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 Friday, 30 January 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009 15:22:46 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Announcement: chapter 5 test and notebook check will be on Friday!

M 2.2- Read TB p. 223-226, AND Do p. 51 SciNB

T 2.3- Do TB p. 226 # 1, 2, 5 in SciNB p. 52 AND finish SciNB p. 52 from class (we'll do some in class).

W 2.4- Do TB p. 226 # 4, 6 in SciNB p. 53.  AND finish SciNB p. 53 from class (we'll do some in class).

R 2.5- Finish all classwork; Review for tomorrow's test on chapter 5; bring in papers we have done so far this semester, your Science Notebook, and booklet.  List of items included in the chapter 5 Notebook check:

Booklet with stamp (or work has been completed)
Blue bibliography format page
Science Notebook pages for chapter 5
p. 47- with stamp of completion
p. 48 With vocabulary words filled in
p. 49 complete
# 1, 3, 4 answered at bottom of p. 49
p. 50 complete
# 2, 6, 9 answered at bottom of p. 50
p. 51 with vocabulary words filled in
p. 52 complete
# 1 2, 5 answered at bottom of p. 52
p. 53 complete
# 4, 6 answered at bottom of p. 53
How do Scientists Know the Age of Rocks?
Figure 5 - geologic history written
Chapter Content Reinforce (front) / Mastery (back) chapter 5 lesson 1
Chapter Content Reinforce (front) / Mastery (back) chapter 5 lesson 2
TB p. p. 234-235 # 1-9, 15, 20-24 and p. 119 # 9, p. 643 # 11  FCS/WOTQ

F 2.6- What is your family’s plan in case of an Earthquake disaster?  (more details to follow)

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 Monday, 26 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009 07:49:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

 M 1.26- Project #1 due Wednesday!

T 1.27- Project #1 due tomorrow!

W 1.28- Do TB p. 221 # 1, 3, 4 in SciNB p. 49.

R 1.29- Do TB p. 221 # 2, 6, 9 in SciNB p. 50.

F 1.30- Make sure you have finished classwork - SciNB p. 48, 49, 50.


Here is a neat website which uses GIS (geographic information systems) to allow users to create their own maps!  It allows the user to select different layers of information which get combined into the single map.  I'm using it to create the map we will glue into p. 52 of the SciNB!

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 Friday, 23 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

 A blue handout was given in class today listing sample entries for the MLA Style for Listing Sources.  It contains examples for books and other resources; at the bottom of the page, there is a sample of how it should look, along with some things to notice  -- the sample list is in alphabetical order by author's last name, the first line sticks out, and the additional lines for the same entry are indented (this is called a hanging indent), and a line has been skipped between each resource.

Our textbook would show up in a bibliography as follows:

Berwald, Juli, et al.  Focus on Earth Science.  New York,
           New York: McGrawHillGlencoe, 2007.  page start - page end.

If you were using a workbook which does not have an author nor copyright date listed (seems very odd, but it does occur), I would treat this as a chapter book (not listed on the blue handout from class).  You have two options for the resource list, (1) Putting the title first, and putting it into your alphabetical list of sources using the title only; (2) calling the author "---" which represents that the author of the work is unknown.  The samples below go the with the unknown option.  The entry would look similar to this, including the hanging indent.  [notes: 1. it is possible that the hanging indent does not show up correctly on this page due to different sizes of computer monitors; 2. the "n.d."stands for no date, because the Holt workbook does not list it's copy right date.]

option 1:

"Chapter's Title." Holt California Earth Science Interactive Reader and Study Guide. Orlando: Holt, Rinehart and  
             Winston, n.d. page start--page end.

option 2: 

---. "Chapter's Title." Holt California Earth Science Interactive Reader and Study Guide. Orlando: Holt, Rinehart and  
             Winston, n.d. page start--page end.

However where it says "Chapter's Title" you will enter the title of the chapter or section in which you found the information.    Then, where it says page start -- page end, you would type the pages that you got the information from.  Let's imagine that you used chapter 17, Biomes and Ecosystems, the section on Land Biomes.  It begins on p. 310-317.  Imagine that you also looked at page 307 for the definition of biome, which is being quoted in your work.  Here is a sample of what your bibliography would look like.

option 1:

"Biomes and Ecosystems." Holt California Earth Science Interactive Reader and Study Guide. Orlando: Holt, Rinehart
             and Winston, n.d. 307, 310-317.

option 2: 

---. "Biomes and Ecosystems." Holt California Earth Science Interactive Reader and Study Guide. Orlando: Holt, Rinehart
             and Winston, n.d. 307, 310-317.

For more samples, you could look at, which looks like it is very comprehensive and would be extremely useful, although I have not come across it before so I am somewhat hesitant in suggesting it.  If it gives you the option to download anything, close the window immediately. According to their site, you would set up the bibliography for a radio or television program (like those we have seen in class relating to Earthquakes) as follows:  Radio, television Components: 1) Title of episode, underlined; or in quotes if appropriate. 2) Title of program, underlined. 3) Title of series. 4) Name of network. 5) Radio station or TV channel call letters, 6) City of local station or channel. 6) Broadcast date.

However, I have used the next to sites before and they are from more reputable sources  and and of course, there is the Google search option.  The site was used to create the sample entry on the video shown in class about earthquakes.  There are things called parenthetical citations, which is usually used if you are taking a direct quote from your resource; it is a very good way to avoid plagiarism.  I did not go over this in class, however, you can find more details on how they work by using the three sites.

"Angry Earth Education." Naked Science. Writ. and Dir. Stuart Everett. 
         National Geographic. NTGEO, Washingtoon D.C.. 20 Nov. 2004.  

A common error I saw last year occurred when students listed the website for a picture after doing a Google Image Search.   If you are using pictures from the internet that you found by doing a Google Image Search, you must give the web address of the picture, not the search. To do this, click on the image, remove the frame, then look to see the web address for the picture.  The address must NOT contain  because Google did not post the picture, it only found it for you.  It would be like saying that PW made the milk for you (PW's role was that it sold the milk, where as the cow on the dairy farm made the milk).

One last reminder, be sure to put each item for your bibliography in alphabetical order by last name.  If there is no name given, consider where "unknown" fits in alphabetically with the other author's last names, or just have the title be the first thing listed in the bibliography

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 Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 09:37:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )


W 1.21-Signed Student Assignment Report/ Reflection (on back) due tomorrow; select which option you'll be doing for Project #1.   Project is due Wednesday, Jan. 28.  There will be no class time given to work on the project, it is an individual assignment.  To download description of project given in class, click link: 6.ch5Project.pdf (45.31 KB)

R 1.22-Project #1 (work on it!)

F 1.23- Project #1 (work on it!)


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 Friday, 16 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009 11:59:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Hello Science Families,

Your students have made it through the first semester of 6th grade!  Today I distributed your student's "Student Assignment Report" in class; it lists their grade on the final and their course grade, along with all of the other assignments.  If there are any errors or questions about specific assignments, your student needs to show me the graded work on Wednesday (1/21) so I may make corrections before the grades are uploaded. 

The "Student Assignment Report" is is due with parent/guardian signature on Thursday, 1/22 (along with the completed reflections on the back side of the Assignment Report).

Have a wonderful 4 day weekend, 

Mrs. Fischer

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 Monday, 12 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009 15:42:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

 M 1.12- Study for Finals!  Need help studying?  Check out the Who Wants to be a Plate Tectonics Millionaire? game by Mrs. Z! (click here)

T 1.13-  2°, 5° finals

W 1.14-  3°, 6° finals

R 1.15-  1°, 4° finals

F 1.16- Normal school day & grade level assemblies- -- sixth graders at 6° report to classroom then we will proceede as a class onto the assembly.

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 Friday, 09 January 2009
Friday, 09 January 2009 09:10:05 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

 page 17- Chapter 3
3Q: Temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a material; heat is the movement of thermal energy due to temperature differences.  In other words, “heat” is the movement of thermal energy which will increase the kinetic energy, which is measured by temperature.

4Q: Conduction transfers heat as the particles in matter collide causing them to transfer kinetic energy.  


page 25- Chapter 4
1Q: Today’s continents were part of Pangaea approximately 200 million years ago (MYA) to 255 MYA.

2Q: New sea floor is formed at the mid-ocean ridges where magma flows out of cracks along the ridge. 

3Q: A lithospheric plate is a large brittle piece of Earth’s outer shell.  The plates move and divide the Earth’s lithosphere.

4Q: There are 2 types of lithosphere, oceanic and continental.  The lithospheres differ in their crust’s density and rock type. 
The crust of the oceanic lithosphere (3.0 g/cm3) is more dense than the continental lithosphere’s crust (2.65 g/cm3). 
Oceanic is made up of basalt (igneous) where as continental is made up of granite (igneous), gneiss (metamorphic) and sedimentary rocks.

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 Tuesday, 06 January 2009
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 21:45:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

 As we discussed today in class, scientists do not fully understand the causes of plate tectonics. They know that trences, mid-ocean ridges, earthquakes and volcanoes are evidence that the lithospheric plates are moving.  Our textbook explained that plate movement is effected by slab pull, ridge push and convenction currents - these forces all work together to make the plates move.  When our parents and grandparents went though school, this information was not in their textbooks because recent discoveries have led to this knowledge.

Scientists today recognize there may be additional forces that cause the plates to move, but they're working to identify and understand how and why the lithospheric plates move.   The linked article reinforces that scientists are continuing to learn about the Earth, and the forces that cause the plate movement.  Click here to read the linked article from Discovery News, and find out more about the scientist's current understanding of the inner workings of the Earth.  :)  Enjoy!

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 Monday, 05 January 2009
Monday, 05 January 2009 06:28:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

 Welcome back to school!  I hope everyone has good health and success in 2009. This weeks homework....

 M 1.5- Do p. 43 and 44 SciNB; (finish classwork-p. 196 Lab- Plate Boundary Inference)

T 1.6- Do ch. 1 Standards Test p. 72-73 FCS/WOTQ (fix #9 , #11); Start note plate for finals (due Jan 12 if you wish to use it) 

W 1.7- Do ch. 2 Standards Test p. 118-119 FCS/WOTQ ; (finish classwork- ch. 1 of review packet given in class)

R 1.8- Do ch. 3 Standards Test p. 160-161 FCS/WOTQ; (#9 is D textbook question did not match up with questions) (finish classwork- ch. 2 of review packet given in class)

F 1.9- Do ch. 4 Standards Test p. 204-205 FCS/WOTQ; (finish classwork- ch. 3 of review packet given in class)
          Note plate is due Monday, Jan 12.   If you "forget" to bring it to class on Monday, you can "forget" about using it on the final.


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