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September - Oct. - November

 Meteorology

   

Real-time data collection during this years' Hurricane Season,

Analysis of real-time data as it occurs.  Connections made to basic Meteorology.  Predictions of storm tracks and strengths based upon decades of past data collection, mapping techniques, impact and use of satellite technologies.

Application to Meteorology, and Observations, Inferences and Forecasting of our First Snow Day Contest. 

Connections made to types of energy in our atmosphere and the primary sources, energy's fluid motion and fluid dynamics within the atmosphere.

 

The early weeks of classes students are intensively prepared for the course content through specific skill-building activities.  Specific skills such as study skills (teaching them how to study effectively across all disciplines), communication skills, computational skills, critical thinking skills, and inquiry/analysis training, and spatial reasoning skills are covered in depth by way of weather phenomena occurring in real-time.  These skills are particularly critical to success in the geosciences and are most effective when real time data can be collected for analysis (hence through the lens of Hurricane Season).  Student success is consistently assessed in these basic skills throughout the assignments and activities for the rest of the year.  As topics become more complex and multifaceted, students are more easily able to apply higher-level thinking skills to the complex geoscience events and topics.  

Though beneficial to students of all learning levels, this skill building facet of the course is particularly critical for the success of at-risk students.

 

Absences during these early weeks of class will impede the students' ability to succeed to the highest levels of learning for the rest of the year. 

 

   

Transition Topic I   Meteorology to Astronomy

 

Space Weather and Sol's Effect on daily weather patterns. 
Over time scales of minutes, hours, decades, centuries, millennia, and eons, patterns can emerge that permit better understanding of the complexities of large-scale processes and changes that occur in the atmosphere.  Connections to climate,  the application of Geologic Time and Geologic Time Scales are addressed.  The Age of Earth and the known Universe lead us into the next major topic of Astronomy.

 

December - Jan. - Feb. - March

Astronomy 

   

Cosmology vs. Astronomy, Observations of the night sky (while dusk occurs early in the evening) and celestial objects.  Further practice on spatial reasoning and diagramming techniques to critically inquire about processes, and relationships among the sciences.   The known Universe today, Earth's place in the Universe, Earth's position and changing position within our Solar System, the effects of constant, predictable dynamic motions by multiple bodies orbiting Sol. 

 

 

 

 

Transition Topic II 

Astronomy to Geology

 
 

Earth's position in our Solar System can be taken one step further - understanding where we live on Earth's surface.   The various methods of representing Earth's surface and surface features on different types of maps (above and below sea level), and how theses skills can assist the geoscientist in mapping the locations and excavation of Earth' resources we 'need' is explored.  Earth's resources of water, minerals, aggregates, and fossil fuels are explored, as well as how each is located and excavated for use.  Environmentalism is addressed in each of these cases, as is the part that each individual plays in achieving a balance between Excavation and the Environment.  How the Individual, Community, State, Nation and World impact each of these at different levels is also addressed - in particular how governments must begin to address the impacts of climate change, reduction of resources and increased need for energy in our society - at all levels. and how the Earth's surface formed changes in space, over time, with energy.

 

April - May - June

 Geology

   

As temperatures increase, snow melts producing the Spring runoff, again enabling real-time data collection and analysis of stream gauges, river levels, and predicted flooding events.  We introduce scale of time again by addressing 10, 50, and 100-year flood events (using real-time data for analysis), and the processes at play (soil chemistry and physics of fluid dynamics is connected). 

Structural geology is again brought into play, but now through the detailed observations and study of rocks and minerals, along with their locations, and processes of formation (chemistry and physics must be addressed in order to touch upon the complexities of these geoscience concepts).  The largest scale processes of Plate Tectonics, the Wilson Cycle and Geologic Time, the myriad sources of data and overwhelming connections to other sciences and disciplines is addressed here as we are able to reach the highest-level of thinking and evaluation of our place and impact on the planet.


 

 
 

Text, Supplemental Reading &  Resources

 

 Assignment date

 
         
 

 METEOROLOGY

     
   The Ice Cube Lab  Laboratory Report  9/11  
   'Blink & Whiff'  Laboratory Report  9/16  

20.4 Hurricanes
2.1  The Scientists Mind
2.2   Scientific Methods of Inquiry

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  9/24  
 

22.1  Oceanography
22.3  Properties of Ocean Water
24.1  Surface Ocean Currents
24.2  Deep Ocean Currents

 

 
Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment
 10/1  
 

1.2  Earth’s Systems & Spheres
1.3  Cycles & Earth
7.3  Environmental Issues

 

 
Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment
 10/23  
   
'Intro to Resource Extraction'      
PDF file at page bottom.
Inquiry Analysis Stewardship Awareness Activity  10/25  
   
'Petroleum: A Resource'      
PDF file at page bottom.
Inquiry Analysis Stewardship Awareness Activity    
 

4.1  Earth's Formation
4.2  Earth's Rotation
4.3  Earth's Revolution

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  11/4  
   'Particles, Particles Everywhere'  Laboratory Report    
 

17.1  Atmosphere in Balance
20.3  Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
 

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  11/12  
 

22.2  Properties of Water
17.2  Heat in the Atmosphere
 

   11/18  
 

19.1  Air Pressure & Wind
19.2  Factors Affecting Wind
19.3  Global Wind patterns
19.4  Continental & Local Winds

 

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  11/22  
 

18.1  Humidity & Condensation
18.2  Clouds
18.3  Precipitation   'Ppt.'

 

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  11/25  
 

20.1  Air Masses & Weather
20.2  Fronts & Low's
20.5  Forecasting

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  12/2  
 

Transition Topic I ...

 METEOROLOGY to ASTRONOMY

   
 

28.1  EM Spectrum
26.1  Sol = Our Star

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  12/18  
   'Geoscience Events & Time-scales of Cyclicity' .   PDF at bottom of page. Inquiry & Analysis Activity  TBA  
  21.1  What is Climate?
21.3  Climate Change
Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  12/18  
   The Hurricane Tracking Lab Project  Laboratory Report  TBA  
 

30.1  Geologic Time Scale

Reading Comprehension & Concept Diagraming Text Assignment  12/18  
   Time in the Hallway  Laboratory Report  12/23  
 

ASTRONOMY

     
 

28.2  Stars
28.3  How Stars Evolve
28.4  Galaxies & Universe

Review Text Assignments from Ch. 4

 

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  January 12  
   The HR Diagram Analysis  Laboratory Report  1/16  
 

26.2  Historical Astronomy / Kepler's Planetary Motions

 


25.1  Origin & History of the Moon
25.2  Lunar Motions
24.3  Tides

 

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Study Guide (SSG)

 

 

Synthesis Study Guide (SSG)

 

2/2

 
  Kepler's 1st Law of Planetary Motion:  Ellipses  Laboratory Report  2/2 (in class)  
   

Transition Topic II ... 

 ASTRONOMY to GEOLOGY

   
 

3.1  Modeling Planet Earth
3.2  Map making Technology
3.3  Topographic Maps

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  2/10  
  23.1  Studying the Ocean Floor
23.2  Continental Margins
23.3  Ocean Basins
23.4  Ocean Floor Sediments

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  TBA  
 

14.1  Groundwater
14.2  Conserving Groundwater
14.3  Groundwater & Geology

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

  Synthesis Outline  2/27  
   
'Watersheds, Stream flow & Precipitation'      
PDF file at page bottom.
 Inquiry Analysis Stewardship Awareness Activity  TBA  

12.1  Weathering
12.2  Soil
12.3  Mass Movements & Erosion
12.4  Soil Resources

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  3/5  
 

13.1  Streams & Rivers
13.2  Stream Erosion & Deposition
13.3  River Valleys
13.4  Floodplains & Floods

 

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 
 Synthesis Outline
 3/12  
   'Eureka!'  Group Activity & Laboratory Report  TBA  
 

15.1  What are Glaciers?
15.2  Glacial Motion & Erosion
15.3  Glacial Deposits
15.4  Ice Ages

 

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  3/19  
 

16.1  Wind - Erosional Agent
16.2  Wave Erosion
16.3  Shoreline Features

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Report  3/6  
March

5.1  Matter & Atoms
5.2  Composition & Structure of Minerals

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  March  
 April

7.2  Mineral Resources
5.3  Identifying Minerals

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  April  
 

6.1  How Rocks Form
7.2  Energy Resources

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 
 Synthesis Outline
4/7  
   
'Natural Gas: A Resource'     
PDF file at page bottom.
 
 Inquiry Analysis Stewardship Awareness Activity  TBA  
   
'Coal: A Resource'      
PDF file at page bottom.
 
 Inquiry Analysis Stewardship Awareness Activity  TBA  
   
'Energy Resources'      
PDF file at page bottom.
 Inquiry Analysis Stewardship Awareness Activity  TBA  
 

6.2  Igneous Rocks
6.3  Sedimentary Rocks
6.4  Metamorphic Rocks

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  4/16  
   Rock Characteristics Identification  Laboratory Report  4/27  
May

8.1  What is Plate Tectonics?
8.2  Types of Plate Boundaries
8.3  Causes of Plate Movement
8.4  Plate Movement & Continental Growth

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  5/1  
   Finding the Epicenter  Laboratory Report  5/17  
 

9.1  How & Where Volcanoes Form
9.2  Magma & Erupted Materials
9.3  Volcanic Landforms
9.4  Extraterrestrial Volcanism

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  5/18  
 

10.1  How/Where EQ Occur
10.2  Locating & Measuring EQs
10.3  EQ Hazards
10.4  Studying Earth's Interior

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  5/27  
 June

11.1  Where Mountains Form
11.2  How Mountains Form
11.3  Types of Mountains

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  6/8  
 

29.1  Fossils
29.2  Relative Age Dating
29.3  Absolute Age Dating

Vocabulary List
Nuggets List
Typed Notes

Supplemental Reading

 Synthesis Outline  6/12