Lesson plan handouts, assignments, and other course materials can be downloaded from this page.  The lesson plan handouts are vital to student success because they outline and present everything that the student will be tested on.  In these handouts, students will find the important lesson objectives, vocabulary terms, sample questions, internet links, notes, illustrations, articles, and more.  These handouts are also the heart of the student's notebook, which can be a significant portion of the student's overall grade.  Not all of Mr. Roberts' classes will cover all of these lessons.


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001 | Welcome to Mr. Roberts' Class

This is an introductory lesson for all of Mr. Roberts' classes.  It introduces class expectations, requirements, policies, and systems, and also introduces the concepts of learning styles, thinking styles, and personality brain types. 

DOWNLOAD Lesson 001 Handout (3.1 MB)

101 | Introduction to Earth Science

This lesson introduces the four branches of Earth Science and Earth Systems.  Students will learn the basic differences between Astronomy, Meteorology, Geology, and Oceanography.  The ages of the Universe, the Earth, and life will also be discussed.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 101 Handout (1.7 MB)

DOWNLOAD Lesson 101 PowerPoint Presentation (81.9 MB)

DOWNLOAD Earth Science Photos PowerPoint Presentation (29.8 MB)

102 | The Metric System and Measurement

This lesson reviews scientific notation and the metric system. It also introduces sig figs, conversion factors, and proper measurement techniques.  This is a very important, fundamental science lesson.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 102 Handout (0.7 MB)

DOWNLOAD Lesson 102 Assignment Packet (0.5 MB)

DOWNLOAD Lesson 102 PowerPoint Presentation (5.1 MB)

103 | The Scientific Mind and Method

This lesson reviews the Scientific Method and advances the student's ability to "think like a scientist."  Students learn the important differences between opinion, fact, and truth.  Students also learn to critically analyze facts and data in order to draw valid conclusions.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 103 Handout (4.9 MB)

DOWNLOAD Fisheye Photos PowerPoint Presentation (62.5 MB)

DOWNLOAD The Scientific Method PowerPoint Presentation (146 MB)

DOWNLOAD The Scientific Mind PowerPoint Presentation (83 MB)

DOWNLOAD The Moon Hoax Camera Experiment Slides (0.5 MB)

DOWNLOAD Moon Experiment Write-Up (0.01 MB)

104 | Atoms & Matter

This lesson reviews the structure, states, and properties of matter.  Students review the organization of the Periodic Table and acquaint themselves with the main elements of the universe.  Students learn to use density to help identify substances. 

DOWNLOAD Lesson 104 Handout (4.1 MB)

DOWNLOAD Matter and the Periodic Table PPP (46.3 MB)

DOWNLOAD Combinations of Atoms PPP (106 MB)

DOWNLOAD Periodic Table Puzzle Packet (0.03 MB)

201 | Electromagnetic Radiation

Classes: Earth Science Classes Only

This lesson introduces students to the mysterious characteristics and uses of light.  Optical illusions are investigated.  Students learn to calculate wavelengths, frequencies, and energies of light.  Students also learn to identify the chemical composition of gases using a spectroscope.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 201 Handout (3 MB)

DOWNLOAD Electromagnetic Radiation PowerPoint (92.9 MB)

DOWNLOAD Optical Illusion Project (0.1 MB)

202 | The Doppler Effect

This lesson continues the theme from previous lessons where students learned that they cannot always trust their senses.  The Doppler Effect is another type of "illusion" that led scientists to discover that the Universe is expanding.  Honors students learn the mathematics used in calculating Doppler shifts.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 202 Handout (0.4 MB)

DOWNLOAD Doppler Effect PowerPoint (48.7 MB)

203 | Telescopes

This lesson introduces telescopes and optics.  Several types of telescopes are covered, including refracting, reflecting, multiple mirror, and interferometers. Students learn how to compute a telescope's magnification and light gathering power.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 203 Handout (1.8 MB)

DOWNLOAD Telescopes PowerPoint (75.2 MB)

DOWNLOAD Telescope Design Project (0.2 MB)

DOWNLOAD Stellarium for your computer

DOWNLOAD Google Sky Map for Android

204 | Structure of the Universe

How big is the Universe?  How old is the Universe?  What is the Universe? What is the Universe made of?  Students tackle these questions and more during this lesson.  Students will gain an appreciation for the mysterious nature of our universe.  Discussions are both scientific and philosophical.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 204 Handout (4.5 MB)

DOWNLOAD Structure of the Universe PowerPoint (312 MB)

DOWNLOAD Exploring the Gooniverse

DOWNLOAD This Month's Free SkyMap (Link)

207 | Stars & Stellar Evolution

Stars are the ultimate source of all matter and energy found on Earth.  In this lesson, sudents learn the characteristics of stars, the types of stars, and the stages of a star development.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 207 Handout (5 MB)

DOWNLOAD Stars PowerPoint (103 MB)

DOWNLOAD The Stars Packet WS (0.7 MB)

DOWNLOAD Parallax Lab Activity (0.1 MB)

211 | Seasons

Most people think that it is the tilt of Earth's axis that causes seasons, but that is only a piece of the puzzle.  Students learn the complex geometry and planetary motions that cause Earth to have four distinct seasons.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 211 Handout (1.2 MB)

DOWNLOAD Seasons PowerPoint (95 MB)

DOWNLOAD Tracking the Sun WS (0.4 MB)

DOWNLOAD Exercise 12 Earth-Sun Relations WS (2.5 MB)

301 | The Atmosphere

This lesson is intended as a basic introduction to meteorology and climate change.  Students learn about the composition, evolution, and structure of the atmosphere.  Nitrogen, carbon, and water cycles are discussed.  Students begin to learn how to read weather maps.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 301 Handout (4 MB)

DOWNLOAD Atmosphere PowerPoint (175 MB)

304 | Air Pressure and Winds

This lesson focuses on the causes and effects of winds.  Students learn about air pressure, airless vacuums, isobars, local and global winds, and the Coriolis Effect.  Students continue to learn how to read weather maps and interpret weather data.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 304 Handout (0.5 MB)

DOWNLOAD Air Pressure PowerPoint (14 MB)

501 | Climate and Climate Controls

Classes: Earth Science Classes Only

Students learn about the different climates and the factors that control a locations climate.  The Köppen−Geiger climate classification system is introduced during this lesson.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 501 Handout (2.7 MB)

DOWNLOAD Climate PowerPoint (50 MB)

602 | Volcanoes & Igneous Environments

Classes: Earth Science Classes Only

Students learn about the different intrusive and extrusive features of igneous environments and the eruptions that create them.  Students take virtual tours of Mount Saint Helens and other volcanoes.

DOWNLOAD Lesson 602 Handout (1 MB)

DOWNLOAD Volcanoes PowerPoint (196 MB)

DOWNLOAD Back from the Dead Video Questions (0.02 MB)


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