Tuesday, May 14, 2024

May 14th - Final Exam overview

 Final Exam Study Guide- 

One page of notes - Front and Back - Allowed for the Final Exam- 

Please Turn in your page with the test.

  1. The Kingdoms of Life - How many - Describe each- 
  2. Plankton and the food pyramid - Producers vs Consumers - Heterotrophs and Autotrophs.
  3. Similarities and differences between plant, animal, fungal, and bacteria cells.
  4. Subatomic particles - The relative size and charge of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
  5. The conservation of matter and energy.
  6. Displaying data on a chart in science. Where do we place the independent and dependent variables?
  7. Natural vs Artificial Selection.
  8. Season and tide - what causes each?
  9. Age of the universe and age of earth
  10. The Law of Superposition.
  11. Fossils - What are the types and variety of fossils?
  12. The rock cycle. Types of rock and what drives the rock cycle.
  13. Evidence for evolution.
  14. Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.
  15. The Engineering Design Process and Scientific Method.
  16. Our most recent chapter on the nervous and endocrine systems including - Central vs Peripheral Nervous System. What comprises the endocrine system. What does each system do and how are messages sent in each system. (Neurons vs. Hormones.)
  17. The electromagnetic spectrum.
  18. Isotopes - what are they?

May 14th - Science Board Pics


May 14th - Environmental Studies

 Environmental Science

05.14.2024 - Tuesday - 

Answer on the paper (provided) - Due Today

  1. Web search - California Air Quality
    1. Where does most of California’s air pollution come from?
    2. What is a “Spare the Air Day?”
    3. How many “Spare the Air” days did California have in 2023?
    4. What is the current trend in California Air pollution? (Is it increasing or decreasing?) Show data to back up your answer.
    5. Why does California add significant taxes to every gallon of gasoline?
    6. Where does most of the tax money collected (on gasoline) go? (Make a pi chart to show your answer visually.)
    7. Name three things the average citizen of California can do to improve California air quality.
    8. Of the air pollution that reaches California from elsewhere, where is it generated?
    9. What FORM does this air pollution take? 
    10. How is climate change expected to affect California Air Quality in the next ten years?

Monday, May 6, 2024

May 6th - Science Board Pics - Week #34


Environmental Science - Presentation

 Pacifica Environmental research presentation … Choose one of the following.

300 word minimum. Your own words … not a “cut and paste” or AI generated document.

Sources: Cite a minimum of three (3) sources.

Five slides (minimum) required - the words may be distributed however you like amongst the slides.


Identify the environmental issue and propose a viable solution.

  1.   Leaching of toxic chemicals from the former land fill at Mussel Rock.
  2.   Road kill. Animals prevented from crossing the barriers along the highway One corridor.
  3.   Biodiversity: Invasive species and the threat to indigenous species in Pacifica.
  4.   Tourism: Impact (especially during summer weekend) of people and traffic to Pacifica. The impact on beaches and local infrastructure and how to accommodate tourists in an environmentally sensitive way. For example; trash in non-recyclable containers left at Linda Mar State Beach.
  5. Degradation of local hiking trails caused by the use of e-bikes and people illegally ignoring local laws and using motorcycles on hiking trails.
  6. Non recyclable containers being used by local businesses when, often, this containers find their way to the local beaches.
  7. Tide pool damage caused by illegal collecting and plastic trash.
  8. Large scale dumping of land fill into the area known as “The Quarry.”
  9. Water pollution in the creeks of Pacifica. Be sure to include all of the creeks that flow through Pacifica and reach the ocean.
  10.   Urban Sprawl: The increasing need for housing balanced against a community that is at its limit in terms of traffic on the one, main, highway.
  11.   Rodent control. Controlling mice and rats without using deadly poisons.
  12.   Landscaping in an environmentally conscious way. Especially using low-water use landscaping and no pesticides.
  13. Rising sea levels. How will rising sea levels affect Pacifica?
  14. People living in vans, busses, and other vehicles in Pacifica. How does this affect the local environment (example - Waste disposal) and what steps can be taken to find a positive solution for everyone involved?
  15. Open topic - Teacher approval required. 

May 3rd - Week #33 - Friday - Science Notes


Thursday, April 25, 2024

Week #32 Quiz Study Guide ...

 Study Guide

Open note quiz - Week #32

  1. Review our Week #31 Key Terms.
  2. The cardiovascular System - Path of blood through the heart. Where does it come from (when entering the atria) and where does it go (when leaving the ventricles.)
  3. Differences between atria and ventricles.
  4. The organs of the circulatory system.
  5. Heart rate. How is it measured. 
  6. Caring for our cardiovascular system.
  7. The digestive system - pH and our stomach acid.
  8. What is the difference between acids and bases.
  9. Veins vs arteries. 
  10. Blood and blood pressure. Components of blood and the reason for blood pressure.
  11. Interpreting graphs. How can we tell if there IS a positive correlation between the independent and dependent variable?

Board pics - 04.25.2024 - Science -


04.25.2024 - Environmental Studies - Diving in to rivers.

 California Rivers - Day 1 - 

Please complete this ON PAPER and place your work in the “in” box.

  1. Name five MAJOR California rivers.

2.  Name five MAJOR dams in California.

3.  When was the Hetch Hetchy (O’Shaughnessy Dam) complete?

4.  What were two major arguments FOR the construction of the O’Shaughnessy Dam?

5.  What were two arguments AGAINST the construction of the O’Shaughnessy Dam?

6.  What is YOUR opinion on the damming of Hetch Hetchy?

7.  REASEaRCH:  Name an animal that depends upon a California river. (Beaver, bear, trout, salmon, etc.)

Give the Scientific name and the common name of your animal. 

Draw a picture of your animal.

Describe the diet and life style of your animal. (Aquatic? Carnivorous? etc.)

Write a few sentences, beneath your picture, of how your animal has been affected by a dam in California. (EVERY animal that is connected with a river in California has been affected, somehow, by the dam. Dive in and do the reading and research on-line.)