Category Archives: Honors Earth/Env. Science

Mrs. Brown’s Honors Earth/Environmental Science Class

Earth Final Exam

The Earth Environmental Final Exam is a NCFE that will have 50-60 questions covering the Essential standards. Students will report to Room 351 to take their exam following the schedule posted on the BHS website.

Each student has created an Exam Portfolio that contains Test Reviews, Packets, and Exam Reviews. These should be used to study for the Exam. Students were given the option to take this folder with them at our last class meeting.

On Wednesday and Thursday we will complete the Exam Study Guide. We will also finish reviewing all the “released” questions from previous Exams. Students will be required to take their folders home and use them to study for the Exam.

I will take only 2 more “process” grades on Wednesday and Thursday: Part 3 of our Exam Review and our last DVD, Magnetic Storm.

I wish all my students and their families the very best conclusion to the school year. Please e-mail me with any questions you might have.

TEST next class

Due to the cancellation of classes for Wed May 16th, the last test of the year, on Astronomy, will be Thursday May 17th for A-Day and Friday May 18th for B-Day.

The previous post has Astronomy Flashcards (that can be made for extra credit) and Test Diagrams. Up to 4 points of extra credit can be earned for knowing our Galactic Address (see Test review for info).

NC Energy Webquest

Please bring your Laptop to class Thursday April 12(B-Day)or Friday April 13th (A-Day)

On Thursday and Friday of this week, we will be using our Laptops to explore Power Plants in North Carolina. Use the handout provided to you in class to complete this activity.
Here are the directions and link for the Interactive Map featuring NC Power Plants.

Website Directions for NC Webquest

Here is the link alone


PLEASE bring your Laptop to Science class on Monday or Tuesday for the Climate Webquest: Reducing your Carbon Footprint.

Our Chapter Test will be Wed 3/14 for B-Day or Thursday 3/15 for A-Day.

If you are looking for the Extra Credit Flashcards, scroll down to the previous post to find “Flashcards for Climate”

Climate Unit

The TEST for Climate will be March 14th for B-Day and March 15th for A-Day.

Here are the flashcards for our new Climate Unit.
FLASHCARDS for Climate

Watch this video about the Year Without A Summer.

Here is the Powerpoint for the Climate Vocabulary

Here are the links for the Websites used in the assignment You and Climate Change- Zero Carbon Footprint
Climate Change Websites only

Oceanography Unit

Due to our weather delays, our Test will be moved to Wed Jan 24th (B-Day) and Thursday Jan 25th (A-Day). The grade will go on 3rd Quarter.

Since you have time…. Make your Flashcards for Extra Credit!!!
Click on this document to access FLASHCARDS for the test.
Flashcards for Oceanography

HONORS Webquest assignment with links for websites
Click here for word document “Oceanography In Depth”
Honors In Depth Oceanography

Videos describing formation of Garbage Patches in Ocean Gyres

Ecology “Menu” Project

Scroll Down to find the Surface and Groundwater flashcards

Here is the pdf for The Ecology Menu Project DUE DEC 19 & 20(websites here!)
Ecology Project Menu Websites and Links

Here is the pdf for the Climatograms Worksheet with the website.
BIOME ClimatogramsBlank

Here is the pdf for the BIOME MAPS for all the Countries on the Menu.
Student Biome Maps for MENU Ecology Project

Surface and Groundwater TEST

The TEST for Surface and Groundwater TEST will be Thursday Dec 7th for A-Day students or Friday Dec 8th for B-Day students. Be aware that Friday is the day of the Service Club Assembly so we will start the test at the beginning of the period.

Here is a PDF of the Test Flashcards
Flashcard Surface Water

If you create your own complete set of flashcards and bring them to class on the test day, you can earn up to 3 points of extra credit.

HONORS Connection between The Dust Bowl and Interstellar

DUE Wednesday Nov 1st for A-Day and Thursday Nov 2nd for B-Day

Your reflections for the quotes you highlighted in the article CAN BE TYPED and must be several sentences. Please put some thought into your response! What you write should demonstrate your understanding behind the reasons the Dust Bowl happened in the 1930-1940’s– as well as what we can do to prevent this event from happening in the future. The objective of the assignment is to have you thinking about how we treat our soil. How does soil remain fertile? What can we do to prevent “desertification” (the depletion of soil fertility)??

Quakes, Faults, and Volcanoes Project

This year we are required to have students submit 4 projects. The designated Project for First Quarter follows the format of “Understanding by Design” or UbD.

On Monday 10/9, we will begin to learn about Volcanoes, Faults, and Earthquakes according to the NC Essential Standards. Students will receive a packet with the activities and exercises to guide them through the required content.

On Wednesday October 11 and Thursday October 12, I will introduce the UbD Project for this Quarter. I will provide at least 3 websites, for each location, that will help students begin their research. These links are not the only ones that should be used–just a place to begin to learn about your assigned location. We will spend 10/23 and 10/24 in the Media Center to wrap-up any Project work that needs to be done. By October 25th (A-Day) and October 26th (B-Day) the project should be turned in to me.

Here are the links to WORD documents that outline the UbD Project requirements and the 100-point Grading Rubric.


Here are the Geologically Active Locations that will be used for the Project. We will sign up for these in class beginning Wednesday Oct 11. No more than 2 students may sign-up for any one location.

UbDSignUp sheet

The websites that students can use to begin their research will be posted HERE.
UbD Project Teachers Notes

TEST Thurs 10/5 and Fri 10/6

Be sure to study these 2 terms for the Test 10/5 and 10/6

Paleomagnetism– the study of magnetic fields in iron-bearing rocks at the mid-ocean ridges.

Seafloor Spreading– The theory that new crust is formed at mid-ocean ridges and destroyed at deep-sea trenches. Honors students need to recall that this theory was proposed by Harry Hess and was a major part of our Theory of Plate Tectonics.

Geologic Time and the Appalachians or Atlantic– Academic Students only need to know that the Appalachians were formed by converging plates (coming together) in a mountain building process. The Atlantic was formed by diverging plates (dividing or separating) in an ocean forming process. Honors students will need to connect these processes to the Geologic Time Scale, by using the Table with the Time Scale itself. Honors students can refer to page 12-13 in their Plate Tectonics packet and the Review Sheet that will be provided Tues and Wed next week.

Remember that you can earn a maximum of 3 points of extra credit by creating your own flashcards (or written study guide) and turning it in on test day with you name and period written on it. Please use the info linked to the previous post titled “Tectonics Flashcards”. These will be returned to you before the Final Exam.

HONORS students have their Plate Boundaries assignment due Friday 9/29 for A-day or Monday 10/2 for B-Day. We will have 2 class periods of Test Review Friday 9/29 through Wed 10/4.

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TEST Tomorrow

I enjoyed meeting all the parents and students at Open House last night! Thanks for taking time to come over to Broughton. I look forward to getting to know all the students better beginning Monday Set 18th, when I return from my medical leave.

Remember that our first test will be Thursday Sept 14th for A-Day and Friday Sept 15th for B-Day. You can click on the previous post to see some additional Test review notes. Please email me at if you have questions about any of terms or concepts.

Update 9/8/17

Powerschool has been updated. Please log on and check your grades. Every student will receive a paper copy of their grades on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Interim reports go out after the Teacher Workday on Sept 21.

Your first Chapter Test will be Thursday Sept 14 or Friday Sept 15. Look at the previous post for an additional study guide. All students will be bringing home their chapter packet and it can also be used to study.

I will be in my classroom for Open House Tuesday night Sept 12th and return to the classroom on Monday Sept 18th.

Any questions? Email me at

Review Rock Cycle, Safety and Branches of Earth Science

1. Always listen for instructions about the Lab from your teacher. Do not do any Unauthorized experiments.
2. No food or drinks during Lab. Never eat or drink from any Lab container.
3. Be aware of the safety equipment in the classroom (fire extinguisher, fire blanket, waste disposal, recycling, sharps container, safety shower and eye wash)
4. You must report all injuries to your teacher right away. Ask for bandaids, Neosporin, or assistance if you need it.

1. Hydrology- all the water that flows ON the Earth; lakes, rivers, glaciers, seas, oceans, groundwater, wells, water pollution.
2. Meteorology- all topics related to weather and climate; Greenhouse Effect, storms, all precipitation, air pollution, or any event in the atmosphere.
3. Geology- deals with all events that occur with the soil/rocks on or below Earth’s surface; volcanoes, earthquakes, gemstones, ores, mining, caves, lithospheric plate movements, layers inside the earth
4. Astronomy- all events related to space, stars,planets and the universe; meteors, comets, eclipses, the Sun, the Moon, supernovae, black holes, neutron stars, nebulae, space exploration

There are 3 types of rocks; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The Earth’s processes are constantly changing and remaking rocks. We need to be familiar with all the PROCESSES that can change one rock into another. Review words like weathering, erosion, deposition, lithification, cementation, , melting, cooling and crystallization, heat and pressure. Know the difference between the INTERNAL and EXTERNAL processes-those that occur ON Earth’s surface and those that occur BELOW Earth’s surface.

Click on the Link below to study the Review sheet for the Test.