Wednesday, September 18, 2019

First attempt at a YouTube channel for math and science


Hi students ... Here's a link to a YouTube channel as a test to see if this might help with clarifying some concepts as we go. 'Good to try new things :-)

Mr. Forbes

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

09.17.2019 - Tuesday -

Science 09.17.2019 – Tuesday –
Study Guide for Thursday’s open-note test

I.  Current Events:
            A.  One note on the busiest airport in the world.
            B.  One more note on hypersonic speed.

II.  Study Guide – Things we’ve covered that will be on Thursday’s test.
            A.  Key vocabulary terms
                        1. Cell
                        2.  Bacteria
                        3.  Cell Membrane
                        4.  Cytoplasm
                        5.  Prokaryote
                        6.  Eukaryote
                        7.  Nucleus
            B.  Elements found in living things.
                        1. Remember our C-H-O-N color-in handout.

            C.  Why is WATER essential (important) for life?
            D.  Characteristics of living things. “How do we know if something is alive?”
            E.  One fact from Current Events.  (Our Current Events always related to something we study this year.)

- Students had time to be sure they’ve completed the text pages 5, 10, 15, 16 and 23 through 26.  We also had a moon observation as our moon is a waning gibbous currently – It was setting around 9:00 am today.

Monday, September 16, 2019

09.16.2019 - Math -

09.16.2019 - Monday - 
Workbook pages - 75 through 84

09.16.2019 - Science -

09.16.2019 – Science –
I.  Current Events:  Two (2) on oil (fossil fuels.)
         A.  Oil comes from the remains of once-living things.
         B. Oil and coal are similar. They are both made, mainly, of Carbon.

II.  Observation:  Seeds
         A.  We added water to seeds last Thursday and today we observed the first stages of germination.
         B.  Students drew a picture of their seeds and described the first stages.
         C. More on water and how essential it is for the chemical reactions of life.

III.  A very brief clip from the beginning of “The Martian” – The fictional story has a stranded astronaut survive on Mars by growing potatoes. 

IV.  Students should continue their moon observations.

V.  Study guide for our first unit test will be on the board tomorrow.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

09.13.2019 - Friday - Math and Science recap

09.13.2019 – Math / Science
I.  Math:  Text – Pages 57 through 74.
         A.  Math Optional Extra Credit is due by Friday.
         B.  Math test on Friday focusing on parallelograms and triangles as well as decomposing figures to determine area and perimeter.

II.  Science
         A.  Lab on using the Triple Beam Balance – Determining MASS.
         B.  Lab on determining the DENSITY OF WATER  (One gram per cubic centimeter.)
         C.  Density and specific gravity are eighth grade standards but we need a basic understanding for cells and earth science in sixth grade as we study;
                  1.  Osmosis
                  2. Diffusion
                  3.  Oceans
                  4. Life on Earth!

         D.  A very brief (12 minute) video clip on the history of our universe. From the Big Bang, 14.5 billion years ago to the formation of Earth 4.5 billion years ago, to the first life on our planet. (About 3.5 to 3.7 billion years ago.)

         E. HOMEWORK: OBSERVE THE MOON! (ongoing for three weeks.)

09.13.2019 - Friday - STEAM

09.13.2019 – Friday
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

“Friday light.”

     Hi STEAM students. As we complete the two weeks on Civil Engineering -  focusing on buildings and houses - we will spend some time on aeronautical engineering. Having grown up right here next to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) it seems a natural engineering subject to explore.

     Today we watched a bit of “October Sky.”: Based on the novel “Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam.  I’ve had the good fortune to visit the area of West Virginia where the novel was based. My father grew up in Charmco, West Virginia and we passed around a sample of coal from the very mine in the movie. We’re only watching a selected piece of the movie but I highly recommend. the novel. The book recounts the efforts of a small group of Coalwood, West Virginia high school students as they attempt to build and fly model rockets to enter a science fair. 

     Homer Hickam was kind enough to respond to a letter and the story is a wonderful example of the scientific method in action.

09.15.2019 Math - Optional extra credit