Our annual STEM Fair (Grades 5  8) is scheduled for Thursday, February 6th. Our fair is scheduled earlier than normal so that student project winners can represent our school at the DRVC STEM Fair on April 4th. Our fair is directly aligned to the requirements of the diocesan fair.
We encourage students to follow the planning guide established to stay on track. Students are encouraged to seek input from Mr. Ishmail when they have questions.
A copy of the student packet was provided in school and can be accessed below in the Science Document Folder.
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Week of 3/17/2020 3/20/2020.
Tuesday 3/17. Topic. Volcanoes that form at Convergent Boundaries.
Refer to page 233.
Your task: 1. Read page 233, then answer question 13.
2. Use the internet to find the names of any two tectonic plates that are converging and two plates that are diverging.
Wednesday 3/18. Topic . Hot Spots. Refer to page 234 of your workbook.
Your task : 1. Read and annotate page 234, then answer question 14.
2. Use the internet to research the locations of at least four (4) Hot Spots around the world.
3. Draw, label and color a diagram of a Hot Spot.
Thursday 3/19. Topic. Living near a Volcano. Refer to page 235.
Your task: 1. Read page 35, then watch this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JxehyAXek on your computer.
2. Would you like to live near a dormant volcano? Why/Why not? Write a paragraph giving the reasons for your choice.
Friday 3/20. Topic. Visual Summary and Lesson Review. Pages 236237.
Your task: 1. Answer questions 1822. and questions 1  10 ( page 237) from the Lesson Review.

Week of 3/23/2020 3/27/2020.
Monday 3/23. Topic. Earthquakes. Pages 238247.
Your task: 1. Read and annotate pages 238241, then answer questions 17.
Tuesday 3/24. Topic. Where do earthquakes happen?
Your task : 1. Read pages 242243. then watch this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROVuhDENYh0
2. Where do earthquakes happen?
3.How do eartquakes support the theory of plate tectonics?
Wednesday 3/25. Topic. What are some effects of earthquakes?
Your task: 1. Read page 244, then answer question 12 .
2. What information would you include on a poster that tells people how to protect themselves during an earthquake?
Thursday 3/26. Topic. " Why it Matters" Killer Quake.
Your task. 1. Read page 245, then answer questions 13,14 and 15 on Google Docs.
2. Answer the questions asked for the Visual Summary (page 246) #1620. (Google Docs)
3. Answer questions 110 of the Lesson Review (page 247).
SUBMIT ALL YOUR ANSWERS FOR TODAY'S WORK ON GOOGLE DOCS.
Friday 3/27. Topic. What happens during an Earthquake?
Your task. 1. Watch this video from the National Geographic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r_nFT2mVg
2. Read pages 254255, then answer questions 6 and 7 IN YOUR WORKBOOK.
3. Underline the definitions for these vocabulary terms in your workbook: focus, epicenter, seismic waves, seismogram, magnitude and intensity.

Week of March 29,2020 April 3, 2020.
Monday 3/30. Topic. What are two kinds of seismic waves?
Your task . 1. Read pages 256257, then answer questions 8,9 and 10 IN YOUR WORKBOOK.
2. Watch this video from BrainPOP
https://www.brainpop.com/science/earthsystem/earthquakes/
3.Answer the quiz questions that follow the video , choose the REVIEW QUIZ.
Tuesday 3/31. Topic. How are seismic waves measured?
Your task. 1. Read page 258 of your workbook, then answer question 11in your workbook.
2. Watch the video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za_22xo7ZQQ
3. Draw a diagram of a TimeDistance Graph that shows
(a) Pwave and (b) Swave. Use different colors for each wave.
(c) Label the axes of your graph ( use the ones similar to the ones given in your workbook)
Keep this drawing in your binder.
Wednesday 4/01. Topic. How is an earthquake's center located?
Your task.
Watch this YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBS7BKqHRhs
then submit your answers.on Google Docs.
1. Data from how many seismic stations are needed to accurately pinpoint the epicenter of an earthquake?
2. If data is used from only two stations , what can be the possible result?
3. What do you think is a seismometer?
4. Is the circle around the seismic station drawn by using the radius or the diameter?
5. Which seismic station would feel the effect of the Pwaves first, the one closest to the epicenter or the one farthest away?
6. If data from a fourth station is used , do you think it will cause the location of the epicenter to shift?
7. Read page 259 , then answer questions 12 and 13 . Submit these on the same Google doc.
Thursday 4/02. Topic. How is earthquake magnitude measured?
Your task. 1. Read page 260 of your workbook, then do the following :
You need to do some research to answer these questions.
(a) List at least two (2) ways in which the Richter Scale id Different from the Moment Magnitude Scale.
(b) Draw a table like the one shown below and insert 5 earthquakes that have registered 8.0 or greater on the Moment Magnitude Scale.
This is a useful website to look at .
https://earthquaketrack.com/recent?mag_filter=7
Year  Location  Moment Magnitude 
(c) Draw a diagram of the Moment Magnitude Scale.
Friday 4/03. Topic . How is earthquake intensity measured?
Your task. 1. Read page 261 , then answer these questions on Google Docs.
(a) When referring to earthquakes, what is the difference between magnitude and intensity?
(b) What is the name of the scale used to measure the intensity of an earthquake?
(c) What can be experienced with an intensity of 6 on this scale?
( d) Have you ever felt an earthquake with an intensity of 4.? How can you tell it was a 4?
(e) What rating would you give the earthquake that caused the large opening in the ground in the picture on page 261? Why did you choose this rating?
(f) What do you think is one weakness of the Modified Mercalli Scale?( Hint; not everyone in your class gave the same answer to the previous question (e).)
Week of 4/06/2020  4/10/2020. Topic: What factors determine the effects of an earthquake?
Your task . Read and annotate pages 262263 of your workbook., then answer the following questions.
1. List four factors that determine the effects of an earthquake in a given area.
2. Why is it more dangerous when seismic waves loose soil and sediments are saturated with water?
3. Why do places that are farther away from the epicenter tend to suffer less damage?
4. What type of buildings tend to more susceptible to earthquake damage?
5. How does a base isolator work to minimize the damage an earthquake can cause?
Tuesday 4/07.

Week of 4/20/2020  4/24/2020.
Monday 4/20. Topic . Space Science.
Today we start on a very exciting journey of discovery of the Universe. You will use your workbook along with other resources to help you get a better understanding of our place in the universe.
Your task for today is to read and annotate pages 6 and 7 of your workbook, Space Science.
Then you will sign in to BrainPop using this code boar4412
Topic is Solar System. https://www.brainpop.com/science/space/solarsystem/
After looking at the movie, you will take the Review quiz.
Do not submit any answers for today's work.
This is the code you will use Grade 6. boar4412
Tuesday 4/21. Topic. Our Solar System.
Your task. Respond to the questions and watch the videos ( the links are posted).
Question 1. What do you think life is like for astronauts in space?
To get a better idea read the information presented in this link
https://iss.jaxa.jp/kids/en/life/index.html
2. Name the eight planets of our solar system and then put them in the correct order on the strip of paper. You can draw circles and put the names of the planets inside. Keep this to show me when we have our Google Meet on Friday 4/24/2020.
3. Watch this video to see the toscale model of the Solar System.
https://vimeo.com/139407849
4. Tomorrow Wednesday 4/22 /2020 is Earth Day. Research what activities are planned in the United States to observe this important day. There is no work for you to submit today
Wednesday 4/22. Earth Day. Topic . Protecting Planet Earth.
Your task. Watch this short video, the write a list of at least 10 things you and people in general can do to protect planet Earth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR8rzsZCrNg&feature=youtu.be
2. Submit your list on Google docs.
Week of 3/17/2020 3/20/2020.
Tuesday 3/17.We will continue our study of microorganisms this week. Recall we studied the characteristics of BACTERIA. Today we will learn about how bacteria (a) reproduce and (b) exchange DNA. Refer to pages 84and 85 of your workbook.
Your task: 1. Read and annotate both pages, then answer questions 13 and 14.
Written work
2. Describe in your own words what happens during binary fission.
3.Describe in your own words what happens during conjugation.
4. List the characteristics of bacteria.
Wednesday 3/18. Topic. How do viruses replicate? Refer to pages 8889.
Your task. 1. Read pages 8889, then watch this short video
Viruses and the Lytic Cycle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6albOQr1Q
3. Draw a diagram of the lytic cycle.
Thursday 3/19. Topic. What are the characteristics of VIRUSES? Refer to pages 8687 of your workbook.
Your task: 1. Watch this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FqlTslU22s ( Viruses by Amoeba Sisters)
2. Read pages 8687, then answer 15, 16,17 and 18.
Friday 3/20 . Topic. Visual Summary and Lesson Review. Pages 9091.
Your task . 1. Answer questions 2325 of the Visual Summary, page 90.
2. Answer questions 19 of the Lesson Review.
Monday 3/23. Topic . Protists and Fungi " What are the characteristics of Protists?"
Your task . 1. Read and annotate pages 9495 of your workbook, then answer questions 5,6 and 7 IN THE WORKBOOK.
2. Vocabulary. Refer to page 93, Vocabulary Terms. Write and submit definitions for the 8 words listed on page 93.
3. Draw, color and label Either the PARAMECIUM or the EUGLENA shown on pages 9495. KEEP THIS DRAWING IN YOUR BINDER.
Tuesday 3/24. Topic. How can Protists reproduce?
Your task: 1. Read and annotate pages 9697.
2. Watch these two videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK7Ckmxxqds&t=262s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7Qz9oc4DsA
3. Answer question 10 IN YOUR WORKBOOK.
Wednesday 3/25. Topic. What are different kinds of protists?
Your task: 1. Read and annotate pages 9899, then answer questions on Google docs.
Question 13 from your text.
1. How are phytoplankton similar to plants?
2. How are phytoplankton different from plants?
3. Why is algae important to the survival of other organisms?
Thursday 3/26. Topic. What are some characteristics of Fungi?
Your task: 1. Read pages 100103, then answer #14 on a loose leaf , keep this drawing in your binder.
Answer the following questions on Google Docs. # 15, 16,18 and
(a) What is the function of the mycelium?
(b) What are two ways that fungi can reproduce asexually?
(c) A homeowner discovers a poisonous type of mushroom growing in many places in her yard. She gets rid of all the caps and stems she can see by polling them up like weeds. Will this permanently rid her yard of the mushrooms? Why? Why not?
(d)Describe how the world would be different withour fungi.
Friday 3/27. Topic Review of Protists and Fungi.
Now that you have completed Lesson 2 ( Protists and Fungi), you have enough information to answer correctly the questions on page 93.
Your task. 1. Answer questions 1,2 and 3 on page 93 in YOUR WORKBOOK.
2. Submit on Google Docs the answers to #1923 of the VISUAL SUMMARY on page 104.
3. Submit on Google Docs the answers to #111 of the LESSON REVIEW on page 105.

Week of 3/30/2020. 4/03/2020.
Monday 3/30. Topic. What are the characteristics of Plants?
Your task. 1.Read and annotate pages 108109, then (a) find the meaning of the eight (8) Vocabulary Terms on page 107. Submit the vocabulary terms and meanings on Google Docs.
(b) On a loose leaf draw a detailed labeled diagram of a plant cell. ( page 109). Keep this diagram in your binder.
Tuesday 3/31. Topic . What are the two main groups of plants?
Your task. 1. Read pages 110111, then answer the following questions.
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Wednesday 4/01. Topic.How are seedless nonvascular and seedless vascular plants classified?
Your task. 1.Read and annotate pages 112113 of your workbook.
2. Answer questions 12 and 13 IN YOUR WORKBOOK.
3. Prepare for a TEST on Lesson 2 ( Protists and Fungi). Date for this test is Monday 6th April, 2020. at 10am.
Thursday 4/02. Topic. How are seed plants classified?
Your task. 1. Read pages 114115, then answer questions 14.15 and 16 IN YOUR WORKBOOK.
2. Watch this video by the Amoeba Sisters on YouTube. It's called Plant Reproduction in Angiosperms.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLYPm2idSTE
3. Draw a labeled diagram that shows the structure of a flower( page 115). Keep this diagram in your binder. You should learn the function of each part of the flower.
Week of 4/06/2020 4/10/2020.
Wednesday 4/08. Topic. Pharmaceuticals and Plants.
Your task. Read pages 116117, then answer questions 17, 18 and 19. Submit all these answers on Google Docs.
Tuesday 4/07.

Week of 4/20/2020. 4/24/2020.
Monday 4/20. Topic What Characteristics do animals share?
Your task. 1. Read pages 138141, then answer questions 17 in your workbooks.
2. Find out if the following organisms are animals: a worm,
a bacterium, a coral, a jellyfish, a fungus. Do NOT submit these answers . We will discuss these when we have our video meeting.
Tuesday 4/21. Topic.What groups make up the diversity of animals?
Your task. 1. Read pages 142143, then answer questions 8,9 and 10 in your workbook.
2. Watch this YouTube video about Invertebrates. It will help with a future lesson.
3. Tomorrow Wednesday 4/22/2020 is Earth Day. Please research how people around the world are planning to observe this important day.. There is no work to submit today but there will be work for you to submit tomorrow.
Wednesday 4/22. Earth Day. Topic . Antarctica.
Your task. 1. Watch this YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mms2tTXLWZk
2. Write at least two paragraphs what you learned about Antarctica. Submit your work on Google docs.

Week of 3/17/2020 3/20/2020.
Tuesday 3/17. We will start with Chapter 6 in your review book " Insolation and the Seasons". You will be required to complete the lab.exercise that will be distributed on Monday 3/16/2020.
Your task for Tuesday 3/17.
1. Read pages 100104, then answer questions 110 on pages 104105.
Wednesday 3/18. Read the section on Variation of Insolation, pages105109, then answer questions 1131 (pages 110111).
Thursday 3/19. Complete the "Insolation Lab" .
Friday 3/20. Read the section on "Seasons", pages 116118. Answer questions 3948,(page 119).
Assignment for this week. Answer the "Practice questions for the New York Regents Exam" Questions 129 ( pages120123).

Week of 3/23/2020  3/27/2020. We begin the unit on Astronomy.
Topic 3. " Earth in the Universe"
Monday 3/23. Your task. 1. Read pages 3744, then answer the questions on page 40,#16, and pages 4445 #723.
Tuesday 3/24. Complete the lab. " Luminosity of Stars" ( Using the HertzsprungRussell Diagram) .Refer to the packet sent home.
Wednesday 3/25. Topic . The Solar System
Your task: 1. Read pages 45 50, then answer questions 2429 (pg 47) and questions 3050 (pg 5152).
Thursday 3/26. Complete the second lab for this week, " Constructing an Ellipse"
Your task: 1. Obtain the materials necessary for this lab.( Here is the link to another resource you can use. https://hmxearthscience.com/Warehouse/astronomy/documents/Ellipse%202%20LAB.pdf
2. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHqVD9J0aho
3. Draw the ellipse and do the calculations
4. Answer the questions based on this lab.
5. Keep all these lab exercises as a record. I will collect them whenyou return to school.
Friday 3/27. Topic. Eccentricity. Refer to the new workbook the principal gave you, " Earth Science Reference Tables Workbook".
Your task: 1. Read pages 1819, then answer the questions on pages 1923.
#121
Your assignment for this week is to start you review in preparation for the Earth Science Regents by doing the first Exam review in the text given to you last Thursday.( PHYSICAL SETTING EARTH SCIENCE .REGENTS REVIEW PRACTICE TESTS JUNE 2016).
Week of 3/30/2020 4/03/2020.
Monday 3/30. Topic. Review
Your task . 1. Refer to pages 5357 of your review text by Jeffrey Callister and answer questions 132 of the Practice Questionsfor the New York Regents Exam( pages 5357). We will discuss these questions on Tuesday 3/31.via Google Meet at 10am. Please submit your answers today Monday 3/30.
Tuesday 3/31. Topic. Review  From the Big Bang Theory to The Solar System.
Your task. Come prepared to discuss the questions set for yesterday's lesson. Have your ESRT ready and your notebook to make short notes.
Wednesday 4/01. Topic. Review Chapter 3. Part C.
Your task. 1. Answer questions #3348 on pages5758. ( Part C ).
Submit your answers on Google Docs by 5pm today Wednesday 4/01/2020.
Thursday 4/02. Topic. Characteristics of Stars.
Your task. 1.Read pages 189192 of the Earth Science Reference Tables Workbook, then answer questions 127 on pages 193196.

Week of 4/06/2020  4/10/2020.
Monday 4/06. Topic Motions of Earth, Moon and the Sun.
Your task. 1. Complete and submit the assignments you missed.
2. Read pages 6065 of your review text by Jeffrey Callister, then answer questions 119
Tuesday 4/07.

Week of 4/20/2020  4/24/2020.
Monday 4/20. Topic. Kepler's Laws of planetary Motion.
Your task . 1. Watch this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=locgCWXy2U&feature=plcp
2. Write and submit short notes explaining each of the three Laws formulated by Kepler.
Tuesday 4/21. Topic. Earth and Moon : Motions and Time.
Your task . 1. Read and annotate pages 6970, then answer questions
2840 0n pages 7071 of the Review text ( J. Callister). We will discuss these questions on Friday during the Google Meet Session on Friday 4/24
2. You should go ahead with the reading , " Actual Motions of Earth's Moon" on page 71 ( that will be the next topic).
3. Tomorrow Wed.4/22 is designated EARTH DAY . Please read about plans for this event in the United States.
Wednesday 4/22. Earth Day. Topic . The Phases of the moon.
Your task .1. Watch the video
https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/video/ourworld/ourworldmoonphases
2. Read pages 7174 of the main review text (J. Callister) ,
3. Draw and label Figure 413. Keep this diagram in your binder to show me on Friday 4/24/2020 when we have our Google Meet
Thursday 4/23. Moon Phases. Eclipses and Tides.
Your task .1. Watch this YouTube Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11yIlRU0MRA&feature=plcp
2. Answer .