Science Update

Dear Parents,

Just wanted to keep you posted about what we are studying in science class right now:

We’ve moved into a study of plate tectonics and continental drift: One of the key concepts in our Lithosphere unit requires students to understand that the Earth’s crust is broken into several large plates, to know how those plates are moving, and to know how the movement of the earth’s plates have influenced the surface of the earth. That’s what we are currently studying. Your students should be able to tell you about things like Pangaea, sea-floor spreading and Alfred Wegener. They might even be able to tell you a thing or two about Polflucht! ; )

Specifically, we’ll be looking at how plate boundaries influence the formation of earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes. We’ll also be looking at the three main types of plate boundaries — convergent, divergent and transform boundaries.

Next, we’ll look at the Rock Cycle: When we are finished looking at plate boundaries, we will begin studying the three main types of rocks — sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous — and the rock cycle. We will also look at how the type of rocks found in an area can influence the quality of soil in a particular area.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter