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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, 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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  • Thursday, December 11th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 12/10/2014
    Today, students were introduced to their Plate Tectonic Landform Project.  Students will be conducting research to inform themselves of the processes involved in the construction of an assigned landform that results from the movement of the lithosphere's plates.  The assignment for today is directing the students' research, working to emphasize key details about THEIR landform.
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Project Background Research
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Green Web activity. 
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  • Wednesday, December 3rd

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 12/3/2014
    Please click the link below to access the NEW online practice tests that are being offered by the Ohio Department of Education.  
     
    These practice tests are being used to introduce students to the types of questions and skills that the students may be exposed to during their 8th grade state assessment.   
     
    Below is a link to the scoring guide/rubric for the 8th grade Science Performance Based Assessment (PBA).  Please feel free to review the correct responses and some of the scoring samples. 
     
    Below is a link to the scoring guide/rubric for the 8th grade Science End Of Year (EOY) Assessment.  Please feel free to review the correct responses and some of the scoring samples. 
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  • Monday, December 1st

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 12/1/2014
    Welcome Back!
    Students were challenged to sum up their mini-vacation with one word and the word choices were quite interesting!
     
    Today, we reviewed our Convection Current Mini-labs from before break and took notes, working towards a better understanding of how we believe the lithosphere's plates move!
     
    We will have a small quiz FRIDAY!  Convection Current Notes AND Section Note Cards have been updated on the website!   
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Mini Lab Reflection and Notes
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Tuesday, November 25th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/25/2014
    Students navigated through a series of mini-labs that will work as a demonstration of the various properties of liquids and gases that drive convection currents.  We will then apply our observations to the implications associated with these processes taking place in the Earth's interior.
     
    Enjoy your time with family!  
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Mini Labs - Convection
    HOMEWORK:  Eat, Sleep, Watch Football, and Shop
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  • Friday, November 21st

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/21/2014
    Today we wrapped up our analysis of our Landform and Event world map activity from earlier in the week.  We then wrapped up our class time with a topic checkpoint on Kahoot!, which is a web-based platform that allows students to use their phones/ipods to submit responses.  It was a fun way to check on our understanding (old, current, and future content) and have a bit of competition!
     
    Congrats to all of the period winners!  Have a good weekend!
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Map Analysis and Kahoot!
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Wednesday, November 19th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/19/2014
    Wellllllllllllllll I am out for the 2nd time this week with my sick daughters.  Students worked with their Plate Tectonics research details that they were collected last week.  They worked in their groups to develop categories that their details could fit into.  The goal of this was to expose them to many unique, student-gathered details as they relate to our new topic.  By developing these categories, students have to familiarize themselves with the details and analyze them to identify similarities and differences between them.  Students did well!  
     
    P.S.  Sorry for the lack of pictures lately, I lost the charger for my camera and I am working on a solution! 
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Notecard Analysis
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Tuesday, November 18th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 11/18/2014
    I was out yesterday, so we had to finish up what we started the previous week.  Today we wrapped up our anticipation guide, working to come to a full class consensus on a number of statements related to the theory of plate tectonics.  Many of the statements are worded in a way that allows for different interpretations, so our agreement was based on evidence they could find.  We defineately had some argumentative classes!  
     
    We also checked the Landform and Event map assigned yesterday that they were supposed to have finished for homework! Assignment still needs to be completed if not finished!
     
    ASSIGNMENT:  Anticipation Guide - Class Consensus
    HOMEWORK:  Finish World Map Plots (if not finished) 
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