yesterday's entry.
     
    Below is a sample graph that a couple of the students made.  We used our graphs to make observations/identify patterns.  Most of the students had graphs similar to this (which they should).
     
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  • Monday, October 6th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/6/2014
    Today, we were in the computer lab for two different tasks.  Students were to finish their CPU graphs they began last week (due tomorrow) and we also played Science Scattegories (dorky version of the actual game).  They conducted some background research about a famous scientist and had to find a specific detail that fit into one of the provided categories (childhood, job, adulthood, etc.).  If they have a unique detail (no one else found it) then they get additional points.  This scientist is essential in our next topic of Continental Drift.  
     
    We have a QUIZ Thursday over the Earth's Interior and Formation.  I attached both sets of notes below.  There are also note cards and interesting links that go along with each topic in the tabs to the left of this page.  Enjoy!
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Science Scattegories
    HOMEWORK:  Submit Graph and Finish Scattegories
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  • Friday, October 3rd

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/3/2014
    Students graphed the data that resulted from our multi-day seismic wave investigation.  The graph was to be created online through a source that I chose due to it's ease of use and available options (which I am sure you do not care about).  Each graph included two sets of data/observations:  
    1)  The ACTUAL arrival times and distances of seismic waves gathered from the analysis of a collection of seismograms.  
    2)  The PREDICTED or assumed arrival times and distances calculated from a student-generated scale model based on the known speed of seismic waves in rock (approx 11 km/sec).
     
    We will analyze these graphs and work to draw conclusions/make inferences about the Earth's interior on Monday!
    FYI:  We will be having a quiz over Planetary Formation/Interior on THURSDAY next week.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  CPU Graph of Data
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Graph if not completed!
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  • Wednesday, October 1st

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/1/2014
    Over the past two days, the students have been exploring the ways that we can use seismic waves (earthquakes) to collect information/observations about the Earth's interior.  Students are predicting how the seismic waves SHOULD behave as they travel through the Earth AND also how the seismic waves ACTUALLY behave as they travel through the Earth interior.  We will be comparing both sets tomorrow/Thursday.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:   Seismic Wave Analysis
    HOMEWORK:  THEORISTS- Finish Calculations
                                 SEISMOLOGISTS- Finish Graph
     
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  • Monday, September 29th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/29/2014
    We began class reviewing the article from last week and used that as a means to begin our notes on the Earth's interior.  Students already have a basic understanding of the layers and their characteristics from the Household Earth activity from last week.  We just formalized what the students needed to have taken away from that content.  Some of the classes began a lab investigation studying seismic waves as they travel through the Earth.  This is a very informative and involved investigation that does a GREAT job of letting the students know how seismic waves can be used to give us details about the Earth's interior.  More details/pictures to follow.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Notes - Interior of the Earth and Intro to Seismic Wave Analysis
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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