Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Update for Thurs.,  5/21/15  - No Homework!

Homework for last night: 
5-5 What Are Volcanoes? Answer all questions or get a zero for the assignment. 

This Week's Newsletter: 
Busy Busy Busy!!!  Events coming up:           
May 21st   3rd Quarter Honors Ceremony 
May 22nd   High Honors Afternoon play
May 26th   RaptorDash fund-raising deadline
May 27
th   RaptorDash Assembly; School Governance Council Meeting      .                 Rm. 128 at 3:30.
May 28th   RaptorDash 
May 29th   The Wiz, performed by Rippowam Drama at 7:30 pm.
May 30th   The Wiz, performed by Rippowam Drama at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
June 1st/2nd  ELA Finals 6th and 7th Grade 
Jun 4th      7th Grade Science test: Plate Tectonics/ Earthquakes/volcanoes
June 4th /5th ELA Finals 8th Grade
June 5th   7th-grade Trip to Lake Compounce 
Jun 8-10  Review for 7th Grade Science Finals
June 10th  8th grade to Holiday Hill
June 11th
 Science Finals (6th? 8th? All? TBD)
June 12th  7th Grade Science Finals (requested); 8th grade Poetry Slam
          June 15th  Yearbook Distribution 
  June 16th  5th Grade Moving Up -9am- Main CafĂ©
June 16th           8th Grade Picnic 12pm-2pm (weather permitting) 
  June 17th  Honors Luncheon (12pm); Early Release 
June 18th EarlyRelease                                                                                                   June 19th  Moving Up Day for 8th Graders; Last Day of School for all  .                                              studentsEarly Release

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5/12/15-
Study for tomorrow's test on Soil, Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition.  

You should have your Study Guide with the answers that we went over in class. Please see the answers reproduced below.

MAKE SURE YOU BRING A WRITING INSTRUMENT: PEN OR PENCIL TO THE TEST!


Name ________________________ Class _________ Date ___________

Soil, Weathering, Erosion, Deposition Study Guide

1.     What is soil made of?
        Soil is made up of sand, silt, clay, water, air and organic matter.

2.     What is weathering?
Breaking up of rock into smaller pieces over time

3.     What are the two classes or types of weathering? Give examples of each.
Chemical (ex: acid rain, plant acids) and mechanical (ex:temperature changes, ice wedging, animal action, plant action, etc.).

4.     What is erosion?
The movement of weathered rock by wind, water, ice or gravity.

5.     Glaciers:

a.       What is a glacier?
                           a large mass of moving ice and snow.

b.      Which Earth Processes are caused by glaciers? and
             Erosion; deposition when it melts.

c.       How can glaciers re-shape the land?
                      Erosion of walls of mountains to create U-shaped valleys,also moraines (piles of soil, rock, debris left by a glacier.  Ex: Long Island).

 
6.     What are agents (causes) of erosion are likely to act on the landforms shown in the table below?

Tall mountain (especially North)
Erosion from wind, ice/glaciers
Marsh
Erosion from flowing water, rain, flood
Hill
Erosion from flowing rain water, wind, etc
Seaside Cliff
Erosion from ocean waves; rain water flowing over the edge of the cliff.
Wide Valley near rolling hills
Erosion from flowing water (any river, rain from hills water collects over large area of hills and then flows down hills into valley)
Plain near a River
Erosion from flowing water (flooding river)


         7.     What is deposition?

Deposition is when eroded soil, or sediment, settles and piles up to enlarge or make new areas of land.

8.     What is a constructive force?

An Earth process that builds up structures on land.

9.     What is a destructive force?

An Earth process that tears down earth materials.

 
10.  Distinguish between weathering, erosion and deposition:

a.       Can you have deposition without erosion?  Why or why not?
No, because if the material isn’t moved, then it can’t be collected to a certain spot. 
Alternative answer: Deposition is when eroded soil, or sediment, piles up to enlarge or make new areas of land. It is only soils that have been eroded that pile up to make land, so you cannot have deposition without erosion.

b.      Can you have erosion without weathering?  Why or why not?
        No. Erosion is when weathered rock gets carried away by wind, water, ice or gravity. Since weathered rock is necessarily part of this process, erosion cannot happen without weathering.

c.       Which Earth Process (weathering, erosion and/or deposition) is a constructive force? Give an example of a landform that can be made by each constructive Earth Process
Deposition is a constructive force, because it makes new or expands existing land, such as deltas, plains, glacial deposits (a/k/a moraines).  Erosion can be constructive when it makes new land forms such as canyons, beach.

d.      Which Earth Process (weathering, erosion and/or deposition) is a destructive force? Give an example of a landform that can be taken down  by each destructive Earth Process
Weathering, the breakup of rock, is a destructive process. Erosion can be a destructive force when it remove particles from land forms such as mountain, seasisde cliff

11.  Fill out the table below to compare advantages and disadvantages of building on certain Landforms:

Landform
Advantages (give two)
Disadvantages(give two)
Marsh
 
 
 
low, easy to access, easy to fill in, no need to build protective structures.
Wet,loose soil, Structures built on this may flood or sink. Some erosion. Sediments deposited here may need to be redirected.
Hill
 
 
 
 elevated areas make flooding unlikely. Hilltops can be used to even out valleys.
Building on changing/ irregular levels.  Erosion, mudslides poss., low rate of deposition; some homes are built on lower levels. Need to flatten hills valleys.
Seaside Cliff
 
 

No flooding. Built on erosion resistant soil /earth materials.
Under attack from several agents of erosion; undermining.
Wide Valley near rolling hills
 
 
 
Building on flat lands, no need to build protective structures.
Some erosion possible (water, ice), mudslide, as is flooding from water washing down from hills. 
Plain near a River
 
 
 
Building on flat lands, water supply nearby, no protective structures.
Some erosion & weathering flooding from water from hills mudslide,
Banks of a river
 
 
 
water supply nearby, easy to level silt/clay sediments for flat building surface
Non-absorbent soil. Flood over bFlood, sink, erosion likely.
Next to a beach
 
 
 
easy to level
Structures built on this may flood or shift. Erosion likely.
Bottom of hill near small Lake
 
 
 
Water can flood down hill. Structures built on this may flood, mudslide, buried in sediments, Erosion.

 

12.  How does human activity, such as construction, affect the land? 

Human activity tends to speed up earth processes.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Homework for 5/11/15: Answer all remaining questions on Study Guide, pp. 1 & 2.  
Events coming up:     
              May 12th   7th Grade (A house) Field Trip to Wax Museum & Bodies Exh.

  May 13th   7th Gr Science Test (tentative); Faculty vs. Student volleyball Game; Early Release
             May 14th   7th Grade (B house) Field Trip to Wax Museum & Bodies Exh.

May 16th   STEMfest.   Come see Mr. Sapia and our Rippowam Raptor 
                   Robotics Team at Mill River Park 10 am to 4 pm
May 21st   
May 21st   3rd Quarter Honors Ceremony
May 28th    RaptorDash 
May 29th, 30th - Musical Production at Rippowam
June 1st/2nd  ELA Finals 6th and 7th Grade 
June 4th /5th ELA Finals 8th Grade
June 5th  7th grade Trip to Lake Compounce 
June 10th  8th grade to Holiday Hill
June 11th  Science Finals (6th? 8th? All? TBD)
June 12th  7th Grade Science Finals (requested); 8th grade Poetry Slam
          June 16th  5th Grade Moving Up (Time TBD)
          June 17th  Honors Luncheon (12pm); Early Release

          June 18th   Early Release
          June 19th  Moving Up Day for 8th Graders, Last Day of School for students, Early Release.

           

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May 26, 2015  No Homework
 
May 7, 2015 - Homework: Answer all questions, p. 1 of the Soil Weathering Erosion Deposition Study Guide to prepare for test on Wed., May 13.  If you are unable to answer some questions on p. 1, answer the equivalent number of questions from p. 2.


May 4, 2015 - Homework today: Dig In Lab Reports.  Most students in Period 3, and about half the students in Period 2, need to finish drafting the Data and Conclusion sections (contents are shown below under the May 1 entry) for the experiment we demonstrated today. Other students are working on writing or typing (student choice) their Final Copy of the Lab Report. Lab Reports are due on Wednesday, May 6.  

Period 3 also has to write flash cards for a quiz on variables.

This Week's Newsletter: 
Busy Busy Busy!!!  Events coming up: 
          May 8th   School Dance, admission $10
          May 8th deadline for Permission Slips and money for Lake Compounce trip 
May 12th   7th Grade (A house) Field Trip to Wax Museum & Bodies Exh.
            May 13th   7th Gr Science Test (tentative)
                 Faculty vs. Student volleyball Game; Early Release
             May 14th   7th Grade (B house) Field Trip to Wax Museum & Bodies Exh.
May 16th   STEMfest.   Come see Mr. Sapia and our Rippowam Raptor 
                   Robotics Team at Mill River Park 10 am to 4 pm
May 21st   3rd Quarter Honors Ceremony
May 28th   RaptorDash
June 1st/2nd  ELA Finals 6th and 7th Grade 

June 4th /5th ELA Finals 8th Grade
June 5th  7th grade Trip to Lake Compounce 
June 10th  8th grade to Holiday Hill
June 11th  Science Finals (6th? 8th? All? TBD)
June 12th  7th Grade Science Finals (requested); 8th grade Poetry Slam
          June 16th  5th Grade Moving Up (Time TBD)
          June 17th  Honors Luncheon (12pm) Early Release

School Board action from last week makes it necessary to update my Newsletter (new info shown in red): 
  • Wednesday 6/17 - Early Release
  • Thursday 6/18 - Early Release
  • Friday 6/19 -     Early Release and Moving Up Day for 8th Graders and Last Day of School for all students.

May 1, 2015 -  Parents -  Big News - Ask your students about the Rippowam Raptor Dash; an entry form should come home today.

My students have spent much of this week viewing and working on a draft report for the Dig-In lab.  We've done much of the report in class during SBAC testing week.  The final version of the Lab Report will be due on Wednesday (not Tuesday). Students are being given this early notice in case they want to work on their report over the weekend, but are not required by me to write the report over the weekend.  The information shown in blue, below, are instructions or guidelines, and should not be copied into the report.

1.For your Data section:
     * insert a completed data table,
     * graph the data, and
     * show the mean, median and mode, if any. 
     *Then, write a paragraph that puts your observations in sentence form. Discuss your Data, including the amounts of water percolated through, and absorbed by, the soil; and which soil would be best for a) building, and b) gardening, and say why.

2.Outline a Conclusion that answers the following questions:       

          a. According to your data, was your hypothesis correct?  [Be reasonable]

        b. How would you improve the lab?

        c. Did you make any errors? Were there any variables that you did not control?  Is there anything you would do differently?

        d. What new question(s) do you have about soil absorbency and percolation that you could answer with another experiment?            

         e. What would you do for a follow-up experiment? 

3.Now, label and re-write parts into a final draft:                             

        I. Problem
          II. Hypothesis
          III. Materials
          IV. Procedures / Experimental Design
          V. Data & Analysis
         Vi. Conclusions

April 27, 2015  - No homework today.  Since we are in SBAC testing during the week of 4/27/15 through 5/1/15, I will not be giving homework this week.

Homework for 4/23/15 - Homework for Thursday night is a worksheet:
8-4 What Landforms Does Running Water Create?

A Message to Parents:

As you may have noticed, I have not been giving a lot of homework lately, so my blog has been unusually inactive.

A few parents just explained to me, however,  how much they would like better communication.  So I'm going to experiment.

Newsletter:
First, some news about upcoming events:
  • Garden Club sign ups in progress, will run on Thursday afternoons after school.
  • SoundWaters visits Rippowam on the morning of Friday, April 24th about an exciting, new after-school program this spring: an introduction to sailing.  They will be coming to Rippowam to speak to students directly about their program and hope to get more students to sign up.  SoundWaters will pick up students at Ripp after school, and the best part is....the program is free!  Learn to sail for free!  I wish I was 12 again.....uhhh, no I don't.  The program begins in less than a month. 
  • To help beautify the office courtyard I need to move 1 or 2 cubic yards of topsoil that the City will deliver.  I will be coming in on a Saturday, probably May 2.  Any parents willing to volunteer?  Please E-mail me at mgoldsmith@stamfordct.gov.  
  • Field Trip to Lake Compounce set for June 5. Permission slips and money are due no later than May 8th.
  • School Dance coming up on May 8th, admission $10, Ripp students only . Expect your child to bring home a Permission Slip for this event in the next 1-2 days. If you don't get a form from your child, email me and I can send you a copy.
  • Our Field Trip to the Wax Museum and the Bodies Exhibit is scheduled for May 14th for the B team (a/k/a Blazin' team). Last count was 76 students who are going!! Thanks to Ms. Judson for planning the trip, collecting money, tracking who is going, and coordinating with other teachers and admin!  Parents interested in chaperoning, please email me.
  • Honor Roll Recognition Ceremony  -Date TBA
  • STEMfest coming up May 16th, 10 am to 4 pm at Mill River Park will include lots of great stuff, including Rippowam Raptor Robots...and some of the students who program them. Should be cool....don't miss it!
  • Thursday 6/18 - Early Release
  • Friday 6/19 -     Early Release and Moving Up Day for 8th Graders
  • Monday 6/22 -  Early Release and Last Day of School.  
Report cards should have come home on Monday. Please sign the envelope to show that you saw the card and have your student bring it back to their homeroom teacher.


Today, we observed Earth Day in our 4th period classes. Some classes cleaned up outside, some made posters, some watched videos, and some planted flowers and rose bushes.  Check out #RIPPIB for a few photos.

In 7th grade science, we are most of the way through our unit on Erosion and Deposition.  Our students have been experimenting with how water helps move around earth materials, and how some materials are way easier to move from a little simulated rain than other materials. In this unit, we have also refreshed our learning about land forms such as mountains, valleys, hills, plateaus, and floodplains.  We have learned how to draw and read topographic maps. We have learned how Earth processes can be destructive, as when we simulated how water cuts channels in land to create river beds and canyons. Also, we saw that some of these processes are constructive, such as when our river models built up river deltas.  In class, we read about how our Southern states are the product of deposits from the Mississippi River, and how artificial efforts to protect New Orleans actually have helped to undermine the city, as shown most dramatically by Hurricane Katrina.  In the remaining lessons, we plan to model the erosion effects of ocean waves against a cliff; we will read about beach formation, currents, and how human efforts to limit erosion of one part of a beach affect other parts of a coastal system. Then we will design, build and test our own model of a cliff erosion barrier.  I estimate the assessment on this unit will be given in about 2 weeks.

Our next unit of study will be about Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tectonic plates.

If I get some positive feedback from this experiment, I will do this more often.  You are more than welcome to send messages to this blog, but please don't use your student's full name, and don't expect a reply.  If you want a reply to any feedback that you send, please instead email your comments to me at mgoldsmith@stamfordct.gov