Mrs. Hammond's Science Class

Contact Information:
360-501-2920 ext. 2101

**All assignments are due on Friday
unless otherwise noted! 

Our class focus for October:
  • Introduce the Catastrophic Events Kit
  • Storms around the world
  • Layers of the atmosphere
  • Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Thunderstorms
  • Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning

Congratulations to Nolan Kessler, Taylar Madden, Saviah Dowd, and Jenna Lee on being the winners of the last question "What is the most devastating hurricane ever recorded?
" Find the answer by clicking on the link below:  

Science Trivia Competition!! 

  • All answers must be written in your own handwriting, with your first and last name written on your paper.
  • The web address or book where you found the information must be cited on your paper.  
  • Answers can only be submitted to me between the school hours of 7:45 am - 2:50 pm.
  • Prizes will vary by the week.  
Trivia Question!!!

Why doesn't rising air just keep rising all the way into space?  Explain your answer.

**Be one of the first three people to answer the trivia question to win. Make sure to follow the rules above!!


Topics we will study for first semester:
  • Scientific Method
  • Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning
  • Catastrophic Events
  • The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis
Learning Targets for Catastrophic Events Part 1: Storms:
  • Natural catastrophic events (earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornados) are powerful and often dramatic forces that can profoundly affect our planet and the living things that inhabit it. 
  • A vortex is the movement of a liquid or a gas in a spiral around a central axis.
  • Both hurricanes and tornadoes rotate around a central axis (vortex), however hurricanes travel over tropical waters and tornadoes are located over flat land masses
  • Surfaces of the earth absorb and reflect the sun’s energy (solar radiation).
  • Earth’s surfaces heat and cool at different rates.
  • Temperature is an indication of the amount of heat energy.
  • Earth has an atmosphere with many layers that have different properties which affect absorption of the sun’s energy.
  • Air takes on the conditions of the surface over which it moves. Warm air rises. Cool air sinks.
  • Water evaporates from heated surfaces and the rising water vapor cools, condenses and forms clouds.
  • Land breezes and sea breezes are the result of uneven heating and cooling of land and water
  • The upward movement of warm air and downward movement of cool air form convection currents.
  • Patterns of atmospheric movement affect local weather.
  • The movement and exchange of water between the earth, atmosphere and oceans is called the water cycle.
  • Water vapor enters the air by evaporation from bodies of water.
  • Water vapor in the air changes to water by condensation.
  • Clouds form under low air pressure when water vapor from warm, rising air condenses (or by cold and warm air masses meeting).
  • Precipitation, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes often develop in low-pressure weather conditions (or when warm and cold air masses meet).
  • The path of a hurricane can be tracked but it is not always easy to predict. 
  • The sun heats the earth and it’s oceans unevenly.
  • Temperature differences affect the way water moves.
  • Oceans have a major effect on climate.

Here is the link to see our 
Catastrophic Events text online:  

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Hammond's Class Calendar