March 6, 2015


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    Download Test guidelines "Forces & Motion"

    Download the Test Guidelines for "Forces and Motion" so you know what to study as we move along.

    click:  Test Guidelines: Forces and Motion

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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: State Standards Assessments
    Three State Standards Assessments on Structure of Matter, Reactions Thursday, and the Periodic Chart Friday, will be given between 2/27 through 3/05.  The students need to pass six out of eight questions to pass the test.  If they don't pass the test, they will have a second opportunity.  These assessments are California-based and are mandatory.  75% of all State tests must be passed throughout the year.  We already had one, "Density and Buoyancy",  earlier this year. read more ...

    8th grade: Carbon Chemistry
    We are finishing up "Chemistry" with a small unit called "Carbon Chemistry".  The only grade for this unit will be a quiz approximately Thursday, March 12th.  The test guidelines are in "Class Files" (to the right, middle of this page, or click: Edit Test Guidelines "Carbon Chemistry"). 

    Any lab activities, such as making "silly putty" or making nylon will not require a write-up.


    You may click the following link:   Edit Test Guidelines "Carbon Chemistry"

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    8th grade: Lab #9 Due: Thursday, 2/19

    Lab #9, "Exothermic Chemical Reactions" will be done in class on Tuesday, 2/17.   The worksheet and line graph accompanying the lab needs to be done for homework. 

    The order of the lab:

    Cover sheet (optional)

    Lab Form


    Line Graph


    The lab will be due: Thursday, 2/19

    The last day to turn in the lab for a late grade is 2/26

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    Chemistry Final Test, Tuesday, 2/24

    Test Guidelines - Chemistry
    The Guidelines for the Chemistry test are located in"Class Files" (to the middle right of this page).  The file is called "Test Guidelines: Chemistry".  A more interactive guide for download was made by a student (located above the normal "Test Guidelines").  This is the major test of the year!!!
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    6th Grade Geology Project, Due: TBD
    6th Grade: Minimum: One page Geology reports (Pangaea, Layers of the Earth, Convection, the Engine of Change, Earthquake building Designs, Most Catastrophic Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Base Isolators, Continental Drift, etc.) are due on (to be decided).  Each lab station/team has a different subject.

    Along with their individual reports, each team will make a power point on their assigned subject.  When completed, each group will give a presentation of their power point.  Every student must be prepared with note cards for their oral presentation. Any other visuals (photos, graphs, models, etc.) other than their power point will improve their grade.

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    Balancing Chemical Equations - worksheet #1
    Balancing Chemical Equations -worksheet #1 Due: Tuesday,2/10. The students will keep this sheet for a resource to study from
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    Balancing Chemical Equations - worksheet #2 due Wednes., 2/11
    Balancing Chemical Equations #2 due Wednesday, 2/11
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    6th grade: Hexaflexagons
    We are about to begin making "Hexaflexagons", a form of origami, demonstrating "Continental Drift".  While we will do most of the work in class, they may work on them at home, but it's not required.  They will need a glue stick and tape
    For directions, please look on YouTube and search:

    "Origami Hexaflexagon by Paul Jackson"or, copy and past in address bar:


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    6th Grade: Seismology Test around 3/18
    6th grade: The Seismology test will be around   3/18.  The students have the test guidelines in their notes.  Make sure you make flashcards!!! read more ...

    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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    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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     Cyber-Science Links Minimize

    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...

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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
    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: Forces and MotionDownload
    Test Guidelines: Standards of Measurement, Metrics, & DensityDownload
    Test/Quiz Guidelines "Carbon/Living Chemistry"Download
    Tornado Scale Fujita-Pearson (non-enhanced; w/F6)Download

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