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Earth Science
2001-2002 School Year

This page is designed to give current students and their parents a glimpse of what will be covered in the 2002-2003 school year.   Hyperlinks have been unlinked to prevent students from using dated material.   Grades are posted both in the classroom and on the website about every 2-3 weeks.   You need your student ID number to find your grade.
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Date
Assignment or Lesson
Due Date
More Information
9/4
Sophmore Orientation

 

 

9/5
Introduction, Expectations, Student information, Cooperative assignment

 

 

9/6
Metric Review.  "Metric Again"
Fri. 9/7

 

9/7
Do Now Metric, Dimensional Analysis, hmwk 3 worksheets
Mon. 9/10

 

9/10
Photos of students; Check and review homework; Nature of Science; hmwk "How does Science Work?"
LAB: Discovery Lab
Tue. 9/11

 

9/11
Metric Quiz.  Writing procedures for a lab report - homework
Wed. 9/12

 

9/12
Review quiz.  How does science work h/o

 

 

9/13
Safety contract.  Review worksheet; Metric - School picnic

 

 

9/14
Design of experiment - Center of gravity.  Hmwk - complete lab report
Mon. 9/17

 

9/17
Meet in Media Center.  Pseudosciene research project.   Presentations due 9/24

 

 

9/18
Holiday

 

 

9/19
Review safety.  Review use of triple beam balance.
LAB:   Money trouble

 

 

9/20
Significant figures; Rules for graphing; Practice problems

 

 

9/21
M&M graphing exercise

 

 

9/24-25
Pseudoscience project
Mon, Sep. 24

 

 

Money Trouble (Penny) Lab
Fri, Sep. 28
Full Lab report and answer questions

 

M&M Graphs
M&Ms by percent
M&Ms by number
M&Ms by mass
Mon, Sep. 24
Those who did not complete this in class on Friday, must turn in 3 graphs on Monday

 

Nature of Science

 

Copies of the overheads

 

Lab Report Format

 

Need to use this format for all formal lab reports

 

Graphing Rules

 

Follow these instructions for graphing

 

Significant Figures

 

 

9/26
Quiz- Nature of Science, Metric, Graphing
Wed, Sep. 26
Metric, Nature of Science, Graphing

 

Begin Mapping Unit. 
Chapter 7 - Mapping

Read pg. 109-114
Homework, pg 114, #1-5
Tue, Oct. 2
Longitude, latitude, map distortion

 

Chapter 7
Map Activity, pg 124
depends on class
Wed, Oct 3

 

 

Reading a Topographic Map
Thu, Oct 4
Handout and contour maps of Bethany and Woodbridge printed from 1954 SWquad

 

Chapter 7. Read pg 117-120
Class/Homework, answer questions pg 120
Thu, Oct 4
Contour and topographic maps

 

Make contour maps from dough mountains. LAB 7A
Fri, Oct 5

 

 

Drawing Profiles, LAB 7D
-
Not completed or turned in, but review.

 

Homework, define all vocabulary words on pg 126
Tue, Oct. 9
May use homework pass if you received one.

 

Measure elevations of 5 unknown landscapes and be ready to input into computer by Wednesday
Wed, Oct 10
Bring all five data sheets to class on Wednesday

 

Classwork - create 5 3-D graphs from elevation data
Homework, pg 126 #1-18 and pg 127 #1-7; if you have not completed chapter 7, do so
Fri, Oct 12
Remember - MAPPING QUIZ ON TUESDAY, OCT. 16!!!
10/12
Compare 3D graphs
Review for Tuesday quiz

 

 

10/15
Jeopardy review for quiz

 

 

10/16
Mapping Quiz

 

Begin Astronomy Unit on Wed. 10/17
10/17
Begin Astronomy Unit.  Nova "Runaway Universe"

 

 

10/18
5 facts you already know about the universe
Measurement, Observation and Inference essay assignment
Mon. Oct.22
See handout for details on assignment.
10/19
Chapter 20 - Telescopes and Electromagnetic Spectrum
Silent exercise - Outline Chpt. 20-1
Answers all questions end section1.
Mon. Oct. 22

 

10/22
Students to sign they understand class rules
Reflecting and Refracting telescopes
Demonstration of refraction with arrow, light and magnifing glass

 

 

10/23
Introducting to equatorial system
Make astrolabe
Practice using astrolabe
Long term project - Apparent movement of moon
Homework - Finish Chp 20-1
Wed. Oct. 24

 

10/24
Review using astrolabe
Explain use of compass
Worksheet - Locate declination and azimuth of objects outside
Review moon assignment
Pg. 364 Q 1-7 (Per. 5)
Fri. Oct. 26
Moon project approximately 1 month in length.  Requires daily observation of moon at same time.of day (if possible).
10/25
Refracting telescope inquiry lab
Fri. Oct. 26
Complete lab and all questions.
10/26
Finish outlining chp 20-1
Class/homework - Q 1-7 page 364
Handout - Oct & Nov star charts
Mon. 10/29
REMEMBER...Need shoe box next week.  Absolutely necessary for lab.  You had a month's notice of this requirement.
QUIZ ON TUESDAY, 10/30.
10/29
Review telescope.
Review homework.  Review for quiz

 

 

10/30
Quiz on telescopes

 

 

10/31
Introduction to electromagnetic spectrum.   Demonstration of diffraction grating, prism, spectroscopes

 

 

11/1
Computer classroom.  Doppler effect simulation.  Answer questions on worksheet
Thu. 11/1

 

11/2
Lab - Build simple spectroscope, look at various light sources.   Answer questions on lab worksheet
Mon. 11/5

 

11/6
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

 

 

11/7
Review doppler effect.
Review EM spectrum.
Chp 20 worksheet
Thu. 11/8
Bring in moon data to date for review.
11/8
Review moon data.  Show expected moon motion.
Introduction to constellations and stars, circumpolar movement, zodiac and precession.

 

 

11/9
Teacher illness -
"3 minutes to impact" NOVA

 

 

11/12
VETERAN'S DAY - HOLIDAY

 

 

11/13
Chapter 21 - The Stars.
Example of stories behind the constellations.
Draw your own constellation and tell story behind it.
Read pg 377-381.
Homework pg 381, Q 1-6
Wed. 11/14
Remember to have your parents sign that they understand about the moon project.
11/14
Review AU and LY.
Star color, apparent and absolute magnitude, introduction to H-R diagram.
Map constellations activity on pg. 392
Thu. 11/15
Complete pg. 392 as homework or during study hall.
11/15
Teacher illness-
NOVA "Rescue Mission in Space"
The. 11/15

 

11/16
Handout on Leonids meteor shower.
Life cycle of star, demo circumpolar motion, demo apparent brightness
Finish reading Chp. 21
Mon.11/19
Quiz on Tuesday, 11/20
11/19
Star concept map, pictures of stars, review for quiz.
Class/homework - Stars 2 crossword puzzle
Tue. 11/20
Remember to use crossword for vocabulary review, and Chapter 21 for concepts
11/20
Star Quiz
Galaxies and the Big Bang
Read pg 389-391

 

 

11/21
Shortened period prior to Thanksgiving holiday

 

 

11/26
Stephen Hawking's Universe - "The Big Bang"
Demo with balloon, foundations of the big bang theory.
Handout - Brief History of Universe
Homework - Make timeline of birth of universe
Wed. 11/28
Timeline can be of birth of universe or birth of big bang concept.
11/27
Review Big Bang
Chapter 22 - The Sun
Diagram the Sun worksheet
Homework - what are degree Kelvin and how do you convert to Celsius?
Wed. 11/28

 

11/28
Review Sun and complete outline
Sun puzzle worksheet
Read chp 22-1
Thu. 11/29

 

11/29
Apparent motion of planets
Read pg 403-404
Class/homework pg 404, Q7-9
Fri. 11/30
Period 5 did this on 12/5.
11/30
Create concept map of big bang theory and the sun.
The Sun crossword puzzle.
Mon. 12/3
12/3 end of Moon Project.  Remember to bring in moon data on Monday
QUIZ ON TUESDAY.
12/3
Review big bang concept map.
Review student moon data.
Handout of Mrs. Whalen's moon data.  Graph data.
Tue. 12/4
Big Bang Quiz tomorrow.
12/4
Big Bang quiz.
Graph your moon data. 
Elliptical orbits lab.
Wed. 12/5

 

12/5
Elliptical orbits lab.
Read pg 405-407, pg. 407 answer Q 10-13
Thu. 12/6 or 7

 

12/6
Review of heliocentric and geocentric theories.  Tycho Brahee, J. Kepler and 3 laws of planetary motion.  Newton and theories of gravity, Gallileo and observations.
Complete worksheet on above.

 

All graphed moon data collected tomorrow.
12/7
Collect moon data and graphs.  Homework Chp. 22 worksheet.
Amnesty - makeup day
Mon. 12/10
Quiz on Tues., 12/11
12/10
Chapter 22 review. 
Worksheet on retrograde motion.

 

 

12/11
Quiz on Sun and planetary motion
Relationship of inertia and gravity to planetary motion - not on quiz

 

 

12/12
Open book, open notes to correct quiz errors for addtional points.
Computer lab - Begin planet research to build scale model of solar system and solar system data table.
Mon. 12/17
If you did not complete your research in the library during lab period, do so during study hall and after school.
12/13
Chapter 23 - The Solar System.
Read pg 413-416, Q 1-5
Fri. 12/14
Calculate model scale.
12/15
Review quiz, grades, return work.
NOVA "Tales from Other Worlds"

 

 

12/17
Build planet models and complete planet spreadsheet
Fri. 12/21
Spreadsheet entries no later than 12/20.
Complete model in class 12/18 or after school until 12/21.
12/18
Finish planet models and spreadsheet
Fri. 12/21

 

12/19
What factors are necessary to support human life or Earth or any planet?   Read NY Times article on Mars.
Thu. 12/20

 

12/20
Read "Is Pluto a planet?"
Begin "Apollo 13" video

 

 

12/21
Finish "Apollo 13" video

 

Happy New Year's!
Extra Credit Marking Period 2
1/2
Begin presentations on planets in solar system. Handouts for solar system rubric, extra credit, summary of marking period expectations.  Homework "Apollo 13" video questions
Fri. 1/4

 

1/3
Planet presentations continued.  Read pg 417-420, Q 6-10.
Mon. 1/7

 

1/4
Last planet presentations.  Read pg 421-423 in class, answer Q11-15 together in class.  Discuss comets.  Quiz on planets.

 

Quiz Monday, 1/7 on planets
1/7
Quiz on planets.  A&E "The Planets: Giants".  Worksheet on video.  Homework worksheet on planets.
Tue. 1/8

 

1/8
Review answer to planets worksheet.  Finish "The Planets" video, discuss gas giants.

 

 

1/9
Read pg. 424-427.  Create Venn diagram comparing comets, asteroids, meteoroids- due by end of class
LAB - Moons of Jupiter graphing and analysis
Per. 5 due 1/11
Per. 7 due 1/14
Chapter 23 quiz on Monday, 1/14
1/10
Chapter 23- Solar System review.  Page 430 Q 1-7.  Due end of class.   Work on Lab (Moons of Jupiter)

 

 

1/11
Discuss Lab and questions raised.  Review quiz answers.  Chapter review - Chap. 23 worksheet.  Save to study from.

 

Chapter 23 quiz on Monday, 1/14
1/14
Chapter 23 Quiz.  Makeup any missing work.

 

 

1/15
Explanation of CAPT Lab.
Review of scientific method, graphing, independent and dependent variables.

 

REMEMBER:  CAPT LAB beginning Wed. 1/16.  Questions involving the lab will be on the mid-term exam.
1/16
Per. 5 CAPT Lab - "Soapy Water"
Per. 7 - Review metric, variables, density, mapping.

 

 

1/17
Per. 5 - Complete CAPT Lab
Per. 7 - begin CAPT Lab

 

 

1/18
Review for mid-term exam

 

Per. 5 mid-term exam on Thur. 1/24; Per. 7 exam on Fri. 1/25.   Makeup exams must have approval of administrator.
1/22-1/25
Mid-term exams

 

 

1/28
Review mid-term exams, grades

 

 

1/29
Chapter 24 - Moon and its Motions. 
Motions of moon handout, demo moon phases, read pg 433-448. Homework Q 14-19
Wed. 1/30

 

1/30
Review motions of moon, #2 handout on motion, Moon and tides lecture.   Homework read remainder of chapter, review questions; "Earth's Moon" worksheet
Thu. 1/31

 

1/31
Per. 5 - Begin Parallax Inquiry Lab.  Design experiment to test effect of distance on parallax.
Per. 7 - Review

 

Quiz on Chapter 24, Motions of Moon Tues. 2/5.
2/1
Many students missing due to job shadowing.  A&E The Planets - Moon.

 

 

2/4
Complete Parallax Inquiry Lab
Per. 5 - 2/5
Per. 7 - 2/6

 

2/5
Chapter 24 Quiz - Moon's Motions
Read pg. 457-459

 

 

2/6
Review Quiz, review CAPT Lab

 

Grading on CAPT Labs:  10-12=A, 7-9=B, 4-6=C; any score 7 or higher would pass CAPT Lab
2/7
Chapter 25 - Earth's Motions
Lecture and demo on relationship to seasons, handout on earth's movements, Bill Nye video on Seasons, Homework Pg. 460 Q 1-4
Fri. 2/8
There will be a quiz on Chapter 25 on Wed or Thu of next week.  Date decided next week.
2/8
Per. 5 - Time and Sun Lab, create analemma for 42 N
Homework Pg 472 Q1-18
Mon. 2/11
Analemma is a graduated scale having the shape of a figure 8 and showing sun's declination and the equation of time for each day of the year.
2/11
Worksheet on Earth's motions.  Review outline.
Per. 7- Analemma Lab.

 

Test on Chapter 25 Wed.
2/12
Chapter 25 review worksheet, complete for homework.  Answer questions.
Wed. 2/3

 

2/13
Test Chapter 25 - Earth's Motions

 

End of Astronomy Unit.
2/14
Meteorology Unit
"Storm of the Century" National Geographic video

 

 

2/15
Complete video - "Storm of the Century"

 

 

2/18
WINTER BREAK

 

 

2/25
Test corrections. 
Introduction to properties of air.  Demonstrations of air has volume, air pressure has destructive force, air has density

 

 

2/25-26
Lab - The Cartesian Diver

 

 

2/26
Chapter 26 - Weather and the Atmosphere.   Introduction to layers of atmosphere, definitions.  Worksheet to be used as study guide. Read pg. 477-482 hmwk.
Wed. 2/27

 

2/27
Review study guide.  Handout on ozone layer from EPA.  Lecture on ozone layer and implications of hole over Antarctica.

 

 

2/28
Lecture and demo on differences between conduction, convection and radiation for heat transfer
Handout with pictures of energy transfer, ozone hole, etc.
Hwk read pg 484-486, Q7-9.
Fri. 3/1
Test on Wednesday, March 6 on first half of Chapter 26.
3/1
Distribute homework passes to those who remembered textbook and completed all work on time.
Review Q7-9.  Two worksheets - Ozone Layer and Energy from the Sun, due by end of class.

 

 

3/4
Review of test - layer of atmosphere, ozone layer and cause of hole, greenhouse effect, conduction, convection, radiation, electromagnetic spectrum and wavelength.
Read aloud remainder of Chapter 26, sections 3-4.

 

 

3/5
Complete study guide worksheet on sections 3-4.
Lab:  Absorption and Radiation of Heat Energy

 

Complete lab and graphing after test on Wed. Lab makeups must be done after school.
3/6
Test - Chapter 26, Sections I and II.
Work on lab.
Lab due Fri.

 

3/7
Complete study guide and lab.
To be counted as a quiz grade - Pg. 497 - Interpret & Apply and Critical Thinking
Lab and study guide due 3/8.
Quiz due Mon.
Interpret and Apply and Critical Thinking will count as a quiz on the second half of Chapter 26.
3/8
Finish Interpret and Apply and Critical Thinking.
Mon. 3/11

 

3/11
Short Day - Professional Development

 

 

3/12
Chapter 27 - Evaporation, Condensation and Precipitation
Complete study guide worksheet on water cycle, evaporation, and condensation.
Demo- evaporation as cooling with water and alcohol, calculating relative humidity of a sponge
Study guide,
Wed. 3/13

 

3/13
What is a hygrometer?  Demo - sling psychrometer, review wet bulb and dry bulb temperatures.  Demo convection chamber.    Dew and frost.  Hmk: Read 503-506
LAB:  Pg. 518 - Dew Point and Relative Humidity
Lab, Fri. 3/15

 

3/14
Formation of clouds, types of clouds.  Demo- cloud chamber
Clouds handout. 
Per. 5  - Hmk. pg. 511, Q10-13
Per. 7 - Hmk. Read pg. 506-511
Fri. 3/15

 

3/15
Change of pressure = change of temperature.  Dry and Wet adiabatic lapse rate.  Weather poetry.
Hmk. Read Chp. 27, section 4
Mon. 3/18

 

3/18
Precipitation.  Precipitation study guide worksheet.  Review of cloud types.  Hmwk. Chapter 27 worksheet.
Tue. 3/19

 

3/19
Review and correct Chapter 27 worksheet.  Pop quiz on reading comprehension.

 

Test on Friday, Chapter 27
3/20
Chapter 27 review of concepts.  Acid Rain reading assignment.

 

 

3/21
LAB:  "Soiled Again" CAPT lab on Acid Rain
Mon. 3/25

 

3/22
TEST:  Chapter 27

 

 

3/25
Per. 7 only - work on "Soiled Again" lab

 

Sophmores missed Per. 5 and 6
3/26
Read pg 523-526 and answer questions 1-5 in class
CAPT due Wed.
Retest on Wed.
3/27
Retest Chapter 27

 

 

3/28
Chapter 28:  Pressure and Wind, Review upcoming events; high and low pressure and the creation of wind; complete handout as homework; open book quiz on Tues.

 

Test on 4/2
3/29
HOLIDAY

 

 

4/1
Review Chapter 28 handout;
LAB: Coriolis Effect

 

 

4/2
Test - Chapter 28 - open book, open notes

 

 

4/3
Finish test on Chapter 28; Homework read pg. 547-551; anwer questions 6-8 pg. 549 and 9-12 on pg. 551 - Due Mon.
Mon. 4/8

 

4/4
Air masses and fronts handout and lecture; weather interpretation assignment

 

 

4/5
Video - Lightning - Nova

 

 

4/8
Weather interpretation mapping exercise - due Wed.
Wed. 4/10

 

4/9
CAPT LAB

 

 

4/10
Review CAPT expectations; lecture and handouts on tornadoes, hurricanes

 

 

4/11
Lecture and handouts on Plate tectonics and continental drift; structure of the earth

 

 

4/12
Video - National Geographic  - "Savage Planet - Hell's Crust"

 

Complete CAPT labs during study hall.
4/15
Divergent, convergent and transform plate boundaries
Illustrate each.  Theory of plate tectonics worksheet.  (Weather patterns worksheet - Per. 7)

 

 

4/16
Review 3 plate boundary movements; lecture on 3 fault types and demo with playdough; Rock cycle - metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous

 

 

4/17
Lecture - seismic activity; S, P and L waves; review questions
LAB:  Nova - "Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius"

 

 

4/18
Lecture - Renewable versus non-renewable resources; recyclable materials

 

 

4/19
Visiting lecturer: Imaging Science

 

 

4/22-4/26
SPRING BREAK

 

no assignments
4/29
Teacher grading CAPT Labs -
Scavenger Hunt - 50 questions on Earth Science topics
Thu. 5/2
CAPT exams begin Tues. 5/1 for all sophmores
4/30
Continue Scavenger Hunt

 

CAPT Exams for sophmores - irregular class schedule
5/1
Return graded CAPT Labs.  Review CAPT questions.

 

CAPT Exams for sophmores - irregular class schedule
5/2
LAB:  Mineral identification lab

 

CAPT Exams for sophmores - irregular class schedule
5/3
Complete Mineral ID lab

 

 

5/6
Review Scavenger Hunt.
Read "No Room in the Bin" case study and discuss.

 

 

5/7
Assign vocabulary - not all words in textbook, use internet or dictionary
Fri. 5/10
CAPT Exams for sophmores - irregular class schedule
5/8
Introduce Geology of Connecticut.  Handouts on CT Tectonic history, CT bedrock map

 

CAPT Exams for sophmores - irregular class schedule
5/9
Lecture: Geology of CT, color and label bedrock map, answer questions
Fri. 5/10
CAPT Exams for sophmores - irregular class schedule
5/10
Lecture:  Faults, earthquakes and fossil history of CT.   Homework read Earthquake history of CT, Traprock Ridges, complete Residential earthquake damage assessment (Redas), Mineral identification worksheet
Mon. 5/13
Be prepared for assessment of reading
5/13
Quiz on CT geologic history
Weathering and Soils:
Homework read pg 131-136, answer questions 1-9 on pg. 146. Vocabulary pg. 146 due Wed.
Tue. 5/14

 

5/14
Lecture on soils.  Read pg. 138-143, Answer questions 10-17 pg. 146 due 5/15
Wed. 5/15

 

5/15
Review soils, Q&A.  3 worksheets; Soils, Weathering, Land Use and Soil Loss
Thr. 5/16

 

5/16
Outdoor lab on Monday and Tuesday.  Bill Nye "Rocks and Soil" as review

 

 

5/17
Video:  National Geographic "Volcanoes"

 

 

5/20
Review of requirements for final project in lieu of final exam

 

Due date and rubric
Selection of projects
Bibliography guidelines
5/20-21
LAB:  Soil profile  Dig soil profile pit and sample

 

 

5/21
Test soil moisture and soil pH

 

 

5/22
Continue to work on soil samples

 

 

5/23
Field Trip to Boston Science Musuem - for those remaining - read NY Time "Water, water everywhere..." and answer worksheet questions

 

 

5/24
Media center:  computer lab - time to do research on final projects

 

Quiz on soils and weathering on Thu. 5/30
5/27
HOLIDAY

 

 

5/28
Return assignments, review for quiz using 3 worksheets

 

 

5/29
Chapter 9:  Groundwater
Lecture on water cycle, groundwater

 

 

5/29-30
LAB:  Temperature and Chemical Weathering
Lab due Fri.

 

5/30
Quiz:  Soils and Weathering
Work on completing weathering lab

 

 

5/31
Finish lecture on groundwater.  Finish weathering lab.  Homework   read pg. 153-158, Questions 5-12
Mon. 6/3

 

6/3
Finish soil profile lab "Digging Around" by end of period

 

 

6/4
Finish groundwater and Karst topography.  Class work - Groundwater worksheet questions 1-9 by end of class.

 

Last quiz of year, June 11.  Final projects due Wed. June 12.
6/5
Review various deadlines.  NY Times crossword puzzle "Rocks/Minerals".  Review project status.

 

 

6/6
Lecture - Woods Hole geologist.

 

 

6/7
Assignment:  Design A Test on assigned chapter, due Tues. 6/11.  Equal to quiz grade.
Tue. 6/11
Last quiz of year, due June 11.  Final projects due Wed. June 12.
6/10
Quiz Show!!!  Earn extra credit towards 4th marking period grade.

 

 

6/11
Design A Tests due.  Return all textbooks and other borrowed equipment.  Last minute work on final projects

 

Final projects due Wed. June 12.
6/12
Final Projects due.  Begin presentations.

 

 

6/13
Final project presentations.

 

 

6/14
Final project presentations.