November 28, 2015

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     Mr. Cohen: Homework & General Info ("Class Files" below) Minimize
    6th grade: Homework, due TBD

    Simply print out a picture of land mass displacement on the San Andreas Fault.  Try to find a displaced river bed.  Otherwise, any land mass shift will be great!

    If you don't have internet or your printer doesn't work, simply write a full paragraph on any one of the following:


    Tectonic Plates


    Anything Geology related

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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 gr: Directly and Inversely Proportional worksheets due Tuesday, 12-01

    The "Directly/Inversely Proportional" worksheet needs to be completed Thursday night.  The worksheet is due, Tuesday, 12-01





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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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    8th "Thermal Transfer" Worksheet Tuesday, 12-08

    The "Thermal Transfer" worksheet should be completed.  Several students completed this worksheet at school, but, if you didn't, complete it at home.  Most of the answers should be in your spiral notebook.




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    8th grade: Test - "Physical Changes", Wednesday, 12-09

    The test date is Wednesday, 12-09.  This is a major test!!!!  It will be worth two test grades!This is one of the four major tests of the year!

    Make sure you are making Flashcards and staying up-to-speed with your daily notes....make Flash Cards!  The guidelines for the test can be downloaded from "Class Files" on this page: "Test Guidelines Physical Changes"

    or:  Test Guidelines "Physical Changes"

    and: Edit Test Guidelines "Physical Changes" a Student's Version



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    8th grade: 1st State Standards Assessment on TBD
    The first State Standards Assessment will be on TBDThese assessments are based on the California State 8th grade Standards in Science and will only be eight questions. 
    I review the guidelines for the assessment the day before.  If the student studies the guidelines the night before, there is no reason why he/she will not pass the assessment ("Master the Standard").  I teach DIRECTLY to the Standard with deliberate and directed set of guidelines. 
    There will be eight "Standards Assessments" through the year. 
    The student must get a minimum of six questions correct (out of eight) to "pass" the Standard.  The student will be given two chances to pass the Standard with different forms of the same test.  Additionally, the student must pass six of the eight Standards through the year to pass the class.

    To review:
    The student will be given "Guidelines" for each Standard in preparation for "Mastery"
    To pass a given standard, the student must get six of eight questions correct
    The student has two chances to pass each Standard

    Eight Standards will be given through the year; the student must pass six of them






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    6th: Pangaea Supercontinent worksheet due TBD

    Pangaea worksheet: Starting with picture #12, color-code the continents both forward and backward in time.  Due TBD




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    6th Grade: Lingo Bingo Earthquakes and Volcanoes TBD

    6th grade: Due TBD.  All boxes on the Lingo bingo worksheet must be completed with the name and definition!  Students who do not have all boxes completed will not be eligible for "Bingo", but, can still turn it in for a grade. Eight or more boxes empty will result in a zero.


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    6th Grade: Seismology Test TBD

    6th grade: The Seismology test will be TBD  The students have the test guidelines in their notes.  Make sure you make flashcards!!!




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    6th grade: Quiz on TBD

    The quiz will be mostly fill-in and will be twenty questions long.  All of the answers will be found in their notes.  The topics covered will include the structure of the earth, Richter Scale vs. Moment Magnitude, types of seismic waves, measuring earthquakes and finding the epicenter, crustal plates and the direction the Pacific plate is moving, and the San Andreas Fault.  MAKE FLASHCARDS!




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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 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 & 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 Download & Print "Test Guidelines: Physical Changes"

    Test Guidelines - Physical Changes

    We are beginning a new unit, "Physical Changes".  Make sure you download and print the guidelines for the test at the beginning of the unit, so you could check it off and study as we go.

    The Guidelines Physical Changes are located in "Class Files" (to the middle right of this page).  The file is called  Edit Test Guidelines "Physical Changes" (or click this link).  A more interactive guide for download was made by a student, Edit Test Guidelines: "Physical Changes" a Student's Version (or click this link) is located above the normal "Test Guidelines".  This is one of the four major tests of the year!!!


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    New Units: 8th "Physical Changes" 6th Seismology
    8th Grade:  We are starting a new unit on Physical Changes in  November.   The only homework at the beginning of the unit is to study their notes and make "flashcards".  This week, we are looking at "States of Matter", "Kinetic-Molecular Theory", Molecules and Atoms, then leading into "Changes of State".  We will have a lab in a couple of weeks on "Dry Ice and Sublimation" (lab #7).  Thank You

    6th Grade:  We will be starting on "Seismology" in October.  We will be learning about earthquakes, the structure of the Earth, forces within the Earth, and the causes of earthquakes and crustal plate movement.  This is going to lead us into a couple of labs dealing with the importance of building design in the survival of an earthquake.  The students will be building toothpick "models" and have a competition as to which design is the strongest.
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    8th grade: Lab #7, "Densities of Solids" due Wednesday, 11/4 (new date)
    Lab #7, Density of Solids":
    This lab will be worth three lab grades!

    Wednesday: Complete "Lab Form" in class; prep for lab

    Thursday: Measure the MASS of all objects

    Friday: Finish measuring mass, then complete volume.

    Monday:  Re-check masses of all objects on digital balance.  Make Bar Graphs on the density of all objects (9-11 objects, depending on class)

      Homework Monday night: Calculate the densities of all objects

    Tuesday:  Complete Bar graphs; start on worksheet; use back side of Periodic Chart (handout #3) to match densities of "mystery metals".

    Tuesday & Wednesday:  Re-check measurements if there are any problems, work on lab worksheet

    Tuesday & Wednesday nights:  Extra Research: Students can complete "Extra Research" on Density.  Some ideas might include: 
    *Applications of Density (engineering and density, race cars and chassis race weights, medical and radiation shielding, separation of oils and fuels in refineries, heavy metal boring and drilling, etc.) 
    *Buoyancy and boats
    *The relationship of gravity to density as a fundamental force of change
    *Hot Air Balloons
    *Density and convection in the atmosphere-relationship to wind (as one cause), indirect relationship to tornadoes
    *Density, convection, and the circulation of minerals and food in the ocean
    *Layering of planets and stars
    *Density of Black Holes
    *Density on galactic levels
    *Thermal convection (and density changes in Earth, oceans, atmosphere, stars), etc.

    11/03: Lab #6 is due!

    Last day for a late grade:Tuesday, 11/10

    The order of the lab:

    1. Cover sheet (optional)

    2.  Lab form (procedure, materials, etc.)

    3.  Table

    4.  Bar Graph (items A-D)

    5.  Bar Graph (items E-I)

    6.  Bar Graph (honors; open to everyone; items J & K)

    7.  Conclusion (1-5; worksheet; if question #5 is on separate page, place after worksheet)

    8.  Extra Research- to be eligible for "A" or "B"

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    Daylight Savings Time


    Move clocks one hour ahead (Spring Forward) Saturday night, March 7th, before you go to sleep (official time is 2 am Sunday morning, March 8th).

    Move clocks  BACK one hour ("Fall Backward") Saturday night, October 31st, before you go to sleep (official time is 2 am, Sunday morning, November 1st, 2015).

    In 2015, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8th and ends on Sunday,  November 1st

    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 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

  State Test Science Preparation – Released questions by the State!  School Discovery. - Stay up-to-date with Meteor Showers throughout the year  Exploratorium  Popular Science  Science Magazine  Science News Online  Scientific American  Franklin Institute Health and Science Powers of 10  Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale  Fujita Tornado Scale Major Tectonic Plates of the World  Brain Boosters  Puzzlemaker  NASA Space Place for Kids  Mars 3-D images  Red Nova Science Magazine  Mars Rovers homepage  FEMA Disaster Page & Preparation for Kids   Astronomy Calendar  Abrams Planetarium   Astronomical Society of the Pacific  Discover Quaoar  NASA Headlines MK24 NASA Mars  Mars Global Surveyor  NASA Home  Observing Solar Eclipses   Planetary Data System   NASA Solar System Exploration Page    Space News    Olympus Mons Zoom Viewer  Marine Biological Laboratory  Reefs of the Gulf A Submarine Grand Tour  National Ice Center (NOAA & Naval)  Moorpark Weather  The Weather Channel  California State Science Fair "The Elements" song Flash Animation by Tom Lehrer NASA Eclipse (Solar and Lunar)Home Page 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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