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Welcome to my News and Notes page!  Here you will find materials used in class, including lab sheets, powerpoint presentations, etc.  If you are absent from class, this is a good page to visit to find out what you've missed.  Also, you might want to view some of these resources when you study for exams.  It is updated weekly.   - Mrs. Jones
Research Questions on Space
Make 2 Slides: One is a Question and One is an Answer
Pose an Interesting Question about Space
Research the question on a reputable website
Make 2 PowerPoint slides to explain your question and answer.  Cite your information on the slide.
We will present these slides in class on Wednesday, 12/18. 
1. The Moon, the Earth, the Sun, the Galaxy and the Universe!  All explained here.
3. We also looked at the Hubble site; PBS Origins (NOVA): and Imagine the Universe from NASA, which you can find through Google. 
Plate Tectonics and Earth Movements
1. Complete the USGS Webquest linked elsewhere on this website
2.  Review this PowerPoint on Earthquakes
3. Here is the Volcanoes PowerPoint.
4. Review this Jeopardy! on course material that may be on the test.
Review your class notes, plate tectonics quiz, lab material on the rock cycle, and chemistry pre- and post-tests.
Rocks and Minerals Unit (begins 10/25)
1. An Introduction to Chemistry and Minerals  is here (courtesy of Cindy Byron, AHS)
2. Igneous rocks basics is here. 
3. Learn about sedimentary rocks with this PowerPoint.
4. Metamorphic rocks are covered with this PowerPoint.   
Biodiversity Unit:
1. Calculate your carbon footprint using the link on the "education links" portion of my webpage: ( Then, fill in the attached information sheet.
2. Complete the Biomes webquest using the two links on the "education links" portion of this website.  One pertains to land biomes, and the other to ocean biomes.  The graphic organizer that accompanies this webquest is attached here.
3. Here is our PowerPoint that introduces biodiversity terms and ideas.
4. We discussed agriculture (sustainable vs. conventional) by looking at these pictures. 
5. Here is the Jeopardy! Review we used for test studying. 
6. We talked about waste disposal and ecological footprints on Wed. and Thurs.  Use the PowerPoint here if you were absent.  (We filled in the graphic organizer attached here while discussing the slides.)
Weather and Climate Unit:
1. Here is our first PowerPoint, an overview of meteorology 
 2. Here is our integration of weather and climate.
3. Remember to study your overview of terms for the Smokies lab.  Understand how and why ozone pollution happens.  Also, what are the major causes and effects of acid rain? 
4. Here is the jeopardy! review we did in class on Thursday before the test.  You might want to use this to quiz yourself, in addition to looking over your class notes and handouts as you study for the test.
We will begin our FBR unit on Thursday, August 22nd with a day-long field trip focused on data collection.  Here are some materials that accompany this unit.
 2. A PowerPoint on stream formation and the FBR: Hydrologic Cycle and the FBR Watershed (and the label and note guide that accompanies it)
3. A consideration of litter in our community and how to best measure it: Litter Lab 
4. Stream ecology and macroinvertebrate sampling: macroinvertebrate sampling 
5. Water Pollution and its impact on our watershed will be analyzed with local litter data and using images and ideas from this PowerPoint: Water Pollution 
6. Water conservation as an issue impacting our state, our country, and our region is discussed via this PowerPoint: Water Conservation. 
7. Refer to this PowerPoint for guidelines on how to put together a good FBR Presentation.
8. Your topics for the project are attached here.
DATA from Stream Surveys:
 Chemical Test Results Town Branch Bent Creek
 Phosphates2        2
 Nitrates   0    0
 Dissolved oxygen   4 4
 pH5.65 6.25
Last Modified on December 16, 2013