Thursday, April 24, 2014

All periods except Period 6 are excused from homework tonight.

Period 6 homework:
1.  Copy the following definitions into your science notebook vocab section.  You will need to show this to me in class tomorrow:

Ecologists – scientists who study 
relationships between organisms and 
Evidence – reproducible data or other 
information that is helpful in forming a
 conclusion supported by data.
trade-offs-  Any desired outcome (or 
advantage) that must be given up when one 
option is chosen over another during a 
decision-making process.  Compromise 
decision  when each choice involves both 
advantages and disadvantages.  

2. In your science notes, please write at least one paragraph about the differences between the old definition and the new one.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Period 6 and 1 classes were assigned to write a Reflection on a Separate Piece of  Paper. As members of an IB community, we try to be Reflective, which means we:

Write 3 sentences about a time when you were Reflective. For example, was there a time when you looked back and thought about how you could improve something that you'd done, like how you wrote a paper, or how you answered a test question?   

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tonight's homework:
Current Event: Frog Study Receives National Geographic's 7000th Research Grant.  Read the article and answer questions.
If you did not get the article, then read the article on line at :
Then answer the following questions:
Name___________________________________    Date_________
Current Event Form A
1. title of Article: _____________
2. Author's Name: _______________
3. Source (what website, newspaper or magazine published it)? __________________________
4. Date of Article: ______________________________________
5. Summary - read the article, and using complete written sentences, briefly:
a. Focus on the main idea (what is important in the article):
b. Strengthen it with supporting details (3 or more):
c. USE YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!!! Just repeating what the author wrote will get you a 0.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Water Unit Study Guide, pt. 2

15. Corrected version: H = 4 cm, L = 6cm, w = 2 cm
   A (top)= L      x     W
   A        = 6 cm x  2 cm= 12 cm2
    V =   L      x     W    x   H
    V = 6 cm x  2 cm    x   4cm = 48 cm3
D = m/v  (where mas sis given as 24 g)
   =  24g/48 cm3 = ____ g/cm3          

16. water            

                                 oF          oC

           melts at:   32            0
           boils at:    212         100

17. Elements vs. Compounds: 

  •        consists of only one kind of atom,
  •        cannot be broken down into a simpler type of matter, and
  •        can exist as either atoms (e.g. argon) or molecules (e.g., nitrogen).
  •        consists of atoms of two or more different elements bonded (bound) together,
  •        can be broken down into a simpler type of matter (elements) by chemical means (but not by physical means),
  •        has properties that are different from its component elements, and
  •         always contains the same ratio of its component atoms.
Both: made up of atoms

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Due tomorrow:
1) Lab Report for Test Water Quality
2) Water Unit Study Guide pt. 1 (pt 2 was handed out in class or at lunch for each class.  It is due on Monday, but you have the option of working on it Thursday night if your other homework is ready to hand in).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Homework tonight:
Read Activity 47, Acids, Bases, and the pH Scale.
Use information from the reading to fill out the Directed Reading Table.
Answer AQs 1-5 on the packet or a separate piece of paper. 

If you forgot your packet at home, Mom and Dad will be pleased to know you can access it:

b) Then, find the column of links on the right side.
c) The 14th link is SEPUP e-book new sign in page . Click on that link.
d) Type in the user name rms21 and the password mgoldsmith.
e) Click on the yellow book on the left side of the screen, Issues and Physical Science
g)   Find the icons on the left margin and click on the third one down from the top (Table of Contents).
h ) click on Activity 47, Acids, Bases and the pH Scale. This is what you should read, and you can also find the Analysis Questions to answer.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Homework tonight:
Read Activity 43, Municipal Water Treatment and answer the questions (STTs 1-4 and AQs 1-6) on the packet or a separate piece of paper.

If you forgot your packet at home, Mom and Dad will be pleased to know you can access it through this link:
- OR if that doesn't work,

b) Then, find the column of links on the right side.
c) The 14th link is SEPUP e-book new sign in page . Click on that link.
d) Type in the user name ___________ and the password __________..
e) Click on the yellow book on the left side of the screen, Issues and Physical Science
g)   Find the icons on the left margin and click on the third one down from the top (Table of Contents).
h ) click on Activity 43, Municipal Water Treatment. This is what you should read.

Extra credit opportunity: propose a quiz question (with answer) for this homework tonight.  If I have enough good questions, I will do a short homework quiz tomorrow. And you'll already know one of the answers! I'll publish the questions on the blog, so be sure to give me only your first name and last initial when you send a comment to the blog!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Let's finish 3rd Quarter strongly:
Tonight's Homework: Act. 41 Lab Report
It's due on Friday, but I want to see how far you can get tomorrow.  DO NOT come in with nothing done on this!  Homework is going to be intense this week.  Here is planned (tentative) homework for the next week:

  • Tuesday: Municipal Water Treatment – Reading and Answering questions 
  • Wed.: Acids, Bases and the pH scale – reading and answering questions
  • Thurs: Write Lab Report  - Final copy due on Friday
  • Fri (yes, seriously!): pt 2 of Water Unit Study Guide 
  • Monday:  study Water Unit Study Guide 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Homework tonight: If you are in Period 2 or 6, write a Problem in your science notebook based on Activity 41 (Testing Water Quality), which you can see online using the SEPUP/Lab-Aids e-book Link at: SEPUP e-book new sign in page (rms21, mgoldsmith). Period 1 should have a Problem and a Hypothesis written in your science notebook. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Late post: your homework tonight is to work on your Water Unit Study Guide part 1.  All classes should answer all questions on page 1, but my period 1 class should answer all questions on page 2.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

No homework tonight!  But if you owe me something, this would be a good night to work on it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Homework tonight:
For homework tonight: from the blog, copy vocab words to notes, copy words + definitions to vocab section. Be sure to the note at the bottom of this post!
Variable - Any factor that can change the outcome of an experiment.
Controlled variable - A variable in an investigation or experiment that is held constant.
Dependent variable - The observed phenomenon that is being measured; the result that you measure at the end.
Dissolve - To break down into smaller particles using a solvent. A solute (like sugar) dissolves into a solvent (like water) to form a solution.
Independent variable - the variable that an experimenter chooses to change or manipulate, or play with.
Physical change - (you should already have this definition) Change that does not alter the composition of a material. Ex: change of state; breaking up a piece of material into smaller pieces.
Saturated, saturation - When the maximum amount of a substance (a solute) has dissolved in a solvent.
Soluble, insoluble - A substance that is able to dissolve in a solvent (liquid or gas).
Solubility - how well a substance can dissolve in a certain solvent such as water; solubility can be measured and varies from substance to substance.
Solute/solvent - the solute is a substance that dissolves in the solvent. Ex: sugar in water
Solution- The mixture that results when one substance, the solute, dissolves in the solvent, another substance - usually a liquid such as water.

If you already copied all of these vocab words, then please prepare a word wall vocab card using one of these words and their definitions.   Word wall cards must be on a regular size (81/2 x 11 inch) piece of paper or half a sheet.  Make it colorful and creative, make the defined word large and its definition small. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Go Raptors! See the report on the efforts of Rippowam students and Ms. Gibson to raise funds for Jesse's playground at

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Frayer diagram (4 words) due at next class
For tomorrow's Field Trip, go to your 1st block class on a B day, and at 8:25, then:
  • Period 1 class goes to Mr. Miller
  • Period 2 class goes to Ms. Diedrickson
  • Period 5 class stays with me
  • Period 6 class goes to Ms. Jacobs

Monday, March 17, 2014

3/17/14- Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!
All classes:  make sure you get your Revised Permission Slips signed for our Soundwaters field trip to the Cove on Thursday. 

Periods 2 and 5: Write a Reflection on what you learned in class today about science.Make sure you write 5 good sentences.

Periods 6 and 1, copy the following vocabulary into your science notebooks: 
The vocab words go in your notes, the words + definitions go in your vocab section!
gas - substance that has no definite shape or volume; gas particles spread far apart.
liquid - substance with definite volume but no definite shape; particles in a liquid spread far apart enough to flow or pour and take.
particles - characteristic smaller pieces or parts, such as atoms or molecules, that all substances are made of. Ex: Water is a compound made of identical water molecules; element gold is made of identical gold atoms.
phase - a homogeneous state of matter - gas, liquid, or solid. During phase change, the particles do not change, the only change is arrangement & distance between particles.
physical change - difference in appearance that does not change the make up of the particles. Ex: break or tear material into smaller pieces; during a phase change from solid to liquid (melting), liquid to gas (boiling, evaporating), solid to gas (sublimation), gas to liquid (condensing), or liquid to solid (freezing).
physical properties - A characteristic of a substance or material, such as color, density, flexibility, hardness. These properties help identify pure substances and don't change if the sample is large or very small. They are intrinsic properties.
quantitative data - measurements, such as volume or mass
qualitative - characteristics people can perceive without making measurements.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Complete the Activity 33 organizer/worksheet.
Periods 5 and 6 should complete the Current Event on water use. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Complete the Activity 33 organizer/worksheet
(though 1st period class is only required to complete through paragraph 2).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Period 6 : Using the Activity 33 organizer/worksheet, write out at least the first paragraph of your letter to the London Health Department.
Period 1: Answer AQs 1-2 on p. C-20.
Period 2:
Period 5: 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Homework for the Period 5 and 6 classes is to answer Analysis Questions 1-3, p. C-20.  Link through the links to the right SEPUP e-book new sign in page.

Periods 1 and 2 have no homework tonight.  : ) from Raul

Extra credit: watch an episode of Cosmos and write a 5 sentence reflection about what you learned from the show in your science notebook. 10 pm tonight on National Geographic channel (don't stay up that late - use your DVR: next episode on Fox on Sunday night 9 pm).

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Homework tonight: read "The Periodic Table Expands Once Again" and answer the 4 Common Core questions.  Be sure to R.A.C.E. the answers!  
R = Restate the question;
A = Answer the question;
C = Cite evidence; and
E = Explain how the evidence that you cited supports your answer.
For this activity, check your work against the R.A.C.E. rubric to get your best possible result. No Fail areas are:
1) Restate the question - Remove the 'W' word and Question mark, move the verb (ex: are) so the statement makes sense; and then
       2)  Cite Evidence - signal that you're bringing in information from the text by starting your sentence with something like: "The text says...", "It says in paragraph __ that...", "Evidence includes....", "I know this because ......" "The author states.....", or "I read that......".

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tonight's homework:
Answer questions for "Women Bear the Weight of Water" in complete sentences on a separate piece of paper.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sorry for the late post.
Homework tonight: Periods 1 and 2 have a current event on contaminated well water in Stamford, and periods 5 and 6 have analysis questions from today's lesson, Willow Grove's Troubled Waters (Activity 31- see page C-10).