February 12, 2016

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     Mr. Cohen: Homework & General Info ("Class Files" below) Minimize
    6th grade: Labs #10 & #11: Due: Tuesday, February 9th

    Lab #10, "Water, Surface Tension, and Other Fascinating Mysteries of the Universe" should be completed on Wednesday night, Feb. 3rd

    Lab #11, "Bubbles & Surface Tension" should be completed on Monday night, Feb. 8th

    Both labs will be turned in together on Tuesday, February 9th

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    8th grade: Interpreting Chemical Formulas Due Friday, February 5th
    Complete"Interpreting Chemical Formulas" worksheet.

    Due: Friday, Feb. 5th




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    Daylight Savings Time


    Move clocks one hour ahead (Spring Forward) Saturday night, March 12th, before you go to sleep (official time is 2 am Sunday morning, March 13th).

    Move clocks  BACK one hour ("Fall Backward") Saturday night, November 5th, before you go to sleep (official time is 2 am, Sunday morning, November 6th, 2016).

    In 2016, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13th and ends on Sunday,  November 6th

    Daylight Saving Time begins each year at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March ("Spring Forward") and ends the first Sunday in November ("Fall Backward").

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    8th grade: Electron-shell Diagrams Due Wecnesday, 1/27

    Complete "Electron-shell Diagrams"  worksheet.  Complete "Electron-shell Diagrams" worksheet.  Use four colors; one color each for ProtonsNeutronsNucleus (dark color), and energy levels with electrons.  Due next day on Wednesday, 1/27




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    8th grade: Homework due Friday, 1-22

    Complete "Reading the Elements" worksheet.  You will need to use your Periodic Chart.  This will be due Friday, 1-22




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    6th Grade: Seismology Test Thursday, 1/14

    6th grade: The Seismology test will be Thursday, 1/14 The students have the test guidelines in their notes.  Make sure you make flashcards!!!




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    8th gr: Balancing Chemical Equations - TBD

    Balancing Chemical Equations -worksheet #1 Due: TBD. The students will keep this sheet for a resource to study from




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    8th gr: Balancing Chemical Equations - worksheet #2 due TBD

    Balancing Chemical Equations #2 due TBD




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    8th grade: "Chemistry is Pun" due Friday, 1/09
      Thursday night- Complete the worksheet (if not completed in class)
    Using the Periodic Chart, students should complete the worksheet, "Chemistry is Pun"

    Ten or more questions not answered will result in a zero







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    8th grade: Chemistry is Tough!
    8th grade homework throughout unit:
    Chemistry is tough
    Chemistry a very large unit
    Download "Test Guidelines" at the beginning of unit!  Check off the items as we cover them....make flashcards on them!
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    8th Lab #8 Sublimation due Thursday, 12-03

    Lab #8, "Sublimation and Dry Ice" is due on Wednesday, 12-03

    If you were absent, you may download the form, under "Class Files" (or click), Edit Lab: Investigation into Sublimation and Dry Ice , buy some Dry Ice at a local store and do the lab at home. I get "Dry Ice" at Albertsons in Thousand Oaks.  I don't know if the local Albertsons carries it or not.  I've been told that Ralphs and Smart and Final carries it.

    No "Extra Research" is needed

    Last day for a late grade:  Thursday, 12/10

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    8th Lab #9, "Expansion & Contraction of Solids & Gases" due Tuesday, 12-08
    Lab #9, "Expansion and Contraction of Solids and Gases",  will be due on Tuesday, 12-08
    NO "Extra Research" is required.
      However, if you want to look up a few more applications of Charles' Law, the coefficient of linear or cubical (volume) expansion in industry, buildings, engineering and design, etc., you can help your grade on the lab!
    Or, just a general extension of the unit: "frozen smoke" (a gel that is the lightest solid.... 99.8% air),
    or the "Bose-Einstein Condensate", sometimes referred to as the "fifth state of matter"!!
    Note: The 'conclusion" for this lab is merely the 2nd worksheet I passed out for the lab.  It says. "Expansion and contraction...." in the upper left-hand corner. 

    Last day to turn in this lab for a late grade will be Tuesday, 12-15



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    6th grade: Earthquake Preparedness TBD
    The 6th graders have several "Family Assignments" for "Earthquake Preparedness":
    Get old slippers under each bed
    Place a flashlight with new batteries next to each bed
    Find the gas valve and know how to turn it off in an emergency (hang crescent wrench close by)
    Make emergency kits
    Make a family plan on what to do if members of the family should be separated from the rest of family in the event of an earthquake
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    6th grade: Rock Cycle quiz TBD

    6th grade

    A quiz on the Rock Cycle will be on TBD

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    6th & 8th Make Flashcards
    This is a YEARLONG assignment. 

    Students should make "Flashcards" from their notes.  This is a great educational strategy.  Using flashcards will keep the student up-to-date, reinforce difficult concepts, prepare them for tests, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY will give them a good educational foundation in Science!  Put a question on one side of a 3" x 5" index card and the   answer on the other side                                                                                                                  

    The students should be able to make a minimum of five flashcards per night. 


    The students will be checked periodically for flashcards.  They will get some extra credit for making them.




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     8th grade Science


    "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of   knowledge."

    Carl Sagan

    Food for thought:

    "Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein's general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out."

    Stephen Hawking


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    Dear Parents and Students- 

    Please note the section called "Class Files".  The “Class Rules and Expectations” along with “How to Write A Science Lab” are updated copies that you (student) received at the beginning of the year.  You should find them in your Science notebook/"handout" section.  

    Also, students, if you need any extra copies of some of the lab forms (“Table” and “Graph” worksheet forms), you may print these out for your use. 

    Lastly, for your reference, whether you want to check up on Tornado or Hurricane Scales, to find out whether the North American tectonic plate really does stretch around and includes part of northern Japan, or keeping up-to-date in astronomy, technology, marine biology, or any of the other sciences check out some of the website links below.  Go to Mars, zoom in on Olympus Mons, get updates about the rovers, Spirit and Opportunity,……… or, maybe you want to take a virtual submarine tour of the Gulf Reefs!

    CyberScience Web Links


    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/css05rtq.asp State Test Science Preparation – Released questions by the State!

    http://school.discovery.com/  School Discovery.

    http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/ - Stay up-to-date with Meteor Showers throughout the year

    http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/index.html  Exploratorium

    http://www.popsci.com/popsci/  Popular Science

    http://www.sciencemag.org/  Science Magazine

    http://www.sciencenews.org/  Science News Online

    http://www.sciencenews.org/  Scientific American

    http://sln.fi.edu/inquirer/inquirer.html  Franklin Institute Health and Science

    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/ Powers of 10

    http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/general/lib/laescae.html  Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    http://www.tornadoproject.com/fscale/fscale.htm  Fujita Tornado Scale

    http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/slabs.html Major Tectonic Plates of the World

    http://school.discovery.com/brainboosters/  Brain Boosters

    http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/  Puzzlemaker

    http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/  NASA Space Place for Kids

    http://www.science.widener.edu/mars3d/  Mars 3-D images

    http://rednova.com/  Red Nova Science Magazine

    http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html  Mars Rovers homepage

    http://www.fema.gov/kids/dizarea.htm  FEMA Disaster Page & Preparation for Kids

    http://www.calsky.com/   Astronomy Calendar

    http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/Index.html  Abrams Planetarium

    http://www.astrosociety.org/   Astronomical Society of the Pacific

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002/07oct_newworld.htm?list42997  Discover Quaoar

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/news_archive.htm  NASA Headlines

    http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/m2k4/index1.html MK24 NASA Mars

    http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/  Mars Global Surveyor

    http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html?skipIntro=1  NASA Home

    http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality/TotalityCh11.html  Observing Solar Eclipses

    http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/   Planetary Data System

    http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm   NASA Solar System Exploration Page

    http://space.com/    Space News

    http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/zoomviewer/index.php?display_img=supervolcanoe    Olympus Mons Zoom Viewer

    http://www.mbl.edu/  Marine Biological Laboratory

    http://gulftour.tamu.edu/  Reefs of the Gulf A Submarine Grand Tour

    http://www.natice.noaa.gov/  National Ice Center (NOAA & Naval)

    http://www.weather.com/weather/local/93021?lswe=93021&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared  Moorpark Weather

    http://www.weather.com/  The Weather Channel

    http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/index.ssi  California State Science Fair

    http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html "The Elements" song Flash Animation by Tom Lehrer

    http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html NASA Eclipse (Solar and Lunar)Home Page

    http://www.chemicalelements.com View the Periodic Chart; click on an element, find it's structure, melting point, uses, etc.  You will need this for "Extra Research" on a lab.Content...

     Class Files Minimize
    3 Ring Binder Notebook CoverDownload
    6th Grade Biome Powerpoint Project GuidelinesDownload
    8th Grade StandardsDownload
    Balancing Chemical Equations #1 BACK SIDEDownload
    Balancing Chemical Equations #1 FRONT SIDEDownload
    Balancing Chemical Equations #2Download
    Calif. State Released Questions ScienceDownload
    Chemical Elements (Extra Research)Download
    Chemistry is Pun (PDF)Download
    Chemistry: Electron-Shell Diagram (scan)Download
    Chemistry: Exothermic Chemical Reactions Lab WorksheetDownload
    Chemistry: Interpreting Chemical FormulasDownload
    Chemistry: Latin Names for ElementsDownload
    Chemistry: Oxidation Numbers & RulesDownload
    Chemistry: Quantum NumbersDownload
    Chemistry: Reading the ElementsDownload
    Class Materials - required every day Download
    Class RulesDownload
    Common Metric UnitsDownload
    Common Scientific EquipmentDownload
    Curriculum OverviewDownload
    Earthquake PreparednessDownload
    Handout #1 Heat & PressureDownload
    Handout #2 Kinetic-Molecular TheoryDownload
    How to Write a Science LabDownload
    Hurricane Scale: Saffir-SimpsonDownload
    Lab: Density of SolidsDownload
    Lab: Expansion & Contraction of Solids and GasesDownload
    Lab: Investigation into Sublimation and Dry IceDownload
    Lab: Mars in 3-DDownload
    Lab: Metric Conversions and Density of WaterDownload
    Lab: Oobleck Extra Research IdeasDownload
    Lab: Oobleck Lab FormDownload
    Lab: Oobleck RecipeDownload
    Lab: Oobleck Worksheet (Results & Conclusion)Download
    Line & Bar Graph form (adjust margins top & bottom 0.8"; left 0.3")Download
    Meteor ShowersDownload
    Meteor Showers 2014Download
    Meteor Showers 2014-2015Download
    Periodic Chart (Back Side)Download
    Periodic Chart (Front Side)Download
    Periodic Chart- Reading the ElementsDownload
    Physical & Chemical Signatures People Hunt Download
    Safety Rules & ContractDownload
    Scientific Notation (PDF)Download
    Table Form 2 ColumnsDownload
    Table Form 3 ColumnsDownload
    Table Form 4 ColumnsDownload
    Table Form 5 ColumnsDownload
    Tectonic Plates of World USGSDownload
    Test Astronomy Quiz GuidelinesDownload
    Test Guidelines "Astronomy"Download
    Test Guidelines "Carbon Chemistry"Download
    Test Guidelines "Chemistry"Download
    Test Guidelines "Chemistry" A Student's version (good!)Download
    Test Guidelines "Physical Changes"Download
    Test Guidelines "Physical Changes" a Student's VersionDownload
    Test Guidelines Meteorology 6th gradeDownload
    Test Guidelines: Forces and MotionDownload
    Test Guidelines: Standards of Measurement, Metrics, & DensityDownload
    Test/Quiz Guidelines "Carbon/Living Chemistry"Download
    Tornado Journal-WorksheetDownload
    Tornado Scale Fujita-Pearson (non-enhanced; w/F6)Download

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