Monday, February 12, 2007

Day 5

Global Climate

State the Problem:
  • The Earth is getting warmer


  • Earth has warmed by about 1ºF over the past 100 years.
  • Warmer days on earth make the sea level rise, and sea levels have risen.
  • The world's iciest continent gradually has been warming over the past 150 years.
  • Ice core samples show average temperatures rising 0.2 degree Celsius.
  • 50% reduction in the amount of cold, deep water flowing from the North Atlantic to the tropics.
  • Evidence from prehistoric times shows that it is possible for northern air temperatures to drop by 10ºC (18ºF) within decades.
  • The average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree.

Contributing Factors:

  • Greenhouse gases make the Earth warmer by trapping energy in the atmosphere.
  • Human activities have substantially added to the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
  • Human activities and increasingly trapping more heat.
  • Increased carbon dioxide production and land use.


  • I think if people just recycle more, and put less gases in the air it will stop pollution and the ozone layer won't be ruined so much. Pollution puts holes in the ozone layer causing the earth to warm. If everyone limits their use of cars we could save the earth.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Day 3: Tartan Problem

Tartan Problem

State the Problem:
  • Kids are failing classes


  • I have friends that have failed classes
  • Grade sheets in classroom show who is failing
  • In required tenth grade classes, there are juniors or seniors in it

Contributing Factors:

  • No time, have after school activities, out of school sports, or work
  • Don't understand concepts in the class time
  • No parents, friends, etc. to help them
  • All around don't care what grades they have


  • Once kids start failing they must be required to get after school help from the teacher that has them in their class, they must skip their after school commitments

Monday, February 5, 2007

Day 1

.:*Journal Warm-up:Problem-Analysis Essay*:.

My family wants to spend more time together, but no one can agree on the kinds of activities to do. My mom wants to go to the zoo, but we're all older now and don't really want to do that. My dad wants to go to a Timberwolves game, but we're all hockey fans. My sister wants to go see a new movie that just came out, but no one likes her taste in movies. My older brother doesn't want to spend any family time together, he says the time we spend arguing about this is enough family time. I personally want to go on a vacation, but then we just argue about where to go. Our next family meeting, I brought up the idea of doing everything everyone wants to do. One week we'll all go to a Timberwolves game, the next time we want to spend time together we go to the movies, then the zoo. We'll go on a vacation over Spring Break. This way everyone wins. Except my brother, he still has to go to all those things.