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As I noted in the AP Biology post, the semester is almost over. Earth and Environmental Science has successfully traversed 6 units of material. Once we get back from Thanksgiving break all we will have to do is cover sustainability and get ready for the final. Presently we are wrapping up a piece on climate change. It's been fun over the last couple of weeks as I've listened to students make deep connections to concepts that we have been learning for the past 15 weeks. 

These connections are evidence of the changes that occur as freshmen grow and mature during their first semester of high school. I've had the pleasure of watching as they move from a world of black-and-white, right-or-wrong, multiple choice answers to a developing ability to take a data-supported stance on an issue. They are growing and changing, and it is fun to watch. Even more fun to be a part of. 

As evidence of the growth in the class, I am actually starting to get week in reviews turned in to me. This week we have two offerings. One from Zchelani Mulcare and the other from Francisco Velazquez.

Zchelani Writes:

This week in class we continued to talk about layers of the atmosphere. We took a test on Layers of the atmosphere. It included things about High and Low pressure systems,4 types of fronts and characteristics of each, Hurricanes, Effects of temperature on air density, Types of air pollution (source, environmental impact, health impact, ways to reduce), Air masses (Polar, Polar Maritime, Tropical Maritime, Polar Continental, Tropical Continental). Also, we opened a new unit about air pressure. We were assigned a mini project that was fun and educational to make an xtranormal. It’s like making a movie about your knowledge. Now we are talking about Climates and the 5 different types, and what determines the climate of a place.

Francisco Adds:

Well, this week we learned many thing about climte changes. From long-term climate changes like ice ages that take thousands of year to form, to short-term climate changes such as El Nino which canges the order of water temperture. During El Nino Australia gets a drought and South America gets a storm. T he reason that it is called El Nino is because of the term use to describe Jesus. When the ocean is normal it is called La Nina.This is just a part of what Mr. Kite the most awesome teacher ever taught us.