Science



"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science."
-Edwin Powell Hubble


Daily Summaries:

Thursday, 6/5/14:

Update: Today we completed the summative assessment for the UWC unit. 

HW:  Think about ideas for your earthquake tower design!

If you were absent, you need to make up the summative. Email Mrs. Utynek to set up a time. Your choices are tomorrow (Friday) at LR or Monday after school.


Wednesday, 6/4/14:

Update: Today we completed an application quiz over air pressure on Schoology. 

HW:  NH :)

If you were absent, see Mrs. Utynek when you return. 


Tuesday, 6/3/14:

Update: Today we finished our weather data graphs and worked with our table to observe patterns within them.

HW:  Read pages 108-111 by Wednesday.

If you were absent, we will catch you up tomorrow. 


Monday, 6/2/14:

Update: Today we created graphs on Google Spreadsheet using our weather data. 

HW:  Read pages 108-111 by Wednesday.

If you were absent, your group should have shared their data graphs with you. If so, please take a look. If not, we will catch you up tomorrow. 


Friday, 5/30/14:

Update: Today we made clouds!! (Inquiry 6.1 and 6.2)

HW:  Weather data & cloud observations due Monday - Links can be found on the Resources Page!

If you were absent, print the "Inquiry 6.1/6.2 Observation Notes" in the attachment section. You can see a video of our inquiry on Mr. Ower's website. :) Thanks, Mr. Ower!


Thursday, 5/29/14:

Update: Today we practiced reading weather maps. 

HW:  Weather data & cloud observations are due Monday - Links can be found on the Resources Page!

If you were absent, complete Student Sheet 6.4 using the weather maps on pages 96-97 in your online textbook. 

Wednesday, 5/28/14:

Update: Today we started a weather data collection chart that we will update everyday for 6 days!

HW:  Weather data & cloud observations for Day 2 AM & PM and Day 3 PM - Links can be found on the Resources Page!

If you were absent, print the "L6 Weather Data Table" chart and use the links on the Resources page to complete Day 2 AM & PM tonight and Day 3 AM tomorrow morning. You can get the data for Day 1 tomorrow in class from your lab table. If you are confused, please come see Mrs. Utynek FRIDAY during recess!


Friday & Tuesday, 5/23/14 - 5/27/14:

Update: We reviewed what we learned about vortexes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. We then applied our learning to answer application questions about severe weather situations via a team raffle. 

HW:  Check the portal! Do you have any missing assignments? Want to fill out and "oops slip" or use a blue ticket?? Now's the time!!

If you were absent, review/read through the ALL of the "L2 Notes and Discussion Slides". Be sure your notebook page 39 and your prediction map are updated. You do not need to copy down the weather questions on the last slide.



Wednesday, 5/21/14:

Update: We completed Inquiry 2.1 today. We made a vortex column and talked about how and why it works! 

HW:  NH :)

If you were absent, check out the video below. Update your notebook (page 39) with the "L2: Vortex Observations" notes in the attachment section. 

Vortex Model:

Vortex.MOV







Tuesday, 5/20/14:

Update: We read pages 30-37 and 88-93 on storms and completed worksheet 2.1 in class. We also updated our prediction maps (on notebook page 34) for tornadoes and hurricanes. 

HW:  Finish worksheet 2.1

If you were absent, complete the assignment in the "Update" above. Student Sheet 2.1 can be found in the attachment section below. 


Monday, 5/19/14:

Update: We took the notebook quiz and read pages 86-87 in our textbooks. 

HW:  Finish worksheet 5.1 from Friday - Convection in the Air (pages 80-81 may be helpful)

If you were absent, read pages 86-87 in the online textbook. You will make up your Notebook Quiz on WEDNESDAY during recess. Email Mrs. Utynek to let her know that you need a pass. 

Friday, 5/16/14:

Update: Today we discussed the Convection Currents we saw in the lab from yesterday and then applied it to the reasoning for land and sea breezes. 

HW: 

1.) Finish worksheet 5.1 - Convection in the Air (pages 80-81 may be helpful)

2.) Notebook Quiz MONDAY!! See the Resource page for a "Table of Contents" for pages 30-38 in your notebook. Mrs. Utynek will be available at recess Wed-Fri if you need assistance. 

If you were absent, read the L5 Discussion notes from today (5/16) and pages 80-81 in your online textbook. Complete Student Sheet 5.1b from the attachment section below. 


Thursday, 5/15/14:

Update: Today we finished the final part of Inquiry 5.1 where we tested ice water and a candle (representing two very different surface temps) in the Convection Tubes. We also looked at the Wind Map again to see if we could predict where the cold front (from Tuesday's discussion) was located now.

HW: Notebook Quiz MONDAY!! See the Resource page for a "Table of Contents" for pages 30-38 in your notebook. Mrs. Utynek will be available at recess Wed-Fri if you need assistance. 

If you were absent, watch the videos from part three of I5.1 below and add your observations to your notebook, page 38. 

Ice Water vs. Hot Candle

IMG_0172.MOV


IMG_0172 copy.MOV




Tuesday, 5/13/14:

Update: Today we looked at weather maps and discussed what caused yesterday's thunderstorm and how the temperature has changed so much in the past few days (hint.air masses and fronts!) We also ran part two of Inquiry 5.1.

HW: Notebook Quiz MONDAY!! See the Resource page for a "Table of Contents" for pages 30-38 in your notebook. Mrs. Utynek will be available at recess Wed-Fri if you need assistance. 

If you were absent, we will catch you up on Thursday. (There is no science class tomorrow due to testing.)


Monday, 5/12/14:

Update: Today we took a few notes on Air Masses and began Inquiry 5.1 on convection currents in the air. 

HW: Notebook Quiz MONDAY, MAY 19th!! See the Resource page for a "Table of Contents" (to be posted Tuesday - please check back!) 

If you were absent, print or write the "Air Mass Notes" on page 37 in your notebook. The notes can be found in the attachment section below. You can catch up on the lab tomorrow. 


Friday, 5/9/14:

Update: Today we discussed what we learned this week from our readings and our labs with regards to the effect that surface temperature has on the air above it. 

HW: NH! :) 

If you were absent, READ the discussion notes from today. The attachment is called "Inquiry 4 Discussion - 5/9" and can be found in the attachment section below. 


Thursday, 5/8/14:

Update: Today we ran part two of Inquiry 4.2 which investigated how surface temperature affects the movement of air in our atmosphere. 

HW: NH! :) 

If you were absent, check out the video below. It shows how the air (highlighted with smoke) moves above a warm surface (the hot water). DRAW the air inside the tube on your observation page in your notebook. How is it behaving? What does it look like? Your may use arrows and labels if needed. 

Air Movement Above a Warm Surface:

Warm Air Movement.MOV


Wednesday, 5/7/14:

Update: Today we ran part one of Inquiry 4.2 which investigated how surface temperature affects the movement of air in our atmosphere. 

HW: Everything below is due TOMORROW!!!!

1.) Finish L3 Reflection Questions (pg. 45, #1 A-E) on the back of your line graph.

2.) Read pages 46-49 and write 5 "gist" notes on page 35 in your notebook. 

3.) Finish your Atmospheric Event Prediction Map from last week. Include your predictions for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and ice melt in four different colors. This is Student Sheet 1.2b in the attachment section below. This goes on page 34 of your notebook. 

If you were absent, use the "Inquiry 4.2 Observation-pg. 37" attachment below to guide you in setting up your notebook. (You may also just print it if, especially if you do not have your notebook at home!) Yes, you should draw the convection tube with the ice in it just like Mrs. Utynek did! Next, check out the video below. It shows how the air (highlighted with smoke) moves above a cold surface (the ice). DRAW the air inside the tube on your observation page in your notebook. How is it behaving? What does it look like? Your may use arrows and labels if needed. 

Air Movement Above a Cold Surface:

Cold Air Movement.MOV





Tuesday, 5/6/14:

Update: Today we ran Inquiry 4.1 which investigated how surface temperature affects the temperature of the air in our atmosphere. 

HW: Everything below is due Thursday!!!!

1.) Finish L3 Reflection Questions (pg. 45, #1 A-E) on the back of your line graph.

2.) Read pages 46-49 and write 5 "gist" notes on page 35 in your notebook. 

3.) Finish your Atmospheric Event Prediction Map from last week. Include your predictions for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and ice melt in four different colors. This is Student Sheet 1.2b in the attachment section below. 

If you were absent, read through Inquiry 4.1 on pages 61-63 in your online textbook so that you have an understanding of what we did today. You can get the data from your group when you return. 


Monday, 5/5/14:

Update: We analyzed patterns in our line graphs from last week's Inquiry and discussed how soil and water absorb heat differently. 

HW: Everything below is due Thursday!!!!

1.) Finish L3 Reflection Questions (pg. 45, #1 A-E) on the back of your line graph.

2.) Read pages 46-49 and write 5 "gist" notes on page 35 in your notebook. 

3.) Finish your Atmospheric Event Prediction Map from last week. Include your predictions for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and ice melt in four different colors. This is Student Sheet 1.2b in the attachment section below. 

If you were absent, begin working on the HW listed above. Mrs. Utynek's discussion notes for the L3 Reflection Questions can be found in the attachment section below. It is called "L3 - Inquiry Discussion". 

Friday, 5/2/14:

Update: We created line graphs using our data from Inquiry 3.1 on heating and cooling.

HW: Finish your line graph!

If you were absent, create a double line graph (using the "Inquiry Master 3" graphing sheet from the attachment section below). Use the data given in the chart below to create the graph.


Wednesday & Thursday, 4/30/14 - 5/1/14:

Update: We prepped and ran Inquiry 3.1 to test the heating and cooling rates of soil and water. 

HW: None - unless you have a 2-liter bottle for me :) 

If you were absent, see Mrs. Utynek when you return!


Tuesday, 4/29/14:

Update: Today we discussed our ideas about how the characteristics of our planet may play a role in the weather and climate patterns we experience. We also began predicting where certain atmospheric events are common. 

HW: Read pages 9-12 in your online UWC textbook.

If you were absent, print "Student Sheet 1.2b" from the attachment section below. Read through the "UWC L1 PP" pdf, and be sure to read the notes that are included with each slide. It will have you complete both the GS and a map activity for this lesson. You will need your notebook and colors!


Monday, 4/28/14:

Update: Today we cleaned out the XPT materials from our folders. We also got back graded work and discussed the summative from Friday. 

HW: Log on to the online textbook for our new unit (UWC) and email Mrs. Utynek if you can't get to it. 

If you were absent, check Powerschool and the ABSENT file (when you return) for your graded work. Also, organize your science folder by cleaning out all the materials from the XPT unit. You should save anything that has a grade on it and recycle the rest. (UNLESS you need to still take the Summative from Friday.)


Thursday, 4/24/14:

Update: Today we "built" the three types of volcanoes using sand and wax….a.k.a. rock fragments and lava!

HW: Bring your science notebook and folder to class TOMORROW for the XPT Summative!

If you were absent, check out the pictures below and answer the following questions on page 33 in your notebook. Use last night's reading and HW sheet to help you!

            1.)  Which type of volcano was modeled in the  “Volcano #1” procedure? Why?

            2.)  Which type of volcano was modeled in the  “Volcano #2” procedure? Why?

            3.)  Which type of volcano was modeled in the  “Volcano #3” procedure? Why?

Volcano #1 - Made from layers of hot, flowing lava oozing from the ground!


Volcano #2 - Made from alternating layers of hot flowing lava and explosive rock fragments!

Volcano #3 - Made from layers of explosive rock fragments from thick magma!

All three volcanoes compared to each other!





Wednesday, 4/23/14:

Update: Today we finished the reflection questions for Inquiry 12.1 on lava flow. 

HW: Read pages 166-169 and complete the "Volcano Types" worksheet from the attachment section below. 

If you were absent, you need to answer the "L12 Reflection Questions" (found in the attachment section below) and turn them into Mrs. Utynek. Use the TEAM data graph that is part of the pdf to help you answer the questions and as evidence. 


Tuesday, 4/22/14:

Update: Today we calculated average data and finalized our lab report/google doc for yesterday's inquiry.

HW: NH :)  

If you were absent, check out what your group added to the google doc!


Monday, 4/21/14:

Update: Today we ran Inquiry 12.1 and collected our data. 

HW: NH :)  

If you were absent, your group will catch you up tomorrow!

Wednesday, 4/16/14:

Update: Today we began designing our own inquiry to test lava flow for L12. We came up with our dependent and independent variables, and each group got assigned a variable to test. Groups then began planning for their materials and procedures. We will continue planning tomorrow and conduct the inquiry on Monday!

HW: NH :)  Unless you owe me the L11 Final Reflection (attached below).

If you were absent, your group should have shared a google doc with you where they started preparing their lab procedure. You should open it up and take a look at what they have done so far!


Tuesday, 4/15/14:

Update: Today we turned in the  L11Final Reflection. Then we sorted pictures of volcanoes based on their observable properties and began investigating our materials for the Inquiry 12.1 - Types of Volcanoes. 

HW: NH :) Unless you owe me the L11 Final Reflection (attached below).

If you were absent, observe the Volcano Pictures linked here. Sort them into categories based on their observable features. Record your ideas and reasoning on page 32 in your notebook.


Monday, 4/14/14:

Update: We worked on the "L11 Final Reflection" (in the attachment section below) for last week's inquiries. We discussed how each description (there are three) should have at least 3 sentences of claim/reasoning/evidence, making the final draft at least 9 sentences. The rubric can be found on Schoology linked to the assignment. 

HW: L11 Final Reflection due tomorrow!! (Email Mrs. Utynek if you need an extension due to Passover.) Reflection may be hand written, typed and printed at home, or submitted via Schoology. Sheet 11.1 will also be due tomorrow. 

If you were absent, complete the "L11 Final Reflection". 

Friday, 4/11/14:

Update: We finished the reflection questions for Inquiry 11.1 and began the "L11 Final Reflection" (in the attachment section below) for this week's inquiries. You will have Monday's class to work on the final reflection, and it will be due on Tuesday. 

HW: NH :) 

If you were absent, complete question #12 (A-E) from pg 146 on the BACK of Sheet 11.1. If you want, you can also begin thinking about the "L11 Final Reflection" mentioned above. It can be found in the attachment section below. 


Thursday, 4/10/14:

Update: We completed Inquiry 11.2 - Volcanic Landscapes. Videos and pics can be seen below!

HW: Due tomorrow! Read pages 116-119 and complete a T-Chart (comparing the positive and negative effects of volcanoes) on page 31 in your notebook. 

If you were absent, check out the pics and video below of today's activities. We will discuss our observations tomorrow!

Hot lava flow - Flat surface:


Hot lava flow - Cold Water:

Cold water pour video.MOV




Wednesday, 4/9/14:

Update: We completed part two of Inquiry 11.1 - Volcanic Landscapes. Videos and pics can be seen below!

HW: Due Friday! Read pages 116-119 and complete a T-Chart (comparing the positive and negative effects of volcanoes) on page 31 in your notebook. 

If you were absent, complete the observation column for "Hot Magma" on Inquiry Master 11.1 using the videos and pictures below. 

Hot Magma 1 - "Push":

Hot Magma Push.MOV


Hot Magma 2 - "Drain":

Hot Magma Drain.MOV


Magma pushed in to soil:

Magma pushed further in to soil:

Magma after draining: 


Tuesday, 4/8/14:

Update: We completed part one of Inquiry 11.1 - Volcanic Landscapes. Videos and pics can be seen below!

HW: Due Friday! Read pages 116-119 and complete a T-Chart (comparing the positive and negative effects of volcanoes) on page 31 in your notebook. 

If you were absent, print Inquiry Master 11.1 from the attachment section below. Use the pictures and videos below to complete the observations in the "Room Temperature Magma" column only. 

General Observations:




Room temperature magma pushed into soil:

IMG_0081.MOV

Room temperature magma pushed further into soil:

IMG_0084.MOV





Monday, 4/7/14:

Update: We concluded our Igneous Rocks lesson with a graded exit slip. The L13 Exit Slip can be found in the attachment section below. 

If you were absent either day, complete the exit slip. If you need assistance due to absences, email Mrs. Utynek to set up a time to meet!

HW: Due Friday! Read pages 116-119 and complete a T-Chart (comparing the positive and negative effects of volcanoes) on page 31 in your notebook. 


Thursday, 3/27/14:

Update: We observed the results of our "fudge lava" and made connections between the results and the rocks we observed on Tuesday. 

If you were absent either day, print and complete "L13 Part 2 - Thursday" to the best of your ability. It can be found in the attachment section below.

HW: NH :)

Tuesday & Wednesday, 3/25/14 & 3/26/14:

Update: We observed igneous rocks and started to learn about the types of properties used to classify them. We also set up an inquiry where we made "fudge lava" and put it in three different temperatures to solidify. We will look at the results and wrap up both activities tomorrow! 

If you were absent either day, you need to complete Student Sheet 13.1 and the rock observations. Please set up a time with Mrs. Utynek to do this!!

HW: Tuesday - Complete questions 1-3 on page 178 after completing the rock observation chart in class. 

        Wednesday - NH :)


Friday, 3/21/14:

Update: Today we finished watching the video about Mount Saint Helens, a famous volcano that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc - created by a convergent, oceanic to continental plate boundary!

If you were absent, the link to the video is below. We started around the 18:00 mark today and finished the video. We also took notes about both Geology and Biology connections while we watched. 

Mount Saint Helens: Back from the Dead

HW: NH :)


Thursday, 3/20/14:

Update: Today we began watching a video about Mount Saint Helens, a famous volcano that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc - created by a convergent, oceanic to continental plate boundary!

If you were absent, the link to the video is below. We watched until 17:50, when the "spring returns".  

Mount Saint Helens: Back from the Dead

HW: NH :)





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