6 Earth Science

Welcome to Earth science at St Paul’s Academy. This is an active class so be prepared to get up out of your seat and learn science by doing! This year you will be asked to design interesting experiments, acquire necessary materials and collect valid data for analysis. We will study topics such as Astronomy, Geology, Energy, Weather, and Oceanography. If you love science and can’t get enough there are plenty of opportunities to go above and beyond what is expected in class. Cinch that strap on your thinking cap!

Oceans WebQuest


6/11 Semester 2 Final Exam is on Wednesday 6/13

6/7 Use Study guide to begin to prepare for Semester 2 final exam

6/1: Current Events Journals due next class

Deep Ocean Mysteries and Wonders

Robert Ballard: Exploring the Ocean's Hidden Worlds
Edith Widder: The weird, wonderful world of bioluminescence

Melissa Garren: The Sea We’ve Hardly Seen

5/17: Use study guide and chapter 8 to review for earthquake quiz on Monday!

5/15: Do Chapter 8 review questions 5-11, 14, 18, and 21-23 on pages 242 – 243, complete earthquake poster if not done in class

5/9: Read pages 230-239 and do questions 2,4, and 6 on page 239

5/7: Read pages 224 – 229 Do Review questions 3-7 on page 229

4/27: Plate Tectonics ‘Pick a Projects’ due on Tuesday

Four Earthquake simulators:

Worst Earthquakes since 1900

Virtual Courseware – Earthquake
Iris Earthquake simulator
TLC – Make a quake
National Geographic – Set off an Earthquake
Channel One News Quake Simulator
Engineering for Earthquakes
Science Friday: A Library of Mud
Science Friday: Stashing CO2 in rocks
Science Friday: Drilling to the Mantle
NAU – Geology How the Earth might look in 100 million years
Movie: How the Earth was Made
Movie: Home – an environmental documentary
Discovery Channel: Extreme Geology Challenge
Plate tectonics interactive
Plate tectonics game show
Plate tectonics game
Plate tectonics – National Geographic movie
Puzzles of the Earth
ZOOM Plate Tectonics
Science Friday: Geology

Science Spot – Kids Zone – Rocks and Minerals

The Rock Cycle Game!

Learner.org – Earth’s structure and plate tectonics interactives

4/25: Current Events Journals due Friday!

4/9: Read ‘Inside the Earth’ on pages 190-196 and answer review questions 3,4,7,9, and 11 on page 197

3/29: No Homework!   Enjoy this time with your family and friends.   Watch the birds…. Keep being awesome!

3/27: Complete Current Event Journal for March

3/23: Review Chapter 4 and your study guide for quiz on 3/27

3/21: Chapter 4 review questions 6-11, 14, 19, 22 and 24 on pages 114 and 115  –   Happy Spring!

3/19: Read ‘Metamorphic Rock’ pages 106-111 and answer Q’s 2-5 on page 111    VERNAL EQUINOX is at 10:14 pm PST

3/15: Read ‘Igneous Rock’ and ‘Sedimentary Rock’ on pages 98-105 answer Q’s 2,3,4 on page 101 and 2,5,7 on page 105

3/13: No Homework!  Hooray for you and all of your hard work on your science project!
3/9: Complete poster board for science project – Final project due on Tuesday, 3/13

3/7: Finish Conclusion, Acknowledgements, and Bibliography for Friday if not completed in class
3/5:, Read pages 90-97 and answer questions 3,4,5,8 and 10 on page 97.  Work on written conclusion for science project
3/1:Complete data collection for science project, Read pages 90-97 answer questions 3,5,7,10 on page 97
2/28:Review Chapter 3 study guide for quiz on March 1, Continue to collect data for science project
2/24: Read pages 74 -79 and answer questions 3-6, and 9 on page 79, continue to collect data for science project.
2/22:complete current events journal for February, collect data for science project
2/16: Gather all materials from your materials list. Bring what you need to class on Wednesday to be ready to collect data.
2/14: Complete procedure for science project!

2/9: Read pages 70-73 and do review questions 2,6,7 on page 73

2/7: Read pages 66-69 and do questions 2-6 on page 69
Identification of an Unknown Mineral
Mineral Identification Key
Jan 5: Read pages 648-653 and do questions 3,4,5,10 on page 653
Jan 3: Read pages 644-647 and answer questions 2-5 on page 647. Also, please bring in one or more plastic bottles for rocket building on Thursday!
December 15: No homework over the break, Happy Holidays!
December 13: Complete current events journal for December
December 9: Read pages 614-623 and answer questions 2-7 on page 623
December 7: Review study guide and chapter 19 for quiz on Friday
December 5: Chapter 19 Review questions 5-11, 19 and 22-24 on pages 606 and 607
December 1: Read pages 600 – 603 and answer questions 3,4,5 and 7 on page 603
November 29: Read pages 596-599 and answer questions 3,4,5 on page 599
November 23: No Homework, Happy Thanksgiving!
November 21: Read Chapter 19 Section 2: ‘the Life Cycle of Stars’ on pages 590-595 and answer questions 4,5,6,7 on page 595 Current Events Journals Due next class
November 15: Read Chapter 19 Section 1: ‘Stars’ on pages 580-589 and answer questions 3,4,5,6 and 10 on page 589
November 9: No Homework
November 7: Review study guide and chapter 18 for quiz on Wednesday.
November 3: Chapter 18 Review questions 5-14, 18, 21, and 22 on pages 574, 575
November 1: Chapter 18 Read pages 564-570 and do Q’s 3,4,5 and 9,10,11 on page 571

October 28:No Homework
October 26: Current Events Journals due next class!
October 24:No Homework!
October 20: Review Chapter 2 study guide for quiz on Monday October 24
October 18: Read pages 558-563 ‘Telescopes’ and answer questions 3,6,9 on page 563
October 14: Read pages 554-557 and answer questions 2-5 on page 557
October 12:Chapter review questions 7-13 and 17 and 27 on pages 56 and 57

October 10: Read pages 50-53 and answer questions 2-6 on page 53

October 4: Read pages 42-49 ‘Mapping the Earth’s Surface’ and answer questions 2-4 and 7-9 on page 49

September 30: Read pages 36-41 and answer questions 3-7 on page 41

September 28: Current Event journals due next class

September 26: Review Study guide for quiz on 9/28
September 20: Read pages 12 – 17 and answer questions 2-6 on page 17

September 22: Read pages 18-25 and answer questions 3-6 on page 25, Complete airplane lab if not done in class.









Who Wants to be a Millionaire? review game with questions from semester 2

Final Exam Jeopardy

Course evaluation

How to make a podcast using garage band


June 15:  Have a fantastic summer!   Watch the birds and be good to your parents!   See you in the future …or the pasture!

June 1:Complete Chapter 13 review questions # 7-15, 22-26 on pages 408 – 409
May 27: No Homework, Have a great weekend.
May 25: Read Chapter 13 section 5 ‘Ocean Pollution‘ pages 400 – 405 and do Q’s 2, 8, and 10 on page 405
May 23: Read pages 394 – 399 do Q’s 2-6 and 8 and 10 on page 399
May 19: Read chapter 13 section 3 ‘Life in the Ocean’ pages 388 – 393 and answer section review questions # 4-6 and 9 on page 393
May 17: Read chapter 13 section 2 ‘The Ocean Floor’ pages 382 -387 and answer section review questions #4 – 6 and 8 and 12 on page 387
May 13: Natural Disaster Project due Tuesday, May 17
May 11: Work on Natural Disaster Project

May 9: Read Chapter 13 section 1 “Earth’s Oceans” on pages 374 – 380 and answer questions 2,3,4, and 8 on page 381 Also: Natural Disaster project due May 17
April 29: Use Study guide to review for Tuesdays quiz on Earthquakes and Volcanoes!
April 27: Read pages 256 – 259 and answer questions 3 – 7 on page 259
April 25: Sign permission slip for Jason project videos
April 21: Read pages 250 – 255 and answer questions 2,3,4 and 9 on page 255
April 19: Read pages 230 – 239 and answer questions 5-10, 21, 22, 23 on pages 242 -243
April 11: Read Chapter 8 section 1 ‘What are Earthquakes?’ on pages 225 – 229 and answer questions 3-5 and 7-9 on page 229
March 31: No Homework over Spring Vacation! Enjoy.
March 29: 30-Point Geology Project due at the beginning of class on Thursday.
March 23: Read pages 206- 212 ‘Deforming the Earth’s Crust’ and answer questions 3, 7-12 on 213
March 21: Read ‘The Theory of Plate Techtonics’ on pages 202-205 and answer questions 2,3,6 and 7 on page 205
March 17: Read ‘Restless Continents’ on pages 198 – 201 and complete review questions 2-6 on page 201
March 15: Read pages 190-196 ‘Inside the Earth’ and answer questions 3, 4, and 9 on page 197
March 10: Use study guide to review for quiz on Chapter 4 for Tuesday 3/15
March 8: Read pages 102-111 Sedimentary and Metamorphic rock
March 2: Read “Relative Dating: Which Came First?” on pages 156-161 and answer review questions 2-7 on page 161
Feb 24: Complete song or poem dedicated to the rock cycle
Feb 22:Read Chapter 6, section 1 (pages 152 – 155) answer questions 2-6, 8, 9 on page 155
Feb 10: Science fair projects due next class (Feb 16)
Feb 8: Work on your science fair projects tonight.
Feb 4: Read pages 98 – 101 and answer questions 2,3,6, and 7 on page 101
Feb 2: Read ‘The Rock Cycle‘ on pages 90-96, answer questions 3-6, and 8-10 on page 97

January 20

Consider attending Dr. Julia Parish’s talk at 7 pm at the Sustainable living center tonight!

Review for the final next Wednesday!

Work on your space science project!  Due Feb 16

January 18

Review Chapter 3 for short quiz on Thursday

January 13

Review the Semester 1 study guide, highlight topics for review

January 7

Read pages 74 – 79 and answer questions 1-6, 9 on page 79

January 5

Read pages 70-73, answer questions #2,3,6,7,8, and complete “Is it Fool’s Gold?” lab if needed

January 3

Read pages 66-69 and write a list of ten minerals found in your home!

December 14

Sky Survey
Sky and Telescope
Stars and Constellations
WorldWide Telescope
Astronomy Links

Review Chapter 20 sections 1-3 for short quiz on Thursday

December 10:

No homework this weekend.  Enjoy!

December 6:

Read ‘Planetary Motion’ on pages 630 – 633 and answer questions 2,3,4 and 6 on page 633.  Bring in any clean, empty 1 or 2 liter plastic water or soda bottles for water rockets.

December 2

Read ‘The Earth Takes Shape’ on pages 624 -629 and answer questions 2,4,7, 9 on page 629

November 30

Read pages 618 -623 and answer questions 2,4,6,8,10 on page 623

November 16

Read pages 614 – 617 and answer Q’s 2,3,4, and 7 on page 617

November 9

If Life Cycle of Stars presentations are complete and ready to go, then you have no homework over the weekend!

If not, please complete these for Tuesday.

November 5

Chapter 19 Review Questions 5-9 and 20-24

November 3

Read section 4 of Chapter 19 pages 600 – 603 and answer Q’s 2-5 on page 603

November 1

Directed Reading for pages 590-599

October 28

No homework over the weekend.  Enjoy!

October 26

Final Draft of your mini-magazine is due on Thursday, 10/28

October 22

Review for chapter 18 test on Tuesday 10/26

October 20

Chapter 18 Review: Answer questions 2-15, and try 21,22 on pages 574,575

October 18

Rough Draft of your mini-magazine is due on 10/20

Oct 14

Read pages 564-570 (Mapping the Stars) and answer q’s 3,8,10, 11 on page 571

Oct 12

Read pages 558 563 and answer q’s 3,7,9 on 563

October 7:  No homework over the long weekend.  Enjoy!   Consider going to the 10/10/10 Global Work Party which starts at the library on Sunday morning at 9 am.

October 5:  Review Chapter 2 for Thursday’s quiz.

Oct 1: Read chapter 18 section 1 ‘Astronomy, the Original Science’ on pages 554 – 557 and answer questions 3,4,5 and 7 and 8 on page 557


Alphabetized List of Constellations

Make a Theodolite!
Mars rover under constructionWatch it live!

Identification of an Unknown Mineral
Mineral Identification Key

McGraw Hill Astronomy Interactives

Space Place

Measuring the diameter of the sun
For Autumn: Geophysical Institute
northern lights
Igneous Rock Textures
Astronomy Project Ideas

Collaborative Space Travel and Research Team (CSTART)
NASA Great Moon Buggy Race!
Team Frednet – Going to the moon!
National Virtual Observatory – you can have access to the world’s best telescopes on earth and in space, right at your laptop!

Astronomy project contest at Science Buddies
The Mystery of Earth’s Tides
NASA video of tidal forces
The Moon and Tides
Interactive Earth – tides
Moon Phases Calendar

Jason Project

Links to help you with your project:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Geographic site on Natural Disasters

Who Am I? Rock Identification Game

Aug 31: Complete science survey; Read over the course policies and procedures with a parent or guardian and have them sign it.

Sept. 2: read p. 6-21 in the textbook and begin thinking about a science experiment you’d enjoy doing.

Sept. 7: read p. 22-25; p. 25 #4-8

Sept. 13: “How do you measure up?”.

Sept. 15: p. 28 #1-7,11,12,17,19-23

Sept. 17: Review study guide, any notes and your textbook for quiz on Tuesday

Sept. 21: create a map that would allow a person to walk from the gym to the chapel at the lower school, include a legend, color, titles, a compass rose and brief written directions beneath the map. Also read p. 36-41 in your text.

Sept. 23: get quiz signed, read pages 42-48

Sept. 27: find latitude and longitude
Read pages 50-53 and answer questions #2-7 and 10 on page 41

Sept 29: Complete ‘Round or Flat?’ lab analysis and conclusion on pages 54 and 55, and answer questions 7-13, 16, 23 and 25 on pages 56 and 57


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  7. • Zack Ott

    Zack’s mad flight science

    Problem Question written:
    What variable will increase flight distance?

    If I make the plane smaller, lighter, and more balanced it will fly farther.

    Measuring tape

    1. Make a paper airplane.
    2. Take a measuring tape or ruler.
    3. Make a date sheet.
    4. Fly your plane multiple times writing down data for each flight.

    Data and Observation
    See Attached.

    Analysis and conclusion

  8. ZW
    September 14, 2011

    Comparing Whitewings with regular paper airplanes for distance

    Problem Question: With is better Whitewings or normal?

    Hypothesis: Whitewings will fly better because it is tougher to make.

    Materials: Whitewings Dolphin cutout, scissors, glue, lined notebook paper

  9. JL

    The Spinning Aircraft (how bent wings affect distance in paper airplanes)

    Problem Question
    What variable will increase flight distance?

    Adding to the wings increases flight distance.

    -Metal hook
    -Tape measurer
    -Data table paper
    -Glue stick

    1. Chose my paper airplane
    2. Cut out my pieces
    3. Built the airplane with instructions
    4. Taped hook on airplane
    5. Went outside and flew the airplane
    6. Filled the data sheet

    Data and Observations
    See attached

    Analysis and Conclusion

  10. RM
    science 6
    How paper changes the distance of a flight

    Problem Question
    What variable will increase flight distance?

    The plane with the longest wings will get the farthest distance and the plane with the shortest wings with fly the least amount of distance.


  11. CC®

    Flight of the ANVIL
    Hand launching vs. slingshot launching

    Problem Question: What variable will increase flight distance?

    Hypothesis: slingshot launching will be farther because it is much more sophisticated.

    Materials: glue, scissors, Dolphin ( The ANVIL), slingshot

  12. Sir Knight Zach Esquire the III twice removed from the 22ndthrone of Soviet Russia
    September 20 2011

Comparing Whitewings with regular paper airplanes for distance

    Problem Question: With is better Whitewings or normal?
    Hypothesis: The Airplane that flew farther was the normal paper airplane. Variables Paper airplane Whitewings paper airplane.
    Materials: White wings Dolphin cutout, scissors, and glue, lined notebook paper.
    Procedure: First I constructed the Whitewings paper airplane. Second I flew the Whitewings and collected data from its flights. Third I constructed a paper airplane of my own design. Fourth I then collected the data of its flights to.
    Data and Observations:

  13. Title
    Comparing two different planes

    Problem Question?
    What variable will increase flight distance?
    The variable that will increase flight distance
    is longer wings and bigger plane?
    Wind increase flight distance by huge amounts?
    The wind made my plane go in huge distances.
    First make the plane. Second get a paper to write expiriment down.
    Last make a lab write up.

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