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Monday, October 21

October 18 - 19
  1. Montana Educator Association teacher meetings. No school for students!

Wednesday, October 17
  1. Lab: Mineral Identification Challenge.
      • Can your team identify the minerals like a pro? Today, you show us your skills.
    1. Work with your lab partner. Everyone needs their own piece of paper for the lab write-up:
    2. Lab Write-up:
      1. Heading
      2. Data table with room for 15 minerals and the following properties:
 Mineral # ____
Mineral Name________
 Luster     ColorStreak Harndess  Cleavage or Fracture

  1. Missing or late work? No lab. You need to complete your work first.

Tuesday, October 16
  1. Lecture: Chemistry and Minerals continued...
  2. Lab: Mineral Identification Lab (starts tomorrow, be sure all missing/late work is turned in or no lab)

Monday, October 15
  1. Montanya - Tourism Video
  2. Lecture: Chemistry and Minerals

Friday, October 12
  1. Lecture: Chemistry and Minerals

Thursday, October 11
  1. Missing Work? Zeros in the grade book? You must finish all this work before joining the lab.
  2. Lab: Liquid Measurement - Accuracy and Precision
    1. Pre-Lab: Complete the Liquid Measurement Tutorial and answer the questions below
      1. What is a meniscus?
      2. What part of the meniscus is used for measuring liquid?
      3. Show Mr. Beals your answers before moving to #2
    2. Lab: Collect "Measuring Liquid Volume With a Graduated Cylinder" Lab handout.
      • Follow instructions closely. When finished, have Mr. Beals check your results.
    3. Post-Lab: Answer the following questions:
      1. Explain, in at least two sentences what you learned through this activity.

Wednesday, October 10
  1. Missing Work / Grades
      • If you have any missing work you don't do the labs.
      • If your grade is below a 65% you don't do the labs.
      • If you are disruptive to the learning environment you go to the dean.
    • Vocab Quiz Return - below 65% must retake quiz
  2. Lab: Liquid Measurement - Accuracy and Precision
    1. Pre-Lab: Complete the Liquid Measurement Tutorial and answer the questions below
      1. What is a mensicus?
      2. What part of the meniscus is used for measuring liquid?
      3. Show Mr. Beals your answers before moving to #2
    2. Lab: Collect "Measuring Liquid Volume With a Graduated Cylinder" Lab handout.
      • Follow instructions closely. When finished, have Mr. Beals check your results.
    3. Post-Lab: Answer the following questions:
      1. Explain, in at least two sentences what you learned through this activity.

Tuesday, October 9
  1. Hand back all papers. Save your Vocabulary.
  2. Vocabulary Quiz Wednesday.
    •  Quizlet - Chemistry and Minerals
      1. Flashcards
      2. Learn
      3. Match
      4. Test
    • 20 minutes - if not finished, complete the quizlet as homework. Also, don't forget to study before tomorrow's quiz!
  3. Finish Notes packet and any/all missing work.
    • Finished? Catapult challenge continues...


Monday, October 8
  1. Finish Supervolcano video (1st Period)
    • Supervolcano class discussion (6th Period)
  2. Finish Notes packet and any/all missing work.
  3. Vocabulary Quiz Wednesday
  4. Moved to tomorrow - Lecture: Introduction to Minerals -Lecture Packet

Friday, October 5
  1. Video: Yellowstone Supervolcano

Thursday, October 4
  1. DUE: Visual Vocabulary

  2. Video: Yellowstone Supervolcano


Wednesday, October 3
  1. Visual Vocabulary - Minerals - DUE TOMORROW!

    • Fold your paper into 6 equal sections on the front and back. Example: Fold the paper lengthwise, then fold it into thirds (like you would fold a paper to fit into an envelop).
    • Write the word
    • Write the definition - in your own words
    • Draw a picture to describe the definition
    1. Element
    2. Atomic Number
    3. Energy Level
    4. Isotope
    5. Mass Number
    6. Compound
    7. Chemical Bond
    8. Ion
    9. Ionic Bond
    10. Covalent Bond
    11. Metallic Bond
    12. Mineral
  • When finished with Visual Vocab, work on the Lecture packet using your book.
    1. Complete any unfinished the sections in lecture packet.

    2. Earth Science books are located in the back of the room on a shelf. Use your assigned book.

Tuesday, October 2
  1. Substitute will be here the rest of the week. Rules?

  2. Next time you are having a bad day, just remind yourself that things could be worse - you could be this lizard! (video)

  3. Lecture - Earth Science: Systems & Mapping (continued from yesterday)


Monday, October 1
  1. Finish Post Lab Questions - Lab: Mining for Sapphires!

  2. Lecture - Earth Science (Sect 1.1 and 1.4 [1.2,1.3 if time allows])

  3. Exit papers - write one test question relating to what you learned today.


Friday, Sept 27

Thursday, September 27
  1. Test today - Scientific Method - Finish your test
  2. Grade Reports - if you have any missing assignments, you WILL work on them and complete them today.
    • Missing assignments, incomplete work, and failure are UNACCEPTABLE!
    • Learning in this class is NOT optional, which means you need to work - no exceptions.
  • All caught up on work? Build a catapult from only the supplies provided. We will have a friendly competition to compete for candy.

Wednesday, September 26
  1. Test today - Scientific Method

Tuesday, September 25
  1. Test Tomorrow - Scientific Method
    • Study: Vocabulary, Green Foldable, Test Prep (see below)
  2. Nominate 12th-grade boy and girl for Homecoming King and Queen: bit.ly/HoCo18BSH 
  3. Test Prep:
    1. Quizlet Vocabulary Review
      • Score below a 90% on the Vocab Quiz? You must complete the quizlet and retake the quiz in class today. 
        1. Click "Flashcards" and complete
        2. Click "Learn" and complete
        3. Click "Test" and complete. Show Mr. Beals your score when it is 90% or higher
        4. Retake the quiz

      • Score above a 90%? Go to #2 below.
    2. Mythbusters - Scientific Method Test Prep
      • Complete all parts of the worksheet on your own paper.

Monday, September 24
  1. GRIT Survey
    • Go to the following site: perts.me
    • Enter the code: deer sharp 1
    • Need to go back? Hit the back button on the screen, not the back arrow in the browser.
    • When finished, log out of the program or close your browser.
  2. Finish - Lab: Stacking Water on Pennies - The Ultimate Challenge
    • Homework if not finished in class. Due tomorrow. All parts including Data Analysis and Conclusion.

Thursday, September 20
  1. Grade Quiz: Scientific Method and Earth Science Intro Vocabulary
  2. Lab: Stacking Water on Pennies - The Ultimate Challenge

Wednesday, September 19
  1. Quiz: Scientific Method and Earth Science Intro Vocabulary
  2. Formative Assessments - Fix anything that may be incorrect.
      • Rules: Using your Green Foldable, discuss what you think is the correct answer for EACH question. Explain WHY you think this is the correct answer. Change your answer if needed. This is your chance to learn from your classmates and to improve your grade!

Tuesday, September 18
  1. DUE: Visual Vocab (see September 12 for instructions) - Grade
  2. Conclusion - RSVCP - Scientific Method - Paper Airplanes - Due Today

Monday, September 17
  1. Finish / Grade Visual Vocabulary
  2. Grade Formative Assessments
  3. Conclusion - RSVCP - Scientific Method - Paper Airplanes
  4. Earth Science Notes

Friday, September 14
  1. Be kind to the guest teacher!
  2. Secret Earth: Yellowstone Supervolcano Video

Thursday, September 13
  1. Be kind to the guest teacher!
  2. DUE: Visual Vocab Assignment from yesterday.

  3. Students: complete the following QUIZZES on your own.

    1. Both Formative Assessments may be completed on the same piece of paper. Do not work with anybody else, these are quizzes!

  4. Experimental Variables Formative Assessment:

  5. Data Analysis Formative Assessment

  6. When finished with both, study the vocabulary words from yesterday in preparation for the upcoming Vocabulary Quiz.


Wednesday, September 12
  1. Be kind to the guest teacher!
  2. Visual Vocab (DUE TOMORROW - it is homework if you don’t finish in class)

    1. Students use a blank white sheet of paper (located on the bottom of the bookshelf with the rulers and colored pencils).

    2. Paper should be folded into 6 equal parts.

    3. In each of “Box” made my the folds, include the following:

      1. Vocab Word

      2. Definition in your own words

      3. A picture or diagram that describes the definition.

    4. Students look up definitions in the Earth Science book or in their notes.

      1. Student should grab the same number book as their assigned Chromebook number (they know this number as we have been using their number all year). Earth Science books are in the chemistry lab on the shelf by the fire extinguisher

      2. Please return the Earth Science book to its spot on the shelf when finished.

  3. Visual Vocab Words
    1. Hypothesis

    2. Variable

    3. Independent Variable

    4. Dependent Variable

    5. Control

    6. Theory

    7. Scientific Law

    8. Data

    9. Correlations

    10. System (pg 18)

    11. Earth System (pg 19)

    12. Earth Science


Tuesday, September 11

Monday, September 10
  1. STEM Society
  2. Substitute this week. The Rules.
  3. Chromebooks - why aren't we plugging them in?
  4. Mug Shots? 1st Period.
  5. Scientific Method Notes - Foldable
  6. Finish Scientific Method - Paper Airplanes

Friday, September 7
  1. Ruler Activity - not turned in? You will work on it outside instead of participating in the lab.
  2. Activity: Scientific Method - Paper Airplanes - Day 4
    • All trials and data must be completed today.
    • Accuracy matters. Your measurements should have two units after the decimal (ex. 12.26 meters)
    • Needed outside:
      • Measuring tapes and meter sticks
      • Your lab write-up
      • Lab printout
      • Pencil
      • Clipboard 
    • Calculate the averages.

Thursday, September 6
  1. Signed paperwork due.
  2. Grade Ruler Activity
  3. Activity: Scientific Method - Paper Airplanes - Day 3
  4. Scientific Method Foldable
  5. Tomorrow - outside! It will be cold so dress accordingly. Weather link.

Wednesday, September 5
  1. Activity: Scientific Method - Paper Airplanes - Day 2
    • Rules for leaving the classroom
      • You will not be disruptive in the halls or outside
      • You will not play on your phone
      • You will act like young adults outside
      • You will be courteous and kind to others outside
      • No playing on playground equipment
      • All school and classroom rules apply even if we are outside
      • Failure to abide by these rules will result in a trip to the Dean and will force us not to leave the room for any other activities
  2. Due: Signed Open Disclosure

Tuesday, September 4
  1. Due: Ruler Measurement Practice
  2. Activity: Scientific Method - Paper Airplanes
    • This must be completed today. Bring it with you to class tomorrow.
    • Tomorrow - outside! It will be cold so dress accordingly. Weather link.
  3. Green Foldable - Scientific Method

Thursday, August 30
  1. Sit in assigned seats
  2. Mug shot - if you didn't get your picture yesterday, please complete this right away.
  3. Measurement Lab - Ruler Practice
    • Everyone needs their own paper and answers.
    • Put your name and class period on your paper - always write nicely.
    • Be very precise in your measurements - all measurements should be very accurate.
    • Work with your lab partner to complete the entire activity.
    • At the end of page 1, check answers with Beals.
    • At the end of page 2, check answers with Beals.
  4. Grade Measurement Lab in class

Thursday, August 30
  1. Sit in assigned seats
  2. Chrome books - WRITE DOWN YOUR CHROME BOOK NUMBER!
    • Must be shut down after each use
    • Must be placed in correct slot
    • Must be plugged in
    • NO EXCEPTIONS!
  3. www.BealsScience.com
    • This is home to all of my extra curricular science content
  4. www.MrBeals.com
    • Click> Chemistry Home
  5. Meet "Batman" - TEDxBozeman - "Can Technology (re)Humanize Us?"
    • Watch the video, then go over to "Batman" and sign in for the first time. You will sign in with Batman every day - please be honest as you put in your mood for the day.
  6. Our first lab activities all involve measurement with rulers, meter sticks and long tape measures. You MUST be able to read measurements in inches and in centimeters. Complete the following:
    • Get a ruler from the front book shelf.
    • Watch this video on your computer and make notes as needed so you will know how to read a ruler for this class.
    • When finished return the ruler to its spot on the shelf.
  7. Wrap up headphone cord and return headphones
  8. Log off and Shut Down computer
  9. Return computer to correct spot
  10. Plug in the computer with the correctly numbered cord
  11. Mug Shot
    • Visit the computer and write your first and last name on the white board
    • Click the picture button and smile (name will appear backwards - this is OK!)
    • Erase whiteboard

YouTube Video


Wednesday, August 29
  1. Assign seats
  2. Chromebook Number during roll - write this down in your notebook - don't forget your number
    • Must be shut down after each use
    • Must be placed in correct slot
    • Must be plugged in
    • NO EXCEPTIONS!
  3. Interview and Introduce neighbor
  4. www.BealsScience.com
    • This is home to all of my extra curricular science content
  5. www.MrBeals.com
    • Click> Chemistry Home
  6. Open Disclosure *Due Tuesday*
  7. Cell Phone Policy
  8. Lab Safety Contract *Due Tuesday*
  9. Photo Release Form *Due Tuesday*
  10. (Use Chromebook) Meet "Batman" - TEDxBozeman - "Can Technology (re)Humanize Us?"
    • Not able to sign in quite yet - program is being updated
  11. Wrap up headphone cord and return headphones
    • Click here to learn how to wrap up your cords! 
  12. Log off and Shut Down computer
  13. Return computer to correct spot
  14. Plug in computer with correctly numbered cord
  15. Mug Shot
    • Visit the computer and write your first and last name on the white board
    • Click the picture button and smile (name will appear backwards - this is OK!)
    • Erase whiteboard

YouTube Video


Tuesday, August 28
  1. Welcome to Earth Science 
  2. About Me. About You.
  3. Let's kick this off with some crazy demonstrations!
  4. Logistics:
    • Supplies
      • Three-Ring Binder (you may share with other classes)

      • Spiral Bound Notebook

      • Loose-Leaf Paper

      • Pen and Pencil


    • Sign up for Remind for Earth Science by clicking on "Remind: Earth Science" in Earth Science Links to the right
      • Or text @3a4ch3h to the number 81010
    • Parent Remind - I will share pictures from labs and activities so people at home can see all the amazing things you are doing in Earth Science. (Click to join "Earth Science Parents")
      • Or text @2gfk78 to the number 81010




    Monday, October 1
    1. Catapult Launch!

    2. Lecture - Earth Science (Sect 1.1 and 1.4 [1.2,1.3 if time allows])

    3. Exit papers - write one test question relating to what you learned today.



    Tuesday, October 2
    1. Lecture - Earth Science (continued from yesterday)



    Wednesday, October 3
    1. Visual Vocabulary - Minerals - DUE TOMORROW!

      • Fold your paper into 6 equal sections on the front and back. Example: Fold the paper lengthwise, then fold it into thirds (like you would fold a paper to fit into an envelop).
      • Write the word
      • Write the definition - in your own words
      • Draw a picture to describe the definition
        1. Element
        2. Atomic Number
        3. Energy Level
        4. Isotope
        5. Mass Number
        6. Compound
        7. Chemical Bond
        8. Ion
        9. Ionic Bond
        10. Covalent Bond
        11. Metallic Bond
        12. Mineral
    • When finished with Visual Vocab, work on the Lecture packet using your book.
      1. Complete any unfinished the sections in lecture packet.

      2. Earth Science books are located in the back of the room on a shelf. Use your assigned book.


    Thursday, October 4
    1. DUE: Visual Vocabulary

    2. Video: Yellowstone Supervolcano



    Friday, October 5
    1. Video: Yellowstone Supervolcano


    Monday, October 8
    1. Lecture: Introduction to Minerals -Lecture Packet