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 Saturday, 30 January 2010
Saturday, 30 January 2010 20:19:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Would you like to type your "Effects of the Rock Cycle" project?   You can download the following Word document:

6.ch2les2effRockCyclevf.doc (628.5 KB)

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 Monday, 25 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010 10:15:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 1.25- Finish "Measurement Skill" (both sides)

Absent Monday?  You'll need the notes and the "Measurement skill" worksheet.  Use TB p. 9 and 10 if you need assistance with learning how to use the graduated cylinder & the triple beam balance.

T 1.26- Do SciNB p. 16 (use TB p. 98-100)  Finish "Density Activity"  (Sorry!  I had to switch Tuesday and Wednesday's work due to a scheduling error with the materials for the activity)

Absent Tuesday?  Be sure to get the paper for the "Desity Activity" - we measured the volume of two conatiners in class.  Tomorrow we'll be measuring the volume using the method that Archimedes came up with after his "Eureka!" moment.

W 1.27-Finish "Density Activity"   Do SciNB p. 16 (use TB p. 98-100)

Absent Wednesday?  We collected data for the "density activity" and homework consists of 3 to 4 division problems (mass / volume); students can use calculators on these problems.  (Some are quite easy, some are difficult).  If absent, student's should come in during snack break on Friday to do some of this activity to get a feel for how we can calculate the density of objects.

R 1.28- Effects of the Rock Cycle (due Tuesday, 2/2/10.)

Absent Thursday?  Quickly went over the "Density Activity" math from last night; watched video on Rocks, and distributed "Effects of the Rock Cycle" which is due Tuesday.  Students should research about a natural disaster or another specific event from history that has helped to move particles through the rock cycle.  (note: could include recent history; if you need an idea for what to research, a list of ideas will be posted in the classroom on Friday). 

Click to download .pdf version of the "Effects of the Rock Cycle" assignment (includes a sample): 6.ch2les2effRockCyclev2F.pdf (1.08 MB)

F 1.29- Rocks, minterals & rock cycle will be on chapter 8 test; enjoy weekend.

Absent Friday? Filled in SciNB p. 13, took Quote Notes on how to use quotes and symbols that are used when quoting things; notes were written into the front area of the Science Notebook.  See below.

symbols meaning
“quotation marks” Goes around the quote to show where it starts & ends
… ellipses Goes where you take out words - Replaces excess information, helps you to shorten the quote so it is more specific
 [brackets] Goes around words that you insert or change in the quote
 (Author’s last name or title) Goes after “ ” are closed, to show where the information came from; also called a parenthetical citation.

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 Thursday, 21 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010 15:48:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 1.18- No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

T 1.19- Volcano Fact Sheet due tomorrow (worth 40 points),
       bring in a (small) rock

Absent Tuesday?  You will need to make up the chapter 7 test upon your return.

W 1.20- Read TB p. 86-94, answer TB p. 101 # 3, 5, 9, and Visual Check p. 89, and Reading Check p. 91, 92, 94 (FCS, RSQ on binder paper)

Absent Wednesday?  Use the textbook (or phone a friend) and fill in SciNB p. 14 (done as notes in class).

R 1.21- Read TB p. 95-101, answer TB p. 101 # 1, 8, and Visual Check p. 95, and Reading Check p. 96, 98, 99 (FCS, RSQ on binder paper)

Absent Thursday? Do SciNB p. 15 using your textbook.  Half of the class did the "Exploring Minerals" activity using the mineral kits, while the other half of the class corrected last night's homework and did SciNB p. 15.  If students did not use the mineral kits today, they will do so tomorrow.

F 1.22- Enjoy the weekend!

Absent Friday? See Thursday.  We will also be doing two puzzles on the properties & characteristics of minerals.


When people chose to build along the coast, they get a beautiful view until the ocean takes back  sediments once deposited in the cliffs.  Check out the coastal erosion that is occurring due to the storm! 


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 Monday, 11 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010 08:23:30 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 1.11- Read TB p. 306-311, finish tabbed book (include drawings/diagrams & descriptions for each)

Absent Monday?  Today we learned about Volcanic Features and filled in p. 76 of SciNB.

T 1.12- Read TB p. 313-317, do SciNB p. 78, answer TB p. 317 # 2, 3 in "SumIt" p. 78 (FCS, RSQ)
      Announcement: ch 7 test will be on Tuesday, 1/19.

Absent Tuesday? Today we learned about Volcanic Hazards, and watched part of "Krakatoa" from the History Channel series, How the Earth was Made.    The tabbed book was collected, and we looked at a map of the plate boundaries, overlayed the locations of volcanoes and earthquakes on the map to emphasize that most volcanoes and earthquakes happen along (or near) plate boundaries.  We also emphasized the North American plate, the Juan de Fuca plate, and the Pacific plate (and the Ring of Fire - see TB p. 295 and the volcanoes along the plate boundaries that are near the edges of the Pacific Ocean).  These three plates are MUST KNOWS for the next test; we also emphasized that Iceland was formed by volcanoes on the mid-ocean ridge. (It would be good to know about the Indo-Australian plate and Eurasian plate although they do not come up quite as often).

W 1.13- Do SciNB p. 77, 79, answer TB p. 317 # 5, 6 in "Sum It" p. 79 (FCS, RSQ)

Absent Wednesday?  Students were assigned the "Volcano Quick Facts" research project.  You can download a sample, grading rubric, and extra copies of the assignment at the bottom of this weeks' entry (look for the purple text).  We were in the LRC (computer lab) learning about bibliographies and starting some research.  Check out the links below from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) - we were looking at them in class for about 10 minutes depending upon student interests:

Computer Lab Assignment:  First, check out a few of the topics below.  Try using a few links to create a bibliography, then get the research assignment from Mrs. Fischer. 
1.  General Information on volcano hazards from USGS  Talks about gas emissions, lahars, pyroclastic flows, landslides, lava flows, and much more!
2.  Effect of Ash on Airplanes,
USGS's factsheet
3.  USGS answers common questions related to volcanoes from movies (if you asked about water being acidic enough to harm people, there is an answer here)

BibMe.Org  ... you can use it to help you create your bibliography - be sure to use the MLA format.


R 1.14- Answer TB p. 325 # 1-15, p. 326-327 # 1-11, 13. (WOTQ or FCS, RSQ for all)

Absent Thursday?  We workd on a ch 7 review sheet, corrected some of the answers; most of the tabbed books were returned along with an orange paper which is to be permenantly kept in your binder/folder for science.  It is a Quick Reference Guide for making bibliographies.  It follows the MLA style, which the the format you are to use for your bibliography on the "Volcano Quick Facts". 

F 1.15- Finish "Volcano Quick Facts" due Wed. 1/20 and
      Study for ch. 7 test on Tuesday! 

Absent Friday?  We (hopefully) will be using the internet on the laptops to research our volcanoes.  If that does not work out, we will do some more review for Tuesday's test.

(note: Monday, 1/18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there is no school)


Volcano Quick Facts research project ... you may click on underlined names of files to download

6.ch7VolcanoFactSheet2010.pdf (955.16 KB) --> This file contains a completed sample, another copy of the project showing the point value of sections (like a grading rubric would), a blank copy if you need to print it out, and volcano classification chart from the USGS.
6ch7VolcDocument.doc (640.5 KB) --> This file is an editable Word document if you'd like to type your project.


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 Tuesday, 05 January 2010
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 10:13:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 1.4- No school for students today.  Hope you enjoyed the last day of freedom.

Welcome back to 2010 and the second semester of 6th grade!  We are now officially half way through the year.  You can check your semester grade on PIV or the report cards should arrive in the mail in a few weeks. This semester we will be studying the movement of energy and natural resources through Earth's spheres.  Starting with volcanoes, we will move into rocks and minerals, cycles on Earth which transfer matter and energy, the Ocean, the Atmosphere, and Ecology (natural resources, ecosystems, food web and food chain).

T 1.5- Read TB p. 294-299, do SciNB p. 70, 71, answer TB p. 299 # 3, 6 in SumIt box p. 71 (FCS, RSQ)

Absent Tuesday? We wrote our homework for the week, took the Chapter 7 Pre-Test and started on our homework.

W 1.6- Do SciNB p. 72, answer TB p. 299 # 1, 2 in SumIt box p. 72 (FCS, RSQ)

Absent Wednesday? There was a surprise Reading Quiz on ch 7 lesson 1, and we went over where volcanoes occur & checked some of last night's homework.  I showed the following link in class, students (with parental permission) check it out!  You can build your own volcano, and more. Enjoy!

R 1.7- Read TB p. 301-305, do SciNB p. 73, 74, 75.  (suggestion: do Friday's homework tonight and you can enjoy the weekend!)

Absent Thursday?  We cut, organized, glued and colored the locations where volcanoes occur (1 and 1/2 page handouts - will be part of the next homework check), and corrected the reading quiz from yesterday.

F 1.8- Answer TB p. 311 # 1, 6 in SciNB p. 74 (FCS, RSQ)

Absent Friday?  We started the tabbed book, be sure to finish the "shield", "cinder cone" and "composite" pages by describing each volcano (information in bullet OR sentences) and drawing a labeled diagram for each (use the textbook to help).  Booklet pages 2, 3, 4 should be done for Monday.   We also demonstrated the idea of "viscosity" (add definition into SciNB p. 73: viscosity- resistance to flow).  You can do this at home with corn syrup and corn oil (or vegetable oil).  Corn syrup is more gloppy and thicker, it is said to have a higher viscosity.  Corn oil is very thin and runny, it has a low viscosity.

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