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 Monday, 31 August 2009
Monday, 31 August 2009 08:32:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 8.31- Read Textbook (TB) p. 48-53, answer Standards Check (SC) p. 52 # 3, 6, 7, 8 on binder paper using Full Complete Sentences (FCS) and be sure to Restate the Question (RSQ).

Absent Monday?  You'll need to make up the "Homework Check Aug 17-28" (click to download: Classwork8.31.09.pdf (114.94 KB)) AND do the Reading Essentials workbook pages 1-4, read and underline main ideas, answer all questions to side of reading except for the foldable.

T 9.01- Finish Science Notebook (SciNB) p. 2, 3, 4.

Absent Tuesday?  1. Went over and made corrections to pages 2 and 3 in Science Notebook. 
2. Complete : World Longitudes and Latitudes worksheet (click to download:
WorldLongLatWS.pdf (104.81 KB)) AND
3. Find out the notes we added onto the Science Notebook (see Mrs. Fischer’s sample student book)

W 9.02- Read TB p. 53- 54-61, do SciNB p. 5, add words: contour interval AND index contours.

Note: Bret Harte's free afterschool program, Homework Center starts today!  Open on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 2:35-4pm.  Sixth graders are in the library.

Absent Wednesday? Make up “Contour Mapping Activity” #1 parts A and B (p. 3, 4 of instruction booklet) and answer all questions asked in booklet pages 3 and  in FCS and RSQ.  I will have materials for one week in the classroom for this activity - you need to pre-arrange a make up time.

R 9.03- Answer SC in TB p. 61 # 3, 7 in SciNB p. 6 "Summarize It" box  and SC in TB p. 61 # 5, 10 in SciNB p. 7 "Summarize It" box.
(If the directions are confusing, do the Standards Check from textbook p. 61  # 3, 5, 7, 10 on a piece of binder paper.  Write your answers in full complete sentences which restate the question)

Absent Thursday?  1. Went over and made corrections/additions to pages 4 and 5 in Science Notebook. 
2. Make up “Contour Mapping Activity” #2 and #3
and answer questions at the end of Activity 2 and 3 in FCS and RSQ

F 9.04- Finish SciNB p 6, 7. 

Absent Friday?  Make up both sides A and B of "Topo-Profile Maps" (click to download: TopoProfileMaps.pdf (98.25 KB))

Note: Monday, September 7 is Labor Day, Enjoy the 3 day weekend.


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 Monday, 24 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009 14:12:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 8.24- Finish B.A. Star

T 8.25- Finish classwork  $6 Lab Donation
     5° only- Go over handbooks (District & Bret Harte's) and return signed forms (there are 2 -
              lower cover of blue Bret Harte handbook, & 1st page inside purple District handbook)
    Give parents map & schedule for tomorrow's Back to School Night

W 8.26- Finish classwork  (Textbook Scavenger Hunt & Measurement page)
     5° only- More signature forms!  (a packet this time)
         Click link to download tonight's Back to School Night presentation: Back To School Night 2009.pdf ( KB)

R 8.27- Plan view map of your neighborhood OR classroom OR home. 
            (Hint: look at the back cover of your planner, it shows an example of a map in plan view)

F 8.28- Sleep in this weekend!


Note: Keep those heavy Science textbooks at home.  Save your backs.  Thank you!

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 Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 16:12:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Beginning of the Year )

Welcome back from summer vacation!   

I hope everyone is well rested & ready for a fantastic beginning to middle school & the 6th grade!  Below I will list the homework for the week; the day that an assignment is listed represents that evenings homework.  You should assume the assignment is due the next day unless otherwise listed.  Unfinished classwork is homework unless stated otherwise (it will not necessarily show up on the class website, students will need to be responsible for remembering to complete classwork).  Some of the handouts are also posted for download as .pdf files. 

In general, I try to list the week's homework on Mondays so students & famalies may plan ahead if/when there is a busy week.   When there are changes to the homework, additional instructions, or updates to assigned work during the week, I try my best to update the information online before I go home for the evening.  Students are encouraged do work in advance if there is a family function or other obligation on a school night (such as a test, or a large project due mid-week for another class). 

Welcome to 6th grade Science!

More information to be posted as we approach the beginning of the school year!

M 8.17- Complete the 3-2-1 Bret Harte Lab Safety Contract Homework (download: 321LabSafetyContractHW.pdf (45.81 KB) ) and

Have parents/guardian check over your pre-printed emergency form, make any necessary changes and parent/guardian signs form; student returns form to 1° teacher.

Reminders for Monday:

    • Bring the Course Information handout and the Bret Harte Lab Safety Contract to class every day.
    • Science Permission & Information / Data sheet due by Thursday, Aug. 20 - Permission & Information side is to be filled out by parent/guardian and signatures required
    • Supplies listed on Course Description are due by Monday, Aug. 24; this week I expect you to bring pencil/pen, numerous sheets of binder paper and a folder (or binder with dividers) every day this week.  Next week I expect the supplies listed (planner, binder/folder, binder paper, pencils AND pens, etc.) to be in your backpack every day.

T 8.18- Finish classwork & Complete Science Permission & Information / Data sheet due Thursday
         (This was the Name the Tools of a Scientist page - reading the thermometer and measuring using cm and mm)

W 8.19- Finish classwork & Complete Science Permission & Information / Data sheet due tomorrow.
        (This was the Sponge Bob story titled "Scientific Method- Science Safety Rules")

R 8.20- Finish lab safety "poster" (due Friday as you enter the room)
    I'll be looking for the following things, check your work to be sure it is complete:
           ___Safety rule written out completely (copy it from the Bret Harte Lab Safety Contract) with rule number
           ___One illustration labeled "DO"  (showing someone following the lab safety rule; being safe)
           ___One illustration labeled "DON'T" (showing someone NOT following the lab safety rule; being un-safe)
           ___Creative, neat & colorful

F 8.21- Get your supplies & go for walk with a family member (you can measure how far you walked with gmaps pedometer)!

Important Documents (will be distributed in class but you may click to download .pdf versions):

SciDataPermisSlip081.pdf (139.23 KB)

FischerCourseDescription.pdf (150.05 KB)  -->  contains list of required supplies

BHLabSafetyContractV08.pdf (343.11 KB)
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 Monday, 10 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009 09:14:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Wow!  A powerful typhoon is making its way through Asia causing a lot of damage and destruction.  Here is a video clip of a hotel that had its foundation eroded away by water from the typhoon.  Fortunately, it sounds like the building had already been evacuated. 

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