(7th Grade) Feb 27/March 2 – Earth’s Process Review Stations

7th grade students are working through some review stations on Earth’s processes (earth’s layers, rock cycle, plate tectonics, etc).  Students have been given a rubric and can expect to have 2 class periods to work through the 6 review stations.

Home Learning: 

Recycle Checkpoint 2 (Plate Tectonics) if needed. 

(8th Grade) Structure of the Universe Concept Map

šCreate a Concept Map to demonstrate your understanding of the Structure of the Universe. šYou must include all five levels of cosmic organization (planet, stars, solar system, galaxies, universe).  Include details on each level of cosmic organization and show how they relate to each other.

The reference pages in the back of your ISN should help you put your concept map together.

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The Structure of the Universe rotation assignments will be graded in class this week:

  • A3K “Milky Ways in the Making”
  • Gizmo: Star Spectra SEG +AQ
  • Notes Jigsaw
  • Voyager timeline activity
  • Expanding Universe Investigation
  • Cosmic Survey (How big? How far? How old?)
  • Concept Map

(7th Grade) Feb 23/24- Earthquakes

Update — Fixed Megaquake article link

In class we were working on a small rotation of activities:

Students turned in the assignment(s) they completed in class.  We will have some time next class to complete the other activity.

Home Learning:

Study for Checkpoint 2 (Standard 6.5 Plate Tectonics) Next class! 

(8th Grade) Feb 23/24 Structure of the Universe (Day 2)

Essential Question:  “Where is Earth in relation to all objets in the Universe?”

Students are working on a series of investigation centers to explore the structure of the universe.  Today was the second day students had to work on these activities (4 stations should be complete at this point).

Here are those links I showed you in class:

Scale of the Universe

scale of universe


100,000 Stars Simulation

100,000 stars

Home Learning: 

Fusion : Size of the Universe (pg. 74-80)  Read and answer questions

FCAT Explorer – Continue working through the challenges.  Entire ship due by end of 3rd 9 weeks!

(7th Grade) Feb 19/20 — Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Checkpoint #2  will occur next week!  It will cover standard 6.5.  (Plate Tectonics)  Make sure you review your notes on this material!!!  

In class we are discussing Plate Tectonics and the creation of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Earthquake 4 Square Notes

Mapping earthquake and volcano data

Plate Boundary Map

Feb 19/20 — Structure of the Universe Stations

Essential Question:  “Where is Earth in relation to all objets in the Universe?”

8th grade students are working on a series of investigation centers to explore the structure of the Universe.  These activities will be completed (mostly) in class over the next few class periods.

Video — Minute Physics — How big is our Universe? 

Vocabulary K/W/L Chart

Vocab What I KNOW What I WANT to know What I’ve LEARNED
Solar Systems

We started class by adding to the K and W columns — as the lesson goes on we will update the “L” column.


Home Learning:

FCAT Explorer — Complete ALL 8 Lessons by Sunday, Feb 22nd.


(8th Grade) Feb 17/18 – EM Spectrum; Structure of the Universe (Galaxies)

Today we did a quick FCIM Lesson on the EM Spectrum.

Click the image below to review the EM Spectrum.








We watched the Brainpop video on Galaxies and completed a graphic organizer.

Home Learning: 

  • Fusion “Structure of the Universe” Lesson Review (due next class) 

  • FCAT EXPLORER- Complete all 8 lessons by Sunday Feb. 22nd.  

(7th Grade) Feb 17/18- Faces of Earth

Note: Students in period 1A were given time in class to complete/submit missing assignments on 2/18.

We are continuing to explore/explain what happens at plate boundaries:

Today we discussed the differences between Convection, Ridge Push, and Slab Pull.  

We also reviewed specifically what happens at each type of plate boundary.

Video Questions

(8th Grade) Quick Video – NASA Releases Spectacular 5-Year Timelapse Of The Sun

This is seriously cool —

“As a nod to the fifth anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s launch, NASA has created and released a stunning five-year time-lapse of the sun. The footage was captured by taking one frame every 8 hours from 2010 to 2015, with different colors representing different wavelengths.”

(7th Grade) Feb 12/13 Plate Tectonics

Students will explore the theory of plate tectonics by describing how the shifting of the plate change the earths surface. We will support theory of plate tectonics through various forms of evidence including fossils and rocks.

Theory of Plate Tectonics Graphic Organizer

Plate Tectonics Drawings/Notes: