May 27, 2015


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    Star Map Lab due Friday, May 29th
    Star Map lab Due date: Friday, May 29th

    Student will need to turn in completed Star Finder/Constellation Disk (done in class), SIGNED worksheet that uses the Star Finder, and "Extra Research".

    Part of the worksheet must be completed at home:using the Star Finder,  the student will need to find the "Big Dipper" (in Ursa Major), the "Little Dipper" (in Ursa Minor), then Polaris (the "North Star").  Also, one other constellation must be identified.  Parent signature required on worksheet. 

    Also: "Extra Research"  must be completed.  The student may choose ANY topic on Astronomy for their "Extra Research"......Stars, Black Holes, Solar System, the Asteroid Belt, KBO's, Space Exploration, Future Space Colonies, Problems of Survival in Space (or on Mars), Kepler, Understanding Nuclear Fusion, What happens when we approach the "speed of light" (EM radiation), The history of SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) and the possibilities of life, Wormholes in space (do they exist; can we create them; Roger Penrose & others; Einstein-Rosen Bridge), and so on and so on!

    The Lab worksheet can be downloaded under "class files" to the lower right of this page

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    8th grade: Astronomy Quiz, Thursday, May 28th

    Astronomy Quiz on Thursday, May 28th.  Study your guidelines!  Print out the Quiz guidelines from "Class Files" or click: Edit Test Astronomy Quiz Guidelines

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    8th grade: Start preparing for the State Test

    Start your preparation for the Science portion of the California State test in May!  Here are 44 questions released by the State of California intended for review and preparation.  These questions were found in previous State tests.

    Print pages #9-21 only, or "SAVE" it on your computer.

    Here is the website (I've also included the website under "Class files" [scroll to the right middle of this page] & "Cyber Science" [scroll towards the bottom of this page]):

    Grade 8 Science

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    8th Astronomy Test Guidelines

    Download and print out the Test Guidelines for Astronomy.

    Click:Edit Test Guidelines "Astronomy"

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    6th Grade: Lab on "Dew Point" due Thursday, April 23rd
    Lab on "Dew Point" will be completed in class on Tuesday,
    April 24th.  There are five "Problems" (questions) that will make up the conclusion.  The lab will be due on Thursday, April 23rd
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    6th Grade: Tornado Outbreaks due May 20th (new date)
    Going back to April 1st (or earlier, if wanted), students need to document each newsworthy tornado/tornado outbreak in the United States for the period ending May 11th
    Each outbreak should include:
    1.  When it happened
    2.  Where it happened
    3.  The number of tornadoes spotted
    4.  How strong they were on the Fujita scale
    5.  The type of destruction (trees debarked, toppled, shingles on roofs, roofs torn, walls partially standing, houses completely leveled, cars and trucks thrown) and injuries
    6.  Photos

    Due May 20th

    If you need more sheets, you can click:  Edit Tornado Journal-Worksheet

    Or go to "Class Files" (Lower right hand on this website page)

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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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    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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    Star Map Lab Due Friday, May 29th
    "Star Map" lab is due on Friday, May 29th with SIGNED worksheet.  Student needs to find the the Big Dipper, the Pointer Stars, North Star, and at least one other constellation.  A parent signature is required.  read more ...

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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: 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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