Great day to watch the weather report and see lake effect snow patterns in action!  We will complete the Open-Note quiz tomorrow,12/15.  If you forgot your notes, the text is online to the left of this posting.  The due date of the Hurricane Tracking activity will be postponed to Monday.  The end of the quarter is Wednesday, so if you are planning to be out of town Monday, please send me your pages electronically or send them in with a friend.  Given that you may be housebound, you may want to complete the Parent/Student Science Educational Show Assignment!  It’s due shortly after Winter Break.  Click on the blue title for the assignment and rubric.

Enjoy some extra sleep and a cozy cup of hot cocoa courtesy of Lake Effect Snow!!

12/11 – 12/15

Chapter 3 Quiz on Friday 12/15.  This will be an Open Note Quiz over Sections 1 & 2 so please organize and review your notes with care.  Don’t forget, one must still PREPARE for an open note quiz.

For 10 possible points of Extra Credit check out this link to Santa’s Flight Plan.  Due December 18th.

Monday 12/11:  We’ll try our hand at predicting the movements of a hurricane and explore the challenges that issuing an evacuation order can present.

Tuesday 12/12:  We will continue work on our hurricane prediction activity.

Wednesday 12/13:  Time to review Chapter 3 including global air masses, fronts, and severe storms in preparation for a chapter test on Thursday.  We’ll use Kahoot to review.

Thursday 12/14: Finish Hurricane Tracking Activity and Review

Friday 12/15:   Open Note Quiz over Chapter 3, Sections 1 & 2

Don’t forget, the Parent/Student SCIENCE EDUCATIONAL SHOW Assignment is due January 8th, shortly after your return from Winter Break.  Don’t wait to work on this assignment.  Hand it in as soon as you complete it.

December 4th – 8th

Monday 12/4: Review our Chapter 2 Open-Note Test  We’ll begin our study of air masses and fronts by drawing and labeling diagrams with the help of a Power Point presentation.

Tuesday 12/5:  We’ll continue to explore the effects of different air pressures colliding with a small activity.  We’ll add stationary and occluded fronts to our understanding of weather events.

Wednesday 12/6:  Time to see if we understand the four front types.  Be ready to use your knowledge!  Be sure you have read text pages 76 – 78 by today.

Thursday 12/7:  Cold fronts are where the action is!  Let’s examine the characteristics of severe thunderstorms and how to stay safe.  We’ll read about a number of severe storms.  Be sure you have read text pages 80 – 85 by today.

Friday 12/8:  Quiz time!  After a YouTube review, be prepared for a quiz over air masses, fronts, thunderstorms and tornadoes.

November 27 – December 1


Tentative Chapter 2 Open-Note Weather Test this Friday, December 1st.


Monday 11/27:  We’ll explore heat energy transfer with a Popcorn Lab.  How does heat transfer cause Land and Sea Breezes?  Make sure you find out!  Read text pages 42-45

Tuesday 11/28:  Global winds that circulate our planet have everything to do with density caused by heating and cooling.  We’ll explore this with our Big Black Bag Lab!  Read text pages 49-52

Wednesday 11/29:  Temperature changes also play a role in cloud formation.  We’ll explore how clouds form and which clouds are associated with which types of weather.  Read text pages 55-60

Thursday 11/30:  Review concepts for Chapter 2 Weather Test.  Bring a device for Kahoot review.

Friday 12/1:  Chapter 2 Weather Test

November 20 – December 1

Terrific weather presentations! Check out this homemade thermometer, it really does work!

Tentative Test Date:  Friday, December 1st (Next Friday)

Monday 11/20:  We’ll conclude our study of Weather Instruments and gathering weather data with a Gizmo computer simulation.

Tuesday 11/21: You will have a chance to construct a density tower with only one substance!  How?  By using different temperatures!  We’ll explore how water temperature affects global ocean currents.


Monday 11/27: What does popcorn have to do with the weather?  We’ll do a lab to find out how radiation, conduction, and convection affect wind patterns in our atmosphere. (Text pages 42-45)

Tuesday 11/28: Can you really see air float?  We will today as we explore Global Wind currents. (Text pages 49-52)

Wednesday 11/29:  We’ll review the processes of the water cycle and the different weather conditions associated with various cloud types.  (Text pages 55-60)

Thursday 11/30:  Bring your device for a Kahoot Review of Chapter 3.

Friday 12/1:  We are aiming to complete our Chapter 3 Test today.


November 13 – 17


Click here for Extra Credit Opportunity (10 Possible Points)

Image result for small emojiMonday 11/13:  We’ll take a few minutes to talk about how hard the California Gold Diggers had to work to find their gold nuggets!  In other words, your work requires effort and care!  We will put finishing touches on our Weather Instrument Presentations.  Here is a Project Overview link.  

Be sure to read Text pages 36-39 for tomorrow and be familiar with questions from page 39.

Tuesday 11/14:  We will present Weather Instrument Projects and record information on a graphic organizer.

Wednesday 11/15:  We’ll finish up Weather Instrument Presentations and our graphic organizers.  NOTEBOOK CHECK TODAY.

Thursday and Friday11/16 – 11/17:  Continue study of Chapter 2, Section One, Energy in Earth’s Atmosphere

November 6th -10th

Image result for storms

Wow! What a way to start our Weather Unit!

Hope you have all weathered Sunday’s storm safely!  Just got power back at my house so I’m updating our coming week.

Tuesday:  Chapter One Weather Test will be postponed until Wednesday 11/8.  We will review for the test together Tuesday 11/7.  Please study your text, notes, and handouts for this test.   Please bring a device if you have one.

Wednesday:  Chapter One Weather Test

Thursday and Friday:  How do we measure, compare, and predict the various factors that make up our weather?  We will begin a Weather Instrument Project.  The assignment requirements will be introduced and we will begin by conducting research on Chromebooks.  Time to pull out your ELA/Technology skills!

Don’t forget, there is an Extra Credit opportunity posed on the Homework/Assessment page! 🙂


October 30th – November 3

XPR-1A Spirit of Kenston designed by Phillips Aviation Design and Experimental Division!

We enjoyed student presentations that brought many of the characteristics of air and Newtons Laws of Motion to life in an engaging way!  Let’s check out what lies ahead:

Chapter One Weather Test:  Tuesday, November 7th   Don’t wait to prepare for this.  There is quite a bit of information.  Begin reviewing your text and notes now. 

Be sure to bring in your Junk Box Challenge materials for Monday!  You’ll need them to successfully design your engineering challenge!

Monday and Tuesday:  We’ll enjoy a Junk Box Challenge as we employ the Engineering Design Process to tackle and solve an engineering challenge with creativity, teamwork, and perseverance! 

Wednesday:  What does weather have to do with materials science?  We’ll explore the relationship between challenges such as the weather and transporting soda pop bottles with career fields in materials science!  Cool stuff!

Thursday:  We’ll spend time in class reviewing for the upcoming Chapter One Weather Test.  This is to support your study time outside of class.  Nightly review of your notes and text outside of class will help you to prepare.

Friday:  What variables in nature impact weather and air quality?  What human choices impact weather and air quality?  Using the computer simulation Smog City on individual Chromebooks, we will manipulate these variables and measure the impact each has on our environment.

Extra Credit Opportunity:  Click on this link to Hot Air Balloon Extra Credit for 10 possible points of Extra Credit.




October 23 – 27


It was a treat to hold a Great Horned Owl at the Migration Festival in Ontario, Canada!

Monday:  Begin Astronomy Unit!  Begin exploration of the atmosphere with text and slide presentation.

Tuesday:  Continue our study of the atmosphere and the gasses that make up the various layers of the atmosphere.

Wednesday:  Be ready for an open-note quiz over the first two sections of Chapter One.  We’ll begin an exploration

Thursday and Friday:  We will complete a graphing activity of the layers of the atmosphere.  We will discover how the atmosphere can be divided into layers based on altitudes, temperatures and other identifying characteristics.


October 16 – 20

We finished our Field Trip Presentations this week. They were fantastic!

So proud of you all for your fine work in adapting to our new surroundings!  We had a great week!  Here’s what we have planned for next week:

Prepare for Astronomy Test on Thursday, October 19th.  Notes Graded October 20th.

Monday:  No School

Tuesday:  Review of tides and eclipses.  Organization of Science Notes.  Use pages at the end of Chapter One as guides for review along with your notes.  Remember, the text is online.  We’ve started to review a bit in class, but don’t wait to prepare.  Study a little each night this week.

Wednesday:  Review for Astronomy test.  We’ll use Kahoot and with other review activities.

Thursday:  Astronomy Unit Test

Friday:  Notes will be Graded.