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 Mr. Cohen: 8th Grade-Homework-General Information
Standard Test - Motion Tuesday, April 15th
One of two Standards tests on Forces & Motion read more ...

Standard Test - Forces Friday, April 11th
Every student has two attempts to pass all Standards tests read more ...

We start a new Unit on Wednesday, 4/16
"Astronomy" is the last Unit (#4) in the textbook.
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Study your Released Questions from State
Study the 45 questions that you downloaded and printed a couple of weeks ago.  Keep them handy and study when you can. 
I will not be giving any other homework over the next two weeks.  Use this time to prepare yourself for the State Test.  The results will be a very strong factor in your high school placement.
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8th grade: Test- Motion & Forces Friday, 4/04
Make sure you start from the beginning of the unit on Forces and Motion:  Make flashcards whenever you have new notes (almost every night). 
Download the Test Guidelines for "Forces and Motion" so you know what to study as we move along.
The Test will be on Friday, April 4th
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Quiz on Wednesday, Tuesday, April 8th
The quiz will be on Vectors vs. Scalar quantities, Speed, Graphs (slope= rise/run; linear vs. nonlinear), Magnitude read more ...

8th grade: Start preparing for the State Test
Start your preparation for the Science portion of the California State test in May!  Here are 45 questions released by the State of California intended for review and preparation.  These questions were found in previous State tests.

Here is the website (I've also included the website under "Cyber Science" below):

 http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/documents/cstrtqscigr8.pdf

or                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/css05rtq.asp

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Lab #10 Discovering Newtons
We will do Lab #10, Discovering the Newton, in class and will be due on TBD.  Easy lab....everyone should get an "A"! read more ...

Daylight Savings Time

Remember:   SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACKWARD!

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

In 2014, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9th and ends on Sunday,  November 2nd

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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"Thermal Transfer" Worksheet Tuesday, 12-03
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. read more ...

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!  Have them put a question on one side of a 3" x 5" index card and the answer on the other.  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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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.com

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...


    
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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
Chemical Elements (Extra Research)Download
Chemistry is Pun (PDF)Download
Class Materials - required every day Download
Class RulesDownload
Common Metric UnitsDownload
Common Scientific EquipmentDownload
Curriculum OverviewDownload
Earthquake PreparednessDownload
Expansion & Contraction of Solids and GasesDownload
Handout #1 Heat & PressureDownload
Handout #2 Kinetic-Molecular TheoryDownload
How to Write a Science LabDownload
Hurricane Scale: Saffir-SimpsonDownload
Interpreting Chemical FormulasDownload
Investigation into Sublimation and Dry IceDownload
Latin Names for ElementsDownload
Line & Bar Graph form (adjust margins top & bottom 0.8"; left 0.3")Download
Mars in 3-DDownload
Meteor ShowersDownload
Oxidation Numbers & RulesDownload
Periodic Chart (Back Side)Download
Periodic Chart (Front Side)Download
Periodic Chart- Reading the ElementsDownload
Physical & Chemical Signatures People Hunt Download
Quantum NumbersDownload
Safety Rules & ContractDownload
Scientific Notation (PDF)Download
Table Form 2 ColumnsDownload
Table Form 3 ColumnsDownload
Table Form 4 ColumnsDownload
Table Form 5 ColumnsDownload
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: Forces and MotionDownload
Test Guidelines: Standards of Measurement, Metrics, & DensityDownload
Test/Quiz Guidelines "Carbon/Living Chemistry"Download
Tornado Scale Fujita-PearsonDownload

  
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