We have been working on plate tectonics for the past few days. We have watched a great deal of videos illustrating the movement of the plates. The scale of the energy that it takes for these pieces of earth to move is mind blowing! We have been practicing concepts in class and will have a short quiz on Monday.
Homework: Students are coming home with homework if they did not complete the concept map in class. On Wednesday we will be completing a lab that will illustrate what the students have learned about the unit. This lab will serve as their summative assessment for the unit. They will be asked to create a model, justify their choices of materials, and illustrate the movement of those plates. If you would like to donate supplies that would be great. I could use: red icing, wax paper, graham crackers, saltines, hard chocolate chip cookies, and chewy chocolate chip cookies.
Movie: As a science department, we would like students to compare and contrast the movie San Andreas. They will complete a graphic organizer comparing the science from fiction. I am asking the form to be returned by Wednesday (March 28th). Your student will be bringing a permission form home today. However, if it is misplaced, you can click on the link to download another copy.
We have been working on a CER for several days. I asked the students to finish for homework, however, I have changed my mind. I think students are struggling with the writing and I think it would be best if I am handy to help when needed. We will finish tomorrow in about the first 20 minutes of class.
We are working on a project that will compare the layers of the earth. Students are comparing the depth, density, chemical composition, and physical characteristics of each layer. We began yesterday and will have all class tomorrow to work on it. If they do not finish by tomorrow, it will be homework.
Today we worked on note-taking strategies while reading about the chemical and physical layers of the earth. Many students don't know how to read nonfiction material, pick out the important information, and create a way to remember the information. So, today we worked on note-taking strategies as a class. After we worked for a bit, students were allowed to read the next 2 pages (192-193) and were asked to take notes the best way they see fit. The only requirement is that they include: name of the layer, general purpose of each layer, and the size of the layer. If they did not finish in class, they were asked to finish it at home. Some students took pictures of the book, however, you can always access the online textbook. The online text information is directly to the right.