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Science Assignments

  • 18 MAY 2018: 100 Great Discoveries - Earth Science What evidence lead to our current understanding of the planet Earth? This video is a good review for the 4th Quarter Final Test.
  • 17 MAY 2018: Earth Ice Age Documentary What evidence has been found to support the idea of ice ages, and what does that evidence show?
  • 16 MAY 2018: Review weathering, erosion, and deposition. Review how wind is generated and look at the global pattern. Last, go to the lab and model weathering, erosion, and deposition.
  • 15 MAY 2018: What is the least dense layer of the Earth? What facts do you know about that layer? Now, watch this video and describe why the least dense layer of the Earth is so important for human life to exist. Also describe how that layer can be deadly.
  • 14 MAY 2018: What forces are you aware of that can break and or move rocks? Watch this video and also list the forces that you were not aware of.
  • 11 MAY 2018: Faces of Earth - Shaping the Planet After watching the video, describe the interaction between the thee major tectonic plate boundaries. How and why do they move the way they move?
  • 10 MAY 2018: Aluminum Foil Boat 1. Sketch a design that you would like to test and predict the number of gems that it will float. After making improvements, record your best results. Build your best design for a class competition.
  • 09 MAY 2018: Build a scale model timeline of the age of the Earth. Scale 1 mm : 15,000,000 years. Precambrian = 4,056,000,000 years, Paleozoic Era 299,000,000 years, Mesozoic Era 179,000,000 years, Cenozoic Era 66,000,000 years. What order did the following life forms dominate the Earth? (mammals, marine organisms, reptiles, terrestrial organisms emerged ) Video: Geologic Time Scale
  • 08 MAY 2018: Improve your powerboat design with the new materials. (pool noodles, hot glue, craft sticks, balloons, spoons, straws, waterproof tape, water bottles, rubber-bands, paperclips, scissors, scalpel). The boat must propel itself across the bin full of water. It may not exceed one foot in length, nor 150 grams, no wind powered boats.
  • 07 MAY 2018: Design a self propelled boat. With the given supplies: 1 water bottle, 1 roll of tape, 3 large craft sticks, 3 small craft sticks, 3 rubber-bands, 3 paperclips. Tonight, you may research the internet for ideas and bring your own supplies. I will also purchase what I can from the wish list that you made on the whiteboard in class.
  • 04 MAY 2018: Write your name on your paper while your partner holds the pencil stationary. Then watch the following videos: 1. https://youtu.be/KLXqykb0_yo 2. https://youtu.be/i4W2CW4G_Do 3. https://youtu.be/k0tnqPmwWvk
    After watching the videos summarize how the chain of islands was formed. Then choose which island you think is the safest one to live on to avoid eruptions and describe why you chose that island.
  • 03 MAY 2018: Finding Relative Age of Rock Layers For each puzzle, write your answer and describe your reasoning.
  • 02 MAY 2018: Read Science Book pages 279-282. Show your work for problem number 4. And choose three more questions to answer in a complete sentence each.
  • 01 MAY 2018: Build a seismograph. Presented by Maricruz Acujum a student at CSU Stanislaus.
  • 30 APR 2018: Cotton-ball Catapult - Design Challenge
  • 27 APR 2018: Build a Parachute. Directions 01 Directions 02
  • 26 APR 2018: Build a Bridge out of 1, 2, or 3 sheets of paper. See how many pennies your bridge will hold until it collapses. Divide the number of pennies it held by the number of papers you used. The value of your quotient is the score for your bridge. Directions 01 Directions 02
  • 25 APR 2018: Test Time: Get a piece of paper that you can turn in, and begin.
  • 24 APR 2018: Using your science book, read The Rock Cycle, p.268-271 and write a complete sentence to answer the reading checkpoint and key concept questions. Video: The Rock Cycle
  • 23 APR 2018: Make a list of the evidence that the Earth's crust is moving: Video
  • 20 APR 2018: Take notes for your website, "MORE about the CORE": Why Does The Earth Have Layers?, Earth's Interior - Seismic Evidence Explanation.
  • 19 APR 2018: Lab experiment followed by adding your lab notes to your website on "The Evidence" web page. Next, work on the Earth's Mantle (PLIX, Read, Practice) assignments on Google Classroom
  • OPEN HOUSE: 5:30-6:30 PM, SLIDESHOW
  • 18 APR 2018: Earth Science Review Crossword Puzzle There are two errors in the crossword puzzle. billion is billions and neutrons are neutral, oops. You only have to do one of the puzzles as well not both.
  • 17 APR 2018: Intro Videos: 1, 2, 3: Google Classroom assignments: Radioactivity, Half-Life, and Earth History (read and practice).
  • 16 APR 2018: Intro videos: 1 ,2, 3: Google Classroom assignments: Radioactivity, Half-Life, and Earth History (read and practice). The assignments do not all need to be completed today.
  • 13 APR 2018: Finish the following video, Birth of the Earth. Listen to the students that are presenting. Finish Monday's Mouse Create Assignment. Add two new pages to your website under Earth and Engineering, "My Questions" and "The Evidence". If you have extra time, use google maps to Explore the Earth from space.
  • 12 APR 2018: Watch the following video, Birth of the Earth and add information to your notes. What evidence do scientists have to support their theory of planet formation? What other questions do you have about our planet Earth?
  • 11 APR 2018: Watch: Seeing the Smallest Things in the Universe Work on your Google Presentation, "Spring Break and Earth Science"
  • 10 APR 2018: Write three questions about the Earth. Take notes on how the Earth was formed (Big Bank Theory). Identify and describe natural cycles. Use your textbook to look for the answers to your questions. Timeline
  • 09 APR 2018: Update your website. On your "Mouse Create" page, answer these questions.
  • 29 MAR 2018: Build a Better Battery. Take what you know and see if you can improve your battery design. How many batteries can you get in a series? What the highest voltage you can get from your series circuit?
  • 28 MAR 2018: Renaissance Day, after 2nd period. HOMEWORK: Research how to make a simply battery.
  • 27 MAR 2018: Build a Battery. You will be given more than enough variables to make a battery. However, you will not be given any directions. Experiment, can you get the electrons flowing to produce an electrical current? HOMEWORK: Research how to make a simply battery.
  • 26 MAR 2018: Finish hacking Smogville (22 & 23 MAR) and do not forget to keep the URL (link) to your remixed website. Once you are done with Smogville, update your website. Add Fossil Fuel, Generator, and Turbine to your glossary. Add a new tab called "Earth and Engineering", in that new tab create a page called, "Mouse Create" on the mouse create page copy and paste the information from my example website and fill in you page with the necessary information. My example website
  • 23 MAR 2018: Start Video 1 at 9:40 and follow the directions from yesterday.
  • 22 MAR 2018:
    DAY ONE: Begin with Video 1 as a class. Stop at 6:00 and begin Mouse Create by answering the written questions from step 3 and 4. Then play the game on step 5. Take a screenshot of the game once you pass one of the levels. Then turn-in the screenshot on Mouse Create by attaching it to the bottom of step 5.
    DAY TWO: Fast forward Video 1 to 6:08 ***WARNING*** Send your X-RAY GOGGLES remix link to your email account, save it on a Google Document, or place the link on your website in addition to turning it in on Mouse Create. Watch Video 2 when you complete the first set of tasks, from Video 1. If you finish early design a new turbine and test it, or help other students complete their Mouse Create assignments.

  • 21 MAR 2018:
    1. Check your @turlockusd.org e-mail. Catch up on missing assignments today. Today is the last day to turn-in any 3rd quarter missing assignments.
    2. Also, make sure you have completed the following three assignments from Mouse Create:
      • You've got the Power (Turn in Mouse Create). Fast forward this Instructional Video to 5:10 to help you remember how to do the assignment.
      • DIY Generator (animation turned in on Google Classroom)
      • Testing Turbines (complete sentences turned in on Google Classroom) For pictures, you may use the Chromebook's camera, your phone and the Google Drive App, or Google Drawings. To save a Google Drawing download the picture as a PNG file to your drive. Then, insert it into your document.
    3. If you finish early, help other students or return graded papers.

  • 20 MAR 2018: Listen to the Testing Turbine Project. If you need to see the lesson, log-in to Mouse Create. On a graph paper, complete the following sentences. After working on the project, watch a real world application of engineering.
  • 19 MAR 2018: Instructional Video: Log-in to Mouse Create begin the DIY Generator Project. However instead of building a working generator you will be building an animated model with this following website http://www.abcya.com/animate.htm

    Example Generator 1 | Example Generator 2


  • 14 FEB 18: Use the computer to continue working on your biomes web-page (Monday's assignment) and biomes worksheet (Tuesday's assignment). Turn-in the worksheet when you are done and publish your website when you are done.
  • 13 FEB 18: Choose 6 different colors to color the Biomes Map Outline. Use a pencil to fill in the Biomes at a Glance worksheet. For the weather describe the average temperature (hot, temperate, cold) and precipitation (wet, semi-humid, dry). Also give at least two examples in all the other boxes.
  • 12 FEB 18: Chose 5 different biomes to describe on your Google Sites webpage. For each biome, include the title of the biome, summarize the climate, plants, and animals of that biome. Give an example location, and include at least three picture per biome. Use the following website as an example: You may summarize information from this website but do not copy and paste. Use your own words and find your own images. http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/index.html
  • 02 FEB 18: Begin today's quiz CK12.ORG. Also, make sure you are not missing any other CK12 assignments and turn in your Biome Survival Scenario in Google Classroom. If you finish early try these games: Jungle Jeopardy or Legends of Learning code: RUIZE3.>/li>
  • 01 FEB 18: Climate and Biomes video, reading, and practice. CK12.ORG
  • 31 JAN 18: Transfer your biome survival answers, from Monday, to a digital copy and turn it in on Google Classroom. The document can be accessed in the Google Classroom. One person in your group needs to make a copy and share it with the rest of the group. Simply click file, make a copy, and then click the share button to types in their email addresses. Each person in the group is responsible for turning in a copy of the assignment. You may search the Internet for more information about biomes of view these data sheets: biomes.
  • 30 JAN 18: Visit the Ag in Motion Lab
  • 29 JAN 18: Watch the following quick videos: Biomes, and Survival Tips. Work in your group to complete the Biome Assignment
  • 19 JAN 18: Choose one of the following environment worksheets. Research the possible biotic factors that could live in that habitat and draw at least three animals in your selected habitat. Color the worksheet and turn it in the appropriate basket. If you finish early continue studying with Ecosystem Study Jams.
  • 18 JAN 18: Ecosystem Ecology Summary Video Then work on the worksheet. We will review the worksheet as a class tomorrow. I will be collecting it for your grade.
  • 17 JAN 18: First, complete the ecology assignment on ck12.org. Second, choose one or both of the following links to continue learning about ecosystems: www.kidsdiscover.com and/or Ecosystem Study Jams.
  • 16 JAN 18: Scholastic Study Jams: Choose the topics that you would like to study. Watch the video and take the quiz. You may also use CK12 as a source to research information. Be prepared to share what you learned with the whole class.
  • 12 JAN 18: Ecosystem Kahoot, then use CK12 to research concepts and vocabulary that you did not know.
  • 11 JAN 18: Watch a ecosystem video as a class, open the CK12 Flexbook, begin the CK12 assignments.
  • 10 JAN 18: Join Mr. Ruiz's 7th Grade Science Class Use your school Google Account to sign up.
  • 09 JAN 18: Classwork: Create a word web about things that you ate, drank, used or did.

  • 2017-12-21: Test make-ups, retakes (STUDY MATERIAL) and login.legendsoflearning.com AND ENTER THIS TEACHER CODE: RUIZE3
  • 2017-12-20: Science Lab - Chemistry Experiment: Pre-Lab Video (3 min.) | Post-Lab Video 1 (9 min.) or Post-Lab Video 2 (4 min.)
    You will be given two different liquids. One liquid comes in three colors. You may mix the colors in your mixing cup to change the color. However, do not fill your cup more than half way with any one type of liquid. Once you combine the two different types of liquids do not fill your cup more than 3/4 ths full. The goal is to keep a good record of your procedures and results. You get to choose the order in which you mix the liquids, how you mix them, how long you mix them, and any other variables you can think of. Your choices will determine the result of your experiment.If you do not keep track of your procedures, you may not be able to reproduce desirable results or avoid undesirable results. We will analyze your results after the experiment and try to explain or hypothesize why we observed what we observed. After explaining the phenomena and understanding the concept, we will also brainstorm possible solutions to re-engineering undesirable results.
  • 2017-12-19: Unit Test and Peer Grading Grade the person above and below you on the list.
  • 2017-12-18: Continue working on your summaries (directions are listed below on December 7th). If you finish early explore some of the following Phet Simulations
  • 2017-12-08: Does Temperature Affect Dissolving? Lab Direcetions Do you see a pattern in the student data from Wednesday?
  • 2017-12-07: Peer Grade the "States of Matter" webpage for the three people below you on the list. Enter your lab data from yesterday into this spreadsheet. Do you notice a pattern? If so, write what you noticed in your notebook.
    Begin a new webpage called "Chemistry" under the Chemistry Labs tab, on this page you will summarize each chapter of the chemistry lessons from this quarter.
  • 2017-12-06: Design a controlled experiment to see if the temperature of water affects "THE AMOUNT" of salt or sugar that the water can dissolve.
  • 2017-12-05: Kahoot Review Assignment, Letter to Santa *OPTIONAL*, check to make sure your "States of Matter" webpage is up to date we will grade them on Thursday. In your notebook, write the explanation why and how sugar dissolves in water.
  • 2017-12-04: Dissolving Sugar
  • 2017-12-01: Dissolving Salt In the thin graduated cylinder, measure 10 ml of water and pour it in the glass beaker, then find it's mass in grams. Begin adding one pinch of salt at a time to the water to see if it will dissolve (become invisible) as soon as it will no longer dissolve the salt find it's new mass. Find the difference in mass, the difference in mass is the amount of salt dissolved in grams. Repeat the steps for alcohol, dry the glass beaker before using the alcohol.
  • 2017-11-30: States of Matter, Open Note Quiz | Glossary Grading Rubric Grade the three people above you on the list of websites. | Continue adding content to your States of Matter webpages. | Create a Mouse Account Use your school email as your user name. Join the Group Code: 4RK3XXTR. Work on the *Mouse Create Scavenger Hunt*
  • 2017-11-29: Surface Tension
  • 2017-11-28: Properties of water
  • 2017-11-27: Chemistry - A Volatile History
  • 2017-10-20: Find the density of several irregular shaped objects and determine if they sink or float when placed on water. Video Demonstration.
  • 2017-10-19: Update Website: Add a picture of a periodic table to the Chemistry Labs page. Add the words; "photosynthesis", "density", and "thermal expansion" to the glossary and define each vocabulary word. Last, add a new page titled "Periodic Table" to the appendix. on the periodic table page add the link "http://www.ptable.com/". If you finish early you may explore the webpage playsciencegames.com
  • 2017-10-18: Update Website: Change "Labs" to "Biology Labs" create a new page "Chemistry Labs" under the Chemistry Labs page move the water exploration lab, and create a density page as well.
  • 2017-10-17: What is Density?. Record your answers in your science notebooks.
  • 2017-10-16: The Ups and Downs of Thermometers. Record your answers in your science notebooks.
  • 2017-10-13: You will be given 30 minutes of class time to finish your test, work on your essay, or update your website. Retake the Kahoot cell quiz for a test score.
  • 2017-10-12: Water Exploration Lab: Record your observations in your notebooks, and be ready to transfer that information to your website.
  • 2017-10-11: First Quarter Final Assessment: Cell Structures and Functions
  • 2017-10-10: Build a trirama to show the cycle of matter for photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  • 2017-10-09: We did a cell structure and function Kahoot Quiz today and added our controlled experiment observations to our website. Study for the final quiz on cell structure and function. Your book pages 90 and 91 have good information along with this game, try quiz mode as well.
  • 2017-10-06: Conduct a controlled experiment. Measure your variables (volume, temperature, grams, time, etc). Repeat another group's experiment. The variables that are available are: hot water, cold water, table salt, food coloring, and sugar.
  • 2017-10-05: Website Updates: Add the following words to your Glossary: Controlled Experiment, Independent Variable, and Dependent Variable. Add a new page titled "Experiments" under the labs tab. Title the new page Uncontrolled & Controlled Experiments. On the new page, describe what you did in the lab on Monday and describe the controlled experiment/s that you plan to conduct on tomorrow. Last, make a prediction about your controlled experiment.
  • 2017-10-04: Spiral Review - Open Book Jeopardy Game.
  • 2017-10-03: Lean about controlled experiments: 2:34 - Controlled Experiments, 4:06 - Biology: Controlled Experiments and brainstorm a controlled experiment using any of the materials from Monday's Lab.
  • 2017-10-02: We went to the science lab and materials were provided so students could create an experiment. Materials included: table salt, rock salt, sugar, food coloring, water (hot/cold), thermometers, glassware, stir sticks, zip-lock bags, and dish soap.
  • 2017-09-29: Volunteer Student Presentations (Organ Systems Slideshow, Organ Poster Information, or Essay). Index Card Tower Challenge
  • 2017-09-28: Update your webpage. Add Organ and Organ System to your glossary and define both words. Add a picture of your Organ Poster and your Organ System presentation the appendix. You may also work to complete the poster, your essay, your presentation, or go to google classroom and grade another student's website.
  • 2017-09-27: Write a five paragraph essay about three things you have learned this year. Include an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • 2017-09-26: Create a wanted posters about an organ. http://sciencespot.net/Pages/otrail.html
  • 2017-09-25: When scientists want to know something, before they design and conduct experiments, they will conduct research to see what is already known about the topic. Today's topic is "organ systems" you will be conducting research about the organ systems that make up the human body. With the information that you uncover, you will be preparing a group Google Slides presentation. video description
  • 2017-09-15: Pond Water Lab (Video in Google Drive) or Pond Water Lab (Video on YouTube), record your observations in your notebook while you are in the lab. Take picture is possible. (If you finish early you may look at the pre-prepared slides as well.)
  • 2017-09-14: Cell parts and Functions Kahoot, and edit your webpage. Make sure you have the content that is listed on my example website. If you finish early peer review other student webpages, review their observations to see if you had similar data, and/or help other with their site.
  • 2017-09-13: Draw, label, and color a plant and animal cell.
  • 2017-09-12: Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Video 4
  • 2017-09-11: Classification activity and website updates to include the word classification to your glossary and its definition. Also, add a new page to your website titled Plants and Powders. Take some time to really reflect on your observations and think deeply about what you saw in the microscope. Record your reflection on your webpage.
  • 2017-09-08: Plant and Powder Lab: Make qualitative and quantitative observations of what you observe in the microscope today.
  • 2017-09-07: Have your notebook ready to record interesting facts from the following video: Hurricanes
  • 2017-09-06: Google Classroom Assignment: Data Analysis - Peer Review

    Back to School Night

  • 2017-09-05: Watch this video and see how much work is involved in the scientific method. In, your notebook record the information we discussed in class about the scientific method. Peer review the observations that you made the first week of school. See more details.
  • 2017-09-04: NO SHCOOL
  • 2017-09-01: Try to complete everything assigned up to this point. Check the board for the definitions of Peer Review and Science. If you finish early; grade more student websites, help others with questions, make observations for all 16 items in the blue trays.
  • 2017-08-31: Video one: How to save a copy of your Google Drawings. Video two: Watch this video, it will explain how to add and organize a microscope lab page to your website, add the microscope drawing and slide preparation information to your appendix, grade peer websites, and compile data to a shared spreadsheet.
  • 2017-08-30: Microscope Lab. While you are in the lab: Be very observant. How does the microscope work? Make qualitative and quantitative observations. Create testable questions. Write possible explanations. Think like a scientist. Question everything.
  • 2017-08-29: Microscope Kahoot Review Game. After the game, begin the Google Classroom Assignment, use Google Drawings to label a picture of the microscope. How to video.
  • 2017-08-28: Make this sketch in your notebook. Watch this video and use a science book pages 688 and 689. Last, add this to your notebook: How to prepare a slide
  • 2017-08-25: Update your website with this week's information, review the assignments below. Insert your battery (ounce) and paperclip (gram) drawing to your appendix or you may also use the following images from the Internet (AA battery, and Jumbo Paperclip). Last, here is another explanation of how to calculate and use conversion factors.
  • 2017-08-24: Update your website with this week's definitions, add two more key terms to your glossary: Peer Review, and Science, add the conversion factors to your appendix If you have extra time, Peer review other people's observations and/or add more observations to your webpage. Watch the video for more details.
  • 2017-08-23: Today we are engaging in the process of science by comparing our observations, looking for patterns, and defining the following key terms: Qualitative Observations, Quantitative Observations, and Conversion Factor
  • 2017-08-22: Contact, Glossary, Appendix
  • 2017-08-21: How to set up your website
  • 2017-08-18: Google Classroom Assignments. Homework: Do some Internet research about the 2017 eclipse. This does not need to be turned in.
  • 2017-08-17: Chrome cart/books introduction video and Today's Google AssignmentHomework:Open your digital drawing from home and show your family. Don't forget picture day tomorrow.
  • 2017-08-16: If you can, e-mail Mr. Ruiz at eruiz@turlockusd.org say hello and tell me your name.
  • 2017-08-15: Describe your observations to another person to see if they can guess what your items are. Get that person's signature in your notebook.
  • 2017-08-14: NO HOMEWORK

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