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.