miska Mrs. Miska
Pedro Menendez High School Earth/Space Science Teacher

Parents and Students,
     As the semester rolls to a close, students need to be gathering their notes and old review sheets, flash cards and concept maps to use as exam review guides.  I will give the students an exam review to begin completing in class.  They must finish the review at home in order to receive 10 points of extra credit on the exam.  The review goes along with our notes.  If a student is in jeopardy of making a low grade, this is the time to get busy. 
                    Night Sky News!
  This week marks the beginning of the Geminid meteor shower.  The meteor shower is the only one that we experience here on Earth that is really from an asteroid.  The asteroid is called Phaethon 3200 and drops a field of debris that causes the bright lights to streak across the sky.  These rivers of dust are called meteor streams.  The shower begins one hour after sunset on Thursday, December 13 and continues until sunrise on Friday, December 14th. Another event worth seeing is the planet Saturn.  If you look towards the east this month, you will see Saturn at its closest and brightest.  To learn more about these astronomical happenings, go to the Stargazer website listed below in the hotlinks section of this website. 

       Classroom supplies for Earth Space Science
Students are asked to bring a nonspiral notebook to class and a black or blue pen and a pencil.  Calculators are nice but are optional.  We are covering the introduction to Earth Science section of the book and reviewing what we know about the atom.
*******Honors students need to be working on review questions for Chapter 14 plus the Earth Systems questions. Review questions are always due on the test date.  The review questions from Chapter 17 will not be required due to the impending exam.
*******HONORS STUDENTS should be gathering research for their second oral report.  Each student must make an overhead transparency to use to teach their topic. Remember, students are expected to speak for three minutes and can improve their performance by:  1. practicing the report OUT LOUD.  2. Getting enough information !!(your text book is not an outside source). Students must have three outside sources.Honors students were given handouts on how to prepare a proper bibliography.  3. Time yourself-3-5 minute minimum.  Remember to smile! ;)


##########ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS########

Chapters Covered in Earth Space Science   2001-02

1st Semester

1. Introduction to Earth Science and the Big Bang,  p.1-12, mini-lesson on Marie Curie and
Radium,  the periodic table and the atom. 1-8 &1,2
2. Chapter 19, Earth's Place in the Universe #1-24, 1&2
3. Chapter 20, Touring Our Solar System #1-22, !,2,&3
4. Chapter 21,  Light, Astronomical Observations, and the Sun #1-25,&1
5. Chapter 22, Beyond Our Solar System, #1-25&1,2

2nd Semester

6. Chapter 1,The Solid Earth #1-12,&1,2
7. Chapter 2, Rocks: Materials of the Lithosphere (p.35-52) only. #1-17&1,2
8. Chapter 6, Earthquakes and Earth's Interior, #1-21&1,2
9. Chapter 7, Plate Tectonics #1-21,1&2
10. Chapter 8, Igneous Activity p.(210-223 only) no questions.
11. Chapter 11, Earth's History: A  Brief Summary
(one day lecture on early man,p311) no questions assigned.
12.  Chapter 14, Composition, Structure and Temperature 1-22&1,2
13.  Chapter 15, Moisture,Clouds and Precipitation
14.  Chapter 17, Weather Patterns and Severe Storms
       read the chapter, no questions assigned.

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