• Happy May!

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 5/3/2019

    Earth Science

     

    Students have been working hard to stay caught up with understanding the material in astronomy. Today we took a test on the sun and properties of stars in general.

     

    Students were also given a FINAL review guide that is worth up to 20 extra credit points. They can use their books, notes, internet, peers, or come by for help. This review is long, but it will help students to know what to study for the final. We are only at the beginning of May, but it is going to breeze by!

     

    Environmental Science

     

    This week, students have begun to explore alternative sources of energy- starting with biofuels, including algae as an alternative, and geothermal energy. Next week, we will continue the discussion about the positives and negatives of the different sources.

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  • Constellations Webquest Sites:

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 4/29/2019 7:00:00 AM
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  • Almost there! ... but there is still work to be done!

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 4/26/2019 3:00:00 PM

    As the semester comes to a close, there appears to be some anxiety in the air. Some students are ready for summer, while others are worried about maintaining their grades near the end. Although we are close, there is still work to be done. I am here for anyone who may need help and remember to stay strong and finsih on a positive note!

     

    Earth Science

     

    This week, our focus has been on stars. Students have looked at he life cycle of stars, distance of stars, and plotted the luminosity vs. temperature of stars on the H-R diagram. 

     

    Astronomy has been a fun topic and from it there have been many interesting questions. 

     

    Next week the focus will be learning more about the technology used to study space and about constellations.

     

    Environmental Science 

     

    This week students took a test to test their knowledge of non-renewable energy resources including fossil fuels and nuclear power. 

     

    Next week we will enter our unit on climate change and how to combat it with renewable energy resources.

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  • 1st Photo of the Black Hole this week!

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 4/12/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Earth Science

     

    Black Hole

    This week, scientists at NASA revealed the first ever photo of a black hole. A feat that took a team of scientists and years of technological advances. In a couple weeks, we will go more in depth about the formation of black holes and thoughts behind them. 

     

    This week, we studied the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Students explored why we have phases of the moon, why there are solar and lunar eclipses, and how the moon came to be the cratered surface it is today.

     

    Next Wednesday, students will have a quiz these topics.

     

    Environmental Science

     

    This week, we have been exploring non-renewable energy. Students learned about the different types of energy and fossil fuels. Next week, students will research in more depth one type of fossil fuel or incident involving fossil fuel use. 

     

     

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  • ACT testing is over... whew!

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 4/5/2019 3:00:00 PM

    ACT Testing is over! Yay! On Monday we spent time reviewing some strategies for the ACT test. Students shared some great strategies and I could see that most everyone took the time to do their best. 

     

    Earth Science

     

    Over the past two weeks we have studied ideas of early astronomy and how they have changed over time. We also made a scale model of the solar system to learn about the different sizes of the planets as well as their distances from the sun. 

     

    Today, students took a quiz to show what they know. Scores will be returned early next week with a chance for corrections.

     

    Environmental Science

     

    This week was quite interrupted with testing, but we managed to learn a bit more about mining, and today students took a quiz to test their knowledge. I gave students the option to work in pairs so that they could discuss and come up with the best possible answers.

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  • Remember...ACT next week!

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 3/29/2019 3:00:00 PM

    We are back in full swing now for the rest of the semester! Next Tuesday (April 2nd) all students will be taking the ACT. Freshman will take the ACT Aspire, sophmores will take the Pre-ACT, and Juniors will take the ACT. Seniors will not attend school. It is important to remember to take this test seriously, because it helps provide teachers with feedback as to what students need most help in. 

     

    Earth Science

     

    Since coming back from spring break, we have entered our astronomy unit. We begun by looking at how ideas about astronomy have changed over time. For many centuries, it was the common belief that Earth was at the center of the solar system, however through scientific discovery, we now know that's not true. 

     

    This week, we also discussed the scale of objects and distances within the solar system.

     

    Environmental Science

     

    This week we started the topic of resources- beginning with mining. Students looked at different types of mines and how we use minerals in our daily life. 

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  • Websites for Ellipse/Gravity Webquest

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 3/27/2019 7:00:00 AM
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  • Happy Spring Break!

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 3/15/2019 3:00:00 PM

    I hope that everyone has a wonderful spring break and is able to relax and have some fun so that we can finish off the year strong when we return!

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  • 5 more school days...

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 3/8/2019 3:00:00 PM

    ...until Spring Break! However, that doesn't mean we aren't going to work hard next week!

     

    This week our students had the opportunity to be a part of a live stream question and answer session with Anne McClain, an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station. This event was set up by Lowell Observatory in partnership with FUSD. Students asked questions and were able to get them answered in live time! This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, and students seemed to really enjoy it!

     

    Earth Science

     

    This week began with a test- of which the results were awesome! After the test we dove into our next topic: extreme weather. On Sunday, an incredibly distructive tornado ripped through Alabama and parts of Georgia. We discussed this and now students are working on a project in partners or alone to research an extreme weather event in history. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will present their findings to the class. 

    Next Thursday and Friday for 4th hour, we are going to have a special lesson from NAU practicum students on "Why is the sky blue?"

     

    Environmental Science

     

    This week students presented on and listened to presentations about severe weather. We looked at safety during avalanches as well as the science behind earthquakes. Today, we had a discussion looking at both sides of the BPA in plastics argument. After reading and sharing information on both sides, some interesting conversations arose!

     

    Next week, we will focus on bioaccumulation, review, and take a test on environmental hazards on Thursday. 

     

    On Friday, we have a special guest from the NAU philosophy department to lead a discussion!

     

     

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  • Happy March!

    Posted by Danielle Ridgell-Perry on 3/1/2019 2:30:00 PM

    There are only 2 weeks of school left until spring break! Can you believe it? Let's stay strong and finish this quarter on a high note! 

     

    Earth Science

     

    This week are main topic has been clouds and what comes from them. Students created "cootie catchers" to summarize information about the various cloud types. Students learned about rare clouds and did their best ot make scientific drawings of cloud types. Students also learned about lightning and about the different forms of precipitation that can fall from clouds. 

     

    Today we played a review board game to study for the test on Monday. Remember... it's open note, so gather your materials!

     

    Types of Clouds

     

    Environmental Science

     

    This week we have been discussing the social environmental hazard of vaping. Students had a lot of strong opinions which led to some interesting discussion! Students created questions about the risks of vaping and vaping habits of students at Coconino High School which will be sent out. Students are now exploring phystical hazards such as tornados, avalanchaes, and hurricanes. Students are creating an infographic which is optional to present to the class. 

     

     

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