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Friday, 1/7/11 there was an earthquake @ 4:10 pm in our area - here's some info....
Homework Week of Jan. 3, 2011
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 Monday, 31 January 2011
Monday, 31 January 2011 12:50:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Links to Video Clips )

M 1.31- Read TB p. 334-341, do SciNB p. 82, add "oxidation", "humus", "soil horizon", and "soil profile"
Forms were distributed to update your student's health information through their 5th period teacher.  Please fill out, sign and have your student return it to their 5° teacher immediately.  Thank you!

T 2.01- Finish SciNB p. 83, 84 and answer these Q's in SumIt boxes... on p. 83: Why are plants important in preventing erosion?  on p. 84: p. 341 # 7 AND Reading Check p. 337.  (FCS, RSQ).

W 2.03- Read TB p. 342-353, do SciNB p. 85, add: "meanders", "delta", "alluvial fan", "oxbow lake", "aqueduct", "levee"  (6 additional terms total)

R 2.04- Finish SciNB p. 86, 88, and study for open SciNB quiz on ch. 8 lessons 1 and 2 tomorow.

-Video showing Coastal Eroosion seen in class
(Note: to go to the link above requires parent supervision & permission because it is from YouTube)

-Longer original versions of the video:  (includes background information & is of a much higher quality; lacks the catchy music though)

F 2.05- chapter 2 lesson 2 WIGWAP

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 Sunday, 30 January 2011
Sunday, 30 January 2011 19:48:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Log into Portal as yourself (the student):


Counselor's Corner:

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Sunday, 30 January 2011 12:57:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Link to Parent Portal ... letters went home Jan. 24th in 5th period classes about usernames & passwords....

To see your student's grades in the new Parent Portal ....

first: Log In (info on letter that went home Monday in 5th period classes),
second: click on the link on the left side of the screen titled "Schedule",
 third: click the icon to select the class for which you would like to see the grades (make sure you are looking under semester 2, click where the little icon of the paper and pencil)

Note: On the left side of the screen, there is a link titled "To Do List" - this shows EVERYTHING that is unentered yet the due date has passed.  This could included assignments which have been collected, but have yet to be entered/ graded.  Please bear in mind, it tends to take a week to two weeks turn around time to grade the collected papers (depending upon the assignment and how many other papers have been recently collected). 

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 Monday, 24 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011 09:31:29 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 1.24- Read TB p. 86-92, finish SciNB p. 14, answer TB p. 101 #3 AND Visual Check p. 89 in SumIt box (FCS, RSQ)
Link to Parent Portal ... letters went home today in 5th period classes about usernames & passwords....

To see your student's grades in the new Parent Portal .... first Log In (info on letter that went home Monday in 5th period classes),
         second- click on the link on the left side of the screen titled "Schedule",
              third- click to select the class for which you would like to see the grades (make sure you are looking under semester 2)
Note: On the left side of the screen, there is a link titled "To Do List"

Absent today?  We looked at some mineral samples in class, and described some of the minerals using adjectives; we went over what makes something a mineral (instead of a rock, emphasis being that rocks contain minerals), and introduced the scratch test (used finger nail and steel nail to scratch the samples); the scratch test is used to help determine how hard a rock or mineral is.  We use Moh's hardness scale to compare how hard the rock or mineral is.  These topics will be read about tonight.

T 1.25-Read TB p. 94-96, finish SciNB p. 15, answer TB p. 101 # 1, 5, 9 in SumIt box (FCS, RSQ)

W 1.26- Read TB p. 97-101, finish SciNB p. 16, answer TB p. 101 #8 in SumIt box (NO FCS/RSQ this time)

R 1.27- Do SciNB p. 13, AND study for tomorrow's quiz on ch 2 lesson 2 (minerals & rocks; will be open SciNB)

F 1.28- chapter 7 quiz WIGWAP (required if scored at or below 80% ... since 25 points were possible, this means students who scored at or below 20 points are required to do the WIGWAP)

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 Friday, 14 January 2011
Friday, 14 January 2011 20:16:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Links to Video Clips )

M 1.17- Martin Luther King Jr. Day  -- No School    (reminder, be sure to complete the activity titled "Volcanoes and Plate Boundaries" since it is due Tuesday the 18th)

T 1.18- Research for Bookmark project.  Project due Thursday at the beginning of class.  (Project requirements are listed at the end of last week's homework.)

W 1.19- Finish last part of Bookmark project & do SciNB p. 76 (should be the vocabulary page that goes with reading ch 7 lesson 3, page numbers to be double checked and typed in on the 18th when we return to school)

R 1.20- Study for tomorrow's quiz on chapter 7  - be sure to complete SciNB p. 77, 78, and 79 to assist you with tomorrow's quiz which will be open SciNB (meaning you can use your SciNB during the quiz). 
Absent today?  Completed SciNB p. 77, and should have SciNB p. 78 and 79 done for tomorrow's quiz.  We started filling them in class during the presentations. 

F 1.21- ch 2 lesson 1 WIGWAP (required if scored 80% or lower ... this means if total was 16 OR fewer, WIGWAP is required).  Can be done on binder paper in the usual format, or you may download and print the form by clicking link: QuizWIGWAP.pdf (40.62 KB)

Interesting link about a volcano that formed in a field on a farm in Mexico over a very short period of time....

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 Monday, 10 January 2011
Monday, 10 January 2011 10:19:41 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Links to Video Clips )

M 1.10- Read TB p. 294-299, do SciNB p. 70, and answer TB p. 299 # 3, 6 in SciNB p. 71.
    Absent today?  Wrote HW for the week, took & corrected ch 2 lesson 1 quiz, short introduction to volcanoes (vocabulary:  magma, lava, viscosity, types of eruptions)

T 1.11- Finish SciNB p. 71, 72 and answer TB p. 299 # 1, 2 in SciNB SumIt box p. 72
    Absent today? Watched beginning of "How the Earth Was Made - Iceland" (stopped at 19 minutes and 17 seconds).  Can be viewed online, click here for link to view on SchoolTube also started notes for SciNB p. 71, 72 to be completed at home.

W 1.12- Read TB p. 301-311, do SciNB p. 73, add "composition"
    Absent today?  Started Lab Activity titled Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics.  Students are to complete # 1 - 3 on the worksheet before leaving, and complete the remaining questions as their homework Friday night.  Copy of activity may be downloaded by opening attached file: VolcanoesPlateBoundActBAESImod.pdf (440.76 KB)

Announcement: Thursday night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the Almaden Valley Library will have David Aguilar, an astronomer & author talk about outer space.  Click here to see link with more info.

R 1.13- Finish SciNB p. 74, 75 and answer Q's in SumIt Boxes:  TB p. 311 # 1, 6, and Reading Checks on p. 304 (both)
    Absent today?  Students took outline style notes (to be completed & filled in at home) and viewed some of How the Earth Was Made - Krakatoa" (first 10 to 15  minutes depending upon the class).  Can be viewed online, click here for link to view on School Tube.

F 1.14- Finish lab activity (questions # 4-8, we started this activity on Wed. 1.12 in class)
   Absent today?  We started the Bookmark Project.  Pairs of students were assigned a topic to research based on chapter 7 lessons 2 or 3. Requirements of the project are below; the majority of class time was given today in class to begin, additional time will be provided on both Tuesday & Wednesday.

Bookmark Project requirements:

o    2 or more illustrations of the idea(s) (pictures, sketches, etc.*)

o   Written/typed definition and/or explanation of the ideas in the assigned topic

o    Include a map to show where an example can be found, or an area effected by the topic

o    Title & authors

o    Neatness counts

o    Colorful with accurate information

o    Bookmark size options are on handout


*Optional: You could create a 3-D model to go with your bookmark.  The model would count as ONE of the illustrations; model MUST be able to fit inside of Mrs. Fischer’s shoebox.


Project Due Date: Thursday, Jan. 20 at the beginning of class.

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 Friday, 07 January 2011
Friday, 07 January 2011 21:27:45 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Did you feel Friday's earthquake which occurred at 4:10 p.m.?

       I did not feel it, but others certainly did. Here are some links related to the earthquake....

A Mercalli map showing the shake intensity of the earthquake - Remember that the modified Mercalli scale shown below the map uses Roman Numerals and color shading to show how strong the shaking was felt in different areas.

Map showing likelihood of liquefaction in our area - If you felt the earthquake, what color is your area on the map? (My prediction: you were in the green/pink/red area, OR really close to the epicenter, OR you were in a building on the 2nd+ level.)

Tell the United States Geologic Survey about what your family felt - The experience you report to the USGS is used to add more information onto the shake intensity map shown in the first link.

Information about the earthquake itself - (includes the magnitude, latitude & longitude coordinates, time and depth of the earthquake)

Map showing magnitudes & epicenters of earthquakes within the last week for our area - Can you find Bret Harte on the map?

Local news report about the earthquake

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 Tuesday, 04 January 2011
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 11:12:08 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Welcome back to the Spring 2011 semester!  You'll notice that the Portal (the new version of PIV) is not up and running yet since the district is transitioning us into a new system our gradebook & the school records.

M 1.3- No School for students today

T 1.4- Read TB p. 78-85, do SciNB p. 10

W 1.5- Do study guide (hand out)

R 1.6- Uplift vs. Erosion Foldable ... click link to download document: UpliftVSerosionFoldable.pdf (92.09 KB) (note, the totals might not add up)

F 1.7- Study for quiz on Monday (ch 2 lesson 1)


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 Saturday, 01 January 2011
Saturday, 01 January 2011 19:39:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Absent Monday 2/14 through Wednesday 2/16? Please complete the following....

  • Read TB p. 131-137.
  • Do SciNB p. 25.
  • Do SciNB p. 26, and answer TB p. 137 # 4 and 5 in Sum It box.
  • Do SciNB p. 27, and answer TB p. 2, 3, 7, 9 in Sum It box.

Absent Thursday 2/17 through Friday 2/18? Please complete the following....

  • Read TB p. 139-143.
  • Do SciNB p. 28 (add "thermal energy").
  • Do SciNB p. 29, and answer TB p. 143 # 2, 6 in Sum It box.
  • Do SciNB p. 30, and answer TB p. 143 # 1, 7, 8 in Sum It box.
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