II. Study Guide
– Things we’ve covered that will be on Thursday’s test.
A. Key vocabulary terms
3. Cell Membrane
B. Elements found in living things.
Remember our C-H-O-N color-in handout.
C. Why is WATER essential (important) for
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.
B. Math test on Friday focusing on
parallelograms and triangles as well as decomposing figures to determine area
A. Lab on using the Triple Beam Balance –
B. Lab on determining the DENSITY OF
WATER (One gram per cubic
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;
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.)
HOMEWORK: OBSERVE THE MOON! (ongoing for three weeks.)
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.