I apologize for my lack of blog updates during the course of the last week. Early last week we wrapped up a movie and began notes on planetary formation. I was out of school at the end of last week unfortunately so I didn't update the assignments that we worked on in class. Today we reviewed the two assignments that we worked on (both focusing in on the visual representation of the Earth's interior).
Assignment #1 - Students conducted some background research about each of the main layers of the Earth's interior (should be a review of some sort) and then were prompted to bring in 7 household items that share a common characteristic with a specific layer or zone of the Earth that we will be focusing in on (Oceanic Crust, Continental Crust, Lithosphere, Asthenoshpere, Mantle, Outer Core and Inner Core). These assignments were due in class Today! If students did not bring in these assignments, they do have tomorrow to bring them in for partial credit.
Assignment #2 - Students began work on a Scale Model of the Earth's interior last Friday. We shrunk the Earth and its layers proportionally to get the 4 main layers of the Earth to fit on a standard, paper plate. Today we reviewed the expectations and some points of emphasis. They had the remainder of class to wrap up the construction. I will post pictures of their work, but didn't get any of the process (sorry). These models are due WEDNESDAY by the end of the school day.
HOMEWORK: Bring in 7 Items (if not already done so); Finish Scale Model (due WEDS)