Archive for August, 2010

To help you organize your information for the project, you can use this information organizer.

1. Passed back, discussed, and corrected quizzes.
2. Began working on Modeling the Rock Cycle lab; we will finish this on Wednesday.


1. Rock test next Tuesday, September 7; begin studying now.
2. Rock portfolio project due Friday

1. Continued to work on observation/inference activity.
2. Passed back, discussed & corrected quizzes.
3. Began discussing Modeling the Rock Cycle lab.


1. Complete observation/inference activity: due at beginning of class tomorrow
2. Rock test next Tuesday, Sept. 7: begin studying now
3: rock portfolio project due Friday

  1. Took rocks quiz.
  2. Number pages in composition notebook.
  3. Introduced science fair.

No homework

  1. Took rocks quiz.
  2. Worked on observations vs. inferences activity. We will complete on Monday

No homework

If you need help organizing your information, this might help: Rock Around the World Information Organizer

Today we finished identifying our rocks. Our warm up was on page 18 where we discussed what a rock. You should now have a good understanding of what rocks are and how they are classified. Tomorrow, we will spend time in the computer lab working on the Rock Around the World project. First period and seventh periods did not complete their rock identification charts, so we will do this at the beginning of class tomorrow.


  1. Quiz Friday over rocks
  2. Rock around the World project due Friday, September 3
  1. Completed our Portfolio #1 assignment and worked on our About pages.
  2. Set up Edmodo and responded to poll and introduction.
  3. Discussed our first project: Rock Around the World due Friday, September 3.
  4. Talked about copyright, creative common license, and plagiarism.

Begin research for your project

Rock Around the World

Rock formations and structures have been an important part of society throughout history. Let’s discover information about naturally occurring and man-made rock formations.

You will research man-made and natural occurring rock formations on each continent. As you research information, make sure that you have the following details in your final project:

  • A minimum of 1 ancient monument from each of the continents (6 continents)
  • A minimum of 1 modern monument from each of the continents (6 continents)
  • A minimum of 2 naturally occurring rock formations/structures from each of the continents (7 continents)
  • Characteristics of each man-made and naturally occurring structure including rock type, rock subtype, rock name, rock use to society, and interesting facts
  • What is the difference between a man made and naturally occurring rock formation?
  • What are the purposes of man-made rock formations? Why would people build rock structures?
  • How do naturally occurring rock formations/structures form?

Some things to think about:

  1. What would you consider an ancient monument/man-made rock structure versus a modern one?
  2. Why are man-made rock structures found on only 6 out of the 7 continents?
  3. What would be considered a naturally occurring rock formation?

Once you have gathered all of this information, you will create a blog post with the information. You may include pictures, but be sure to site original source if you do (web address, etc.) and do not hotlink the pictures.

When you have completed your post, create a new category called “Projects” for your post and tag it as #2. If you do not remember how to do this, please ask Mrs. Wilson.

This project is due on Friday, September 3, 2010.

We took a look at our rocks again and used our clues to place them in the categories of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. We then checked our answers. Next, we will use a dichotomous key to identify our rock names.

Tomorrow, we will be in the computer lab to finish up our first blog assignment and to learn about our first project. We will finish identifying our rocks on Wednesday.

No homework