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Greetings!  10/23/20
Since school began, I have mostly been communicating with my families and students on Verge and on Google Classroom, but I just had to share some awesome resources with everyone here, just in case you are not looking at the internal websites.  We have really had a great time learning about the Universe and everything in it.  Space is a very big place, and the things we have explored are mind-blowing.  But this year is offering some of the best sky-gazing we have had here in Atlanta.  Maybe the air pollution is down because of the pandemic and people staying home more.  I don't know.  But don't miss this incredible show outside.  Kids..DO NOT GO OUT AT NIGHT WITHOUT AN ADULT.  This is a great chance for you and your and the adult(s) in your life to share something special.  You can probably teach them a few things you have learned.  Here are the websites to check out:  
 You can also download for free many different star and planet apps for your phone.  Try Skyview Free or Sky Safari or NASA is good if you are stuck inside or it's raining but you want to know what is going on.      The Solar System Scope is kind of like a video game. is current events about our universe.  And the Night Sky Map & Planets....tells you what you will see tonight!! Have fun. 
Let me know if you like this place to get news.  I will keep sharing here if you are interested and find it helpful.  My assignments are all located on Google Classroom and I place an announcement on Verge every day.  Helpful Resources can be found if you go to Verge, Science Course, and then to Resources.  Let me know if you find this easier for all things Science, and I will keep on sharing.  Have a great week!  Ms. Burch

Greetings!  8/17/20
The school year has finally begun! I want to welcome all our incoming students to Team 6D.  In many ways things are different this year, but you are in for a wonderful experience.  We have all been getting ready to make this as interesting and exciting as it always is, and to be ready for the day that they send us safely back into the building.  Our team is made up of PEOPLE not a building, so we will be strong together.

Earth Science is the study and exploration of everything in the universe.  That means we get to investigate space, rocks, oceans, and weather.  There is a lot to cover!  I look forward to meeting my classes on line.  The schedule is posted on Verge, but I will also duplicate some information at first until everyone finds their way around.  I look forward to meeting my students and parents this week!

Greetings! 8/24/20
It was a little rocky for the first day, but by Friday, many of us doing a little better.  I am using zoom for video classes for the first 2 weeks, as students get registered into Ms. Burch's Google Classrooms.  There is one for each period that I teach.  So, students who attend Science first period should go to Ms. Burch's 1st period Google Classroom and those who have Science 2nd period should go to Ms. Burch's 2nd period Google Classroom etc.  Some students will have me on their schedule twice a day because they were also assigned to my ELT class 5th period.  Those students should also sign in for Ms. Burch's ELT Google Classroom.   The ELT class assignment only lasts for 9 weeks, and so students have two ELT classes listed on their schedule.  We are currently in the first nine weeks, therefore the one marked 1-1 is the ELT assignment for the first 9 weeks.  
I have posted my Google Classroom joining codes on Verge, but will copy them here in case you have not found your way to Verge.  Most of the students have already registered on is free and easy.  If you are new to the school, or have not succeeded in registering, it must be with the student's SCHOOL EMAIL address, which is the S number and includes  The easiest way to do this is to have the student log on to the chromebook or to a computer through the dekalb county sharepoint.  Search  dcsd.sharepoint  and their outlook account where school email comes.  If you sign in and it somehow grabs the wrong email, I will be in touch with you.  As soon as all the current students are registered, parents will receive an option to get a parent account in their child's Google Classroom so that they can see what we are doing and what assignments they have, their grades, etc.  It is a nice feature of Google Classroom.  Stay tuned for that.  This is my first year using Google Classroom, but it seems to be a great resource and meets our needs very well.  

Here are the links for each period:

My zoom connection information may be found on Verge, or you can email me to receive that information.  It is not posted here for security reasons (this is a public site and anyone can visit it.)  After the students are registered in Google Classroom, my plan is to utilize Google Meets for our video conferencing.  That will likely occur by August 31, but please check back here for more information.  My email address is located on the main page of the Henderson Middle School website under faculty, but here it is:  

I will add additional information here from time to time, but Verge is your first point of contact for assignments and other daily announcements including all the resources and updates througout the week and the year.  Glad to have you on board with Team 6 D!  Ms. Burch



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astronomy explained:

What does space smell like?

What does space sound like?


Astronomy picture of the day

Ask an astronomer

astronomy learning games

Discovery Space video and other things

Moon rise and set and phase

Powers of Ten:  Outer Space

Large Hadron Collider Information

CERN...3 minute video

Scale Model Solar system

Weird Science about space

Space Station Under Construction:  Space Toilet explained


Black Holes

What is gravity? **

Bill Nye on moon phases

Use a search engine to find out about the following stories.  Type the title into the search field or copy and paste.  See what you learn!

Missing space matter found

humans living beyond planet’s means

12 year old inventor gets rich

100 explosions on the moon

One Key to Bird Flight Discovered

Full moon names

Scientists say NJ object is meteorite

Fall Final Exam Study Guide


                                                                                                            Period _______   Date _____________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Scientific Method

1.      What causes scientists to change their theories?    

2.      What type of scientist studies space and Earth’s place in it?

3.      What type of scientist studies the solid Earth?

4.      What is the factor that a scientist changes during a controlled experiment?

5.      What do we call the resulting change that is measured in a controlled experiment?

6.      What should be included in the conclusion section of an experiment write-up?

7.      Why might a symbol appear at the beginning of a lab or activity?

8.      What do we call the scientist’s answer to the scientific question before it is tested?

9.      Which scientific skill are you using when you see that the mineral’s streak is black?

10. What do we call a chart showing the hardness of various minerals?


11. What did Copernicus say was in the center of the universe?

12. What type of galaxy is the Milky Way Galaxy which includes our solar system?

13. From largest to smallest, list the following things:  galaxy, solar system, universe

14. What is the name we give to describe the formation of the universe?

15. What do all inner planets have in common?

16. Since the Big Bang, how is the universe changing?

17. Do the planets that are farther from the sun have a longer or shorter “year?”

18. Why is Venus such a hot planet?

19. What do all the outer planets have in common?

20. What is a “shooting star?”

21. Where is the moon when we have a solar eclipse?

22. What is the phase of moon when it is not reflecting any light?

23. What is the largest planet in our solar system?

24. How old is the universe?

25. How long is Earth’s period of rotation?

26. Draw a picture of  a spiral galaxy.


27. What is a mineral?

28. What do we call the way a mineral reflects light?

29. What is a mineral’s resistance to being scratched called?

30. What is the color of a mineral’s powder?

31. What do we call the tendency of a mineral to break in an irregular or curved way?

32. What things can change the color of a mineral?

33. What is the term for a pure substance that cannot be broken down?

34. What do we call the tendency of a mineral to break in smooth flat planes?

35. What type of rock is gneiss?

36. What is the measure of how much matter is in a given space?

37. What do we call two or more elements that have been chemically bonded?

38. What process turns magma into an igneous rock?

39. What processes do igneous rocks go through on the way to becoming sediment?

40. What process does a metamorphic rock go through to become magma?

41. What process changes an igneous rock to a metamorphic rock?

42. What two processes does sediment go through to become sedimentary rock?

43. What physical layer of the Earth includes both crust and the top of the mantle?

44. What is the physical layer of Earth that is liquid and located just above the inner core?

45. What compositional layer of the Earth is on the surface above sea level?

46. What is the upper part of the mantle called?

47. What is the name of the plate boundary when the plates are moving apart from each other?

48. What type of plate boundary is the one where the plates are moving toward each other?

49. What do we call the plate boundary when the plates are sliding past each other?

50. What type of fault is it when rock cracks and one block moves horizontally past the other?

51. What type of fault is it when one piece of the rock slides down the other rock?

52. What type of fault is it when one piece of rock is pushed up the other rock?

53. Where do most earthquakes take place?

54. What causes geologic stress?

55. What do we call the geologic stress that pulls two rock blocks apart?

56. What do we call the geologic stress that pushes two rock blocks against each other?

57. What do we call the bending, tilting and breaking of the Earth’s crust?

58. What do we call the mixture of rock particles, minerals, decayed organic material, air and water?

59. In which layer of the Earth would you find the densest elements?

60. When rock is worn away by the grinding action of other rock particles, what do we call that?

61. As depth beneath Earth’s surface increases, what happens to temperature and pressure?

62. What type of rock is formed from lava?

63. What is the name of the series of processes that slowly changes rocks from one kind to another?

64. In the process of sea floor spreading, where does molten material from the mantle erupt?

65. What was the name of the single landmass from which our continents broke away from?


Bonus Points will be added if you bring your study guide to the Final Exam and your parent has signed this answer guide stating that he or she has helped you study for the final exam,  for one  or more hours. 

__________________________ studied with me for ___________ hours. _____________________________

   Student name                                                                       Parent signature

Scientific Method

1.       New evidence

2.      Astronomer

3.      Geologist

4.      Independent variable

5.      Dependent variable

6.      Explanation of why the results occurred

7.      To alert you to needed precautions

8.      Hypothesis

9.      Observation

10. Data


11. Sun

12. Spiral

13. Universe, galaxy, solar system

14. Big Bang

15. They are small and have rocky surfaces

16. Expanding

17. Longer

18. Greenhouse effect

19. They are outside the asteroid belt

20. Meteor

21. Between Earth and sun

22. New moon

23. Jupiter

24. 13.7 billion years old

25. 24 hours

26.  Looks like a pin wheel with  arms


27.  Naturally formed, inorganic solid with a definite crystalline structure

28. Luster

29. Hardness

30. Streak

31. Fracture

32. Air and water

33. Element

34. Cleavage

35. Metamorphic

36. Density

37. Compound

38. Cooling

39. Weathering and erosion

40. Melting

41. Heat and pressure

42. Compaction and cementation

43. Lithosphere

44. Outer core

45. Continental crust

46. Aesthenosphere

47. Divergent plate boundary

48. Convergent plate boundary

49. Transform boundary

50. Strike slip fault

51. Normal fault

52. Reverse fault

53. At plate boundaries

54. Forces such as plate tectonics

55. Tension

56. Pressure

57. Deformation

58. Soil

59. Core

60. Abrasion

61. Both increase

62. Igneous

63. Rock cycle

64. Mid-ocean Ridge

65. Pangea


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