Topic outline

  • Science Lesson Plans

    Monday 9/3:  No School. 

    Tuesday 9/4:   Welcome and introduction to class.  HOMEWORK:  Pick up science supplies. Composition notebook and folder if you have not done so already.  DUE: By Friday please! 

    Wednesday 9/5: Introduction to course. Entry Level Survey.

    Thursday 9/6:  Go over Entry Level Surveys.  What is Weather? discussion and activities.

    Friday 9/7:  Begin reading in science resources. Take notes on severe weather in composition book.   

    Monday 9/10:  Finish, compare and edit severe weather notes. Discuss questions in groups and categorize them.   Introduction to meteorology and weather forecasts.  Outdoor weather observations and comparison to actual forecast. Show students how to access FOSSweb using class account.   

    Tuesday 9/11:     Share local weather reports.  Begin notebook sheet 1 class weather chart taking daily measurements and recording observations. 

    Wednesday 9/12:   Review and update indexes and table of contents in composition notebooks. Answer focus questions using this vocabulary.  Fill out second class weather chart for a different location each day for the rest of the week.   

    Thursday 9/13:  Investigation 1, part 2, session 1: The Air around Us.  Record  and answer the Focus Question "What is air?  Do Syringe activity.  Write  observations and questions on notebook entry sheet 2 about the activity.    

    Friday 9/14:   Draw a model that explains what happens to air when it is pushed into smaller space and why does the plunger move back into the syringe when it's released. Finish up this weeks observations and data recordings.  

    Monday 9/17: View compression activity online, "Gas in a Syringe'.   Investigation 1, part 2, session 2.  Do "Air Experiment" Review Vocabulary and update Table of Contents and vocabulary Indexes.  Create vocabulary word concept maps. Revisit Focus Question and Record  "Weather and Water Big Ideas" in your notebook.  Share some other ways to demonstrate how air has mass.  

    Tuesday 9/18: Investigation 1, part 3, session 1:  Discuss Earth's atmosphere. Record Focus Question "What is the Atmosphere?" View and describe the layers of the atmosphere and what objects can be in them. .  Read and answer questions from "What's in the Air? pgs. 18-23 in our text books. Complete graphic organizer on the atmosphere. Complete notebook page sheet 3 Earth's Atmosphere. 

    Wednesday 9/19: Finish any work from yesterdays' Investigation 1, part 3 session, 1 that has not been done.  Take pre-test on the scientific method.  

    Thursday 9/20:   Investigation 1, part 3, session 2.  View and discuss online activity "Elevator to Space".  Review vocabulary and answer the focus question "What is the Atmosphere?".  Review notebook entries for the investigation, develop a list of key points in groups and as a class and answer the guiding question "Why do Meteorologists Study the Atmosphere?".   

    Friday 9/21:  Investigation 1 part 3 session 3. Use composition books to demonstrate an understanding by responding to Investigation 1 I-Check. Read "A Thin Blue Veil" pgs. 24-31, when done.  Record a concept grid in notebook to record information about each level of the atmosphere.     

    Monday 9/24:   Finish Investigation 1, part 3, session 3 if needed.   Use composition books to demonstrate an understanding by responding to Investigation 1 I-Check. Read "A Thin Blue Veil" pgs. 24-31, when done.  Record a concept grid in notebook to record information about each level of the atmosphere.     

    Tuesday 9/25: investigation 1, part 3, session 4.  Return Investigation 1 I-Checks to students and go over items that were trouble spots.  Students can make corrections and return by end of the week if they choose.  If time, begin Investigation 2 part 1 session 1. 

    Wednesday 9/26: Investigation 2, part 1, session 1.  Review air pressure.  Focus Question "How does pressure affect air?"  Introduce pressure indicator inquiry and record predictions on notebook sheet 4.  Assemble pressure indicators.  Make model of how indicator works in notebook. 

    Thursday 9/27:  Investigation 2, part 1, session 2.  Review "Gas in a Syringe" activity discussion.  Introduce density and discuss weather connections.  Read "What is Air Pressure in book and take notes and answer notebook sheet 5 questions.  Review barometers and watch barometer in a bottle video.  Review vocabulary (atmospheric pressure, atmospheric pressure bar, barometer, density, equilibrium, kinetic energy and millibar (mb)). Update table of contents and indexes. Revisit and answer focus question.  Record 'Big Ideas.   Do notebook page 6 Response Sheet- Investigation 2.  Use "Weather Balloon Simulation" to review how pressure changes with altitude. 

    Friday 9/28:  Investigation 2, part 2, session 1.  Introduce Weather Map.  Write down the new focus question "What happens when 2 areas of air have different pressures?"  Pass out notebook sheet 7.  Introduce Surface Air-Pressure Map and interpret it.  Label isobars and interpret map data. Compare and discuss wind maps.  Review vocabulary (isobar) and update table of concepts and indexes.  Revisit and answer focus question and record Big Ideas.