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Homework Week of Jan. 30, 2012.
Homework Week of Jan. 23, 2012
Link to Chinese/English geology diagrams
Volcano Ash Animations
7th grade Computer Activity - Fossils
Homework Week of Jan. 17, 2012
MLA bibliography ... helpful hints
Volcano Project - assignment information
7th grade Computer Activity - Taxonomy
Homework Week of Jan. 9, 2012
Volcano Tab Booklet directions (page by page)
Natural Selection & Evolution games
Homework Week of Jan. 3, 2012



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 Monday, 30 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012 11:21:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )


6th grade- Rewrite/type rock & mineral notes (neatly) onto different paper from composition book
7th grade- Classifying Organisms Crossword puzzle

Tuesday-   6th graders: click here for today's 6th grade in class computer activity ;
                  7th graders: click here for today's 7th grade in class computer activity

6th grade- Rock/mineral project due Thursday  
7th grade- Answer the 4 Reading Check questions from Textbook pages 244-251.  (Reading Check questions are located on p. 245, 247, 249, 250.)


6th grade- Rock/mineral project due Thursday
7th grade- Finish classwork


6th grade- Study for Rock/mineral quiz tomorrow (chapter 2 lesson )
7th grade- Study for quiz on ch 6 lessons 1 and 4 tomorrow.

Friday- Enjoy weekend!

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 Monday, 23 January 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012 09:35:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( minerals, rocks, rock cycle | project | phylum poster )


6th grade- finish backside of Journey through the Rock Cycle
7th grade- Finish video questions from Animal Classification


6th grade- Rock cycle comic strip & ch 7 WIGWAP
7th grade- Research your animal phylum


6th grade- Rock/mineral research ..... assignment of the rock/mineral is based upon different criterion for each class - explained may click the blue underlined link to help you ...

first period mineral list: mineral must start with your first initial, and end with -ist
second period rock list: rock must start with your first initial,
third period list: You were assigned a state, research either the rock or mineral for the state you were assigned   .... unfortunately some states have neither a state rock, nor a state mineral.  I will assign a different state to you in class if your assigned state has neither a state rock nor a state mineral.

7th grade- Research your animal phylum  ..... lost the project directions? Click to download: 7.PhylumResearchPoster.pdf (73.33 KB)


6th grade- Rock /mineral research  ..... lost the project directions?  Click to download: 6.RockMineralTMproject.pdf (31.13 KB)
7th grade- Practice for presenation on phylum

Friday- enjoy your weekend!

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 Sunday, 22 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:51:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | bilingual diagrams | deep sea vents | ELD | plate boundaries | volcanoes )

Link to geology diagrams labeled in both Chinese (Cantonese?) and English.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012 18:58:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | animations | Atmosphere | interactive | Links to Video Clips | Moible Laptop Assignments | volcano ash | volcanoes )

Has animations showing the movement of volcanic ash after a volcano puffs out the ash.  (Has Mt. St. Helen's half way down the page)


Information on the Redoudt 1989 eruption - an airplane flew into the ash cloud in/near Alaska; all  4 engines stopped.  Had to descend, where engines restarted, and made an emergency landing in Alaska.

Volcano eruption images from space

Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:13:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 7th grade | animations | fossils | Games )

Warning: topics today deal with death & are morbid.

First:  Where will fossils form?  - Burrying Bodies

Second:  How are fossils formed? - Making Fossils

Third: Can you put together the skeleton?  - Skeleton Jigsaw

Fourth: start homework OR check out these options if you finish early & do not wish to start on your homework -

Fossil Fabricator (set up the right conditions to make a fossil) -

Layers of Time Game -

 Matching Fossils from different geologic times -


Fossil Hunting Game -

Footprints -

Camouflage -


Lost your handout from today?  Click to download:

7.CompFossilsHandout.pdf (28.96 KB)
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 Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:04:09 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Monday - no school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


6th grade- write an MLA format bibliography entry for p. 305 of textbook
7th grade- write one paragraph (4-6 sentences) about the natural selection of cuttlefish (use your thinking map from class)


6th grade- research your volcano  ..... volcanoes were assigned in class today for this Volcano Project.... click here to access assignment information and copies of the assignment.
7th grade- threatened / extinct / introduced species


6th grade- finish volcano project (due Friday for early etra credit, OR Monday for regualr credit - click on link to assignment information)
7th grade- threatened / extinct / introduced species   & finish computer activity from class today


6th grade- volcano project if not already turned in
7th grade- Enjoy weekend!    & finish Thursday's computer activity

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 Sunday, 15 January 2012
Sunday, 15 January 2012 20:40:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( bibliography | MLA format )


“Setting Indents for Paragraphs” Help Menu.  Pages ’09 (version 4.0.4) [Software]. 

Wass, Red. "MLA Documentation Guide." Library Services - Austin Community College. Austin Community College, 22 Nov. 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2012.


Copy and paste the pink text from above into a Pages document.  Practice following the directions to create a hanging indent in the bibliography.


How to make hanging indents in your typed bibliography .... To download directions from class, click here: HangingIndentInstructions.pdf (288.43 KB)


Link to helpful hints from Science Buddies:

                (the above link is the same/similar to hand out from class given to 6th graders before the Volcano project)

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Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:41:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( volcanoes | project | bibliography )

Due: Monday, 1/23/2012
.... you may turn it in early (on Friday the 20th for early extra credit)

To download a .pdf file which contains the following four items .... 6.ch7VolcanoFactSheetandSample.pdf (955.64 KB)

  • blank sheet to print out
  • sample already filled out
  • grading rubric (so you can see how many points sections are worth & the expectations for the bibliography)
  • additional page of information about different types of volcanoes from the USGS

To download a Word (.doc) file which you can type your information directly into & then print and turn in ....6ch7VolcDocument.doc (640.5 KB)


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 Saturday, 14 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:34:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 7th grade | classification | Moible Laptop Assignments | taxonomy )

Correct last night's definitions using the following resources THEN answer the folliwing questions  using the internet resources provided below.  Answers go on the back of last night's homework (or on a piece of binder paper & attach)

1. Extinct vs. endangered vs. threatened .....
     Introduced or invasive species .....

2. What are the 7 levels of classification?

The 7 levels of classification are Kingdom, P_______, C______, O________, F__________, G________, S________. 

3. To help you remember this, remember the phrase, "King Phillip Came Over For Good Spagetti".  Copy the quote onto your paper.

4. What are the 6 kingdoms of life?

The 6 kingdoms of life are: ______, _____, ______, _____, ______, ______.

5. Write the taxonomy of the nine-banded armadillo...

6. The nine-banded armadillo is a "chordate" - what does "chordate" mean? (use link from #5)

7. The nine-banded armadillo is the state animal for _________.

8. Draw the nine-banded armadillo. (may use link from #7)




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 Monday, 09 January 2012
Monday, 09 January 2012 15:09:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( Links to Video Clips | volcanoes )


6th grade- RE p, 77-81 - Read, highlight main ideas, answer questions.
7th grade- Answer TB p. 217 # 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9.  (use Full Complete Sentences and Restate the Question and/or create Thinking Maps)
         imprtant for 7th graders: be sure to finish answering the 7 questions from Friday's computer activity!  (can click here for links and questions)


6th grade- Finish pages 1 through 3 of Volcano tab booklet
7th grade- RE p. 64-68 - (these pages are in the packet we stapled together on Friday)   Read, highlight main ideas, answer questions.


6th grade- RE p, 82-84 - Read, highlight main ideas, answer questions.
7th grade- Read TB p. 221-223, answer TB p. 227 # 1, 3, 4, 5, 7.  (use Full Complete Sentences and Restate the Question and/or create Thinking Maps)


6th grade- Finish tab booklet & study for tomorrow's chapter 7 quiz.   Click for Volcano Tab Booklet directions page by page.
      click here to watch short video clip of a lahar shown in 6th grade classes
7th grade- Finish definitions & study for tomorrow's chapter 5 quiz.

Friday - all classes ..... There will be no school on Monday due to Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday - Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

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 Sunday, 08 January 2012
Sunday, 08 January 2012 11:13:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 6th grade | plate boundaries | volcanoes )

After putting together the pages of the volcano tab booklet in order, complete the following things....

p. 0 --> cover (no tab)

student's title for the booklet goes below the boxes,
student's name and class period goes below the title,
in the three boxes .... name & draw the 3 locations where volcanoes occur... (one picture must show subduction of the older, denser plate, and the volcano forming on the plate that floats)

p. 1, 2, 3 --> 3 Types, Others, Landforms&Features tabs

  • 2 details for each underlined term AND
  • an illustration for each underlined term

p. 4 --> Warning Signs tab

make a list of the warning signs that scientists use to predict eruptions (I include the monitoring volcanic activity section with this; include some detail for each)

p. 5 --> Volcano Hazards effect humans & habitats

record the 5 hazards (volcanic ash, landslides/lahars, gases, pyroclastic flows, lava flows) AND
define each hazard (no pictures required)


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 Friday, 06 January 2012
Friday, 06 January 2012 12:19:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 7th grade | Games | interactive | natural selection | evolution )

7th grade links to games on Natural Selection & Evolution....

Record your answers to the questions below each link on a piece of binder paper.

Natural Selection Game ....

1. What were the variations in the birds during the Natural Selection game?
2. What environmental factor caused the small seeds to disapppear?
3. What will happen if the finch cannot find anything to eat with its beak shape?
4. What might happen to a finch that had a mutation that made its beak a different shape from that of the parent birds?
5. Why did the ground finches with the big beaks survive?

Darwin's Evolution game ....

6. Make a thinking map to record the variations of the traits you could see in the "Things".
7. After playing the game four times, take the quiz - what is your thing's scientific name?

Finished early? Here is a game about natural selection in fish!  ....the  single guppy


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 Tuesday, 03 January 2012
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 12:09:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Monday- No school for students; welcome to 2012.

Tuesday- Clean out Science section in binder/folder, keep green sheet from first day if you still have it (6th graders also keep yellow ruler if they still have it). Finish Darwin's Voyage


6th grade- Read, highlight main ideas, answer questions in RE p. 73-76.
7th grade- RE pg 59-61  read highlight main ideas & answer questions along the sides of pages


6th grade- Make a list of 3 volcanoes in California, 2 volcanoes in Hawaii, & 1 that is on another planet.
7th grade-RE pg 62-63 read and highlght main ideas & answer questions along the sides of pages

Friday- Work on your New Year/Semester's Resolutions!  (Many of us make New Year Resolutions; sometimes it is to be more organized, eat healthier foods, get pleanty of sleep each night, ..... whatever your goals for 2012 may be, please work towards achieving them this weekend.  There is nothing to turn in for this.)

6th grade link (select the image of a volcano - upper left corner):

Click here for 7th grade computer activity from Friday.

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