October 1, 2014

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8th grade: Lab #4, Oobleck, due on Friday, 10/03 (new date)
8th grade: Lab #4, "Oobleck: Using Observations to Solve a Problem" is due on Friday, 10-03

Students will need to do "Extra Research" for Lab #4 (for an "A" or a "B"). 
So, if your child wants to pace him/herself, I am recommending that they:

1. Type out their "Observations" on Wednesday night, 9-24 (#2 on  worksheet)Use COMPLETE SENTENCES!

2. Then, problem 1 & 3  Monday night, 9-29 .

3. Work on their "designs" for a spacecraft and boots Tuesday
     (in  class) and finished Tuesday night


4. Complete the "Conclusion"  on Wednesday night (this includes    
      the answers to the "Problems", explanations, and drawings   
      of the Spacecraft and Boots),

5. Then the "Extra Research". 

I have placed a list of "extra research" ideas on the board in class.  I asked them to copy them down for reference.  

Some ideas for "Extra Research" include:
History of the Scientific Method
Uses of the Scientific Method in Science today
Francis Bacon
Charles Darwin
Inductive-Deductive models
non-newtonian fluids
Marie Curie
Thomas Edison (and how he used the Scientific Method in designing the light bulb)
Max Planck
Albert Einstein
Benjamin Franklin
Newtonian vs. non-Newtonian fluids
Nicola Tesla
Any Scientist!
ANYTHING dealing with Astronomy!

Last day to turn in lab for a "late grade": Thursday, 10-09

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Make Oobleck at home!



2 parts cornstarch         2 cups cornstarch

1 part water                  1 cup water

Food coloring


Mix water until its right!




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6th grade: Lab #4, "Qualitative vs. Quantitative" observations due Tuesday, 9-30
6th Grade: Lab #4, "Qualitative vs. Quantitative" observations due Tuesday, 9-30 (new date)

The lab consists of  (1) a small worksheet along with (2) a table of observations made at their lab stations on Wednesday.

Late lab due by Friday, 10-03

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6th Grade: Lab # 3 "The Burning Rag" due TBD
6th Gr: Fri- Lab # 3"The Burning Rag" due Tuesday, 9-23

The students will re-write (computer, if possible) what we did in class.   There are four sections:
1.  Pure Alcohol w/ hypothesis and observations
2.  50% Alcohol, 50% Water w/ hypothesis and observations
3.  Pure water w/ hypothesis and observations

4.  When the rag was on fire, but didn't burn, how do you know that the solution was 50% water and 50% alcohol (use your observations to support your answer!!!)

Last Day for a late grade: Monday, 9-29

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8th gr. Lab #3, "Problem-solving in Science" due TBD
8th grade: Friday- Lab #3, "Problem-solving in Science" will be due on Monday, 9/22
This is a very easy lab which consists of two worksheets that focuses on the Scientific Method.  These will be completed in class on Wednesday and Thursday.  The students will work with their lab partner on both worksheets.  Both worksheets will be due together on Friday.
This lab will not follow the usual lab form.

Last day for a late grade: 9-29-14




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Test "Scientific Method" 8th gr: Wed, 9/17 6th gr: Thurs., 9/18

Test on the "Scientific Method" on

8th gr: Wed., 9/17  

6th gr: Thurs., 9/18


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Lab #2 6th & 8th: Boiling Point of Tap vs. Salt Water due Tuesday, Sept. 16th
Lab #2 is due Tuesday, Sept. 16th.  This lab works on organizing data, making line graphs, and problem-solving.  This week was spent at the students' lab stations making measurements.  We are focusing on the skill of making line graphs and  discussing the problems of  the lab.  The students should have homework, completing the line graph and writing/typing the "conclusion" to the lab.  The "conclusion" is made up of answers to the three questions in the "problem" section on the lab form.

The completed lab should have, in order:
1.  Cover sheet (optional)
2.  Lab Form (Title, Problems, Materials, Procedure)
3.  Table
4.  Line Graph
5.  Fahrenheit 451
6.  Conclusion (answers to the three questions found in the "Problems" section)
No "Extra Research" is required for this lab.
Last day to turn in lab for a "late grade" is  one week after lab due date
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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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Daylight Savings Time


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

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

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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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!

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...

 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
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
Oobleck Extra Research IdeasDownload
Oobleck Lab FormDownload
Oobleck RecipeDownload
Oobleck Worksheet (Results & Conclusion)Download
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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