Archive for January, 2011

  1. Warm Up
  2. Reviewed answers to the study guide hydro study guide key
  3. Deep thinking questions

Homework: Continue to study for Thursday’s test

Today, Mrs. Cochran, our student teacher, took over leading all of our classes. You began by reviewing waves and currents and wrapping up your understanding of tides. Then, you reviewed the water cycle and the features of the ocean floor. Finally, we had a little bit of time to work on our study guides.

Homework: Study guide due tomorrow. Test is on Thursday.

  1. Warm Up – Page 120: Compare and contrast waves, currents, and tides.
  2. Passed back yesterday’s quiz.
  3. Passed out study guide for Thursday’s test.
  4. Made notes foldable.
  5. Discussed waves, currents, and tides.

Homework: Work on water test study guide – due Tuesday

Water Test has been moved to Thursday

  1. Warm Up – Page 118: Draw a picture of what you think the ocean floor looks like.
  2. Discussed major ocean floor features.
  3. Passed back water distribution lab (page 113) and water distribution quiz (page 115).
  4. Read pages 462-464 in textbook.
  5. Modeled ocean floor features using play-doh.
  6. Quiz on ocean floor features.

Homework: Study for Tuesday’s water test. You will receive a study guide in class tomorrow. If you want to get ahead, you can download the water test study guide here.

  1. Warm Up – Page 116: What happens to density, temperature and pressure of ocean water as you travel from the surface to the ocean floor?
  2. Pressure Demo
  3. Density Demo
  4. Salinity Demo
  5. Notes and discussion about the properties of the ocean

Homework: No homework

Next Test: Tuesday, January 25 over water

This is what you should be working on in class today:

  1. Snow Days Blog Post. (Click the link for instructions.)
  2. Research the differences between snow, sleet, and freezing rain and how they form. Make sure to add this information in your blog post.
  3. Go to our global posts site. Choose three other people’s posts about the snow day to comment on. It does not need to be someone in your class.
  4. If you have time left, preview the information we will be talking about the remainder of the week. It’s all about oceans. If you have your own headphones, you can use them.

Homework: Freshwater dictionary is due tomorrow

Next Test: Water Test on Tuesday, January 25

I hope you enjoyed your unplanned week off. I have one more assignment I would like for you to tackle. This will be a graded assignment, and I’ll also share information about it in class on Tuesday.

Snow Days Blog Post

Create a new blog post about your experiences on our snow days. Be sure to include the following information:

  1. How you spent your time.
  2. What new information you learned about snow, sleet and freezing rain from your personal experience.
  3. Relate how you think this snowstorm will be historically relevant in Atlanta.
  4. Put your post in your reflections category and tag is snow.

Leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post. If you have questions, let me know.

Are you getting bored yet? I sure am.  We’re going to start talking about oceans next – waves, currents, tides, and the  features of the ocean floor. I’ve found these activities to help introduce them  to you in case you get bored. There are also quizzes if you want to see what you have learned.

Ocean Floor

Waves and Currents


Also, if you’re looking for the online textbook, here’s the info:

username: mrswilsonsci

password: lanierms

Hi guys! I hope you are enjoying your days off. Please remember we will be making up these two days on Monday, February 21 (Presidents’ Day) and Monday, March 14 (was a teacher planning day).

Since we are missing days, I want to alter your freshwater dictionary assignment. If you lost your dictionary or you were not here the day it was assigned, you can make one by taking five half sheets of paper, folding them in half, and stapling together. Remember, each page should have one word, its definition, and a drawing/illustration.

When you turn in your dictionary, I will be looking for the following words to be completed. You can omit the other words.

  1. Freshwater
  2. Saltwater
  3. Groundwater
  4. Reservoir
  5. Evaporation
  6. Condensation
  7. Transpiration
  8. Precipitation
  9. Sun (make sure your definition includes info about water cycle)
  10. Collection
  11. Percolation (this is same as infiltration we talked about in class)
  12. Runoff
  13. Aquifer

If you would like more information about the water cycle, please watch these two videos:

  1. Study Jams Water Cycle – you can also take the quiz after you watch the video
  2. Water Cycle by NASA

Finally, regarding the science fair: I sent emails out to students whose projects have been chosen to go on the regional fair. Please check your email to see if you are one of them. I have some important information I shared with you, and I need you to work on one last piece of paperwork.

Please leave a comment if you read this post!

I hope you are all out enjoying the snow! If you can, post a picture of the snow at your house on your blog, and link to it in the comments section. Let’s see how many fun snow pictures we can get :)

And if you get a  chance, take a ruler and measure the snow depth. I measured 6.5 inches here!

Here’s my house in the snow: