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Lynée Zajac Beck M.Ed.

Shadow Ridge Middle School

Denver, Colorado

Extensions – Oceanography Review Unit   

Name _______________________________  Period ________     Date Due: 10/6 Friday 

    Directions Choose the assignments you would like to do to learn the objectives. Each assignment has a point value based on the amount of time and effort necessary to complete the task. Work will be collected during the oral defense. Work turned in without an oral defense will be counted at 59% of its value. As always, if you have questions ask or email.  

    25 points must be chosen from each topic for a total of 75 points. 

    Late work will only be accepted at 59% of its value. If you must be absent on the due date, make arrangements with your teacher before then, email the work to Ms. ZB or ask someone to bring it to school for you on the due date.

    Grading Scale 67-75 = A            (9-10 pts/day)

    60-66 = B          (8 pts/day)

    53-59= C            (7 pts/day)

    45-52= D            (6 pts/day)

      44< = Not Yet!

9/25 Monday  9/26 Tuesday 9/27 Wednesday

Video: Our Wondrous Oceans

Unit work day 

9/28 Thursday

Video: Water Cycle and Clouds

Unit work day

9/29 Friday

Unit work day 

10/2 Monday

Video: Dolphins

Unit work day 

10/3 Tuesday

C200 lab available

Unit work day 

10/4 Wednesday

Video: Careers in Hydrology

Unit work day 

10/5 Thursday

C200 lab available

Unit work day

10/6 Friday


Unit Due!

Last day of extensions/hexter 


25 points must be chosen from each topic for a total of 75 points. 

Topic: Earth’s Water

Objective: Describe the distribution and circulation of the world’s water through oceans, glaciers, rivers, groundwater and the atmosphere

  1. Take note on Chapter 18 from the Red Book (10)
  2. Read about the Exxon Valdez oil spill in the “Oil Spill” book (available for classroom checkout). Prepare a debate with another student of what happened, its impact on the environment, who was at fault and what has been done about it since. Present to the class on the last day of the unit. (10)
  3. Home experiment: Calculate how much water is wasted while waiting for the water in the hot water tap to become warm. How much water would be wasted in 10 years? How could this water have been used? How might this problem be solved? (math help sheet available for classroom checkout) (10)
  4. Research reclaimed water. Develop a full color poster or brochure that teaches what it is, how it is used, its dangers and benefits. (10)
  5. Write two column notes on Earth: The Water Planet- Foss book p45-47. (10)
  6. Develop a brochure that explains how water is made safe for humans. (10)
  7. Video and take notes: Careers in Hydrology (5)

Topic: Water Cycle

Objective: Investigate and compare the properties and behavior of water in its solid, liquid and gaseous states.

  1. Write a creative story or children’s book about a water droplet as it travels through a water cycle somewhere on Earth. Include full color pictures. (10)
  2. Draw a poster of the water cycle, use p 406-7 in the red book as a resource. (5)
  3. Develop a board game that teaches the water cycle. Have two students play it as you narrate what is happening. (10)
  4. Video and WS: Water Cycle and Clouds (10)
  5. Video and WS: Our Wondrous Oceans (10)
  6. WS: Observing Clouds Think Chart. Use p37-42. In FOSS Weather and Water Book.(10)
  7. Write a one page story about what would happen if there were no water on earth. (5)

Topic: Oceans

Objective: Describe the composition and characteristics of oceans.

  1. Answer Chapter 17 section review from the red book (pages 500-501). (10)
  2. Describe the causes and characteristics of ocean currents as a shark, writing a speech to the younger sharks. (5)
  3. Use metaphors or a myth to explain how the oceans were created. (5)
  4. How polluted is the ocean? Use the A Layer Assignment Sheet. (10)
  5. Create a diorama that shows the characteristics of the ocean floor. Include lots of color and accurate labels. (10)
  6. Watch the Dolphins Video and summarize what was taught about dolphins and the oceans. (15)
  7. Go to http://www.coolclassroom.org/cool_projects/lessons/miniunits/lesson2.html. Print the worksheet to record your observations, then click on “The Evolution of Oceanography link at the bottom of the page. Work through the tutorial. (10)
  8. Develop a 5 minute PowerPoint presentation on an aspect of the oceans that you want to learn more about. Get the topic approved before you begin. Present to the class on the last day of the unit. (10)

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