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 Staff DirectoryCohen     December 2, 2016  
 Mr. Cohen: Homework & General Info ("Class Files" below)
6th: Lab #7, "Faulting, Lithosphere, Milky Way, and Fun is due Thursday, 12-01

6th grade: Lab #7, "Faulting, Lithosphere, Milky Way, and Fun" is due Thursday, 12-01

This a simple worksheet with four questions at the bottom.  The students should have completed it in class!

Also, the students should staple their photos of earthquake land displacement (earlier assignment) to the worksheet.

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8th: Directly & Inversely Proportional Worksheet due Thursday, 12-01

"Directly & Inversely Proportional"  worksheet due on Thursday, 12-01



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8th Lab #7 Sublimation due TBD

Lab #7, "Sublimation and Dry Ice" is due on TBD

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 Ralphs in Thousand Oaks.  I don't know if the local stores carries dry ice, but  I've been told that Smart and Final does.

No "Extra Research" is needed

Last day for a late grade:  TBD

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8th Lab #8, "Expansion & Contraction of Solids & Gases" due TBD
Lab #8, "Expansion and Contraction of Solids and Gases",  will be due on TBD
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 TBD



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6th & 8th: "Thermal Transfer" Worksheet: 6th: 11-29; 8th: TBD

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.

Due: 6th: 11-29

Due: 8th: TBD




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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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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 mid-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 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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6th grade: Homework, due Tuesday, 11-15

Simply print out a picture of landmass displacement on any fault. Try to focus on the San Andreas Fault (if possible; optional).  Try to find a displaced river bed due to an earthquake(s).  Otherwise, any land mass shift (earthquake-related) 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 grade: TEST on "Standards of Measurement", Monday, November 7th
A major test on Standards of Measurement, Metrics, and Density will be on Monday, November 7th The students have the guidelines in their notes.  If you wish to download these same guidelines, look to the right of this page under "Class Files", or click the following link: Test Guidelines: Standards of Measurement, Metrics, & Density

Study every night!



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6th grade: Lab #6 Density & the Layering of Earth Due 11-04

The 6th grade will have a (very) shortened form of the 8th grade lab.  Due November 4th



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8th grade: Lab #6, "Density of Solids" due Friday, Nov. 4th
Lab #6, Density of Solids":      Friday, Nov. 4th
This lab will be worth three lab grades!

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

Wednesday: Measure the MASS of all objects

Thursday: Finish measuring mass, then complete volume.

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

 Monday & 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:

Thursday, 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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6th Grade: Lingo Bingo Earthquakes and Volcanoes due 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 & 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 

There are also many good study apps the students can download on their phones.                                                                                                             

The students should be able to make a minimum of 3-5 flashcards per night. This, of course, depends on how much new material is introduced.


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

Class Files
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 Exothermic Chemical Reactions concl. worksheetDownload
Lab Exothermic Chemical Reactions Lab FormDownload
Lab Form: Density of SolidsDownload
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
Lab: The Fountain worksheet & ConclusionDownload
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: 6th Greenhouse EffectDownload
Test Guidelines: Forces and MotionDownload
Test Guidelines: Standards of Measurement, Metrics, & DensityDownload
Test/Quiz Guidelines "Carbon/Living Chemistry"Download
Tornado Journal Notebook CoverDownload
Tornado Journal-WorksheetDownload
Tornado Scale Fujita-Pearson (non-enhanced; w/F6)Download
Cyber-Science Links

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...

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