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 Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 12:49:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 2.22- Read TB p. 382-385, do SciNB p. 94, add "concentration", answer Visual Reading Check p. 385 & Reading VisualCheck p. 387 in SciNB p. 95 SumIt box (FCS, RSQ).  Reminder: extra credit due tomorrow.

Absent Moday?  Learned about the composition of the atmosphere, and the layers of the atmosphere (did SciNB p. 95).  Knowing the composition of the atmosphere and about the layers of the atmosphere leads intohow energy is transfered to earth through radiation (standard 4) and the greenhouse effect.  These also provide a basis for the end of the year when we learn about ecology & resources on Earth and how our personal choices can help to influence the amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere.

T 2.23- Finish SciNB p. 96, answer TB p. 390 # 8, 9, 10 in SciNB p. 94 Sum It box (FCS, RSQ)

Absent Tuesday? Science Benchmark #4 & collected extra credit.

W 2.24- Read TB p. 386-390, answer TB p. 390 # 4, 5 in SciNB p. 97 (FCS, RSQ), finish SciNB p. 97.

Absent Wednesday?  Students were given a blue foldable paper on the atmosphere; we identified the following parts of waves:  wavelength, crest, trough, amplitude, wavelength and frequency.  We solved a few problems that had positive and negative exponents (102=100, 101=10, 100=1,  10-1= 0.1,  10-2= 0.01) so we could understand what the exponents do to the value of the answer; the more positive the exponent, the larger the number.  The more negative the exponent, the smaller the number.  We then practicedordering wavelengths (10 -2 is smaller than 10-1   which is smaler than 102 ) and put the different electromagentic waves in order from shortest wavelength to longest wavelength.  Took notes on each of the types of electromagnetic waves & how they are used (on the blue foldable paper).

R 2.25- Read TB p. 393-400, do SciNB p. 98 add "vacuum", answer TB p. 400 # 2, 3 in SciNB p. 99 (FCS, RSQ)

Absent Thursday? Quickly reviewed the composistion of the atmospherre, layers of the atmosphere, and  filled in more of the blue foldable, including the wavelengths of the visible color spectrum.  The blue foldable paper should look pretty close to being complete when students leave the room today.  Started going over last night's homework.

F 2.26- Finish SciNB p. 99 & 100.  Announcement: Ch. 9 test on Friday, 3/5.

Absent Friday?  We worked on SciNB p. 99 & 100, answered TB p. 400 # 1, 6, 9 in the SumIt box p. 100 of SciNB (FCS, RSQ).  Also watched a Brain Pop on Global Warming with Tim & Mobi.  Click here to watch it at home:

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 Monday, 08 February 2010
Monday, 08 February 2010 09:33:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 2.8- Read TB p. 347-353, answer TB p. 352 Reading Check, and TB p. 353 # 2, 3, 6, 8 (on binder paper, use FCS, RSQ)

Absent Monday?  We created the "River Run" model (be sure to read directions), and "Formation of a Stream Valley" worksheet (back side of directions).

T 2.9- Finish classwork & SciNB p. 82, add "oxidation", "humus", "soil horizon", "soil profile"
Reminder: Effects of Rock Cycle is due tomorrow.

Absent Tuesday?  Corrected/went over "Formation of a Stream Valley" from yesterday, did the Lab: Weathering Effets of Gravel on Sugar Cubes (make sure you finished your conclusion!), and did SciNB p. 85 -add the terms: "meanders", "delta", "alluvial fan", "oxbow lake".  Homework Check #7 was distrubuted in 5° and 6°, it will be distributed to the other classes tomorrow.  Click to here (HWcheck7.pdf (42.22 KB)) to download .pdf version of Homework Check #7.

W 2.10- Review assignment; test tomorrow.

Absent Wednesday? Do Review Assignment on ch. 8 and chapter 2 lesson 2

R 2.11- Homework Check due tomorrow; chapter 7 test reflection & WIGWAY

Absent Thursday?  You have a test to make up, ch 7 tests returned with Reflection/WIGWAY paper.

F 2.12- Extra credit options

Absent Friday?  You have Homework Check #7 to make up; extra credit option distributed - it is worth a total of 25 points.  All of the assignment must be attempted or I will not grade the extra credit.  It is due Tuesday, 2/23.  Click to download extra credit: ExtraCreditOptionVPB.pdf (477.91 KB)

By the way:  Would you like to get ahead?  We will be moving into Earth's Atmosphere next!  You're welcome to start reading chapter 9 (starts at p. 382) and learning about ROY G BIV.  He's a pretty neat "guy".  Enjoy your vacation!

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 Monday, 01 February 2010
Monday, 01 February 2010 10:21:28 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 2/1- Read TB p. 355-357, answer Reading Check p. 356 in SumIt box SciNB p. 90, AND do SciNB p. 90.
Note: the due date for the Effects of Rock Cycle has been extended - it is now due Wed. 2/10.  Let me know if you need help finding a disaster or event to write about.  Need an additional copy?  Look at last weeks homework postings- there is are downloadable versions in both pdf & Word.  If it's completed & turned in on or before Fri 2/5, you can get 5 additional extra credit points.

Absent Monday? Write homework for the week, did SciNB p. 83, started the "Lab: Weathering Effects of Water and Salt on Steel" - entered observations for day 1.  (handout needed)

T 2/2- Read TB p. 357-361, do SciNB p. 91, answer TB p. 361 #5, and Reading Check p. 359 in SciNB p. 91.

Absent Tuesday? Entered observations for day 2 of "Lab: Weathering Effects of Water and Salt on Steel",did "Lab: Weathering Effects of Water on Antacid Tablets" (comparing the reactions of whole and crushed tablets; similar to the weathering of acidic water on rocks when whole vs crushed), and started homework if done early. (lab is on back of yesterday's handout)

W 2/3- Do SciNB p. 89, add "playas", "V-shaped valley", "U-shaped valley", "meandering rivers", "arroyo".

Absent Wednesday? Entered observations for day 3 of "Lab: Weathering Effects of Water and Salt on Steel".  Went over conclusion from yesterday's lab, did SciNB p. 84, and started homework if done early.

R 2/4- Read TB p. 342-346, do SciNB p. 86 and answer Reading Check TB p. 344.

Absent Thursday? Entered observations for day 4 of "Lab: Weathering Effects of Water and Salt on Steel".  Learned about the development of a stream, it's characteristics, reviewed agents of erosion and their effects, and reviewed weathering and erosion (requires students to cut, match, glue, and fill out; three handouts needed)

F 2/5- Reminder: Effects of Rock Cycle due Wed. 2/10;
Announcement: Thursday, 2/11 there is a test on Chapter 8 and ch 2 lesson 2 (rocks, minerals, rock cycle, using balance & graduated cylinder, density)

Absent Friday? Entered observations for day 5 of "Lab: Weathering Effects of Water and Salt on Steel", did the conclusion, went over papers from yesterday, recieved list of items in Homework Check.

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