Archive for August, 2010

Qualitative Observations Day 1


  • Class Procedures
  • Qualitative Observation activities
    • K’Nex Invention Telephone
    • Which White Stuff? Password
  • Metric System

Collected Work: triple_beam_balance_scale

Homework: reading_a_dial_gauge

Science Essential Knowledge List

Make-Up Work/Extra-Credit:, read_metric_ruler-mmmetric length conversion


Bell Ringer: Describe the classroom.


Class notes: Copy into spiral notebook:

Matter of the day: Particle Size Scale


Grain Size Pic

'Zandlineaal' - obique view of plastic disc with cells in which sand of different grain size is kept. Meant to be used for estimating grain size of sand. Grain sizes: 16, 50, 75, 105, 150, 210, 300, 420, 600, 1000, 1400, 2000 micrometer

What it is: Rock particle grain sizes range from very fine (clay), fine (sand), medium (sand). coarse (pebbles), up to boulders.

Why it Matters: It allows us to communicate the sizes of small particles.



  • observation-to notice something that you can describe.
  • qualitative observations- observations without numbers
  • grams- mass-(how much stuff)
  • liters- volume-(space)
  • meters- distance
  • Celsius- temperature
  • milli-one thousandth
  • centi- one hundredth
  • kilo- 1000 of something


  • Science Fiction Essay Assignment
  • Bill Nye Static Electricity

Collected Work: Bill Nye Questions, Quiz retakes, SciFi book information

Homework: Static Electricity Vocabulary

, SciFi Book Project Assignment , SciFiRubric

Make-Up Work/Extra-Credit:

Select an assignment that matches the subject of your missing or incomplete work:

  • Atoms,
  • Waves,
  • Sound ,
  • Electromagnetic Waves,
  • Light,
  • Magnetism
  • _____________________________________________________________

    Bell Ringer: What things do you know can have static cling or charges?


    Class notes: Copy into spiral notebook:

    Matter of the day:

    Static Cling


    What it is:

    In a dryer, clothes swap electrons, leaving some with more (- charge) or less (+ charge.)

    Why it Matters:

    Use dryer sheets to balance charges.



    Static Electricity: charges build up on an object, but they do not flow continuously.

    electric force is the attraction or repulsion between electric charges

    An electric field is a region around a charged object where the object’s electric force is exerted on other charged objects

    Conservation of charge: an object becomes charged only when electrons are transferred from one location to another. Charges are neither created nor destroyed. If one object gives up electrons, another object gains those electrons.

    There are 3 methods by which charges can be transferred to build up static electricity:

    • Charging by friction is the transfer of electrons from one uncharged object to another by rubbing.
    • Charging by conduction is the transfer of electrons from a charged object to another object by direct contact.
    • Charging by induction is the movement of electrons to one part of an object that is caused by the electric field of a second object.

    static discharge is the loss of static electricity as electric charges transfer from one object to another.

    Science Test

    Collected Work: Labs,
    Bell Ringer: what types of things have electric motors?
    Class notes: Copy into spiral notebook:
    Matter of the day:
                  Electric Motors
    Add caption


    What is it?:  
         .A device that switches the direction of a current in a loop to generate a switching magnetic field. When placed in a magnetic field, the loop can b e forced to spin.
    Why does it matter?.
       . Most types of electric motors work on this design.

    An electric current (flowing electrons) produces a magnetic field (area of magnetic force with aligned spinning electrons.) (i.e. wrapped wire connected to a battery can pick attract some metals.)
    An electromagnet is a magnet can be turned on and off using electricity. (motors, loudspeakers, microphones, & switches)

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