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 Friday, 20 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008 19:39:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

If you recall the information we learned about erosion, and the strength of moving water, you will recall that rivers can move a lot of soil.  Each day we are hearing about the Mississippi River and how it is flooding out areas of the United States.  Here is another effect of the flooding, read all about it in this Yahoo! article.....

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 Thursday, 12 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008 22:00:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

This news article regarding the tornadoes which hit Iowa & surrounding areas demonstrates the importance of preparedness & remembering each other during emergencies.

...[H]eroes after Twister...

  Enjoy your summer, take a first aid class, those of you who received a note for families regarding checks written for the lab fee back in September, be sure to show it to your parents/guardians before Monday.

 Students from....

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period, welcome to 7th grade;
  • 5th and 6th period, welcome to 8th grade.

See you next year & just in case you're tempted to say "I'm bored" (or your parents catch you saying it), we will be looking for helpers in a little before school starts to process the new Science textbooks.  Please email me in early August if you're interested in helping!  Thank you in advance.

 

One last "I'm bored" remedy....  check out next year's Science textbook publisher websites and get ahead!  Or you can explore the "Navigation" links (I might add/rearrange them over the summer).

 

 

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 Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 20:48:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

In terms of the test, the score entered into the grade book is strictly based on each student's test score.  Answers were marked on the scan trons.   I took the test myself before I gave it to the students and didn't think it was more difficult than past tests.  As I did so, on the 6th grade test, I found four questions which I considered misleading/ not directly answered inthe Holt workbook so I instructed the students to mark E on those questions, essentially turning those four questions into free points.  I found two misleading questions on version B of the 7th grade test (students were verbally told to pay close attention to the choices, these instructions were written on the board for these two specific questions)  I also checked the answer key make sure that I did not mis-mark any of the answers, and ran the tests through the scan tron reading machine twice to make sure that it did not mis-score any questions on the test (it rarely occurs, but I've seen it happen a few times).  I did this for both version A andversion B of the tests at both grade levels.

In terms of results, you can divide these numbers by 50 to findthe equivalent percent.

6th grade

Overall

Mean Average

36.52

36.63

36.42

36.52

Median

38

38

38

36.5

Mode

41

41

36

41

Maximum Score

49

46

47

49

 

7th grade

Overall

Mean Average

37.40

37.29

37.52

Median

39.5

40

38

Mode

41

41

41

Maximum Score

49

49

49

 

The test value is just under 15% of the possible points, for 6th graders with all assignments turned in, it's 14.1%; 7th graders with all assignments turned in, it's 14.3%; I havebeen told in past year that the maximum value of the final exam in our districtis 20% of the grade; I realize that tests do not always accurately reflect the amount of effort & learning that has occurred, the other methods ofevaluation (projects, class and homework) are also used. Students will have anopportunity to look at their tests tomorrow in class and see which questions were incorrect.

Some of the questions and/or visuals had been were used in class/ were in our reading (some were new); some questions and/or visuals went back to the beginning of the semester, others were more recent topics, covered since the last test.  Given that we were covering the entire semester, it is possible for a student to focus on the less tested topics.  I tried to narrow it down using the standards that we covered this semester, but there was still a lot for the students to review.  I'm sure I'll get more opinions tomorrow regarding the tests and difficulty level.

 

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 Friday, 06 June 2008
Friday, 06 June 2008 09:05:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Link to Science Standards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/scmain.asp

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 Monday, 02 June 2008
Monday, 02 June 2008 15:25:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Standards on  6th grade science final...  (if underlined, it came up at least two or 3 times in the chapters, if bold, it came up 4 or 5 times and is really important to know) the others came up once or twice and would not have as many questions on the final.

  • 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d,
    3a, 3c, 3d,
    4a, 4b, 4d, 4e,
    5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e,

    6a, 6b, 6c,
    7b, 7e, 7f, 7h.

Chapters & sections from Holt workbook to review....

 

Thursday's Notebook Check #6..... items that will be checked.  (sorry, linked file was not uploading correctly)

    How much water can you save? (worksheet)
Holt workbook pages   
    251
    257
    261
    267
    295
    300
    305
    309
    317
    325
    329
    Final Review Sheet #1 and/or #2 (any 5 puzzles answers given);or list of vocabulary words for each standard
    "Standards on 6th grade final" (binder paper)
    Standards Practice and Review (binder paper)
    "6th grade Review for Final #3" (concept map on back/attached)
# of stamps on Science Calendar #6   
 +10 IF there is a Parent signature on Science Calendar #6    

 

Answers to questions related to the final exam:

1 Any essay questions? - No, not this time, all of the questions will be multiple choice.
2. How many questions? -About 50, bring a #2 pencil day of the final.
3. Topics?  Cumulative for the year? - No, the test will cover this semester only.  See review information above for topics.
4. Do we get a note card? -Probably with restrictions.
5. How many points is it? -Up to 20% of the grade.
6. Will there be a movie for post-test time until the end of the period? -Probably.

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