Louise Culver's Science Classes

Science changing society…

April 30, 2015


–Whole Group-Teacher Demo-Investigate Part B: Salt Content and Circulation (p. 476)


–IndividualsàPartners: Part C: “Thought Experiment” on Convection Cells (p. 477)


–Individuals Environmental Open Note Quiz
“How Populations Change in Size”:

  1. In what ways are disease and predation density-dependent?
  2. What are some examples of resources that could determine carrying capacity in an ecosystem?

–Whole Group: “What is the difference between a lion in the wild and a lion in the zoo?

–Individuals: Create Frayer Models- niche, competition predation, parasitism, mutualism, commensalism, symbiosis


April 29, 2015


–Warm Up: What makes deep ocean waters move?

–Small groups: Investigate Part A: Temperature and Circulation (p475)


–Warm Up: Video: “How to Draw a Perfect Line Graph” http://ed.ted.com/on/uSlm0s1e  à Complete “Population Growth” (beans) line graph. Be sure to include a meaningful title, &  labels for the X & Y axis’s,

–Individuals: “How Populations Change in Size” Crossword Puzzle

April 27, 2015

Earth Science:

–Whole Group Watch: Whole Group Watch: Light seconds, light years, light centuries- How to measure extreme distances – Yuan-Sen Ting (5:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op3AYaJc0Xw

–Individuals Finish Frayers:

–Individuals: Complete “The Size & Scale of the Universe” Crossword puzzle


–Warm Up: You have just been offered a job that will last one month. You have two salary options. You can either receive $10 a week with a $5 per week raise every week, or you can receive one penny for your first day on the job and then double the previous day’s pay for each of the remaining 30 days. Which salary would you prefer?

–Demo: Classroom Density (198)

–Partners: Read How Populations Change in Size” (197-202)

April 24, 2015

Earth Science:

Individuals Frayer: astronomer, star, planet, astronomical unit, galaxy, light-year, parsec, solar system, gravity, density, telescope, atmosphere, universe, parallax (p. 12-16)


Individuals Frayers: “How Populations Change in Size” (p. 197-230)- population, density, dispersion, growth rate, reproductive potential, exponential growth, carrying capacity

April 23, 2014


–Warm Up:

What is the expected temperature for ocean water at the equator at a depth of 500 meters?

Where is the thermocline least developed?

–Small Groups: Checking Up (p. 472).

–Individual: Fill in blank –Guided Reading notes


–Open Note quiz: “Dead Zones & Eutrophication: How Food We Eat Is Connected to Water Pollution”

  1. Diagram the process of eutrophication.
  2. In all of the world, how many dead zones are there?
  3. Where is the most famous dead zone located?
  4. Which state is closest in area to the area you determined for the total Hypoxic Zone?
  5. What are the largest sources contributing nitrogen & phosphorus to the Mississippi River?

Hook: What limits the size of a population? Can a population grow forever?

April 21, 2015

Earth Science

–Warm Up: Match the vocabulary word with corresponding picture: thermocline, pycnocline, oceanographers, wind stress, Coriolis force, Coriolis effect

–Partners: Read “The Nature of the Ocean” (p. 468-472).


–Small Groups—Whole Groups: “Dead Zones & Eutrophication: How Food We Eat Is Connected to Water Pollution”, the mapping activity on the Gulf of Mexico Dead zone, & analysis questions at the end of the mapping activity