October 9, 2015

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    6th grade: Lab #4, "Qualitative vs. Quantitative" observations due Wednesday, 9/30
    6th Grade: Lab #4, "Qualitative vs. Quantitative" observations due Wednesday, 9/30

    The lab should have, in order:

    1. Cover Sheet (optional)

    2.  Lab form

    3.  Table (completed at lab stations)

    4.  Conclusion (The answers to questions 1 & 2 in "Problems" section)

    Late lab due by Friday, 10-03

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    8th grade: Lab #4, Oobleck, due on Friday, 10/02
    8th grade: Lab #4, "Oobleck: Using Observations to Solve a Problem" is due on Friday, 10/02

    Students will need to do "Extra Research" for Lab #4 (for an "A" or a "B"). 
    So, if you want to pace yourself, I am recommending that you:

    1. Type out their "Observations" on Monday, 9/28 (#2 on  worksheet)Use COMPLETE SENTENCES!

    2. Then, problem 1 & 3  Tuesday, 9/29

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


    4. Complete the "Conclusion"  on Wednesday and Thursday 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!

    Order of lab:

    1. Cover sheet (optional)

    2. Questions #1 and #3

    3.  Numbered observations (complete sentences)

    4.  1-2 paragraphs on spacecraft, then 1-2 paragraphs on boots

    5. Extra Research

    6.  Drawings/designs

    Last day to turn in lab for a "late grade": Friday, 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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    8th gr. Lab #4, "Problem-solving in Science" due Tuesday, 9-22
    Lab #4, "Problem-solving in Science" will be due on Tuesday, 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: TBD




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    Lab # 3 "The Burning Rag" due Tuesday, 9-22
     Lab # 3"The Burning Rag" due Tuesday, 9-22

    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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    Test "Scientific Method" Thursday, 9-24

    Test on the "Scientific Method" on

    Thursday, 9-24
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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 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


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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


    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...

     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 Meteorology 6th gradeDownload
    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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