Monday, December 31, 2012

Forces and Motion Introduction

Today we explored with roller coaster models!  How can we connect science words to what we did today?  Watch the video that another teacher created based on our favorite Christmas movie the Grinch!

When you are done...fill out the 3,2,1 sheet we sent home with you to start learning the science words you will need to know.

If you left your homework at school, you can download it here.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Online Study Resource

We  created an online study guide today that we hope you will find helpful as we prepare for Wednesday's test.  Don't forget...a great way to study is to scroll through the past blogs to see what we learned about watersheds, human impact, forests and mineral resources. 

To watch the powerpoint that I have narrarated click here.

If you are having trouble loading that one, you can watch the powerpoint review guide click here.
Don't forget: Test on Wednesday, December 19th

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Resources in Virginia

Mineral Resources

Today we are going to learn about the mineral resources in Virginia. This should be a review of what we discussed in class earlier today.

Watch this video

Fill out the assignment sheet about objects in your house that may have been made from some of Virginia's minerals.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Save Stadium Woods

Stadium Woods is an example of an old growth forest. This means it is a forest that has grown naturally without being planted by humans.

Watch this video about how Virginia Tech is looking at destroying a natural forest on their campus.

In your science journal answer these two questions

 what are the positives and negative consequences would be of replacing this forest with a stadium?


what is an old growth forest?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Virginia's Natural Resources

What are the natural resources and industries in each region of Virginia?

Click here to see a chart and a map of the regions and their resources. Take some notes you will need to use them for the activity below.

Now try this activity to see what you know

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How do we affect our watershed?

You may have seen these plaques near street drains. They remind us that what we leave behind eventually will go to the Chesapeake Bay. It is important not to litter or pollute because it can affect the animals who depend on water, including humans!

Click Below

Reflection Activity:

In your notebook brainstorm ideas about how you can help protect our watersheds.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What is a watershed? 

A watershed is an area of land where all the water above and below ground flows to the same place.

Can you guess which watershed Hartwood is a part of?

We are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and so are parts of six other states.

It looks like this......

All of this blue water eventually travels to the Chesapeake Bay.

click here to watch about watersheds

Reflection Activity: In you notebook write bout how people polluting in Pennsylvania affect us in Virginia.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Warm and Cold Fronts

We have learned about the types of precipitation and the clouds that create them.  But that doesn't really explain HOW the precipitation is created in the atmosphere.

Today we are going to explore air pressure and warm and cold fronts. Click on the link that that says Weather Maps.  It will take you to a website that explains what they are with a great visual picture.

When you are finished draw a picture of a cold front using red and blue crayons if you have them at home.  If not, write the words red and blue next to them.

You can also draw a picture of a warm front.  Remember...drawing helps you visualize your learning! 

"If you can see it, you can understand it."

Mrs. Lausten and Mr. Curtin

Monday, November 12, 2012

Weather Data

Have you ever wondered what the weather will be tomorrow? next week? or next year?

This is something that weather forecasters wonder about too. 

Weather forecasters look at many different variables:

Temperature is measured using a thermometer.

Wind speed is measured using an anemometer.

Rainfall amounts can be measured using a rain gauge.

Air pressure can be measured using a barometer.

How does the weather forecaster know how to predict the weather?

Click here for the video to watch tonight.

When you are done, answer the question on your reflection sheet.

Mrs. Lausten and Mr. Curtin

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cloud Formation

Have you ever wondered what the names are for the clouds in the sky?  And what types of precipitation do they create any way?  This video will help you learn more about three of the main types of clouds that you need to know:

Cirrus clouds


cumulus clouds

Watch and learn.....

Looking for more???  
Here is a fun way to practice information about what types of precipitation falls from different cloud types. .  

Hartwood Science Teachers