Today you are to investigate one current news event.  For this you can either read an article from an online newspaper (links are below) or watch a video from a network news station (links below). 

Steps to complete your assignment:
  1. Find an article
  2. Read or watch the story
  3. Summarize the story in 4-6 sentences
  4. Create a time line for your story with at least 5 dates/events (if you cant find 5 dates research the topic and find out some history on it)
  5. Write a 2 sentence response to your summary.  Include your reaction to reading the article.
  6. Post your article on the comment section of this blog post and include the link to your article or video.
Newspaper links:
This week is split into two parts...You must complete both parts to earn full credit this week!

Part 1...Study the graph  and use it to complete the quiz.  The answers come straight to me and only I can view them.
                                    "Water Usage in the United States (2005)"
Part 2....Posted in the comment Section of this post!

    Using the at least 5 of the processes of the water cycle (listed below), you are to write a story as if you were a drop of water going on a journey through the water cycle.  Make sure you include each phase of the water cycle and that it is in the proper order.  You can start at any stage of the cycle, however the stage you start with should be the same stage you finish with.   Be creative and accurate!

Use the following processes:
  • Evaporation--->Liquid water is converted into water vapor
  • Condensation--->Water vapor is converted into liquid water
  • Melting--->Ice is converted into liquid water
  • Freezing--->liquid water is converted to ice
  • Sublimation--->ice is converted into water vapor
  • Precipitation--->water vapor in the air condenses to form drops heavy enough to fall to the Earth’s surface.

OH Grade 6-8, Science Standard Earth and Space Sciences C
Describe interactions of matter and energy throughout the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (e.g., water cycle, weather and pollution).
OH Grade 6-8, Science Standard Scientific Inquiry B
Analyze and interpret data from scientific investigations using appropriate mathematical skills in order to draw valid conclusions.
This week you are to take a closer look at rocks and minerals. For your assignment complete the following:
  1. Compare and contrast Rocks and Minerals...Include 5 Characteristics specific to rocks, 5 Characteristics specific to Minerals and 5 common characteristics of both. (10 points)
  2. List 5 examples of Rocks...Include the name and a brief description (2.5 points)
  3. List 5 examples of Minerals...Include the name and a brief description (2.5 points)

This should take you no longer than 30 minutes to complete...please organize your blog post into 3 sections for each part of the assignment.
No blog assignment this week...Make sure you complete this lesson in Study Island.
Investigate five earthquakes that have occurred over the past 100 years.  Tell where they occurred, what kind of damage occurred and how it effects the landscape.  Make sure to include all of this info for each quake you investigate. 

Use the internet to look up earthquakes (link below)

List of earthquakes