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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????

  • 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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  • Wednesday, October 22nd

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/22/2014
    Today, students took a quiz on Continental Drift.  This quiz was very basic and focused on a relatively small topic (content wise, not importance wise).  This quiz is also a last chance for students to make one final push to bump up their grades before the end of the quarter (or last chance to pull their grade down).  
    HOMEWORK:  Rate of Sea Floor Spreading (finish if needed)
    ASSIGNMENT:  Quiz and Wkst. 
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  • Monday, October 20th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/20/2014
    Sorry for the delayed post!  Today, students wrapped up our notes on Continental Drift.  We will be having a small quiz over this topic on WEDNESDAY!  Below you will find a completed copy of the class notes.  There are also helpful links provided in the class notes archive!  Have a good night!
    ASSIGNMENT:  Finished C.D. Notes (some started SFS wkst)
    HOMEWORK:  Study C.D. Notes (quiz Wednesday)
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  • Friday, October 17th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 10/17/2014
    No School!  NEOEA Day!
    Students enjoy your day off!  See you Monday! 
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  • 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.
    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
    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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