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Environmental Science - 08

8:00 - Opening

8:05 - 8:15 Daily observations #1 GO HERE for Data Entry

Session #1: Penrose Beach Reflections Returned (8:15 - 8:30)

(*) Please keep in mind that the beach sketch was important. Note the part of the instructions where I said someone who has never been to Penrose should be able to use your sketch as a reference.

(*) Notice also the emphasis on naming plants AND animals (plural for both)

(*) Also, please note that in your personal reflection that it is important not only to state why something worked for you or was interesting but that you also need to note WHY that is the case

(*) Same notation for why something didn't work for you too.

Session #2: Mt St Helens Reflection (8:30 - 9:45)

Part 1) Describe the physical terrain in and around the Hummock Trail (and ONLY the trail, do not describe the areas more than 1/4 mile or so) Your description should be appropriate so that someone who has never been on the trail can "view" the physical features in and around the trail -- 3 Paragraphs (minimum) (7 pts)


Part 2) Describe and/or name plant life that you personally observed (use bullet points for this and NOT full sentences) (5 pts). 


Part 3) Describe and/or name animal life that you personally observed or saw evidence of (use bullet points for this and NOT full sentences) (5 pts).


Part 4a) Describe the process that created the hummocks of Mt St Helens (Note: Recall that I originally told you that the top of Mt St Helens blew up and landed 5 miles away, that is NOT ACCURATE (5 pts)


Part 4b) Describe in detail (at least one page, see below) the different ways that nature has recovered from the 1980 Mt St Helens Eruption. Your description should begin with the devastation found on the Hummocks Trail area in 1980 (immediately AFTER the eruption) and continue through to the present day.
There are very interesting and specific ways in which plants and animals contributed to these changes.


Your description depends HEAVILY on listening to our guides and taking note of what they say during our hike. At LEAST one full page is required for this section. (15 pts)


Reflection #1) What parts of the Hummocks Trail field trip were most interesting and why? (at least 1 quality/thoughtful paragraph - 3 pts)


Reflection #2) What aspects of the Hummocks Trail field trip were least interesting and why? (at least 1 quality/thoughtful paragraph - 3 pts)


Reflection #3) Contrast (describe the differences) your understanding of how nature recovers from catastrophic events before the trip with what you know about how nature recovers from a catastrophe *after* the field trip. (at least 1 quality/thoughtful paragraph - 3 pts)

 

BREAK (9:45 - 10:00)
SESSION #1: Estuaries(10:00 - 11:45)

OPENING QUESTION: What comes to mind when you hear the term "estuary"

WORDS OF THE SESSION:

  • Estuary (River/Ocean boundary)
  • Brackish (Mixture of salt/fresh water)

WORK OF THE SESSION:

An estuary is the boundary area between a source of freshwater (creek/river/stream) and the ocean.

We might think that an estuary would be a difficult environment for plants and animals to thrive. Afterall, part of the day the estuary is awash in saltwater (during high tide), and part of the day the estuary is somewhat dryer and freshwater dominates.

However, the exact *opposite* is the case.

Estuaries are dynamic ecosystems that are populated by a rich array of plants and animals that have adapted to life in such a "brackish" environment.

Task of the session:

Please carve out a 3 x 3 sheet of white paper and use a blue marker to show the average water level in your imaginary estuary.

Your job is to show biotic and abiotic features below the average tide line and above the average tide line.

 

LUNCH (11:45 - 12:15

CTE With Mr A, Mrs Smith and Mr Wolgemuth (12:15 - 12:45)

All three of us have backgrounds in Science and/or Technology-- give a listen

Please take a National Geographic/Scientific American/Smithsonian magazine from that back shelf.

Also, please be rather intentional this time and choose a magazine that you haven't chosen before -- if you usually review a Nat Geo, take a Scientific American or Smithsonian instead.

Find a picture OR an article that shows or discusses a field in environmental science that you might enjoy actually doing for a job.

If you don't find anything THAT interesting, then find something that you might be able to read about for an hour or two (I won't have you do that though)

Break 12:45 - 1:15
Mt St Helens and Fantasia - The Power of Metaphors (1:15 - 2:00)

Now lets sort of ease into the world of literature for a moment and discuss the idea of a 'metaphor'

Although I'm not a huge fan of Wikipedia, here are a few examples of metaphors from that site:

Metaphor Examples from Famous People

  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso
  • “Conscience is a man’s compass.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  • “Chaos is a friend of mine.” – Bob Dylan
  • All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.” – Albert Einstein

Now let's move from metaphors in phrases to movies that can act like metaphors... have a conversation please.

We're going to take an interesing departure into analyzing a very intriguing short film that is FULL of metaphors.

This is a graded assignment, using the method that you MOST prefer to be assessed (that is also practical for me in this class).

Points for you to address:

1) Summarize the video generally as if you were describing it to someone who's never seen it. (Many of us do this after we've seen a movie or a video that we really like and we're telling our friends about it). Your summary MUST begin at the start of the video, describe the highlights of the video and end with how the video closes)

2A)

Identify a PARTICULAR metaphor in the movie where the animation/creatures/characters in the movie ACCURATELY and/or creatively represent an actual part of the May 18th, 1980 eruption.

2B) Explain why that particular scene is scientifically accurate or why it is particularly interesting or creative.

3A)

Identify a PARTICULAR metaphor in the movie where the animation/creatures/characters in the movie INACCURATELY and/or use poor creativivity represent an actual part of the May 18th, 1980 eruption.

3B) Explain why that particular scene is scientifically inaccurate or why it is not interesting or not creative.

NOTE: If you find the entire video captivating and creative (as I do!) then choose a second scene to evaluate using the criteria explained in 2A and 2B.

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4) Reflect on WHY your most gracious and humble instructor is having you do this assignment (This should include a THOUGHTFUL paragraph)

Here's the video

FOSSILS (2:00 - 3:00)