Friday, May 30, 2008

Chapter 5 Notes (By Mrs. Kretschmer)

Chapter 4 Notes (By Mrs. Kretschmer)

From Farm To Table

In chapter 4 we are looking at the processes involved in getting "food and fiber" from farm to table. Today (May 30th) in class we took notes and watched a series of short video clips about some ways that foods are produced, processed, packaged and transported. Follow the link below and view the videos. If you were absent today, you should watch these! The items in the videos include: corn, tomatoes, tofu, cheese, chocolate, bread, milk, and dried fruit. Yum!

History's Harvest Video

Watch the video that shows how food has been made for thousands of years. Agricultural practices have changed due to the "green revolution" and have made it easier and cheaper to grow food. Countries that are using the new techniques are now being able to feed themselves and move away from subsitstance farming. The video also addresses the future of genetic engineering of crops to make them resistant to pests and disease. This will reduce the amount of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers needed in the future!
We watched this video in class on THURSDAY May 29. If you were absent, you need to watch it!

See me if you need a copy of the video quiz to complete as you watch!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Don't Forget Your Wiki!

Just a reminder that you are suppossed to be working on your Alternative Resources Wiki page! Make sure that you have logged in and made contributions to the content of your page! Click on the link on the left of this blog to get to our wiki. The directions for the project are there. The final product is due next Friday!

Catching Up

Well, we are ALMOST done with our exciting week on Lake Wallenpaupack. By now you should have had an opportunity to do a whole bunch of things that relate to what we are learning in the classroom. You have taken soil samples, checked pH of soil and lake water, "fished" for plankton and looked at it under the microscope, looked for macroinvertebrates in the stream, toured the watershed and the hydroelectric plant, and some of you even got to chase a chicken with Mr. Anke! We have a few more things to finish up tomorrow and Monday. We will be watching a presentation on different ways of collecting fish for monitoring ecosystems. We will also be taking a tour of our water treatment plant (if it is not pouring out). On Monday, we will have two speakers who will talk to us about ground water and contamination.
Please be sure that you have done all of your homework, and all of your fild activities. You need to have that packet complete to study for your quiz, which will be next Tuesday. Be sure to start reviewing vocabulary and everything that you have learned this week. STUDY OVER THE WEEKEND!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Visit the "Story of Stuff" website to see the whole movie

The clip below is only part of the Story of Stuff. Visit the website to see the "Whole Story"

The Story Of Stuff

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wed May 7, 2008

Today we started our notes for Chapter 2 on Resources.
Be sure to read sections 2.1 and 2.2.
You should be working every night on your vocabulary.


Notes for Chapter 2

Friday, May 2, 2008

Lake Trip Permission Slips!

Our Lake Trip is scheduled for May 13, 14, and 15. The trip is a mandatory part of your course and everyone must attend. The deadline for permission slips is Thursday May 8. If I do not have your permission slip by then, I will need to call home. Remember, we will all be eating "A" lunch on those days. You may buy your lunch in the cafeteria, or you can bring your own. If you bring your own, you will have to carry it around with you in the morning. You will NOT be allowed to go to your locker at any time during the day on May 13, 14, 15 except before 8am or after 2:54. The trip WILL go even if it cold and/or drizzling. Dress appropriately.

May 2, 2008

Today we took a quiz on sections 1.1-1.3 of the Environmental book. The quiz on sections 1.4 and 1.5 will be on Tuesday, May 6. Be sure to work on your vocabulary and read the sections over the weekend.