September 20, 2014

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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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Test: Common Scientific Equipment, Friday, Sept. 5th
The test will be 15 fill-in recognition questions.  The student has highlighted each of the objects to be tested on the handout called" "Common Scientific Equipment". read more ...

Signed Safety Contract and Class Rules Due Wenesday, Sept. 3rd
Parents and students need to sign:
 the bottom portion of Handout #5 (2nd page of "Class Rules")
The "Safety Contract"
The signed Class Rules cut-off must be stapled to the top of the signed Safety Contract.  I will not accept one without the other.  Both must be signed.  Thank you.
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Test: Class Rules and Safety, Date:Wenesday, Sept. 3rd
The main focus of the test will be on Safety.  However, there will be some questions from the "Class Rules". read more ...

Quiz 1st two Handouts on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd
The quiz will be a short ten question quiz of your first two handouts.   read more ...

Lab #1 "The Fountain" due Friday, 8-29

The lab should include:
    1.  Lab cover sheet (optional)
    2.  Hypothesis 
    3.  Observations
    4.  Was your Hypothesis correct or incorrect?  Explain
    5.  Conclusion (15 questions; two pages)
    6.  Extra Research: How hurricanes form and how it is related to this lab

Last day to turn it in (for a late grade): Friday, Sept. 5th
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Class Materials due Tuesday, August 26th
Class Materials: 

***The following materials must be brought to class every day:

  •  3-holed spiral (with wire) notebook:   80 – 100 pages suggested (70   page minimum)

  •  One 3-brad folder for labs

  •  Colored pencils – minimum of four; to be used for graphs, tables, notes, etc.

  •  2 pens & 2 pencils

  •  Pen & pencil holder – good way to keep organized; however, a zippered pocket in backpack will suffice.
  •  Science notebook - small one-inch 3-ring binder (View Binder is best)  for class handouts, work,   paper, etc. (most students prefer 1 ½  inches for storage of spiral notebook)
  • 5 index-tab dividers – for Science notebook sections

*** If anyone is in need of financial assistance, please have a parent write me  a note and I will purchase the materials for you.

***Also, if anyone needs more time until the next paycheck, please write me a note

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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 State Test Science Preparation – Released questions by the State!  School  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
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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