Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will begin our exam review. click here for a copy of it. We will be taking up some questions each day. Bring your binder to class and make sure you have all the handouts.


Welcome back! Today we started working on the culminating assignment for this course. Students have 5 work periods this week to complete the culminating which is due on Monday, January 13. Students were busy researching their topics- flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards. 

Stay warm! 10 classes until exams!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Tomorrow you are welcome to use the class as a work period, or you may attend the staff vs. student volleyball game for a donation of $2 or a canned good. Have a safe and relaxing holidays with friends and family, and I will see you in the New Year- the final 2 weeks! We will be focusing on the Culminating Assignment and Exam review so be sure to get caught up before then.

A Visit to the Solomon Islands

A big thank you to Sara Martin for coming into our class today and sharing her stories about her work with the World Wildlife Fund in the “Coral Triangle”. HERE is the PowerPoint from her visit in case you missed it, or if you would like more information– what a beautiful place! Sara also told us about some of the negative effects the oceans are experiencing, and what the WWF is doing to help.

Tornadoes and Hurricanes

Today we looked at tornadoes- how, when, where, and why. We also looked at the dangerous career of storm chasing. HERE is the PowerPoint from today’s class. Be sure to pick up the reading about Typhoon Haiyan as well.

We will have a special guest speaker visiting our class tomorrow so please arrive on time. She is a world traveller and has a lot of interesting stories and pictures to share with us.

Thunderstorms and Lightning

HERE is the PowerPoint from today’s class.

I also handed out the Culminating Assignment, which is due on January 13th, so you have lots of time to think about it and get started 🙂

HERE is a link to the culminating. There are extra hard copies of it in the make-up binder in the classroom.

The Atmosphere

We are now starting our last unit: The Atmosphere. Today we were introduced to the atmosphere though this retro Bill Nye the Science Guy video!
Students also filled out a survey, indicating which topics would be of the most interest to them during the final couple weeks of this course. Thanks for your input!

Test Review

The test will be tomorrow (Tues. Dec. 3) during 2nd period.
Please arrive on time. No ipods/ phones/ music.

Remember that this will be your last unit test before exams, so it is important to study and attempt all questions. As you study, read through your notes/ assignments, look at any PowerPoints/ videos on the blog. Make notes. Keep your study notes and marked tests to help you study for the final exam!

Key Terms/ Ideas to be familiar with:

Rivers- What is a river?
Oxbow lake- how is it formed?
Drainage basin, stages of river development (young, mature, old)
Floods/ floodplains
Glaciers- What is a glacier? Types of glaciers (alpine, ice sheet)
Benefits of glaciation
Landforms caused by glaciers (label a diagram!)
Hadal Zone (below 6000 m- trenches) what lives there? What characteristics do those creatures have?
Mid-ocean ridges- what discoveries were made?
Shoreline features caused by erosion and deposition, human solutions to
3 types of ocean waves, rip currents
Oceans- major problems
Ocean currents, gyres
Great Lakes- major problems/ threats

The test is 5 pages long, and is comprised of multiple choice, true or false, definition, and short answer questions. You will also have to label one diagram related to glacial landforms.