• Remote Learning Week 7

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 5/11/2020

    This week, students will learn about air masses, fronts, high and low pressure systems (including the formation of a hurricane) and how these affect local weather. By the end of the lesson, they should be able to interpret a weather map.

    Because of the breadth of this week’s lesson, students will watch four videos (with built-in questions) on EdPuzzle to help them build their understanding of weather systems. They will then be assessed via Quizizz, an on-line review game or a Flipgrid video of them doing a weather forecast using guide questions.

    Science learners will also have optional hands-on and enrichment activities that will count as extra credit. These will give them an opportunity to:

    • do the Cloud in a Bottle Experiment at home (a demo of how cloud formation works); and
    • navigate a website featuring a hurricane simulator (to help them understand more deeply what factors create a hurricane).

    An overview of the lesson, the links to the assignments and to Teams Meetings can all be found on Google Classroom for Science. 

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  • Remote Learning Week 6

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 5/4/2020

    This week, students will learn about global wind systems and ocean currents. They will explore what causes these patterns in the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and how these help regulate weather and climate.

    Students will watch two videos (with built-in questions) on EdPuzzle to help them understand the content. Students’ understanding of the lesson will be assessed via Quizizz, an on-line review game.

    Science learners will also have optional hands-on and enrichment activities that will count as extra credit. These will give them an opportunity to:

    • explore what happens when cold water and hot water are mixed (a demonstration of convection in fluids), and to replicate this demo in their own home;
    • navigate a website showing real-time simulation of global winds and ocean currents;
    • investigate what happens with the plastic waste we generate and how these affect the oceans and the marine life in them;
    • do a scavenger hunt of single-use plastics at home, and create an action list of five things they can do to refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle their plastic.

    An overview of the lesson, the links to the assignments to Teams Meetings can all be found on Google Classroom for Science. 

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  • Remote Learning Week 5

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 4/27/2020

    This week, students will learn about how wind is created, with a focus on sea breezes and land breezes. Students will look into the relationship between temperature, density and air pressure and the role of the sun in convection.

    Using a Nearpod lesson, students will:

    • analyze a simulation of sea and land breeze;
    • analyze an experiment on the specific heat capacities of soil and water; and
    • watch a few interactive videos on the science behind wind and cloud formation.

    Students’ understanding of the lesson will be assessed via Quizizz, an on-line review game.

    Students will also have optional hands-on and enrichment activities that will count as extra credit. These will give students an opportunity to:

    • watch and replicate a cool demo on convection as well as how to create a convection box out of ordinary household materials; and
    • navigate a useful website/app on winds.

    An overview of the lesson, the assignments, and the links to Teams Meetings can all be found on Google Classroom for Science. 

     

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  • Remote Learning Week 4

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 4/21/2020

    This week, students will learn about Climate Change- currently the most important environmental issue facing our planet. It is very fitting that we have this lesson as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd. It is hoped that students will take some time to really think about their lifestyle and daily activities, how these impact the planet, and what positive things they can do to be part of the solution.

    Students will do the following:

    • watch two short videos on Climate Change to understand the issue;
    • complete the on-line Carbon Emissions Calculator and the Google Doc that goes with it;
    • get some inspiration from watching a video of Greta Thunberg, Person of the Year for 2019; and
    • create a 2-minute Flipgrid video on their “carbon footprint” and strategies on how to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

    Students will also have optional hands-on and enrichment activities that will count as extra credit. These will give students an opportunity to:

    • see some cool and simple experiments on climate change; and
    • navigate some websites dedicated to Earth Day 2020.

    An overview of the lesson, the assignments, and the links to Teams Meetings can all be found on Google Classroom for Science. 

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  • Remote Learning Week 3

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 4/16/2020

    This week, students will learn about the atmosphere – its importance to sustaining life on the planet, its interesting structure and properties, how air pressure works, and the issues of air pollution and ozone depletion.

    Students will watch three short videos culled from different sources and answer practice questions on Quizizz (a fun review game platform). They will also have optional hands-on and enrichment activities that will count as extra credit. These optional activities will give students an opportunity to:

    • watch how air pressure is at work in a set up involving a water in a pan, a lit candle and an inverted glass;
    • see how air pressure can crush an aluminum soda can;
    • create a home-made liquid dispenser using simple materials at home;
    • build a physical or virtual lung model;
    • understand how Covid 19 affects patients’ respiration; and
    • explore how ventilators work.

    An overview of the lesson, all the assignments, and the links to and schedules for Teams Meetings (a platform for face to face interaction) can be found on Google Classroom for Science. 

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  • Remote Learning Week 2

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 4/6/2020

    This week, students will learn about topographic maps and satellite images – how to interpret them to identify land and erosional features, and how these features may be reshaped by weathering.

     

    Students will watch instructive (1-3 minute) videos, answer practice questions and complete a quiz. They also have optional exploration and enrichment activities (counted as extra credit).

     

    For their exploration activities, students can choose to:

    (1) take a virtual hike of Big Bend National Park;

    (2) build and map a clay mountain; or

    (3) create a hand topographical map with just a pen and their hand.

    For their enrichment activities, students can click on links that would show them (1) the effect of Covid 19 on air pollution; and (2) how satellite images of poop stains help us understand penguin populations.

    An overview of the lesson and all the assignments can be found on Google Classroom for Science.

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  • Remote Learning Week 1

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 3/30/2020

    This week, students will begin with remote learning mode. Students previously learned about the Continental Drift Theory; this week they will continue with Plate Tectonics – why the plates move, how they move and the crustal features these movements create.

    Students will do the following tasks:

    • watch instructive videos and answer questions;
    • explore Plate Tectonics with the Gizmo interactive website or do the hands-on Kitchen Geology lab; and
    • check for understanding with a quiz.

    The lesson overview and assignments can all be found in Google Classroom for Science.

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