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.)

Monday, April 22, 2024

04.22.2024 - Science board pics


Eco-home slide show or document write up - 04.22.2024 - Monday - Week #32

 Eco House write-up.

  1. What PASSIVE energy saving features did you build in to your tiny house? (Name at least three.)
  2. Of your $500,000 budget; how much went to land and how much went to materials?
  3. In what region and BIOME, in California, did you choose to build your home?
  4. How many acres of land will you use for your tiny home?
  5. Will your home be connected to public water and electricity? (Why or why not.)
  6. What food are you choosing to raise on your land and how does this food item fit in with the growing climate of your chosen area?
  7. Fins a picture, online, of a small home that most closely resembles the home you chose to build.
  8. What is one UNIQUE feature of your tiny home?
  9. How will your tiny home work WITH the local environment?

Heart chart (Key) 04.22.2024


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

email your answers ....

  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