Monday, July 17, 2017

Parents:
You've already seen 6th Grade, and your child has already developed some patterns as a student,  but nothing is written in stone at their age. My first or second year at Ripp, I had a student enter 8th grade who was determined to improve as a student. He worked hard to improve his reading, and it paid off. He improved his CMT scores by 17%, a huge leap. (Marcus D., if you're out there, send me a message).

With that in mind, here is a friendly idea you could use (or not; your call):
 Encourage your child to read ...anything.  It pays great rewards, it's never too late, and there's something for every interest. See "How to Raise a Reader", https://www.nytimes.com/guides/books/how-to-raise-a-reader.  It starts with you.

Also, some Verizon stores are apparently giving away free school supplies. 
"On Sunday, July 23rd from 1PM-4PM, select Verizon Wireless Zone Stores will be giving away a FREE backpack filled with school supplies – limit one per child. Keep in mind that your child must be present to receive a backpack.  Be sure to call your local store ahead of time to verify participation in this program."
Not every Verizon store is giving away these supplies. For a list of stores participating in the school supply giveaway, check http://wirelesszone.com/backpack-giveaway/#mUAvJuax25Jpp298.97


Students:

I know its early, but I'm already planning.  We will be working right away, so please be sure to attend from the first day of school.

SUPPLIES:
If you're taking 7th Grade Science classes with me, please make sure you have the following supplies in class by the second day of class:
* At least one pen or pencil that works;
* A 3-ring binder (2 or 3 inches deep) that holds 8½ x 11 inch paper;
* Filler paper. If you can find it, get the wide-ruled 8½" x 11" reinforced filler paper. You can get college- ruled only if you tend to write small.  Staples has at least one brand which has cut the size of the paper to 8" x 10" or 8" x10½", and that's ok also. Mini notebooks won't work; please don't bring them.
* a set of tabbed dividers (minimum: 5);
* a folder;
* a permanent marker (Sharpie or other brand) to write on your notebook cover;
* a pencil pouch that will hold a few pens and pencils in your notebook; and
* a dispenser (roll) of transparent tape (a/k/a "Scotch" tape).


* In your locker: You should also have at least one box of pencils for your locker, together with a supply of low priced, dependable blue or black pens (ex: Bic or Paper Mate / Ink Joy).

Optional: a small hole-puncher and stapler at home that will work on 3-8 sheets at a time.
NOTE: Additional supplies likely: As I think of more about how we can run classes this year and, of course, the school will probably post or send out a supply list.

Any questions or comments, please send me a message through this blog and tell me who you are (full first name and initial of your last name is ok).  You can also email me using my email address on the school's web site (you might still find me listed as a 6th grade teacher) or you can send me a message on Twitter @MrGoldsmith208.

We have more than a month left in summer vacation.  Enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Have a Great Summer!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Period 7 students that already got Pre-Assessment re-check - Please be sure to bring them in and turn them in by leaving them on my desk on Friday. Thanks! If you did not get one, we will discuss next week.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tues., June 13 - Half-day due to excessive heat; Review session for Final Exam
Wed. June 14 - Field Trip

Thurs., June 15 - Science Final Exam
 
  Homework tonight: 
All Periods : Using your
Final Exam Review Packet (study Guide), please:
* Finish answering all questions;
* review: read through it one time tonight;
* bring it to the Review Session on Tuesday, and to the Final Exam on Thursday.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Science Final Exam: Wed., June 14. 
  Homework tonight: 
All Periods : Using your
Final Exam Study Guide, please:
* Finish answering all questions;
* review by reading through it one time over the weekend;
* bring it to the Review Session on Monday , and to the Final Exam on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Science Final Exam: Wed., June 14. 
  Homework tonight: 
 Periods 1, 4, 6, 7: Answer all questions through Chemistry of Materials Question 5 at the bottom of the 5th page.  (This means you need the answers to the Science Process and Weather & Atmosphere & Climate questions that were due today. 

Period 2: Answer first 6 questions under heading  "Science Process ", and  Answer the next 10 questions under heading: "Weather and Atmosphere and Climate".

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Science Final Exam on Wednesday June 14. 
Homework tonight: 
Answer first 6 questions under heading  "Science Process ", and 
Answer the next 10 questions under heading: "Weather and Atmosphere and Climate".

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Homework:  

Ecology Unit test on Wed., June 7.   

Please read your Ecology Unit Study Guides.  


Monday, June 5, 2017

Homework: Ecology Unit test on Wed., June 7.  Please review your Ecology Unit Study Guides.  Check Quizlet. We'll complete our review tomorrow. I plan a Kahoot, so you can bring a device if ok with your parent/guardian.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Homework: Ecology Unit test on June 7.  Please review your Ecology Unit Study Guides (YES, over the weekend).

Introduced / Invasive Species project was due Friday, June 2.  If you have not yet turned it in, please turn it in on Monday.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Homework: Introduced / Invasive Species project, due by 9:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2.  If late, you lose 25% credit for each school day that passes after due date.

Show me evidence of progress, including: 

  • printed or drawn image of your existing species,

  • data table /questionnaire filled out,

    • and/or 

  • draft of your brochure or Wanted poster)

Those of you who were absent or did not provide evidence in class, please show me evidence of progress on Tuesday. If late, you lose 10% credit for each school day that passes after due date.

June 7       Ecology Unit test - To prepare, please Continue to work on and review your Ecology Unit Study Guides.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Homework: Introduced / Invasive Species project, due by 9:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2.  If late, you lose 25% credit for each school day that passes after due date.

Show me evidence of progress, including: 

  • printed or drawn image of your existing species,

  • data table /questionnaire filled out,

    • and/or 

  • draft of your brochure or Wanted poster)

Those of you who were absent or did not provide evidence in class, please show me evidence of progress on Tuesday. If late, you lose 10% credit for each school day that passes after due date.

June 7       Ecology Unit test - To prepare, please Continue to work on and review your Ecology Unit Study Guides.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wed., May 24 

Homework: Invasive Species project, (passed out today) due by 9:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2.  

Evidence of progress due Friday, May 26.


Quizlet link for Ecology unit:  All students: Check out my Quizlet.: https://quizlet.com/_3hqau1
 Check it out each afternoon for updates. Try the flash cards and the test to speed up your learning as we learn about Ecology.
Upcoming Events:
May 30      RaptorDash (rain date: 5/26)
May 31      Early Release day
June 2       Diversity Day
June 7       Ecology Unit test (start)
Finals, 6th Grade (tentative and subject to change)
M 6/5- T6/6   ELA
Th 6/8          SocStudies possible start
F 6/9            Math
6/9-
M 6/12  SocStudies
W 6/14
       Science
June 13     Italian Center Field Trip

t.b.d.          Ecology Unit test (end)

June 21     Last Day of School
Parents – Please Take the Parent Climate Survey, found in English or Spanish at   http://www.rippowamib.org/

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Homework:
A. Be sure to copy class notes shown below into your science notebook. 
B. All students: Check out my Quizlet.https://quizlet.com/_3hqau1https://quizlet.com/_3hqau1
C.  Any student whose notebook is almost empty of paper, please ask your parents to get you a new notebook.

A.  Record Homework notes in your science notebook: 
 
Date: May 24, 2016 
Topic: Introduced Species  

Obj: TSW investigate the characteristics and impact 
of a specific introduced species.

         Key words.put the words in your notes, put the words + definitions in your vocab section:  

Introduced species –  including nonnative, exotic, and non-indigenous. All of 
these terms refer to species that are now found outside of their normal range. Ex: 
zebra mussel from Russia now all over  U.S.

A “species” is - a level of biological classification just below genus or subgenus, made up of organisms or populations capable of interbreeding. Species is denominated with 2 parts: the name of a genus, followed by a uncapitalized Latin noun. Ex: Homo sapiens, “intelligent man”, is a species in the genus Homo, which it shared with Homo neanderthalensis.
 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Homework:
A. Be sure you copied all notes shown below into your science notebook in class. (For those students in some classes who did not yet finish their notes).
B. All students: copy the notes shown below in bold print.
C.  All students: Check out my Quizlet, then answer the questions in your science notebook on the LEFT hand side page.
D.  Any student whose notebook is almost empty of paper, please ask your parents to get you a new notebook.

A. Make sure you have all Notes from class:
         Date: May 22, 2017         
         Topic: The Miracle Fish?
         Obj: TSW: read and discuss what happened after the Nile Perch was introduced into Lake Victoria.
         Key words:  
        ecologists – scientists who study relationships between organisms & environments.  
        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.   

B. Record Homework notes in your science notebook: 
1. Bringing a species into a new environment can have consequences on how people and other organisms live. Consequences means a big effect: intended or unintended (ex: extinction of species, disease, social problems).

2. Organisms are living things. Organisms can be classified (or grouped) by the function (job) they serve in an ecosystem (ex: producer, consumer).

3. Species go extinct when the environment changes and the species can’t adapt enough (or quickly enough) to survive.

4. When an area becomes overpopulated, the increased use of resources will degrade the environment.

5. Making decisions about complex issues often involves trade-offs—giving up one thing to gain another. 

C. Check out the Quizlet at https://quizlet.com/_3hb6mn, then 
D. Answer Homework questions

Question: 1. What is a PRODUCER? 

Question: 2. What does an ecologist do?

Question: 3. What is an organism?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Quizlet link for the new Ecology unit:  https://quizlet.com/_3hb6mn
 Check it out each afternoon for updates. Try the flash cards and the test to speed up your learning as we learn about Ecology.
Upcoming Events:
May 20      STEMfest at Mill River Park
May 25      RaptorDash (rain date: 5/26)
May 31      Early Release day
June 1       Ecology Unit test (start)
June 2       Diversity Day
Finals, 6th Grade (tentative and subject to change)
M 6/5- T6/6   ELA
Th 6/8          SocStudies possible start
F 6/9            Math
6/9-
M 6/12  SocStudies
W 6/14
       Science
June 13     Italian Center Field Trip

June 16       Ecology Unit test (end)

June 21     Last Day of School
Parents – Please Take the Parent Climate Survey, found in English or Spanish at   http://www.rippowamib.org/

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



Water Unit Test will be given on Friday, May 19.

If the test is interrupted for a school-wide event, students will be given more time on Monday. 


Homework: Answer all remaining questions (including Questions 24-35) on the Water Unit Study guide passed out on Monday. The Study Guide was posted on this blog on last Friday and can still be found if you click below where it says "Older Posts". 
Therefore, anyone who was absent is still responsible for completing this assignment.  

Upcoming Events:
May 19      Honors assembly
May 20      STEMfest at Mill River Park
May 25      RaptorDash (rain date: 5/26)
May 31      Early Release day
June 1       Ecology Unit test (start)
June 2       Diversity Day
Finals, 6th Grade (tentative and subject to change)
M 6/5- T6/6   ELA
Th 6/8          SocStudies possible start
F 6/9            Math
6/9-
M 6/12  SocStudies
W 6/14
       Science
June 13     Italian Center Field Trip

June 16       Ecology Unit test (end)

June 21     Last Day of School
Parents – Please Take the Parent Climate Survey, found in English or Spanish at   http://www.rippowamib.org/

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Water Unit Test will be given on Friday, May 19.

If the test is interrupted for a school-wide event, students will be given more time on Monday. 

Homework: Answer questions 12-23 on the Water Unit Study guide passed out today. The Study Guide was posted on this blog on Friday and can still be found if you click below where it says "Older Posts".  Therefore, anyone who was absent is still responsible for completing this assignment.  

Apologies for the lateness of this post. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Water Unit Test will be given on Friday, May 19.

If the test is interrupted for a school-wide event, students will be given more time on Monday. 

Homework: Answer the first 11 questions on the Water Unit Study guide passed out today. The Study Guide was posted on this blog on Friday and can still be found if you click below where it says "Older Posts".  Therefore, anyone who was absent is still responsible for completing this assignment. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Study Guide for Water Unit:
 Note: Optional start, not required until Monday



Name ___________    Date____________     Per.____________

Water Unit Study Guide

  1. Define: What is a solution? Give 1 or more examples:


  1. How is a solution different from other kinds of mixtures?  Put another way, how does a solution look?


  1. How is a solute different from a solvent? You can draw a picture of the solute and solvent if you want.



  1. If you mix a bag of pebbles, sugar, and wood chips in a bucket of water, then the pebbles sink, the sugar disappears and the wood chips float. Identify which of these substances is:
Solvent = (circle one): pebbles sugar  wood chips, or water
Solute = (circle one): pebbles sugar  wood chips, or water
Precipitate (solid that falls to the bottom)  (circle one): pebbles sugar  wood chips, or water

  1. What substance is called the “Universal Solvent”?   Explain: why?


  1. What are the two broad classes of contaminants? Give an example of each.




  1. The Slobbo family goes to a fast food restaurant.  Not only do they throw their half-eaten food and trash out of the window, their car is also falling apart.  The Slobbo family leaves a lot of trash behind in the parking lot. Using the question: “Is it or was it alive?” classify each of the following items as a Chemical (Chem) or  Biological (Bio) contaminant (or both):
a) French fries     
b) aluminum foil wrapper: 
c) bits of rubber from an old tire  
d) Rancid Slobbo’s chemicals from his Maker Bot  
e) half-eaten hamburger bun    
f) their pet bird’s waste and wood chips off the bottom of the cage 
g) leaking motor oil    

  1. What are the stages of the Water Cycle? On a separate sheet of paper, draw a picture of the water cycle, label the 4 main parts, and attach it.



  1. In which stages of the water cycle can water become contaminated? 



  1. In which stage (of the water cycle) is water least likely to be contaminated?
          


  1. You make two solutions, completely mixed.  Both have 250 mL of water.   Solution A has 20g of sugar, while Solution B has 80 g of sugar.  Which solution is less  concentrated?


  1. Which of the following solutions is the least concentrated? Which is most concentrated?
    1. 15 ppm
    2. 50 ppm
    3. 500 ppb
    4. 500 ppm -



  1. If we mix water with 1 drop of Windex in a SEPUP tray, we can see that the first cup has some blue color in it. When we add Universal Indicator Solution (UIS), the solution turns blue-green.  If we Serially dilute the Windex solution, in the 3rd or 4th cup, we no longer see the Windex blue color.  Why?  How can we tell that there is still see some Windex in the 5th cup, even if we can’t see the blue color?




  1. Municipal water plants send water out to homes and businesses.  How do they:
    1. Test for contaminants? (name at least 3 tests they can use. See p. C-59):


    1. Treat for biological contaminants? (name at least 3 methods. See p. C-69-71):
.   


  1.   What is chlorination used for? 

  1. If you use Universal Indicator Solution, what types of chemicals (pick one: acid, base or neutral) react with UIS to turn the solution to the color:
    1. Red/Orange means the chemical is a(n)  
    2. Yellow-Green means the chemical is a(n)
    3. Blue or violet means the chemical is a(n)
  1. a.  If you use Universal Indicator Paper, what is shown by the following colors when the indicator reacts with the chemicals you're testing?
    1. Red/Orange means the chemical is a(n) ______ (pick one: acid, base or neutral)
    2. Yellow-Green means the chemical has a pH range of ____ - ____ .
    3. Green, Blue or violet means the chemical is a(n) ______ (pick one: acid, base or neutral)

  1.  How is water pollution different from water contamination?


  1. Match the following pollutant with its correct classification:
1.    _Wild bird waste                                a. Non-point source pollution
2.    _._Paint Factory chemicals                   b. Natural Biological contamination
3.    __Diesel (truck) fuel                          c. Point source pollution                                                                                                                                                                         
19. What is an acid?  Define and give some examples:


20. List three properties of acids:



21. What is a base? 



22. List three properties of bases:





23. Draw a Venn diagram showing differences and similarities between acids and bases.








24. What is neutralization? What happens to acids or bases when they are combined?



25.  What are two properties of neutral substances?   They are neither ____ nor ______ and they have a pH of about __.

26. What is the pH scale? Define it, draw it, and be sure to explain what the numbers mean in terms of the nature of the chemicals in each part of the pH scale. 



27. What is an “indicator”?

.

28. List three properties of Universal Indicator Solution (UIS): (list the colors for each)
a.    In the presence of acid in solution, UIS turns _____________________
b.    In the presence of neutral solutions, UIS turns ____________________
c.    In the presence of base in solution, UIS turns ____________________

29. Identify each of the following as qualitative (“Qual”) or quantitative (“Quant”) data:
1. Making a mango shake requires 5L of milk.  
2. The average population of a city is 90%.   
3. Jim is a tall boy. 
4. The majority of the people in India wear the color red most often.
5. The sidewalk is long.  
6. The sidewalk is 100m long.   
7. The race was over quickly.
8. The race was over in two minutes.   
9. It is warm outside.
10. They drank four cups of tea.   

30. Draw how the molecules are arranged in the three different states of water (Solid, liquid and gas).  Explain why they look different.












 


Explanation:




31. What do we have to add to matter to get it to change from one state (liquid, solid, or gas) or phase to another?




32. What do we call the gas form of water? 




33. In which stages of the water cycle is  water the purest (least contaminated) ?




34. Draw a triangle and write the names of the processes when water changes between Liquid to solid to gas.



            35. Name 3 natural places where we can get drinking water?