Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Innovators/6 Geologic History Unit

Our study of the Earth and its geologic history will take us on an unprecedented journey through deep geologic time.  As we travel back to the Hadean period, when the early was beginning to take shape and life was starting out in the early oceans.  We will continue through to the greatest initial diversity of life in the oceans to the invasion of life on land to the end of the dinosaurs.  This journey will allow us to compare numerous fossils as well as organisms that have stood the test of time and are still alive in this current time period.  We also will look at the geologic changes that have taken place from the break-up of Pangea to the mass extinction events to the last great ice age.  You understanding of this unit will depend heavily on your willingness to engage with the materials that will be presented and offered to you for your learning.  The individual units will in the end create an overall picture of our current knowledge of the Earth's colorful geologic past.

Earth's Geologic History Playlist

Innovators/6 Geologic Time Period Predictions/Name the Age

The study of geologic time and the organisms that have inhabited the Earth in the past is very interesting and diverse.  The first major time period had you and your lab partner observing and comparing the variety of life that existed in the oceans.  Your team also looked at the drastic differences of the environments based on the climate on both land and in the oceans.  Based on your studies, what formal title would you give to this geologic age of the Earth?  Base your decision on all the information that you have gathered.  After your decision and supporting argument is made for your choice, you must then predict what the next age of the Earth will be like.  Think about the types of plant and animal life that may start to evolve from these initial inhabitants of the Earth.  Predict the climate and the possibility of the continental brake-up of Pangea.  Make sure you can support your claim

Monday, February 8, 2016

Innovators 6/7/8 The Big History Project

The Big History Project, is a great online course that looks to tackle the big ideas in history, going all the way back to the origins of the universe.  This is very fortunate for us and our study of the biological, geological and astronomical aspects of the Earth, as this course addresses many of the fundamental questions about the beginning of the Earth, life and the continued diversity of all that exists and existed on planet Earth over its rich past, present and future.  As an innovator, you will enroll in this course and work through the various units based on your current area of study.  This course is entirely on line although we will address a majority of these topics in class, you however, are very much responsible for working through each assigned unit at a pace that both appropriate and efficient.  All quizzes will be taken online and submitted for a grade.  Other various assignments will be discussed and collected in class.  Enjoy the class and make the connection to your learning to increase your understanding.   

The Big History Project 

Innovators/8 Chapter 8: Are Novas Really "New" Stars? AS to Supernovas-Wow!

The age of discovery continues throughout Galileo's time which includes the wonders of "novas".  How did these mysterious "stars" strike up curiosity in Galileo?  To what extent did theses new "discoveries" change the ideas and views of what the "knowledgeable" people of the world understood about the universe?  Explain your thoughts on these findings based on the  particular writings of this chapter.

Innovators/8 The Stars and galaxies that make up the universe.

Our study of the cosmos will focused on the life cycle of stars and the characteristics of galaxies.  The night sky is full of amazing wonders.  As we look out at the night sky, we must appreciate the vastness of space and the wonders of what is out beyond our won solar system.  Use the playlist below to explore these topics in further detail.

Stars and Galaxies Playlist

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Nature Connection

The shortest month of the year just gained a day!  February 29th, that elusive date that only comes around once every fours year is upon us once again.  A day that is used to reset the yearly calendar based on the calculated orbit of the Earth.  That also means an extra day of winter that will be predicted by that stubborn chubby groundhog on the 2nd of the month.  The increasing daylight at this time of year  encourages some wild animal to look for mates  so that babies can be born in the spring and grow up over the healthy summer months. You hear or see great horned owls, foes, opossums, and raccoon at dusk or later in the evening.  In our area, it is still winter, with plenty of cold snaps and snow storms to come.

February Nature Connection Assignments

  • Nature Notes pg 107 (2 a week for a total of 8)
  • Picture of the Month pg 109
  • The Groundhog and its shadow pg 110-111
  • Looking at Trees (and shrubs!) pg 116-117
  • A Winter Tree Home pg 118-119

 Nature Connection Downloads

Friday, January 29, 2016

Innovators 7/8 S.I.R. Scientific Investigative Reporter

The world is full of scientific mystery and wonder.  There are also issues that concern scientists and the general public based on the effects on both man and his environment.  It is important that the general public is informed and made aware of these issues.  Your role as a S.I.R. is to continually inform the public of the scientific topic that you have selected.  You will report out every month using various informational methods (written, audio, and /or video).  You will be able to use numerous resources but you will have to stay current by only using relevant news from the past or current month only!  For Innovators 8, your reports will be web based and updated with links and posts to the blog.  Please do your job diligently and have fun reporting out!

Topics For Innovators 7 Include:

  • Pandemic     Global Climate Change
  • GMO's          Food-borne Illnesses
  • Environmental Chain Reactions        Stem Cells 
  • Genetic Engineering

Topics for Innovators 8 Include:

  •  Pandemics       Global Climate Change
  • GMO's              Food-borne Illnesses
  • Environmental Chain Reactions     Stem Cells 
  • Wildfires           Hurricanes
  •  Gravity & G-Forces     Steroids
  •  Structural Engineering Failures     Robots
  • Fuel Cells          Artificial Satellites
  • UV Rays            Genetic Engineering