Mrs. Swisher's Earth Science

Welcome!

I am excited to be teaching Earth Science this year. Earth Science is my favorite science, because so many different sciences are involved. We are beginning our study with astronomy, but will study geology, meteorology, hydrology, and oceanography before our study is complete.

Weekly Agenda for Students and Parents

1-16-18

Tuesday –Distribute HW/ Distribute and review Water Study Guide/ Review HW and graphs from last week/Google Classroom assignments

Wednesday- (Snow Day)

Thursday – Review HW/Study Guide/Google Classroom -IXL Science activities added

Friday – Review HW/Study Guide/Google Classroom -IXL Science activities added/Possible Test for Standard SE631a


1-8-18

Monday –Distribute HW/ Distribute and review Water Study Guide/ Review HW and graphs from last week/Google Classroom assignments

Tuesday- Review HW/water location and distribution activities/Google Classroom

Wednesday – Review HW/Study Guide/Google Classroom

Thursday – Review HW/Study Guide/A Drop of Water/Design an investigation to explore the Sun’s role in the water cycle.

Friday – Possible Test for Standard SE631a

Welcome to 2018 and a new look at the Earth! For the next few weeks, we will concentrate on Earth's water (hydrology) and how it influences the Earth and our lives. The processes of the water cycle are included in this study along with areas of water storage on the planet.

This week we hope to accomplish the following:

PLEASE NOTE: lesson plans are subject to change based on student understanding of the concepts presented.

Monday – Welcome Back/Distribute HW/ Pretest S6E3a/Take a personal water inventory.

Tuesday- Review HW/Distribute Study Guide/Begin PowerPoint/water location and distribution activities

Wednesday – Review HW/Study Guide/Continue PowerPoint/Google Classroom

Thursday – Review HW/Study Guide/Complete PowerPoint/A Drop of Water/water cycle activity

Friday – Design an investigation to explore the Sun’s role in the water cycle.

August

We are begining our year by studying the relationship between the sun, Earth, and moon to better understand the amazing phenomenon getting ready to occur, August 21, 2017. The opportunity to witness a solar eclipse that crosses the entire United States happens infrequently. In fact, the next occurrence will be in ninety-nine years. Since we are in a location that is extrememly close to viewing totality, I hope many students will have the opportunity to see this incredible phenomenon personally.

Remember: Never view the sun without proper protective eyewear.

Late August-Early September

In the Astronomy 1 study guide #1-#20 we are studying matter. We are learning the characteristics of solids, liquids, gases, plasma, and other lesser known states like dark matter, anti-matter, and Bose-Einstein condensates. We are concentrating on the characteristics of molecule arrangements for solids, liquids, and gasses based on levels of molecular energy. Additionally, we are identifying three methods of thermal transfer: conduction, convection. and radiation.

In the Astronomy 1 study guide #21-#25 we look at Earth's place in the universe.

Check out the Resources section under the Students tab for helpful videos.


Late September -Mid October

Today after several delays, we tested #22-#25 on the Astronomy 1 Study Guide. Starting tomorrow we are moving on to collect data to examine the planets in the solar system. We will focus on #26-#36 on the Study Guide.



Late October- Mid November

We have completed the Astronomy 1 standards and will have our Astronomy 1 Unit Test November 15 and 16, 2017. Students should continue to work to achieve green dots in all areas of weakness. On our return from Thanksgiving Break, we will resume our study of astronomy. Specifically, we will study moon phases.