How can I understand the scope of geologic time?

  1. Seating challenge: the challenge was to order ourselves for youngest to oldest without talking. Fifth period did pretty well with ordering the oldest students. We discussed how this was challenging because we couldn’t talk, and it was hard to organize ourselves.
  2. Warm up for Wednesday.
  3. Reviewed the answers to yesterday’s discovery activity about geologic time.
  4. Created our own personal timelines and related them to relative age and absolute age.
Homework: If you are retaking the rocks test, please meet me in the media center tomorrow morning. Friday, your 5 things about me blog post and your noodletools question, hypothesis, and 5 sources are due.

How can I begin to understand the history of the Earth?

  1. Tuesday’s warm up question.
  2. Write down today’s date, EQ, and these questions on page 20 in your notebook
    1. Find the book. Find any page in the book and describe what is happening there
    2. Find the word superposition. What does it mean?
    3. Find the woman scientist. What is she studying? What will she learn?
    4. One of the geologic periods is named after the Jura Mountains. Which one?
    5. What do the periods on the geologic time scale represent?
    6. BONUS QUESTION: What is a eurypterid?
    7. SUPER BONUS: When did ammonites become extinct?
  3. Work through the geologic time tour here: Answer the questions as you go.

How do I keep safe on the internet? What can I safely share about myself online?

  1. Review internet safety.
  2. Create your “5 Things about Me” post.
  3. Write down 20 adjectives that describe you.
  4. Go to
  5. Create a word cloud about you. Here are some tips. Use words that describe you. the more times you use a word, the bigger it will appear. If a word describes you really well, type it 10 times. If it describes just a small part of you, type it one or two times.
  6. Play with the shapes and colors.
  7. When you are happy with your word cloud, save it as a jpg to your Home drive (one with your student id number).
  8. Then, go back and upload it to your 5 Things About Me post.
Homework: Science Fair help sessions tomorrow and Wednesday at 8:15. Science test retake on Thursday at 8:15. Science Fair Question, Hypothesis, and five sources due in NoodleTools by Friday.

What are my manipulated and responding variables? How do I write my hypothesis?

  1. Discussed retest assignment. Pages 51-70 in science workbook. If you plan to retake your test, you need to come to the retake session on Thursday morning with these pages completed.
  2. Wrote our science fair questions in our log books.
  3. Discussed manipulated and responding variables.
  4. Identified our manipulated and responding variables.
  5. Discussed writing a hypothesis and began writing our hypothesis.
  6. Set up our project in NoodleTools and shared it with Mrs. Wilson.
  7. Began researching.
Due next Friday: Science Fair question and hypothesis in NoddleTools. Have five sources in the bibliography on NoodleTools with notecards.
I will hold science fair help sessions at 8:15 am on both Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the third floor computer lab. Please come if you are not sure how to write your hypothesis or do your research or need to change your question.
Please see the second and third Prezi on this page: for information on variables and hypotheses.

How can I keep safe on the internet?

  1. Thursday warm up.
  2. Passed back and discussed test.
  3. Before you continue working on your blog, make sure you have completed everything here:
  4. What is internet safety? What would you do at the mall if your parents dropped off on your own?
  5. Next post: Create a 5 things about me post. (See Mrs. Wilson’s for ideas.) Make sure you do not share identifiable information like how old you are, where you live, your birthday, what you look like, etc. This is due by next Friday, Sept. 14.

Why are rocks and minerals important, and how do we use them?

  1. Tuesday warm up question.
  2. Passed back warm ups and rock cycle lab from last week.
  3. Finished our rock and mineral uses notes.
  4. Worked on graphic organizer for the essay portion of our test tomorrow.

Homework: 1. Study for tomorrow’s rocks test. It will be 20 multiple choice question and one essay. The multiple choice questions are four points each and the essay is 20 points. 2. Your science fair question is due on Friday.


How do I formulate my science fair question?

  1. Warm Up: In your composition book share the ideas you have had for your science fair project so far.
  2. Video about teen who developed a better cancer detecting test.
  3. Prezi from Ms. Shaver at Richards Middle about finding a good question.(First prezi on the page.)
  4. Passed out handbook pages to help you get started and taped in our log books.
  5. Passed out science fair timeline.08-31-2012-Intro Handout
  6. Passed out assignment due next week. Science Fair Topic info
  7. Passed out partner contracts for those who were interested. Partner Contract
Homework: Study for Wednesday’s test on rocks; Decide on your science fair question and begin literature review for next Friday.
See the Science Fair page for more information to get you started!

Why are rocks and minerals important, and how do we use them?

  1. Thursday warm up.
  2. Discussed Wednesday’s test: 20 multiple choice questions and one open ended.
  3. Turned in rock cycle lab.
  4. Completed rock cycle diagram on page 15.
  5. Began discussing the importance of rocks and minerals.
If you’d like to get a head start learning about rocks and minerals, you can check out the web sites here:

Homework: Study for Wednesday’s test on rocks. Complete your rock cycle lab conclusion and rock cycle diagram if not completed in class today.