Welcome to 9th Grade Science!!!!

28/6

FORMAL LAB REPORT DUE TUES JULY 2
You must PRINT AND EMAIL your lab report.

21/6

You must submit your EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN via EMAIL ATTACHMENT no later than Sunday at 6:00 pm.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THE DOCUMENT TITLE WHEN YOU SAVE IT BEFORE SENDING

I realize that this is a weekend due date. The reason for this is to enable me to read them over Sunday night and have feedback prepared for you on Monday.

The document that you must prepare is attached below:




18/6

9th grade

Tuesday:

Warmup: How would you set up the following experiments?

Please collect the PAPER COPY of each student’s rough draft of the sugar project (part 1). You can just put them in the “9 in” folder in the homework box because I’m going to stop by later today to pick them up and grade them.

There is a copy of the 9th grade sugar project on my desk in the center for your reference.

They will have the hour to design their experiments to be performed on Friday, Monday , Tuesday and maybe Wednesday.

To design their experiments they must complete the following steps:
  1. a. They must decide what their experimental problem/question is using the project sheet (Part 2) as a guide
  2. b. Define their independent variable, dependent variable, control and constants
  3. c. Write an If/Then hypothesis
  4. d. Make a list of materials needed (What size/type and how many/much of each?), and they should bring in whatever materials they cannot find in the classroom
  5. e. Write down a step-by-step procedure that details EXACTLY what they will do to test their hypothesis/answer their question. (It will require a minimum of 10 steps, but probably more.)
  6. f. Set up their data table where they will record their findings/measurements (that means include a title, a label for each row/column WITH UNITS, etc.)

I have attached the following guide to assist them with these steps: (On Wiki)


Additional helpful documents:

Lab report outline:

Lab report rubric:

Wednesday:

Utilize feedback from rough draft to complete final draft.

DUE FRIDAY NO LATER THAN 10:45 AM (THEY MUST PRINT THE FINAL COPY as well as email it as an attachment)

Students can send me clarifying questions via email if they have any questions or concerns that you are unable to resolve. I will respond in the evening.


Thurs:

NO 9TH GRADE

FRIDAY: (No sub on this day, but just so they are aware of what we will be doing)

TURN IN FINAL DRAFT

Check experimental designs—once approved, set up and begin collecting data

17/6

Your rough draft of the paper is due TOMORROW (TUESDAY) no later than 10:45 am.
  • You must submit a paper copy (except Leilani--you can email it. If anyone else is absent from school tomorrow, you are still expected to email the paper as an attachment ON TIME in order to receive credit.)
    • No excuses/ No exceptions
    • If you don't have a printer at home, it is your responsibility to plan ahead and have it printed from the school printer.
  • I will give you feedback Wednesday
  • Your final draft will be due FRIDAY

12/6

Please print and go over the following project intro with the kids (15 copies). Have them choose their essential question and develop the 3 sub-essential questions by the end of the day.



10/6

Today we watched this video and took notes: (keep in mind, I have 2.5 typed pages of notes. There is a lot of information in this video. You must take notes by hand as I want you to give the video your full attention.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

27.5

Nutrition questions due tomorrow

· What is nutrition?
· What is a balanced meal? Give an example of what a well-balanced meal would look like.
· What is the difference between “macronutrients” and “micronutrients”?
-->List and describe 3 of each, and what they do in your body.
· Differentiate between a vitamin and a mineral. Explain the role of each in your body.
· Why is water important in your body?
· What are some other drinks besides water that you consume throughout the week?
-->Investigate their ingredients and nutrition information. Discuss the pros and cons of each drink in your diet.
· What does a healthy diet entail?
--> What should you be eating at each meal to ensure that your diet is healthy?

15/5

Today we went over the Ohm's law worksheet from Monday.

We then completed a circuits task in class (Jack, Zack y Yari-- you can make this up when you come back because you'll need the electric kits)

Homework: I will collect the lab worksheet from today on Friday during class. You will have part of class to finish the last part.



13/5

HW: Ohm's law worksheet

How to use a multimeter:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/how-to-use-a-multimeter

6/5

You will have a substitute teacher today as I am not feeling well. Here are your instructions:

Warmup: List and describe the 3 key parts of a working electrical circuit.


Agenda:
  • Warmup/Discuss
  • Complete “Electricity” Physics Quest (found at http://physicsquest.homestead.com/quest14.html)
    • Homework: Finish part 1 (the entirety of the printed activity guide) of the webquest for tomorrow
    • Activity guide to be completed:
      • 9th GRADE: BE ADVISED THAT YOUR BEHAVIOR WILL BE A DETERMINING FACTOR OF HOW MUCH HOMEWORK THE SUB WILL ASSIGN TODAY--this homework assignment may be increased or decreased at any time. If you were absent today, consult with a classmate to verify

  • Sorry I couldn't be at school today. I hope you all have a lovely day!

3/5

Today we worked with Multimeters. Isa, you can come see me about this on Monday.

On Monday, we will continue with multimeters and electricity.

No homework.

You can expect a quiz on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend!

29/4: The sheet for the static electricity ballon activity is due tomorrow at the beginning of class.

23/4

Homework: Study for quiz tomorrow on energy transfers

15/4

Quiz today on human reproductive systems

Today's work:

Go to this website:

Complete these tasks:
1. What is a hormone and what is its purpose?
2.Construct a diagram of the body system being discussed.
3. Label 1) each hormone discussed, 2) its function, 3) where it's produced, 4) where it is released to

10/4

HOMEWORK:

Article:
Solar Panels Paying Back Energy Debt

Questions: (Please use complete sentences to answer these questions. When you are finished, email me your responses no later than 8:00 am tomorrow morning)
  1. What is energy?
  2. What is the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources? List 3 examples of each.
  3. What is the starting type of energy used in a photovoltaic solar panel? What type of energy does it ultimately transform into?
  4. What is an “energy debt”?
  5. What does it mean to “pay back” an energy debt?
  6. Explain, in general terms how a photovoltaic solar panel operates (Draw it and label the energy transformations, beginning with solar energy and ending with radiant energy.)

15/3

IMPORTANT UPDATES:
  1. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ON SUNDAY EVENING AS I WILL BE SENDING FEEDBACK ON YOUR ROUGH DRAFTS (and portfolios)
  2. SINCE I DID NOT HAVE CLASS TIME TO CHECK IN WITH YOU TODAY, YOUR FINAL DRAFT WILL BE DUE TUESDAY INSTEAD OF MONDAY.
  3. YOU MUST EMAIL YOUR FINAL DRAFT AS AN ATTACHMENT NO LATER THAN 8:00 AM ON TUESDAY


13/3

Homework: You must email your completed science portfolio (both parts) to me no later than 8:00 am Friday morning

**Reminder: Final draft of project DUE MONDAY

12/3

Sample lab report from a previous student:


5/3



4/3

Homework: You must show me your field of view drawings tomorrow (low power and medium power)

MICROSCOPE PARTS QUIZ TOMORROW

20/2
Email your response to these questions IN YOUR OWN WORDS (and powerpoint presentation for the class) by 8:00 am on Friday

Group Yariza Yoann Idan
  • Explain differences between shallow and deep water waves.
  • List the causes of waves in the ocean. Where is each most important in causing waves in the open ocean.

Single Delaney
  • Define sea and swell. Describe how each forms.

Single Jack
  • Explain the differences between gravity and capillary waves.

Single Leo
  • What limits the maximum size of waves in the ocean? Explain.


Group of 3 Camile Isa Zoe
  • Describe tsunamis (seismic sea waves). How do they form?
  • What areas are most likely to experience seismic sea waves? Discuss the relation of these source areas to plate tectonic processes.


Single Seba
  • Draw a diagram showing a simple standing wave in a basin. How do standing waves differ from progressive waves.


Group of 2 Rene Isaiah
  • Describe a storm surge. What causes storm surges?
  • Why are storm surges more likely from an extratropical storm than from a hurricane?

Single Zack
  • Describe a rip current. Discuss the forces that cause them.

Leilani
Describe wave effects in shallow water and on beaches. (how waves break, different types of breakers, and effects they have on the beach)

19/2
HW: Finish waves info sheet and the conclusion question (all attached below)

Conclusion: Explain what a wave is, how they form, and how the water moves as a result.
Use the following diagram to guide your response.

waves.png

Part 1: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageseas/multimedia/wavemachine.html
Part 2: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/interactive/wave-simulator/?ar_a=2
Part 3: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/learning/9_ocean_waves/activities/breaking_waves.html



6/2

Study for quiz on Friday (Tides, Currents, Coriolis effect)

5/2

1) Go to the following website to find out about the forces behind tides: http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/tides/menu_tide.swf

2) COMPLETE PARTS 2 Y 3

3) Answer the following questions (attached). DUE TOMORROW FIRST THING.
Part 2:

Part 3:




4/2
1) Go to the following website to find out about the forces behind tides: http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/tides/menu_tide.swf

2) COMPLETE PART 1

3) Answer the following questions about part 1 and email your work to me NO LATER THAN 8:00 am tomorrow:

1) What is the speed the earth needs to achieve circular orbit around the sun (critical speed)?


2) What happens to the earth when the speed is greater than its critical speed?


3) What happens to the earth when the speed is less than its critical speed?


4) What happens to the point closest to the sun? And what happens to the point furthest from the sun?


5) If this system simulates what happens with our solar system, would you say that the critical speed of Venus (A) is faster or slower than that of earth? What about Mars(C)?


6) What happens to points A and C? Is this different than the last simulation (the one without springs)?


7) How is this like the spaceship and the neutron star?


8) The Earth doesn't have any springs holding all of its particles together. What do you think holds the earth together?





1/2

1) Go to the following website to find out about the Coriolis Effect: http://www.uwf.edu/atc/projects/coriolis/main.swf


2) Answer the following questions as you go through the information:

Homework: Complete whatever you didn't finish in class. Due first thing on Monday.

30/1

HOMEWORK: DUE BY 8:00 AM ON FRIDAY

1: Research your topic (listed below)
2: Send me an email that answers the prompt. It should be a multiple paragraph response. ALSO: You must include the links to your information sources at the end of the email.
3: As always, if it is even one minute late you will receive a zero.

TOPICS:

GROUP 1 (plus Leo and Delaney): Research some types of toxic chemicals released by plastic and the effects they have on living things and/or the environment. After summarizing this information in at least 2 paragraphs, write a conclusion paragraph that explains your response to this information, what concerns you have, ideas that you've come up with, further information you need, questions you have, etc.

GROUP 2 (plus Zack and Rene) : Research why plastic ingestion is dangerous, and what specific effects plastic ingestion has on marine life. After summarizing this information in at least 2 paragraphs, write a conclusion paragraph that explains your response to this information, what concerns you have, ideas that you've come up with, further information you need, questions you have, etc.


28/1

1) Read and annotate article: Our Oceans are Turning into Plastic… Are We?
a. I expect that you will take notes of things that are
i. interesting,
ii. new to you,
iii. important OR questionable information, or
iv. things you wonder about as you read
2. Type a 1 page response to the article (due first thing tomorrow—OR it could be due at the end of class if the sub feels that you’re off-task).
a. Unless your substitute teacher decides otherwise: It must be sent to my email as an attachment by 8:00 am tomorrow morning.


22/1

Rubber duckies article:
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/what-can-28000-rubber-duckies-lost-at-sea-teach-us-about-

18/1

Due first thing on Monday:

1. Complete lab (data table, analyses [part 3 of each procedure], and “Going further”)

2. Write a paragraph explaining how differences in water density affect water currents.


15/1

Homework: Part 2 of ocean activity is due first thing tomorrow. Please be clear and concise with your writing. Don't just say what you would do, but also explain WHY you would do that.

14/1

Homework: Poster due at the beginning of class tomorrow. YOU AND YOUR PARTNER(S) WILL PRESENT YOUR POSTER TOMORROW

Part 2 of the assignment will be due first thing on Wednesday. You will write this independently after hearing all of the presentations about ocean water.

11/1

Homework: print any items (visuals, graphs, charts, etc.) needed for your poster and bring them to class ON MONDAY

20/11

notes:

19/11

Homework: Balance equations worksheet (A through L)

16/11

•Optional Lab corrections DUE MONDAY
–Must PRINT AND STAPLE TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: 1. original lab (preferably the one with my comments on it), 2. new lab, 3. rubric
–CHANGES TO LAB REPORT MUST BE HIGHLIGHTED
–If any of the required components are missing I will not accept your corrections

14/11

RUBRIC FOR COMIC



Scientists project due FRIDAY--printed in color before class. ALSO email to me as a color PDF or PNG.

Components:
1) Title page [a) Creative title that includes your scientist's name, b) Picture of the scientist c) your names]
2) Actual comic that follows rubric created by the 9th grade class
3) Bibliography that cites your sources

Citation website:

http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?reqstyleid=1&newstyle=1&stylebox=1



9/11
Homework: 1) Create an account at pixton.com
2) Continue researching your chemist (use the Wiki homepage to log on to EbscoHost)

2/11
Homework: Lab due Monday

31/10

Extra ppt slides for your bonding powerpoint. Make sure you add them.



26/10:

Homework: Work on lab DUE TUESDAY 30/10

Penny lab example:



23/10

NOTICE THE CHANGE IN THE FORMAL LAB DUE DATE BELOW

CONTINUE WORKING ON YOUR LAB--KEEP TRACK OF ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE AND ASK THEM IN CLASS TOMORROW



17/10

HW: Work on formal lab writeup--Penny Lab

FORMAL LAB DUE TUESDAY (30/10)

  • You must submit the final draft into your individual folder on dropbox no later than Friday BEFORE class starts







This document has some additional requirements for the penny lab specifically. The additional requirements are written in red.



16/10
Finish problems from yesterday:
4) Oxygen + Oxygen
5) Carbon + Hydrogen

Also do:

6) Hydrogen + Chlorine


15/10

PLEASE BRING PENNIES FOR TOMORROW IF YOU FIND SOME! :)

HW:
Instructions:
1) Draw the following compounds
2) Label the bond(s) as either ionic or covalent
3a) If it is ionic draw an arrow to show where the electron is going.
3b) If it is ionic, label the cation and the anion
4) Name the compound

Problems:
1) Potassium + Fluorine
2) Carbon + Oxygen
3) Calcium + Chlorine
4) Oxygen + Oxygen
5) Carbon + Hydrogen

Some of these are tricky. I did not tell you how many atoms of each element you need. Think it through! :)




10/10
HW: Draw the chemical structure of HI and indicate which type of bond holds the two atoms together.

9/10
I know I said you'd have practice problems for homework, but I changed my mind. I am going to give you homework tomorrow instead. Expect a mini-quiz on naming compounds sometime this week.

8/10
none - QUIZ day
5/10

Homework Questions:

1) Two unknkown compounds are tested. Compound 1 contains 15.0 g of hydrogen and 120.0 g of oxygen. Compound 2 contains 2.o g of hydrogen and 32.0 g of oxygen. Are the compounds the same? Explain your answer.
2) Draw the basic structure of a Fluorine atom.
3) Find nitrogen on your periodic table and fill in the following info:

  • What is its symbol?
  • What is its atomic number?
  • How many protons does it have in its nucleus?
  • How many electrons does it have orbiting its nucleus?
  • What is its mass number?
  • How many neutrons does it have in its nucleus?
  • What is its electron arrangement?
  • DRAW A NITROGEN ATOM


notes



25/9

Notes for today:


24/9

Hw: Finish Lab

21/9

Homework: FINISH LAB FOR MONDAY

19/9

Homework: 1) Finish both reading pages if not already done and 2) complete Density Equation Practice

14/9

HW: How are cm^3 and mL related?

12/9

Homework: lab discussion questions

11/9

Homework:

1) Fill a glass to the rim with ice water and observe what happens as the ice melts (You must bring at least five observations regarding this process to class tomorrow. Also, note whether the cup overflows, ends up with a lower level of liquid, or the amount stays the same.)
2) Do all liquids have water in them? If so, explain. If not, provide examples of liquids that do not contain water and explain what they're made of.
3) Post your plasma info to the Wiki Discussion

10/9

Here are today's notes:

Today's homework:
1) Reinforcement: Three States of Matter
2) Research and post on the Wiki Discussion (IN YOUR OWN WORDS): What is plasma? How is it different from gas? What do we use it for? (Don't panic if you don't understand some of the readings. I know they can be very complicated, and many discuss advanced chemistry concepts. Look for something that gives you a basic explanation, and work from there!)


7/9

No homework


Sept. 4 Homework:
1) Read through the class expectations that were assigned to your table from the back of the syllabus (your group will present them to the rest of the class tomorrow)
2) Read through the lab safety contract with a parent and get it signed