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Color Shading for Land Use on Habitat Maps
6th grade Computer Activity - Weathering
Homework Week of Jan. 30, 2012.
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



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 Sunday, 05 February 2012
Sunday, 05 February 2012 15:25:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | erosion | farming | Links to Video Clips | meanders | oxbow lake | river )

Explination of steam development, meanders, oxbow lake formation ...

River Channel with large meanders, erosion and deposition along river curves (inside the curve vs. outside the curve), formation of oxbow lake & floodplain...

Grand River - photo sequence from 1939-1996 showing the re-formation of a meander in the Grand River....


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Sunday, 05 February 2012 15:15:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | GIS | land use maps | mapping )


symbols on map represents this type of land use or habitat color / pattern to shade
UU  UB urban black
UA     UA___ agriculture black & white stripes /////
POW     PUB    R1UB     R2UB fresh open water bue & white stripes \\\\\
PEM      PEM___ fresh marsh orange


Link to explanations of the various types of land use, colors to shade & map symbols:

Habitat Slides (can click on each habitat to find out more)

List of all the symbols and land uses.

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 Monday, 30 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012 11:21:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )


6th grade- Rewrite/type rock & mineral notes (neatly) onto different paper from composition book
7th grade- Classifying Organisms Crossword puzzle

Tuesday-   6th graders: click here for today's 6th grade in class computer activity ;
                  7th graders: click here for today's 7th grade in class computer activity

6th grade- Rock/mineral project due Thursday  
7th grade- Answer the 4 Reading Check questions from Textbook pages 244-251.  (Reading Check questions are located on p. 245, 247, 249, 250.)


6th grade- Rock/mineral project due Thursday
7th grade- Finish classwork


6th grade- Study for Rock/mineral quiz tomorrow (chapter 2 lesson )
7th grade- Study for quiz on ch 6 lessons 1 and 4 tomorrow.

Friday- Enjoy weekend!

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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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