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Homework Week of Jan. 23, 2012
Link to Chinese/English geology diagrams
Volcano Ash Animations
7th grade Computer Activity - Fossils
Homework Week of Jan. 17, 2012
MLA bibliography ... helpful hints
Volcano Project - assignment information
7th grade Computer Activity - Taxonomy
Homework Week of Jan. 9, 2012
Volcano Tab Booklet directions (page by page)



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 Monday, 23 January 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012 09:35:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( minerals, rocks, rock cycle | project | phylum poster )


6th grade- finish backside of Journey through the Rock Cycle
7th grade- Finish video questions from Animal Classification


6th grade- Rock cycle comic strip & ch 7 WIGWAP
7th grade- Research your animal phylum


6th grade- Rock/mineral research ..... assignment of the rock/mineral is based upon different criterion for each class - explained may click the blue underlined link to help you ...

first period mineral list: mineral must start with your first initial, and end with -ist
second period rock list: rock must start with your first initial,
third period list: You were assigned a state, research either the rock or mineral for the state you were assigned   .... unfortunately some states have neither a state rock, nor a state mineral.  I will assign a different state to you in class if your assigned state has neither a state rock nor a state mineral.

7th grade- Research your animal phylum  ..... lost the project directions? Click to download: 7.PhylumResearchPoster.pdf (73.33 KB)


6th grade- Rock /mineral research  ..... lost the project directions?  Click to download: 6.RockMineralTMproject.pdf (31.13 KB)
7th grade- Practice for presenation on phylum

Friday- enjoy your weekend!

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 Sunday, 22 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:51:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | bilingual diagrams | deep sea vents | ELD | plate boundaries | volcanoes )

Link to geology diagrams labeled in both Chinese (Cantonese?) and English.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012 18:58:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | animations | Atmosphere | interactive | Links to Video Clips | Moible Laptop Assignments | volcano ash | volcanoes )

Has animations showing the movement of volcanic ash after a volcano puffs out the ash.  (Has Mt. St. Helen's half way down the page)


Information on the Redoudt 1989 eruption - an airplane flew into the ash cloud in/near Alaska; all  4 engines stopped.  Had to descend, where engines restarted, and made an emergency landing in Alaska.

Volcano eruption images from space

Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:13:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 7th grade | animations | fossils | Games )

Warning: topics today deal with death & are morbid.

First:  Where will fossils form?  - Burrying Bodies

Second:  How are fossils formed? - Making Fossils

Third: Can you put together the skeleton?  - Skeleton Jigsaw

Fourth: start homework OR check out these options if you finish early & do not wish to start on your homework -

Fossil Fabricator (set up the right conditions to make a fossil) -

Layers of Time Game -

 Matching Fossils from different geologic times -


Fossil Hunting Game -

Footprints -

Camouflage -


Lost your handout from today?  Click to download:

7.CompFossilsHandout.pdf (28.96 KB)
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 Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:04:09 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Monday - no school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


6th grade- write an MLA format bibliography entry for p. 305 of textbook
7th grade- write one paragraph (4-6 sentences) about the natural selection of cuttlefish (use your thinking map from class)


6th grade- research your volcano  ..... volcanoes were assigned in class today for this Volcano Project.... click here to access assignment information and copies of the assignment.
7th grade- threatened / extinct / introduced species


6th grade- finish volcano project (due Friday for early etra credit, OR Monday for regualr credit - click on link to assignment information)
7th grade- threatened / extinct / introduced species   & finish computer activity from class today


6th grade- volcano project if not already turned in
7th grade- Enjoy weekend!    & finish Thursday's computer activity

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 Sunday, 15 January 2012
Sunday, 15 January 2012 20:40:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( bibliography | MLA format )


“Setting Indents for Paragraphs” Help Menu.  Pages ’09 (version 4.0.4) [Software]. 

Wass, Red. "MLA Documentation Guide." Library Services - Austin Community College. Austin Community College, 22 Nov. 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2012.


Copy and paste the pink text from above into a Pages document.  Practice following the directions to create a hanging indent in the bibliography.


How to make hanging indents in your typed bibliography .... To download directions from class, click here: HangingIndentInstructions.pdf (288.43 KB)


Link to helpful hints from Science Buddies:

                (the above link is the same/similar to hand out from class given to 6th graders before the Volcano project)

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Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:41:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( volcanoes | project | bibliography )

Due: Monday, 1/23/2012
.... you may turn it in early (on Friday the 20th for early extra credit)

To download a .pdf file which contains the following four items .... 6.ch7VolcanoFactSheetandSample.pdf (955.64 KB)

  • blank sheet to print out
  • sample already filled out
  • grading rubric (so you can see how many points sections are worth & the expectations for the bibliography)
  • additional page of information about different types of volcanoes from the USGS

To download a Word (.doc) file which you can type your information directly into & then print and turn in ....6ch7VolcDocument.doc (640.5 KB)


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 Saturday, 14 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:34:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 7th grade | classification | Moible Laptop Assignments | taxonomy )

Correct last night's definitions using the following resources THEN answer the folliwing questions  using the internet resources provided below.  Answers go on the back of last night's homework (or on a piece of binder paper & attach)

1. Extinct vs. endangered vs. threatened .....
     Introduced or invasive species .....

2. What are the 7 levels of classification?

The 7 levels of classification are Kingdom, P_______, C______, O________, F__________, G________, S________. 

3. To help you remember this, remember the phrase, "King Phillip Came Over For Good Spagetti".  Copy the quote onto your paper.

4. What are the 6 kingdoms of life?

The 6 kingdoms of life are: ______, _____, ______, _____, ______, ______.

5. Write the taxonomy of the nine-banded armadillo...

6. The nine-banded armadillo is a "chordate" - what does "chordate" mean? (use link from #5)

7. The nine-banded armadillo is the state animal for _________.

8. Draw the nine-banded armadillo. (may use link from #7)




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 Monday, 09 January 2012
Monday, 09 January 2012 15:09:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Links to Video Clips | volcanoes )


6th grade- RE p, 77-81 - Read, highlight main ideas, answer questions.
7th grade- Answer TB p. 217 # 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9.  (use Full Complete Sentences and Restate the Question and/or create Thinking Maps)
         imprtant for 7th graders: be sure to finish answering the 7 questions from Friday's computer activity!  (can click here for links and questions)


6th grade- Finish pages 1 through 3 of Volcano tab booklet
7th grade- RE p. 64-68 - (these pages are in the packet we stapled together on Friday)   Read, highlight main ideas, answer questions.


6th grade- RE p, 82-84 - Read, highlight main ideas, answer questions.
7th grade- Read TB p. 221-223, answer TB p. 227 # 1, 3, 4, 5, 7.  (use Full Complete Sentences and Restate the Question and/or create Thinking Maps)


6th grade- Finish tab booklet & study for tomorrow's chapter 7 quiz.   Click for Volcano Tab Booklet directions page by page.
      click here to watch short video clip of a lahar shown in 6th grade classes
7th grade- Finish definitions & study for tomorrow's chapter 5 quiz.

Friday - all classes ..... There will be no school on Monday due to Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday - Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

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 Sunday, 08 January 2012
Sunday, 08 January 2012 11:13:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | plate boundaries | volcanoes )

After putting together the pages of the volcano tab booklet in order, complete the following things....

p. 0 --> cover (no tab)

student's title for the booklet goes below the boxes,
student's name and class period goes below the title,
in the three boxes .... name & draw the 3 locations where volcanoes occur... (one picture must show subduction of the older, denser plate, and the volcano forming on the plate that floats)

p. 1, 2, 3 --> 3 Types, Others, Landforms&Features tabs

  • 2 details for each underlined term AND
  • an illustration for each underlined term

p. 4 --> Warning Signs tab

make a list of the warning signs that scientists use to predict eruptions (I include the monitoring volcanic activity section with this; include some detail for each)

p. 5 --> Volcano Hazards effect humans & habitats

record the 5 hazards (volcanic ash, landslides/lahars, gases, pyroclastic flows, lava flows) AND
define each hazard (no pictures required)


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