(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:

(7th Grade) Continental Drift

This week is all about the theories of Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics.  We have been doing a number of different activities to help understand the concepts.

Theory of Continental Drift : Click Here!

In the early 1900s, Alfred Wegener, wrote about his hypothesis of continental drift.Continental drift is the hypothesis that states that the continents once formed a single landmass, broke up, and drifted to their present locations.

Mountain Ranges
Same Rock Formations on different continents
Volcanic Rocks
Similar Rock Types on different continents

Glossopteris discovered in S.A, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, & India
(found in swampy environments)

Sediment deposited by glaciers
S. Hemisphere cooler [millions of years ago]

(8th Grade) Feb 12/13- CGA Data Review, Waves FCIM

Students are receiving copies of their CGA 2 data and starting to look for areas of improvement.  Please put your highlighted CGA Data forms in the back of your ISN so you can reference it later.  Next I plan to give you an average by benchmark for all the CGAS (baseline, 1 and 2) so we can really dig into the data.

Waves Focus Lesson (Part 1) –  We spent some time in class reviewing a 7th grade benchmark (SC.7.P.10.3) on Waves and Media.  We took some guided notes, answered some practice questions and watched a few video clips to tie it in to our lessons on Space.

H-R Diagram Graphing- Finally, we got started on our final H-R Diagram activity.  I am using this to assess your understanding of an HR Diagram, so please make sure you get it back to me next class.  Click the image below to download another copy.

hr diagram