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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????

  • Tuesday, March 24th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 3/24/2015
    Wellll I will be trying to be more active with the blog, as I have not been so good at adding updates to our class happenings!  There are probably not very many people even looking at this anymore (and I don't blame you)!
    Today, students wrapped up their Alien Offspring, emphasizing the relationship between the genes and physical appearance of parents and the offspring.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Alien Inheritance (simulating genetic inheritance)
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Alien Offspring
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  • Thursday, February 5th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 2/5/2015
    There is still time to schedule one for this evening/next Thursday (Feb. 12th)
    Over the Age of Rocks - Absolute and Relative Methods and Application of those Methods! 
    This quiz will be challenging for the students as it is solely skill based and application of things that we have been working on in class.  
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Wednesday, February 4th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 2/4/2015
    Today students completed their Faunal Succession Rock Models and we then did a review on Kahoot!  I updated the online note cards for this section to help students prep for tomorrow's quiz over the Age of Rocks.  Click on the FLASH CARDS icon to the left to practice!
    ASSIGNMENT:  Rock Blocks and Review Game
    HOMEWORK:  Study Notes, Flash Cards, and Class Lab 
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  • Tuesday, January 27th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 1/27/2015
    We finally got to work on our Radiometric Dating Lab activity in class today.  Students were to analyze various 'Samples' and make appropriate observations that allow them to accurately determine the ABSOLUTE AGE of 6 different 'Samples'.   The data collection was a bit tedious but in the end, did a great job of representing HOW we can figure out the age of certain types of rocks, fossils, etc.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Radiometric Dating Lab
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Calculations - Determine Ages 
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  • Monday, January 26th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 1/26/2015
    Happy Monday!  Today we wrapped up/reviewed our notes on HOW we can determine the RELATIVE AGE of rocks and events that characterize the rock record.  We will continue to work on practice interpreting rock layers and events in preparation for a quiz early next week.  Tomorrow we will be running through a simulation to demonstrate HOW geologists can determine the ABSOLUTE AGE of rock layers, fossils, etc.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Notes - Age of Rocks
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Faunal Succession Wkst. 
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  • Tuesday, January 6th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 1/6/2015
    Projects were due TODAY!  Given the craziness of a break in between the assignment of the project and it's due date, I was please with the near 100% completion rate!  These projects are absolutely awesome!  I will be posting some pics later this week of their creativity and hard work.  Tomorrow will be a show and tell day for the projects, very informal.
    Projects were checked for completion and submission and we wrapped up our Constructive/Destructive Force Notes.  We will be moving into another project for the end of the week, that will not be so 'freestyle' and will not require any parent stress (hopefully)!  
    ASSIGNMENT:  Notes - Constructive and Destructive Forces
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Monday, January 5th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 1/5/2015
    Welcome Back to reality!  Today students got their groups for the week and we had our much needed Pump-U-Up Monday song to welcome us back.  We reviewed the expectations for their land form project, which is DUE ON TUESDAY this week (TOMORROW)! So far they look great!
    We wrapped up class with some notes on Constructive and Destructive forces and their effects on the surface of the Earth! 
    ASSIGNMENT:  Review and Notes
    HOMEWORK:  Project and Research Due Tomorrow! 
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  • Monday, December 15th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 12/15/2014
    Today we reviewed the key aspects of the landform model that they will be constructing.  We had some technical difficulties, so the rubric and guidelines were not available to the students to take home.  We reviewed the key details to allow for adequate information to begin the brainstorming process.  We did have some time in the computer lab to a)  continue the required background research and/or b)  begin planning/brainstorming for the 'final product', which is a visual representation of their landform.
    We will have a mini quiz tomorrow over the various effects associated with the movement of the lithosphere's plates.  Information based on a web based activity that we completed at the end of last week! 
    ASSIGNMENT:  Project Intro/Planning
    HOMEWORK:  Project Research and Study Green Web Activity 
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  • Landform Project - RESOURCE

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 12/11/2014
    Below you will various resources that can be used to aid in the research of your assigned landform.  Good Luck!  
    Note:  You will likely have to find additional resources to satisfy the requirements of the worksheet.  These resources are simply a guide to get you started!
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  • Wednesday, December 10th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 12/9/2014
     Class Activity for Today - Quick Links
    Today, students navigated through an interactive website working to familiarize themselves with some of the various EFFECTS of the movement of the lithosphere's plates.  This introduction will lead into a more specific, project-based task of creating a visual representation of an assigned 'effect'.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Plate Tectonics Web-sheet
    HOMEWORK:  Finish the Web-sheet
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