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Science

		Mr. Murduck’s    Homework/Practice   5/19 – 5/23

Monday – Science – Today you and your partner will finish working on your 
land plots along the Williamsport River.  As we discussed, humans have 
created problems that affect local waterways.  Overflow of sewage systems, 
recreational pollution from fishing and boating, mining, logging, farming, 
ranching, and development of the land are some problems.  You are working 
with a partner and developing a plot of forest land next to the Williamsport  
river. As land owners, you received 3 million dollars to use to develop and 
maintain your property.  The land can not include malls, stadiums, and 
factories that take up a lot of space due to the size of the land given!  No 
large housing developments! The land use was supposed to be planned out 
first. The land area then was to be sketched.  Finally the land is being 
colored and there is not supposed to be any white space included on your 
paper.  Complete details of your land area are to be explained in sentences 
on a loose leaf piece of paper and will be finished tomorrow to present to 
the class on Wednesday!. Make sure to explain how your land is 
environmentally friendly. Recycling, composting, sewage systems, litter 
control, renewable resources, control of erosion, use and preservation of 
rainforest products, etc.  Homework –No homework tonight unless for some 
reason your land plots are not done!  No grade printouts this week! I will 
send grade printouts home next week.

Tuesday– Science – Today you will continue working on and finish your 
detailed paper explaining how your land plot is environmentally friendly.  
This needs to be neatly done in complete sentences. I expect a quality paper 
that is neat and reflects accurately what is on the land plot and how the 
land was developed to be environmentally friendly.  Presentations will be 
given at the very beginning of the period on Wednesday!  Homework – Complete 
everything that is due for your land presentations tomorrow!  Make sure to 
explain how your land is environmentally friendly. Recycling, composting, 
sewage systems, litter control, renewable resources, control of erosion, use 
and preservation of rainforest products, etc.

Wednesday –   Science – Today you and your partner will discuss your land 
plot.  I will discuss how zoning in a community works and how this prevents 
additional problems within a community.  The environment is negatively 
affected when there are no laws or rules to prevent people from developing 
the land in their own ways. Zoning also cuts down on costs that can be 
created when everyone does their own thing. Homework-  No homework tonight!

Thursday – Science –Today we will discuss one of the most important 
ecosystems on Earth, rainforests.  Rainforests requires lots of rain.  Most 
people are more familiar with tropical rainforests.  However, North America 
has some very important temperate rainforests. Many rainforests are being cut 
down at a very fast rate.  Development in rainforests in many cases is not 
controlled causing the problems we discussed in class Wednesday. With all of 
the rainfall, rainforests collect large amounts of water in their watersheds 
that must be protected.  The poor soil and wildlife also need to be 
protected.  Plants and animals have adapted to the conditions of a 
rainforest.  Homework –No homework tonight!

Friday – Science– Today you will watch a rainforest video.  You will take 
notes on how animals and plants are adapted to live in the rainforest that 
will be turned in at the end of the class.  If time we will discuss the 
layers of the rainforest and animal adaptations that help organisms survive.  
Conservation of resources and protection of the land is very important!   
Homework – No homework tonight!  Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!




 

 


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