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 Saturday, 07 May 2011
Saturday, 07 May 2011 13:44:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Games | Atmosphere )

Clouds - NASA lets you unscramble the cloud photos & find out what type of cloud you are looking at!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/cloud-scramble/en/

 

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 Monday, 02 May 2011
Monday, 02 May 2011 10:32:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 5/2 & T 5/3 (block scheduling due to CST testing)-  Finish ch 13 lesson3 vocabulary & Reading Essentials pages through p. 164

W 5/4 & R 5/5 (block scheduling due to CST testing)- Finish ch 14 lesson 1 vocabulary & Reading Essentials pages through p. 169

F 5/6- Have a good weekend!  (Reminder: early dismissal today due to CST testing; 6th graders attend ALL classes today)

I have noticed that some students are no longer using the Bret Harte Planner to record their homework.  I realize they planers may have been damaged or lost.  If needed, here is a form that students could use to record homework for an entire week. WeeklyHWList.pdf (17.77 KB)  Since we only have a month leftyou can download and print as many copies as needed for the rest of the school year.

Reminder: We will return to regular schedule next week (beginning May 9).

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 Monday, 25 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011 08:17:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Energy | Games | interactive | Natural Resources | oceans )

M 4/25 & T 4/26 (block scheduling due to CST testing)-  Finish ch 13 lesson 1 vocabulary & Reading Essentials pages through p. 157

W 4/27 & R 4/27 (block scheduling due to CST testing)- Finish ch 13 lesson 2 vocabulary & Reading Essentials pages through p. 161

3 cool links to check out:

food chain game (2 versions):  http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/frogs/chain_reaction/play_chainreaction.cfm

 food web game (marine life): http://www.blue-iceberg.net/rutgersfoodweb/frameset.html

AstroBiology Adventure Trainning (change the number of decomposers, producers & consumers - see what happens when these numbers change): http://www.astroventure.arc.nasa.gov/biology/training/index.html

 Finished early?  Check these out....

Wild Weather Adventure (ride the global winds around the world in an airship) http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/goes/wwa/game.shtml#game

AstroBiology Adventure Mission & other trainnings/missions... www.astroventure.arc.nasa.gov/

Where Rivers Meet the Sea - Water Life Game ... http://games.noaa.gov/oscar/game/welcome.html

F 4.28- Have a good weekend!  (Reminder: early dismissal today due to CST testing; 6th graders attend ALL classes today)

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 Monday, 18 April 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011 08:03:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I've already posted grades in Portal for the grading period which ended Friday, April 5th.  We are starting the final grading period for the year, meaning that we have 6 and a half weeks remaining. 

M 4.18- ch 12 lesson 1 vocabulary definitions, finish RE through p. 150 
(note: students were given about 25 minutes  in class to work on their homework in addition to the 30 minutes they should spend at home on homework each night)

T 4.19- ch 12 lesson 2 vocabulary definitions, finish RE through p. 154

W 4.20- Finish foldable from RE p. 151

R 4.21-TB p. 546-547 all, TB p. 544 # 3-9, TB p. 543 # 10-18 (only write answer in word or letter; no sentences needed) Water cycle in your biome mini poster, & study for tomorrow's ch 12 quiz

F 4.22- Have a great weekend.

Note: State tests are the weks of April 25 and May 2  and we will be following special schedules each day.  Students wrote details of the block testing schedule into their planners - please see your student's planner for more details and be aware that  Friday, April 29, and May 6, has early dismisal at 11:58; sixth graders attend all periods on these two days.

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 Monday, 04 April 2011
Monday, 04 April 2011 16:04:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 4.4- do ch 11 lesson 2 vocabulary & definitions; finish RE through p. 138 (read, highlight main idea, answer Qs)

in class: wrote homework for the week, started reading the RE for ch 11 lesson 2 (aloud), emphasized the formation of high-pressure systems and low-pressure systems and the type of weather which is caused by each.

T 4.5- do ch 11 lesson 3 vocabulary & definitions; finish RE through p. 142 (read, highlight main idea, answer Qs)

W 4.6- do ch 11 lesson 4 vocabulary & definitions; finish RE through p. 146 (read, highlight main idea, answer Qs)

R 4.7- finish Climate Controls for your assigned city

F 4.8- Enjoy spring break next week; reminder about the bonus option: Collect & record Weather Data during the vacation using the online resources on the bottom of the weather data table.  (links were posted online last week as well)

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 Sunday, 27 March 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011 14:57:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Reminder from Mrs. Fischer: if you'd like late work or fixes to count for this grading period which ends just before Spring Break, the items need to be in by the end of THIS week or the late/fixed work will wait until the last grading period.

M 3.28- RE p. 124-127, answer questions & highlight/ underline main ideas

in class: ch 10 lesson 3 vocabulary & definitions on chapter 10 cover sheet (additional words: shore, deposit, sand, micron)  definition of micron since not in textbook:  micron - a metric unit of length; 1 micron = one-millionth of a meter, or ten-thousandths of a centimeter, or one-thousandth of a millimeter; symbol is called mu, looks like μ (think of it as a funny u with a tail out front)  looked at the table in TB p. 442 (or RE p. 126) and some sand samples to illustrate how "sand" or sediment comes in a variety of sizes depending upon amount of erosion it has experienced & the type of rock it came from.

T 3.29-  Answer TB p. 459 all - copy diagram & write out statements (& study ch 10 - hint, hint)

in class: drew longshore current (TB p. 440 figure 18), went over the ch 10 review board game requirements with class (must game must use at least 8 vocabulary/concepts from ch 10, including how sand arrives at beaches, game rules must be written & easy to follow, game must have a method for determining a winner, game must be approprate for children grades 2 and above).

W 3.30- TB  p. 462-463, write/type out questions and correct answer.

in class: work on creating ch 10 review games - assignment is an alternative method of evaluating the student's understanding, instead of a chapter quiz.

R 3.31- RE p. 131-134, answer questions & highlight / underline main ideas

in class: chapter 11 RE packet & cover sheet distributed; ch 11 lesson 1 vocabulary & definitions started (be sure to finish), additional word: air pressure.  Collected ch 10 packet (Oceans) which included the ch 10 foldable, ch 10 cover sheet, ch 10 RE papers, ocean floor picture, longshore current picture, Tuesday's homework & Wednesday's homework.

F 4.1- ch 10 WIGWAP (students created game boards instead) - only homework consists of finishing up any late/missing assignments (due date extended until Monday 4/4) and bonus collecting Weather Watch Field Data for this weekend.  Helpful links: http://weather.noaa.gov/ and  http://www.almadenweather.com/weather/forecast.php

in class: quick review of the Weather Instruments & what they measure, recorded weather data for today using online links above,played ch 10 review board games & students assigned new seats in periods 6 through 3.   distributed: WeatherWatchFieldDataTable.pdf (24.44 KB)  (unfortunately this is only half of the the actual paper - be sure to get the hand out from the teacher with the Beaufort Scale, Weather Instruments and chart to find Relative Humidity, and a cloud type word bank on the back side)

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 Monday, 21 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011 07:18:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 3.21-RE p. 128-130, answer questions & highlight main ideas
in class: ch 10 lesson 4 vocabulary and definitions on chapter cover sheet for ch. 10, distributed RE pages 115-130 for use this week and next. Reminder, extra credit opportunity: watch the CNN video & identify where the error is in the explanation about the cause of the Japan earthquake & tsunami. 

Just in time for us to study about oceans! On Friday, during SSR & a little bit of 5th period, we will video chat with Jennifer Saltzman from Stanford University & some of the crew on the JOIDES Resolution using Skype. The JOIDES Resolution is a boat that is able to drill out core samples from the sea floor. The rock core samples are used to study many different things. Check out their website for more information (including information, games & Jennifer Saltzman's blog entries about the trip). http://joidesresolution.org

 

T 3.22- RE p. 115-118, answer questions & highlight main ideas
in class: ch 10 lesson 1 vocabulary and definitions on chapter cover sheet for ch. 10, drew TB p. 427 Figure 5 which shows the geologic features of the ocean floor in profile view (label geologic features & color code: red- mid-ocean ridge & volcanic islands, orange- continental slope, yellow- continental shelf, green- abyssal plain, purple- oceanic trench.  Give it a title & your name and period). We compared our color coded drawings (which are in profile view) to the color coded map of the ocean off of Costa Rica, where the JOIDES Resolution is located.  (click here for maps & information link)  Costa Rica and Japan have similar geologic features off the coast & the same type of plate boundary off their coasts.  Also looked at a link sent by J.K. from 6th period, which shows the earthquakes which have occured in Japan since March 11.  The size of each earthquakes circle shows the magnitude of the earthquake; the color indicates the depth of the earthquake's focus.  Check it out for your self, link:  http://www.japanquakemap.com/

W 3.23- RE p. 119-121, answer questions & highlight main ideas & do Foldable (in RE p. 120)
in class: ch 10 lesson 2 vocabulary & definitions on chapter cover sheet for ch. 10 (words from textbook & RE packet: removed, ocean currents, surface currents, overall, salinity, deep currents, gyre, El Niño, La Niña, Gulf Stream, cycle, latitude).  Set up the foldable which is part of tonight's HW (shown in RE p. 120), new seats due to rearrangement.  Looked for the California Current and the Gulf Stream (another current) on globes which were at the tables.  Watched video on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from Gorilla in the Greenhouse, link: http://www.greengorilla.com/video-post/great-pacific-garbage-patch & looked at globe to find where the North Pacific Gyre is located (looked for other gyres on the globes).  Mentioned about other plastic trash (in addition to the plastic bags) which are collected in the gyres and mentioned their effects on marine birds (plastic is getting stuck in the bird's digestive systems).

Additional links which illustrate the impact & movement of our plastics ...
   -http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/patch.html  (National Ocean and Atmospheric Association explain about the garbage patch)
   -http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=591802n&tag=related;photovideo (CBS news video about plastics found in one of the gyres & how it is effecting some of the sea life)
   -http://marine-litter.gpa.unep.org/facts/facts.htm (information on sources of the plastic in the ocean, how the plastic impacts marine life & includes links to related information)
   -http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-9959995-54.html (information on sailing away on a plastic raft to raise awareness of the issue)
   -http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2010/2010-02-01-01.html (impact of plastic & other trash being in the ocean; warning: includeds photo of fish that they have dissected and the plastic they found inside (might make some uncomfortable)

R 3.24- RE p. 122-123, answer questions & highlight main ideas
in class: we will be in the computer lab today, looking at various links & logging into the Portal as students .... Bret Harte's best kept secrets

F 3.25- make corrections on returned papers & ch 9 WIGWAP

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 Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:29:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 3.14- No School for Students (teacher inservice day)

T 3.15- RE p. 106-110, highlight main ideas, & answer questions on sides and top of pages (skip foldable)
in class: wrote homework for the week, RE packets p. 101-105 checked for completion stamp; wrote vocabulary & definitions for ch 9 lesson 2 into the Chapter Cover Sheet (page was distributed last week).

W 3.16- RE p. 111-114, highlight vocabulary & definitions, & answer questions on sides and top of pages (skip foldable).  NOTE: Tonight you're reading about the jet stream - you might wonder about the jet stream and the nuclear power plants in Japan which have been releasing radiation into the atmosphere.  Could the radiation reach us through the Jet Stream?  see video clip below from channel 7 ABC news.
in class: went over last weeks mini-quiz & recorded the 3 types of energy transfer which occurs in the atmosphere if not already described; watched Greenhouse Effect BrainPop (click here to link to BrainPop video) username: sjusd457  password: broncos  (students can earn 5 points of extra credit if they print out the quiz, take it & turn it in by Friday 3/18.  We also checked RE p. 110 (if student did not recieve blue approved stamp, last night's homework was incomplete/has fixes), and went over the answers to last night's homework.  Set up tomorrow's sponge activity: Earth's Energy Balance (drawing figure 7 from TB p. 386 - students will have 10 minutes in class to create & label the drawing)

R 3.17- Study for ch 9 quiz tomorrow & complete RE packet (3 blue "approved" stamps means the packet is complete; if you don't have 3 blue stamps, make fixes/finish so it's complete)
in class: Earth's Energy Balance (student's drew figure 7 from TB p. 386 & labeled the percents to show how Sun's incoming energy is distributed in Earth), also checked RE p. 113 (if student did not recieve blue approved stamp, last night's homework was incomplete /has fixes), corrected last night's homework, watched Wind BrainPop (click here to link to BrainPop video) username & password are above, in yesterday's inclass work (bold).  Also brought up the Beaufort scale which is used to measure the wind strength.  We will use this scale when studying Weather in a few weeks.

F 3.18- Make fixes in returned work.

Science in the News:  The nuclear power plants in Japan are releasing radiation.  Could the radiation reach us in California if it got into the atmosphere's Jet Stream?

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