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8th grade: Electron-shell Diagrams Due Friday, 1/16
Complete "Electron-shell Diagrams"  worksheet.  Complete "Electron-shell Diagrams" worksheet.  Use four colors; one color each for ProtonsNeutronsNucleus (dark color), and energy levels with electrons.  Due next day on Friday, 1/16 read more ...

8th grade: Homework Thursday, 1/15
Complete "Reading the Elements" worksheet.  You will need to use your Periodic Chart.  This will be due Thursday, 1/15 read more ...

8th grade: Interpreting Chemical Formulas Due TBD
Complete"Interpreting Chemical Formulas" worksheet.
Due: TBD

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6th Grade: Design and Engineering (Building Strength)
We are about to begin on the "Toothpick Oil Derricks" project.   The objective of this project is to reinforce the idea that Earthquakes don't kill or injure people as much as poor design in the buildings.  We will first look at ideas for bracing and designs.  The students will then work with their lab partners in the design for the structure.  Once approved, the team will build them according to plans.  The project will culminate with a competition to see which oil derrick has the best load-bearing strength!!!
Note: Each team will need to buy one box (around $2) of FLAT toothpicks.
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6th grade: Lab #10 due Thursday, 1/15
6th grade, Lab #10,  Magnetism is due Thursday, 1/15.  We are exploring the structure of the earth, and among other things, how the outer core is related to Earth's Magnetosphere.  The students will turn in three papers for this lab:
1.  Drawing (from the lab activity) and labeling of "Opposites Attract".
2.   Drawing (from the lab activity) and labeling of "Likes Repel".
3.  Well-written half page on some aspect of magnetism (Earth's magnetosphere, Michael Faraday, Laws of Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Magnetic domains, Magnetite/Lodestone, in animal brains for navigation and migration...Pigeons & Dolphins, etc.)
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6th Grade: Lingo Bingo Earthquakes and Volcanoes TBD
6th grade: Due TBD.  All boxes on the Lingo bingo worksheet must be completed with the name and definition!  Students who do not have all boxes completed will not be eligible for "Bingo", but, can still turn it in for a grade. Eight or more boxes empty will result in a zero.  Due: TBD read more ...
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8th grade: "Chemistry is Pun" due Friday, 1/09
Homework:
  Thursday night- Complete the worksheet
Using the Periodic Chart, students should complete the worksheet, "Chemistry is Pun"
Ten or more questions not answered will result in a zero

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Quiz-History of the Atom Wednesday, 1/07
We will have a twenty-question quiz, Thursday, 12-12, on:
The history of the atom (5 questions)
1st 15 elements (in order)
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8th grade: Quiz, Wednesday, 1/7
The quiz will be twenty questions.  The first fifteen will be naming the first fifteen elements on the Periodic Chart, in order.  the last five will be from their notes on the history of the atom.
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8th grade: Chemistry is Tough!
8th grade homework throughout unit:
MAKE FLASHCARDS!!!
Chemistry is tough
Chemistry a very large unit
STAY ON TOP OF IT!!!
Download "Test Guidelines" at the beginning of unit!  Check off the items as we cover them....make flashcards on them!
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Daylight Savings Time

Remember:   SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACKWARD!

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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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

 

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
 Title 
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: 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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