The Mr. Ellis Newsletter

What's Going On in Mr. E's Class and Around Midway Middle

Week of December 7th to December 11th


On behalf of Mr. Howard and Mr. Tew, all staff and students are cordially invited to the 2015 Band and Choral Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6PM to approximately 8PM. Please join us in the Midway Middle School Gymnasium and hear what the Band and Chorus students have spent hours of class time preparing for this semester. Hope to see you all there.

A Note from Mr. Tew (our band director)

The Midway High School Band is participating in the Michael & Son's Jingle Contest! You have probably heard their commercial on the radio! The winner of this contest receives $5,000! Our band is in desperate need of equipment, additional band uniforms, etc. This would be huge for our program!



- Energy Resources Stations

- Energy Conservation Activites

- Homework Check and Quiz



- Scatter Plots

- Line of Best Fit

- Weekly Quiz on THURSDAY!



Science Homework Week 15

Homework is Due on Friday.

Energy Consequences Vocabulary 8.P.2.1 for Week 15

Part One: Define the following words.

Renewable Resource

Non-renewable Resource

Natural Resource



Fossil Fuels


Part Two: Search each word in Google Images to see pictures and diagrams.

Part Three: Choose the best answer

1.Which BEST explains the consequences of burning high-sulfur coal in power plants?

A. The burning of sulfur-containing coal produces nuclear waste.

B. Sulfur-containing pollutants in the air combine with moisture, producing acid rain.

C. Sulfur-containing pollutants are absorbed into the ground, killing the vegetation and causing soil erosion.

D. The release of sulfur-containing pollutants in rivers, lakes, and streams heats up the water, causing thermal pollution.

2. Which BEST describes the main concern with using nuclear fission as an alternative energy source?

A. The number of accidents in power plants using nuclear fission is higher than for other power plants.

B. The raw materials for power plants using nuclear fission are more expensive than for other power plants.

C. The temperatures required for power plants using nuclear fission cannot be easily achieved and controlled.

D. The disposal of waste from power plants using nuclear fission is potentially more hazardous than for other power plants.

3. The development of a nuclear power plant at an ocean site is expected to produce an enormous amount of electric power for a large population. Ocean water will be used to cool the plant and then returned to the ocean. What unintended consequence should be analyzed before starting construction?

A. number of kilowatts produced per home

B. the effect of warmed water on aquatic life

C. the impact of other energy-producing resources

D. energy use per person

4.Which renewable energy source would MOST LIKELY cause loss of habitat?

A. hydroelectric B. geothermal C. nuclear D. solar

5. Which process directly adds carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?

A. increasing plant populations C. burning fossil fuels

B. decreasing animal populations D. forming sedimentary rocks

6. More sulfur dioxide is being added to the atmosphere. How will this most likely affect the hydrosphere?

A. There will be a decrease in sea level

B. The acidity of the ocean will increase.

C. There will be an increase in fresh water

D. The temperature of the oceans will decline

7. Which BEST explains the environmental consequences associated with generating hydroelectric power?

A. Hydroelectric dams produce large amounts of oxygen.

B. Reservoirs are also used for water sports and recreation

C. Reservoirs cause habitat disruption of surrounding areas.

D. Hydroelectric dams produce large amounts of carbon dioxide

8. Which will MOST LIKELY negatively impact the environment when coal is burned for energy?

A. iron B. water C. nitrogen D. carbon dioxide

9. Which form of energy production would MOST LIKELY affect migration of spawning salmon?

A. coal B. wind C. nuclear D. hydropower

10. Energy companies often produce electricity from a variety of sources. Using which resources would improve air quality the most?

A. oil B. gas C. coal D. wind

11. Some organisms living downstream from a hydroelectric power plant have recently died. Which BEST explains why these organisms died?

A. The water coming downstream from the power plant is being diverted to another stream.

B. The water coming downstream from the power plant is contaminated.

C. There were too many organisms in the stream.

12. Which is the GREATEST disadvantage of using solar panels as a primary source of energy?

A. Resource is limited to daylight hours only.

B. Solar Energy is difficult to store for long-term use.

C. Solar panels use too much land area to capture the needed energy.

13. Why is it not a safe practice to place a fuel depot over an aquifer?

A. Aquifers are too high up in the mountains

B. The weight of the depot is too great over the aquifer

C. The fumes escaping from the fuel depot are explosive

D. If the fuel leaks, the water in the aquifer will become contaminated

14. Which BEST explains the observed decrease in the population of fish in a river near a nuclear power plant?

A. The average river temperature increased, and the fish were unable to live and reproduce in the warmer water.

B. The amount of fishing near the power plant increased, decreasing the number of fish remaining in the river.

C. The noise from the power plant disturbed the fish, and they swam away to another part of the river.

15. Which is MOST LIKELY the greatest impact on the environment when a dam is built for hydroelectric power production?

A. The dam destroys habitats by creating reservoirs of water that flood lands upstream of the dam.

B. The water cycle is disturbed by the building of a dam because water is concentrated in new areas.

C. Plant populations suffer from increased competition beyond the dam because more land is available for cultivation.

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