We discussed attributes of science fiction, such as how they contain laws and theories of science like the speed of light.

The assignment below will be completed in class tomorrow. An article on scientific laws and theories was handed out. The assignment is for students to go home and read the introduction and take notes on what portions are confusing or understandable. (They may of course read the entire document for fun.)

Learning target: “I can identify the characteristics of Science Fiction.”

With your group or elbow partner, close-read the introduction and your assigned section. As you do–

  1. Read the headline of the assigned section. In the margins, annotate (note) what you have learned. “I think this section is about ___________________”
  2. Study the graphic-picture. Discuss and explain what the picture is sharing. “This part of the picture shows me ________________.”
  3. Read the article. Circle words you don’t understand.
  4. Underline or highlight sentences or ideas that make sense to you. “This part of the article seems to be saying ____________________.”
  5. Draw boxes around sentences or ideas you do not understand. (Do NOT draw a box around the entire section!)
  6. Based on what we have read, write a brief summary of the main idea. (Do not copy from the article. That is copying. Summarizing means to explain the main point using your own words.)

Reflection: “I am meeting the learning target because I have _______________________.”


We discussed longitude and latitude. Our first reading assignment is…

Learning Target: “I can understand how maps are used to locate relative and absolute location.”

Student talk: What purposes do maps serve?

Read section 1.1:

  1. How did Lewis and Clark explore on their journey to the Pacific Ocean?
  2. Name 2-3 ways today’s cartographers are explorers like Lewis and Clark.

Record your answers in your reading journal for 1.1.

Reflection: “I am meeting the learning target because I did _______________________.”


We completed the reading assignment over Mountain Building Processes and Erosion. We looked at examples of–


Then we handed in the following:

“What do I know about mountain building processes?”

Draw pictures, use words, phrases or complete sentences to show how Uplift, Volcanic Activity, Folding, & Faulting build mountains.

Please label pictures so Mr. Southern will know what process you are attempting to explain. You may use lined paper or blank printing paper.

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