• Hello and welcome to my distance learning page! I hope you and your family are doing well during this unprecedented time in history.  I am sure it will be talked about in science and social studies classes for years to come.  Practice good hygiene habits and social distancing while our regular school time is interrupted to keep yourself and others healthy.

    My distance learning page will be used for enrichment of our curriculum topics as well as review activities of our prior learning in the year.

    I will be available to communicate using my CBSD e-mail (mcoverda@cbsd.org) between the hours of 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM and will be using One Note and Canvas to provide feedback on any student work.



    Zoo School Live from the Elmwood Park Zoo: Facebook live sessions with a zoo keeper @ 11am.  Different animals each day!

    Philly Zoo @ 2: Visit the Philadelphia Zoo's Facebook page on weekdays @2pm to see animals and learn from zoo keepers



    • MONDAY 10:00AM Period 1

    • MONDAY 12:30PM Period 2

    • TUESDAY 10:00AM Period 3

    • TUESDAY 12:30PM Period 4

    • WEDNESDAY 10:00AM Period 5


      but email (mcoverda@cbsd.org) any time during week if you have questions.

      TEAMS Calendar



    Daily Assignments are discussed in TEAMS & posted in OneNote


    Begin with TEAMS -click on your class session in TEAMS Calendar (left menu) -see picture above                                                  CBSD Teams 2


    & OneNote

    cbsd instructions

    All Assignments for week are due by Friday 3pm


  • Date: 3/31/2020 TUESDAY

    Topic: Oeanic Floor Features Review 14.2 Worksheet

    Overview: Using the Pearson Text as needed, answer the questions on the 14.2 Review Worksheet in OneNote


           1. Open the 14.2 Review WS in OneNote Distance Learning Tab.

           2. Open Pearson Text as needed

      Answer Key and Diagram will be posted tomorrow morning for review

    Estimated Time: 30 minutes 

    Links: see OneNote -Distance Learning Content Library

               Pearson Text Online: https://tinyurl.com/y85n5xw6

    4/1 & 4/2 will be days to test out Phase 2 meetings.   

    You will be receiving emails with calendar invites today. ACCEPT the RSVP in the email.  Tomorrow you will open the link in the email at the correct time and click JOIN MEETING.

    Wednesday 4/1: 

                          Period 1 9:00AM,

                          Period 2: 10:00AM, 

                          Period 3: 1:00AM,

                          Period 4: 2:00AM


    Thursday 4/2: 

                          Period 5: 9:00AM


    BONUS: Science Fact of the Day: 

    How many gallons of water does the average US Household use every single day?


  • Date: 3/30/2020 MONDAY

    Topic: Virtual Field Trip to Washington DC's Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

    Overview: Unfortunately due to the social distancing and Coronavirus, we were forced to cancel the spring field trip to Washington, DC.   HOWEVERThe Smithsonian offers a fantastic self-guided Virtual Reality tour of their

                       Museum of Natural History.  This museum is  9th Grade Science!-Oceanography, Geology , Fosssils & Hominids, etc.

                       Use the Canvas Mini-Quiz (only 1 question per section so you have time and freedom to explore as much as liked) to demonstrate credit for the activity.


           1. Go to canvas and open your modules.   Click on the Virtual Tour of the Museum of Natural History. 

           2. Follow the Canvas instructions and questions that will lead you on a path of the permanent exhibit areas.. Open the tour in a separate browser https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

           3. Tour the museum and answer the questions along the way.  Retake the bank of questions as needed to get 100% proficiency.

               (Sidenote: Questions wer limited to one per exhibit area to give you the freedom and time to explore certain areas more that peak your interest)

    You can move through the exhibit 2 ways-
          A. Using the Floor Map (when you click on the floor level in the top right and the blue dots,
          B.. or you can click the blue arrows on the floor (which are labeled) in the actual image itself  (You may have to rotate the view to see the arrows)
          You can rotate the view 360 degrees and click up/down/left/right arrows to change views.  You can also zoom in (with + and -) to view the signs.

           4. Feel free to go back and virtually tour the current exhibits or past exhibits as well.


    Estimated Time: 30 minutes

    Links: Canvas and https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour


    BONUS: Science Fact of the Day:

    Which animal has the longest Ocean migration of any animal in the world?


  • DATE: FRIDAY 3/27

    No Distance Learning today.  Answer Key from Power of the Planet: Oceans is now posted on the OneNote

    Nice work to those who answered questions in their online notebook!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Date: 3/24/2020 WEDNESDAY & 3/25/2020 THURSDAY

    (2 Day Plan-30 Minutes each. Do it all in one day or split it over 2 days)

    Topic: All things Ocean Enrichment

    Overview: View "The Power of the Planet: Oceans" with Professor Iain Stewart!!!! and answer the video questions in OneNote.


           1. Open OneNote Video Questions under DISTANCE LEARNING TAB. 

           2. Go to link below (or other video link googled under same title) and answer the questions that go with video content. 

                        Due to Internet/Filter Blocking issues, I have placed a link at the top of the OneNote Page that should open the video.

      Answer Key will be posted Friday morning for review

    SIDENOTE: Yesterday's answer key is now posted in the distance learning page on OneNote.

    Estimated Time: 60 minutes 

    Links: see OneNote -Distance Learning Content Library

    Power of the Planet: Oceans  https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5amshu (use link in OneNote if internet filter/blocking issues)

    BONUS: Science Fact of the Day:

    WEDNESDAY: Where is the SALTIEST Water on Earth found? (Hint-It isn't the Dead Sea....) How many times saltier than seawater is it?

    THURSDAY: The Beaked Sea Snake is considered the world's deadliest sea snake, one bite contains enough venom to kill how many humans?

    What happens to someone bit by a Beaked Sea Snake? 

  • DATE: 4/1 & 4/2:  Teams App Class Period Check Ins

    You should have received an email invitation to a Teams Meeting for our class- ACCEPT that RSVP and it will autoload into your Microsoft Teams App.

    Open the Teams App on your Start Menu/Cortana and then click on CALENDAR on the left side menu.

    Click on the Meeting and then JOIN MEETING.

    My classes will meet:

    Wednesday 4/1: 

                          Period 1 9:00AM,

                          Period 2: 10:00AM, 

                          Period 3: 1:00AM,

                          Period 4: 2:00AM


    Thursday 4/2: 

                          Period 5: 9:00AM



  • Date: 3/24/2020 TUESDAY

    Topic: Oeanic Floor Mapping Review

    Overview: Using your calculator and the SONAR formula (D=1/2 Time x Velocity of Sound in Water) calculate the distance of a series of data measurements and plot these on a small grid map to reveal the shape of the ocean floor below the waves.


           1)Access the 3/24 Ocean Floor Mapping Review activity in the DISTANCE LEARNING TAB of OneNote (in the Content Library).  Drage the activity down into your folder to digitally ink your calculations and plot.

                    Due to SYNCing problems, OneNote may have to be accessed throught the waffle on Office365 in an internet browser such as Chrome.

           2)Using the time measurements given, apply the SONAR distance formula and calculate the meters to the bottom for each reading. Note that the activity calls for you to use 1507m/sec. as your speed of sound in water.

              To graph you will be asked to convert the measurement from meters to kilometers, simply divide your answers by 1000 and round to the nearest tenth.

           3) Plot the Distance from Shore (Column 1) vs. the Depth in Km (Column 4) on the provided map.

      Answer Key and Diagram will be posted tomorrow morning for revie

    Estimated Time: 30 minutes 

    Links: see OneNote -Distance Learning Content Library

    BONUS: Science Fact of the Day: Which Ocean Animal has the Fastest Punch in the Ocean? How many mph? Watch a video too(NatGeo has a good short one)-very cool appearance, and impressive speed....

  • DATE: 3/20/20 FRIDAY

    Enjoy the day off from Distance Learning from CBSD and enjoy the good weather!

    Get outside and breathe some fresh air!

  • Date: 3/19/2020 THURSDAY

    Topic: Ocean Floor Features and Definitions (Review of Geologic Ocean Floor Features )

    Overview: Using 14.2 in the Pearson Online Earth Science Textbook, complete the diagram (use pg 402 and perhaps pg 257 and 259 from Sea Floor Spreading)


           1)Open Pearson Text and READ Chapter 14 Section 2.

           2)Complete the Diagram with Ocean Floor Feature Terms in OneNote. Drag/Copy from Content Library to your folder

                Due to SYNCing problems, OneNote may have to be accessed throught the waffle on Office365 in an internet browser such as Chrome.

           3)Record (type or digitally ink) definitions in OneNote below the diagram of terms.

    Estimated Time: 30 minutes


    Pearson Online Text- https://tinyurl.com/y85n5xw6


    BONUS: Science Fact of the Day (just for fun enrichment)

    What is the HEAVIEST BONY FISH in the Ocean? 

  • DATE: 3/18/2020 WEDNESDAY

    TOPIC: Ocean Exploration & Mapping Enrichment

    TASK: Watch the TED Video: Robert Ballard-TED2008 The Astonishing Hidden World of the Deep Ocean and answer the questions below. Answers posted on OneNote in DISTANCE LEARNING tab in CONTENT LIBRARY.

    LINK: https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_ballard_the_astonishing_hidden_world_of_the_deep_ocean?referrer=playlist-ocean_wonders#t-1075872



    1. Water covers ____ percent of the planet.
    2. Fifty percent of ________  __________ lies beneath the sea.
    3. Twenty three percent of our planet is touched by the world's largest mountain range-the ______-_________ _________
    4. The average depth of the ocean is _____________ feet
    5. Deep Ocean thermal vents can reach a temperature of _______ degrees Fahrenheit.
    6. Down near the thermal vents, scientists found _____ _______ that were 10 feet tall.
    7. Animals that live near the thermal vents rely on the process of ______________, since no light reaches down that far.
    8. The Lost City is a series of edifices that were form by volcanic action under the sea and are made of the rock ________________.
    9. Volcanoes were seen at the bottom of the ocean spewing out _____________ instead of lava.
    10. The ocean is considered the largest history museum in the world, and led to the discovery of ships like the _________, ___________, and ___________.

    With Extra Time, feel free to check out Robert Ballard's website https://nautiluslive.org/ where you can watch part of one of their explorations. 

    Also I found a really cool livestream webcam website for oceans, aquariums, and more animals https://explore.org/livecams/sharks/shark-cam  Feel free to check out any of the other livestreams as well-it is like going to the virtual zoo/aquarium! 

  • DATE: 3/17/2020 TUESDAY

    TOPIC: Hominid Enrichment Article

    TASK: Read the article Beyond Stones & Bones by Sharon Begley, Newsweek 2007 and answer the questions attached as the first page of the article.  Answer key to the questions will be posted on OneNote under our new Content Library tab-Distance Learning Enrichment and Review.

    OVERVIEW: What caused the hominids to become so hairless compared to the other primates? What genetic factors have been discovered that played a vital role in the increase of our brain size?

    LINK: https://www.cbsd.org/cms/lib/PA01916442/Centricity/Domain/1595/Article%20Evolution%20Revolution%20Newsweek2007.pdf

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