Tuesday, May 24, 2011

GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Presentation

My cousin- Mr. Smith from the Honeoye Falls GM research facility came in to speak to the Applied Science, AP Chem and Earth Science- morning classes yesterday, here are some pictures. Awesome job.

Friday, May 20, 2011

On to happier topics- like mass extinction and DINOSAURS

Monday we will begin geologic history. Notice the word LOGIC in there. Yours will be tested daily. Timelines of the history of Earth, superposition, intrusions, relative dating, and FOSSILS.  DINOSAURS TOO.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Earthquakes HW in REV BK

Hi There, Didn't see you come in. Welcome to the blog. look around a bit. Come back when you are ready for your assignment........

Well alright then. Your assignment is to locate your Rev.Bk. and to complete the reading of pages 244-255. Then using the intelligence data gathered from the pages and other resources- to answer questions #1-28.

Breakdown: Rev.Bk. 244-255 #1-28.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Earthquake seismograms, triangulation and compass use.

We are beginning to look at the actual readings of earthquakes and what that tells scientists-(that's us) We will also be using the newer style of compass- sorry no more sharp metal points like your parents and I used in school. -View a seismogram of the Japan earthquake- here

Friday, May 6, 2011

HOMEWORK for this weekend

HW for periods 3 and 9 is to complete the Earthquakes packet through #14 of the Earthquake waves travelling section.

HW for PERIOD 7 is to complete the earthquakes packet- ALL

If you are looking for the EARTHQUAKE VIDEO- it is in the post before this as a hyperlink- click on INSIDE PLANET EARTH in blue.

Earthquake Form and structure

The time has come. We will be studying the ways that earthquakes occur. The structure behind them and reading  the seismograms to determine origin time and epicenter. if you want to re-watch or finish the video: Inside Planet Earth go for it. We have seen-unfortunately- the devastating impact of earthquakes and we remember the dangers of our world. While there are many radical awesome things about the inside of our planet, there is also nothing we can do to prevent events from happening.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Rock Songs due TMRW. We have had a great start. A very nice baby gaga interpretation and excellent video. Also some bieber greatness- the karaoke version of the song so NO bieby singing. The song was very good and nice job singing.

Thurs. Review Songs, Mineral rev packet and Rock Cycle Assignment.

Test FRIDAY- Ch.11 ALL. There will be an identification of rocks and minerals part to the test from our lab activities. One rock, one mineral- 4 minutes total.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

FINAL ROCK WEEK- Lab, Song, Review, Rock Cycle, TEST

The title of this post sums it up.
Tuesday- Go over rock packet. Finish Rock ID Lab, Begin Rock Cycle Assignment in Rock Notes Packet
Wednesday- Finish Rock Cycle Assignment for Thursday, 3-4 groups will SING Review Song
Thursday- Review and SING
Friday- TEST

Practice TESTS IN Rev Bk and on wikispace- right here: http://mercyscimrd.wikispaces.com/

Monday, April 11, 2011

Igneous joke for the day.

Oh you don't get it? Well that's okay, because Igneous is bliss.

Igneous Day 2- The Final "Fire" Fight

Igneous Rocks Day 2:
Rock Song of the Day: The Theme to Rocky-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PtvLTZS4Ik
Rock fact: If you start digging today at a rate of one foot per minute- you will reach the other side of the Earth in the year 2098. Plus you'd have to get through the magma and 6000 degree Celsius cores to get to the other side, and no bathroom breaks or eating breaks.

Check out this picture- it is even more awesome because when you put your mouse over it- you are able to ZOOM IN on the trees an rocks- TRY IT. You can see the different layers of volcanic ash like in Pompeii.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


HEEEEYYYYY Students. Here ye hear ye, all shall finish thy project upon the morrow, lest ye survive sans 10% of your quarterly grade.

Mineral Joke of the day: A girl sits alone with her head down in a grassy  field. Her friend walks up to her and asks,"What's troubling you dear friend?"
The girl responds, "I can't find it!, I have looked and looked."
"Well I will help you look, I have a chocolate bar, do you want some?"
"No, I can't eat!, I've lost my apatite."
Don't get it? Apatite is a mineral-hehe.

Rock Song of the day #1: Bob Seger- Like a Rock.

Beautiful waterfall of West Virginia - Yahoo! News Photos

Check out these crazy awesome nature pictures- whirlpool, waterfall, where bees sleep- bees sleep? Check it-Beautiful waterfall of West Virginia - Yahoo! News Photos

Monday, April 4, 2011

Projects and Songs

Hey- keep working- We are working on/finishing the Mineral ID lab today and tmrw.
When you finish, you will be able to use a netbook computer to research/work on your project.
We will have class time on weds. also. DUE THURSDAY- By the BEGINNING OF YOUR CLASS PERIOD. The -20% rule is in effect after that.

Rock songs- We will writing our own rock songs- start thinking about what song you want to use.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Twitter privacy settings fixed.

Try again. @MrDSci   - I had the privacy settings blocking too much. Mineral Joke on there and one here:

Bubba and Rocky were mineral collecting one day and a guy came up to Bubba and asked...How long are you going to be working in that hole?
Bubba said....About 2 hours.
The guy left.
The next Saturday, Bubba and Rocky were at the same dump, and the same man came up to Bubba and asked him how long he was going to be digging in that hole.
Bubba said....About 3 hours.
The guy left.
Well, the next Saturday, the same thing happened, and Bubba said....About 2 hours, and the guy left.
Bubba turned to Rocky and said....Hey, do me a favor and follow that guy, will you? He keeps asking me how long I am going to be digging here, but then leaves and doesn't come back.
Rocky does, and comes back a while later, laughing.
Bubba: So...where does that guy go when he leaves here?
Rocky stops laughing long enough to say....To your house!

I in no way endorse going to people's homes without them being there- DON'T  DO THAT. 

Mercy Publishing Company- Memo to all employees

MINERAL PROJECTS- You are all embarking upon a journey of great discovery and creativity. You may need some help along the path.
Here are a few online children's book sites to help you with ideas, to make your path less "rocky"-


Or go find one of your favorite books and use it for inspiration.

CREATING your BOOK- PowerPoint, Word, any program like those:
TRY these:

Thursday, March 31, 2011

HW due Friday APRIL 1st

Rev. BK. Pg.218-223-#1-15. Research minerals to see which you would like, bring more than one to class.

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Mineral Website- http://webmineral.com/

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


 We have revealed the boxes and boxes of rocks in our room, cleverly disguised all these months, now to be released from their cardboard castles. We have distinguished our rocks as those into thrice distinctions: Those Born of FIRE- Igneous.   Those Born of Deposition-sedimentary AND Those Born of Heat and Pressure-Metamorphic.    TRY THIS INTERACTIVE SITE

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rocks!!!! 2

More options and pictures are now up. Can you tell I have a hard time keeping things the same all the time? Here are links to ROCKS & Minerals  chapter 11 sites.
1.Learn the Rock cycle, and the three types of rocks.
2.Quick general reading 
3.Review reading/questions
4.Online practice tests

Thats good for now- USE THESE, they......ROCK.


We opened the rock case today. Complete with singing angels as the doors opened our minds to the wonders of the terrestrial world. Rocks are the Earth, no rocks, no ground, no world to live on. No soil to create from weathering the rocks, no food to grow in the soil-hydroponics would not work too well for 6+billion people(ex:Disney World cafeteria with hydroponics)
What do rocks do for you? where you live, what you travel in, what you eat, what you wear, what you entertain yourself with(tv's, mp3 players, mobile devices), what you listen to(instruments), what you listen with(headphones), the internet(cable, computers, phones), and millions of other places.

Get ready because here we go.