Thursday, April 4, 2024

Science - Week #30 quiz study guide

 Study Guide - Week #30 Science Quiz

  • Phylum Chordata. What types of animals does this include?
  • Organization of living things … Kingdom, phylum, etc …
  • Eclipse. Solar vs lunar. What are the relative positions of the Earth, moon, sun?
  • The Key terms from Monday.
  • When did vertebrate animals evolve?
  • Wavelength vs Amplitude.
  • Speed of sound, light, nerve impulse.
  • Life cycle of frogs.
  • Environmental challenges facing amphibians
  • Current environmental degradation caused by humans.
  • Mammals vs Reptiles. What distinguishes each group?
  • Bird evolution.
  • Reading a cladogram
  • Dinosaur extinction. When and why.

Environmental Science - 04.04.2024 - Thursday

 Environmental Science

Due Friday: 04.04.2024 - Thursday - 

House project prep

  1. You’ve been as asked to design a tiny home. Our recap (The story so far.)
    1. Our budget is $500,000. This will include the land and the materials for building your house.
    2. We’ve chosen a BIOME in California where we will build our house.
    3. We’ve chosen a rough DESIGN for our house.
    4. Our house will incorporate (use) some energy saving features that, once designed into the home, we do not have to pay for each month.
    5. One food item we will raise or grow for our own use. 

II.  Today: Search California for available land to purchase to place tour home.

A.  By the end of today do a write up which includes the following.

  1. The cost of the land and the left-over money to purchase materials for your home.
  2. The location of your home.
  3. The CLIMATE conditions your home will face. Is it a desert home? Forest? Central Valley? What type of weather will your house face.
  4. The wildfire threat to your location. Are wildfires a concern? Why or why not.
  5. The flood threat to your location. Is flooding going to be a potential concern and how will that change or affect your house plan?
  6. What is the nearest MAJOR CALIFORNIA RIVER to your home? 
  7. Will your home be connected to public electricity and water or will you be generating enough electricity on your own and will you collect enough water? 
  8. How much electricity will you use (roughly) per month in your home? 
  9. A MAP … Take a screen shot and show the location, on a map of California, approximately where your home will be located.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Environmental Science - Tuesday - 04.02.2024

 Environmental Studies

Web Search Assignment

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  1. Where in California do you plan on building your tiny house?
  2. In “The Biggest Little Farm” the family had to contend with hard-packed first when they arrived at Apricot Lane Farm. They, eventually, turned the dirt into soil. What is the difference between dirt and soil?
  3. The farmers planted cover crops. What are cover crops and how are they beneficial to the farm?
  4. In the first half of “The Biggest Little Farm” the farmers though of the coyote as a pest to be eliminated. Why?
  5. How did coyote end up helping with the balance achieved in the farm?
  6. What are the top four crops grown in California?
  7. What are the top four animals raised in California for food?
  8. California receives water from rain and depends upon a snow pack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, each year, to supply water to the state. What are the top four consumers of fresh water in California?
  9. Where does most of the precipitation fall in California in an average year?
  10. What two crops in California use the MOST water?
  11. Who decides where the limited supply of fresh water in California will go?
  12. In your small home project you’ll be asked to grow at least one, small, crop for your own use. What will you grow? Comment on the water needs of your chosen “crop.” (Is it a high-water-need crop or low-water-need food?

04.01.2024 Week #30


Friday, March 29, 2024

03.29.2024 Science Notes


03.29.2024 - Friday - Environmental Studies - Week #29 - wrap up slide show.

 Week #29

Environmental Science


  1. You’ve been tasked to build a “Tiny House.” (No more than 500 interior square feet.) There are several websites that feature small-house designs. Slide one: Find a picture of a small house that most-closely looks like your vision for YOUR house.
  2. Slide Two:  We studied passive energy saving tips this week. Ways to incorporate energy saving into the design of any home so the home-owner is not incurring large monthly costs. Name three (3) PASSIVE energy savings you will incorporate into your home. Display a picture of a least one of them.
  3. We’re focusing on California for this assignment. Part of the assignment is building a home appropriate to the California BIOME where it will be build. Display a picture of the BIOME and name three (3) design considerations that you’ll have to take into account to live in your chosen environment. (For example; how will your design for a desert home be different for a design for a home in the high Sierra?)
  4. Slide four:  We watched “The Biggest Little farm - The Return” this week. You will be asked to rise at least food crop or thing, on your land near the tiny house, in an effort to be independent and sustainable. What will you raise (Corn? Tomatoes? Apples? Chickens? Trout? … etc.) and what are the requirement fro your food “crop?”
  5. Slide five:  What is an energy-saving feature you can incorporate into your tiny house BASED ON THE BIOME IN WHICH IT IS LOCATED? (Wind power? Solar Power? Water Power? etc.) Display a picture of the power you chose.

Week #29 Quiz


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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Chapter 28 quiz study guide


March 21st - Environmental Science -

 Environmental Science - 03.21.2024 - Due today

  1. Use your Chromebook. (Phone if you need to - for the picture - )
  2. Taking no more than five minutes, snap a photo of. Species on the school yard. (Bird, tree, insect, etc - NOT a human.)
  3. Returning to the classroom do a writeup (Slideshow) that includes the following. Use as many slides as needed, but be sure to include your picture.

  1. What is the COMMON NAME of your species?
  2. What is the SCIENTIFIC NAME of your species?
  3. When did your species arrive in California?
  4. Would you consider your species to be native or invasive? Why?
  5. What is the RANGE of your species? (Where is it, generally, found.)
  6. Going back in time two hundred years … Name five (5) species that might have been seen here if you were in this exact place in 1824.
  7. Of the five species you named; Write a brief explanation of WHY or WHY NOT you would see this species here, in Pacifica, today?

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Week #27 - Study guide for our Friday, open-note quiz.


Science - Week #27 - March 13th and 14th (Weds / Thurs)


Environmental Science - Week #27 - California Biomes Assignment

 California Water and Biomes

Include one slide for each of the following:

  1. Each slide must have a picture of the California Biome
  2. There are six California Biomes (Marine, Forest, Freshwater, Grassland, Desert, and Tundra) 
  3. Include one animal species found in each biome. Make sure to include both the common and scientific name.
  4. Include one plant species found in each biome along with the scientific name.
  5. How much annual rainfall does each biome receive?
  6. Write a few sentences describing the biome. In other words, if you found yourself in that biome; what would expect to see, smell, hear, feel, etc.
  7. Name one environmental challenge facing the biome. In other words - something that may have a negative impact on biodiversity. Example: As global warming takes hold deserts - which are already hot and arid - may become unlivable for some species that currently reside there.