EX4 BLOG

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grades are Finalized for the first trimester. 

Mean (average) score for students missing 1 HW assignment or less  = 93.5
Mean (average) score for students missing 3 or more HW assignments = 75.4

Even though HW represents 10% of the grade, not being prepared for tests by
not practicing and correcting errors makes all the difference!

Enough said.


Monday, October 27, 2014

All work is graded and accounted for. There are several "NO NAMES" on the wall
so if you think you are missing credit for your Penguin Illustration or a
math/science homework be sure to check the wall. Also, check your file for any
work that may have been graded but not captured (very rare).

I will be handing out MISSING ASSIGNMENT REPORTS ON TUESDAY 10/28. 

The trimester ends 11/14 so you have less than 3 weeks to make any changes in
your grade. 

The district benchmark test (math) is also recorded. However, as of now, there
are no retakes for the benchmark. There will be a couple of math tests and at
least one more science test before the trimester ends. Be sure to save any and
all science notes for the next test! You may use any HANDWRITTEN notes (no
photocopies, no downloads) on any science test but it is the student's
responsibility to keep track of the notes.

GO GIANTS!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome to the mid-point (or median) of the first trimester. I apologize for
being a day behind on entering grades but the A's then the Giants back to back
kind of distracted me. I will have all grades current this weekend if not before. 

TODAY WAS A CATCH-UP DAY FOR MATH. Many students made an extra effort to
complete work today and I will enter that as soon as I can, so if they are
telling you they completed it today, it is likely true. But if you see a Z by
Monday then you might want to clarify with them if they did ALL their work.  

Please remember a BLANK in the gradebook is NOT LATE. It means I have been
busy and I am behind. The due date is when it should be turned in but if it is
turned in in 6th period, I may not have the grade entered that evening. 

LOOK FOR 'Z' in the gradebook. Those are truly missing assignments. I only
enter a Z after cleaning my desk, in basket, folders, the no-name wall, etc.
If I am comfortable that all paperwork is accounted for THEN I enter a Z for
missing assignments. 

Thank you for all the support and ask your student about their penguin house
and WHICH WAY THEY WILL PRESENT THEIR DATA NEXT WEEK!

WRITE ABOUT IT - SEVERAL PARAGRAPHS
PRESENT ABOUT IT - IN FRONT OF THE CLASS
ILLUSTRATE ABOUT IT - A COLORFUL, DETAILED ILLUSTRATION OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT.

DUE NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17TH
SEE THE HANDOUT GIVEN TO YOUR STUDENT TODAY.


Friday, September 26, 2014

What do you see in the photo above? 

Comet Rosetta landing date is set for November 12th. The lander will hover
then shoot anchor lines into the comet to hold on. The comet is so small it
doesn't have a lot of gravity.




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bardarbunga! Now that's pretty awesome. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Science homework - HOW TO ACCESS THE ONLINE SCIENCE BOOKS

SELECT ONLINE TEXTBOOKS ON UPPER LEFT

LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS: USE YOUR STUDENT GMAIL ACCOUNT!

Here is an easy way to determine student username and password.
ex. Sandy Jones, 6th grade, 6 digit student ID: 123456

USERNAME: 17SJones456
(year they graduate Cooley, First Initial, Last Name, last 3 of 
their 6 digit)

PASSWORD: (birthday) mm/dd/yyyy

Then select the applications (small boxes in upper right)
Select "SITES"
Select "Browse All"
Scroll down until you see "Middle School Science"
Select the textbook you want and then the chapter you need.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

All Math is current. I have not graded Friday's test yet. Science is current
for what I have graded but the Insulated Cans and Heat Transfer Labs have not
been entered yet. So any "Z" in Science or Math is MISSING! A blank is okay. 

There are currently 15 "NO NAME" papers on the wall. If you are missing an
assignment please check the wall, check your backpack, check under the bed,
check in the dog house and see if you can find it.

BARDARBUNGA UPDATE!........
The caldera of the volcano is currently collapsing (Sunday). This could be
nothing or more likely it could lead to a violent eruption. If the entire side
of the volcano blows out, it could be anything from a small burp to a Mt. St.
Helens type of eruption. Stay tuned!



Sunday, September 7, 2014

I have graded EVERY PAPER I could find, or identify. I do have several "no
name" homework papers. Please check the wall if you are missing work you think
you completed or turned in. 

THE GRADES IN THE GRADEBOOK ARE CURRENT AS OF SUNDAY 9/7/14.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

To access your kids account and the SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS Try this:


Students will be given an email account for school use.

Copy and paste the link below into your search bar to access the site:


www.google.com/a/rcsdkids.us




LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS:
Here is an easy way to determine student username and password.
ex. Sandy Jones, 8th grade, 6 digit student ID: 123456

username: 17SJones456@rcsdkids.us
year they graduate Cooley, First Initial, Last Name, last 3 of their 6 digit)

password: (birthday) mm/dd/yyyy

Once in, select the apps boxes in the upper right corner.
Select "SITES"
Select "Browse All"
Scroll down to find "Middle School Science"
Select the appropriate textbook for the lesson.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Link to a Bardarbunga web cam. It is erupting currently. Check it out!

http://www.livefromiceland.is/webcams/bardarbunga-2/

Friday, August 29, 2014

Great first week. Well, okay first 7 school days. We ended on a math test. The
early returns look good and I will get to the rest over the weekend. 

The image above is BARDARBUNGA. We learned a bit about this fairly rare
volcanic fissure which opened up in Iceland at 00:02 am on Wednesday morning. 
The fissure in the picture is about 3000 feet in length. The last fissure in
Iceland was in 1973 and captured the world's attention for a while. 

Have a great weekend. There was a handout today and most students completed it
in class. If you did not finish, or might like to try out an online assignment
email me or try the link "Accelerated Math Online" on the upper left.

You can view, print, enter answers, get results, and even get additional
assignments because when you get to use your computer, tablet, smartphone or
most any other internet device (PS3? maybe) math IS kind of fun. 

Let me know if you want to give it a try! 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

MATH TEST TOMORROW - FRIDAY.

Adding and subtracting decimals including with estimating (required) and 2
written responses to word problems. We went over the test in class with only
the digits changed so students had a full review. 

No HW tonight. It will start to build next week but we are getting quite a bit
done in class right now because everyone has been mostly on task. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Earthquake! I am sure most are aware there was an earthquake about 65 miles 
from Roseville on Sunday. It happened around 3:30 am on Sunday morning. 

Look closely at the photo above and think about the DIFFERENCES in the photo. 
If you have an idea about what the photo demonstrates, email me and tell me 
what you think.   

Thursday, August 21. 2014

Great First Day of School!

We got to know each other a little and did some engineering and science with 
marshmallows. For those who may not have thought of the activity as science 
let's see: In teams; We had an objective, we did some investigating with a 
small sample, then developed a plan, built a larger model, tested our design, 
then wrote about the process and analyzed the results and suggested changes in 
the design. That sure sounds like science. 

Parents, please email me with your name/names (and student name) and I will 
send you an email back to confirm. Email is the best way to get in touch with 
me. 

I am still looking for a DVD or Blue Ray player for the classroom if anyone is 
upgrading at home. 




Tuesday, August 19, 2004

It was great meeting quite a few students and families today. I was in and out 
of the room but it was nice meeting those I did. 

I think we have a DVD player on the way, but if you have a Blue-Ray player???

Check out the supply list below. None is required, but all of it helps your 
student in class, especially the dry erase markers, pencils and a calculator. 
Then more pencils and dry erase markers. :) Scroll down for the entire list. 

I can't wait to meet everyone! 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wish List

A DVD PLAYER (BLUE RAY?): If anyone is upgrading their entertainment system we
would certainly benefit from some quality sound and video capabilities for
Science! 

EXPO MARKERS: - They dry out so fast!

CLOROX WIPES: We will wipe down tables frequently - Fewest students out sick 3
years running! 

OLD GAME PIECES AND SUPPLIES: (Monopoly money, tiny houses, etc. for our
creative side.

PLASTIC SPOONS AND FORKS: I cannot tell you how many times students forget a
utensil for lunch. 

SEE YOU SOON!!!!




Friday, August 1, 2014

What is pictured above? Why is is important? We will be studying some life 
science this year, but not working with this particular virus. Take a guess.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

I can't believe we have less than 1 month until school starts. 

I went shopping today and Staples has some great deals right now!

SUPPLIES FOR 2014:

PENCILS!
DRY ERASE MARKERS
COLORED PENCILS
MORE PENCILS *WE WRITE A LOT!*
CHEAP CALCULATOR
SOCK OR SOFT SMALL RAG TO CLEAN DRY ERASE BOARDS. 
RULER
ERASERS
BINDER OR POCKET FOLDERS TO KEEP NOTES IN - NOTES ARE ALLOWED ON SCIENCE TESTS 
SO KEEPING ORGANIZED IS IMPORTANT

I am excited to get started!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Well, I wrote a long piece about the end of the year but the software took 
over and refused to update and then promptly deleted my typing. grr!

It was a great year and thanks to everyone who came through the doors of our 
classroom. This past year was by far one of my best years ever (yeah, ok, you 
know you guys rocked). 

Pictured above is where I and a bunch of our 8th grade students will be next 
week. We leave for Washington DC. tomorrow and then off to New York! I am very 
excited. 

I hope you have a great summer break and please stop by and visit next year. 


Saturday, May 31, 2014

The picture above is of Mt. Sangiang Api in Indonesia this morning. The ash 
cloud is already over Australia and is affecting air traffic. The white cloud 
in the center appears to be an airborne pyroclastic flow.

Well the year is almost done and what a great year it has been. We are 
completing the year by making posters of favorite science subjects we studied 
this year. 

Every day this next week will be a minimum day and Thursday will be our last 
day. Any test retakes must be completed Monday after school. Most grades are 
pretty much set and you can view your grades by clicking on this link:

http://teacherweb.com/CA/CooleyMiddleSchool/DonLoudon/links3.aspx

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Going to Laser Tag! TONIGHT 6:00pm - 8:00 or 9:00 or when I get tired 10:00?

I hope to see you there!

Sunsplash
1892 Taylor Rd
Roseville CA. 
916 - 784 - 1273





Monday, May 12, 2014

We are going book free beginning on Wednesday. Students will be working on 
Chomebooks in class for the rest of the year. 

1ST AND 2ND PERIOD ONLY: We will start checking textbooks on Wednesday. 

5TH AND 6TH PERIOD: Please keep your books at home until your 1st/2nd period 
teacher asks for them. 

We are beginning the last project in science this year. Each student will act 
as a tourism director for a biome of the world. They will create a work 
(document/powerpoint/?) describing the biome, the climate, 2 plants and 2 
animals and their traits, appearance, ect., and how they are adapted to 
survive in that biome. 

Students will also include reasons for someone to visit. What to bring, what
to wear, what you will see, eat, do, and the best season to arrive while 
visiting.

Everyone should still be working on MATH every day or night. 

Reaching your goal for trimester 3 = FREE LASERTAG!

Reaching 100 objectives mastered for the year = FREE LASERTAG

EXCEEDING YOUR GOAL = GAME TOKENS!

THIS OFFER EXPIRES MAY 27 @ 3:15 pm! 

LASERTAG will be May 27th at Golfland/Sunsplash Laser auditorium. 




Sunday, May 4, 2014

ALL PAPERWORK IS GRADED. I have 10 "no names" on my desk! Some of these are
Summative (TEST) grades! The world climate zones map counts as Summative!

Many have turned in the completed lab from Friday already. You can finish on
Monday if you are not done and left the paperwork in your file. 

THE LAB COUNTS AS A TEST IN BOTH MATH AND SCIENCE!!!

LASER TAG IS MAY 27TH FROM 6:00PM - ?? One person has qualified already. Where
are you on your goal? Meet your goal, and go for FREE!!!

Friends and Families welcome. Details to follow.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Okay time to get back to work!

The online Science Textbook is back up. Someone (Martin Durancik?) hacked the
site and changed passwords. I have people following up!

ONLY 5 WEEKS LEFT UNTIL LASER TAG! STUDENTS MUST REACH THEIR GOAL BY MEMORIAL
DAY TO QUALIFY FOR FREE LASER TAG ON TUESDAY MAY 28TH. DETAILS TO COME.
FAMILIES WELCOME. 

Only 6 weeks left for the year. Progress reports are coming out this Friday.
Get those missing homework assignments (passed out on Friday 4/11) turned in
this week!


Friday, April 11, 2014

I have updated ALL HOMEWORK in the gradebook. I also handed out MISSING
ASSIGNMENTS to all students on Friday. Please work to get caught up over the
break. 

I have created a PRACTICE Math Worksheet for all students and it can be
viewed, worked and scored ONLINE 24/7. The system will automatically print the
next practice when you score your work. Make sure to look for any corrections
before you start the next assignment. You can do math all day, every day if
you are bored, or just want to get a head start on Laser Tag qualifying. I
will actually count the work as "homework" so you don't have as much to do
when you get back. Just turn in your TOPS reports to get full credit or have
me print them out when we get back.

See you on TUESDAY, April 22nd.

Enjoy!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

The photo above is Tungurahua Volcano on Friday afternoon. The volcano is 
about 100 miles south of Ecuador's capital, Quito, and is often active but 
this particular plume went about 6 miles into the air. 

I have entered all the homework into the gradebook. If you have any missing 
assignments you should probably get on that right away. Well, perhaps after 
getting outside to enjoy the great weather this weekend. 

We have a Science Test on Tuesday. I will be out on Tuesday working with 
others to develop new science lessons and labs. I am excited to bring more 
science to our math lessons and more math to our science. 

Students will also start taking the SBAC (common core) assessment on Tuesday. 
The new standards are designed to focus more on problem solving and less on 
memorizing facts. Today's kids will have so many facts at their fingertips 
that knowing what to look for and how to use the information is going to be 
much more valuable. 

The testing will take place next week and continue after Spring Break. 

Okay time to get out into the garden tomorrow. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wow, talk about coincidence! We have been talking about tornadoes in class and 
a small tornado touches down in Westpark here in Roseville. Glad to hear there 
were no injuries and not a huge amount of damage. 

Did you get out to see the clouds today? I also saw a beautiful rainbow as I 
was leaving school. Plan to talk about (or write about) any weather you 
experienced today.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

All grades are pretty much final at this point. My basket is clean. I do have
11 'No Name' papers on the wall. If you don't like your grade you MIGHT be
able to move it a point or two if you complete all missing assignments
tonight.....but no guarantees - unless I have emailed you personally tonight. 

You can view your grades on the Gradebook link on the upper left corner. 

This has been an AWESOME trimester. Most students are being successful and
seem to be enjoying our new methods for math. Accelerated Math does seem to be
working well for most. Science has hopefully been fun and interesting. 

PARTY PARTY PARTIES!

PIZZA NEXT WEEK FOR ALL STUDENTS WHO ACHIEVED THEIR GOALS IN MATH!

PARTY FOR 5TH PERIOD FOR UNBELIEVABLE FUNDRAISING TO FIGHT CANCER! 2ND PLACE
WITH OVER $500 COLLECTED! I AM SO PROUD OF EVERYONE WHO DONATED! 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

ALL GRADES ARE CURRENT! MY BASKET IS EMPTY. THE 'NO NAME WALL' IS GETTING
CROWDED. 

TRIMESTER 2 ENDS MARCH 7TH! 2 WEEKS!

I am handing out Assignment Reports on Monday which show ALL your scores on
all assignments for the trimester. You have 9 school days to raise your grade.

There will be a "BUMP" in MATH. You can raise your grade by doing more
Accelerated Math. There will be EXTRA POINTS added to your grade based upon
the percent of your goal you reach. The points are already loaded, but can
change if you reach your goal.

For the 3rd Trimester you math goal will be whatever it takes you to get to
100 objectives - so even if you are at 100% this trimester you can add to NEXT
trimester and not have to work quite as hard in the spring. The reward?
Besides a higher grade? 

LASER TAG @ SUNSPLASH MAY 27TH!!! FREE TO THOSE WHO MAKE THEIR GOAL!  

We will still have one or two Math tests and a Science test before the end of
the trimester so don't think your grades are final yet...


Thursday, February 20, 2014

It is certainly starting to feel like spring. 

If you found problem number 7 on tonight's homework confusing I would agree.

For now think about the following:
You are trying to find the cost of a case of juice. There is no sign for the 
price and there is no one around to ask. However, there is a sign with a math 
riddle: 

"The cost of a case is $2 less than the cost of 12 individual bottles"
You probably think "gee, that's not much of a savings, but a riddle is a 
riddle, so here goes."

Let the letter c stand for a case of juice
c = case of juice
Let the letter i stand for 'individual' bottles
i = individual bottle

So you get:

c = case
i = individual bottle
$2 less = - 2
12 bottles = 12 x i = 12i

finally:

a case (c) equals (=) the price of 12 individual bottles (12i) minus $2 (-2) 

c=12i - 2


Saturday, January 18, 2014

I hope everyone enjoyed our activities this week. We chartered some new 
territory in the computer lab, modeled volcanic eruptions and created calderas 
in class and continued our use of new technology in math. 

There is a small math homework assignment this weekend. Some students finished 
the math in class on Friday but most did not. If you have "lost" the 
assignment or were ABSENT you can still get a copy of the homework! 

Forgot, lost or absent for Friday's math homework?

Go to the "Accelerated Math Online" link above and sign in. 
Find the Math tab on you opening page.
Open the tab and look for the "class" box in the upper left.
Click on the "class" box and it will open up a list of days of the week.
Click on Friday HW.

From there, you can reprint the assignment, view the assignment, submit your 
answers and make corrections to turn in on Tuesday.

You can also check each day of the week to see if you have any outstanding 
assignments.

REWARDS!!!!

Any student who reaches their goal of 25 objectives for the 2nd trimester will 
be invited to share a pizza lunch in March. You can track your progress on 
your Accelerated Math Online page or just look at the totals on your TOPS 
report when you complete each assignment. 

100 objectives for the year earns you a free night of Laser Tag in late May!
Keep working and have a nice weekend.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Every student in 1st or 5th period math now has an ONLINE MATH assignment 
waiting for them. Go to the Online Math tab, select the ONLINE MATH TAB once 
it opens, and then select EXERCISE. 

Give it a try.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Want to get ahead on homework? 
Would you like to catch up on a couple of assignments? 
Need to retake a test? 
Would you like to try more advanced math?
Go retro and try some math from your youth, like 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade math 
just for fun?

I have the answer! COOLEY MATH ONLINE.

Let me know what you would like and I will create a custom map or level just 
for you.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Coming on Wednesday a HUGE SOLAR FLARE! Our sun released a huge flare on 
Tuesday and it is heading straight toward Earth. We may have some radio, 
telephone and satellite communication issues over the next couple of days. The 
first part of the flare should reach Earth mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Stay 
tuned!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is enjoying the break.

There are a few students who are finding some time to try the online math 
practice. Anyone with an internet connection can give it a try.

As an incentive: 

Any student who takes an online Accelerated Math exercise over the break will 
receive "special recognition" after the break.

We will be learning about Volcanoes and working with Ratios when we return 
January 6th. 



Tuesday, December 9, 2013

INTRODUCING MATH ONLINE!

CHECK OUT THE NEW LINK ABOVE - Accelerated Math Online

Every student in ANY of my math classes, now has an online assignment 
available. 

Go to the link
Enter your Renlearn ID and Password (Accelerated Reader/Math)
Choose the Math tab
Choose Exercise

You can:

View your assignment or print out your assignment
Send your answers
Get results IMMEDIATELY
Print out your TOPS report (results) or pick it up at school the next day.

CHECK IT OUT!




Thursday, December 5, 2013


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Brrr.....

If you happened to look skyward tonight Venus was beautifully set next to the 
moon as bright as I have ever seen. In the morning if you look east you will 
be able to see Mercury, as above, and perhaps ISON. 

NEWS!!

Would you like to be able to do your math online at home, on your phone, 
tablet, or any connected device? Even in the classroom?

All you need is to go to this link:

https://hosted87.renlearn.com/287066/HomeConnect/Login.aspx

Enter your Renlearn (Accelerated Reader) ID and password. After you log in, 
select Math in the top tab. Then select "work online".

If you have a classroom printed assignment, you can answer online and get your 
tops report anywhere. If you can print, you can even print out you own score 
report. I can also print your report the next day in class. 

I can even send you online assignments and you can view and answer and score 
your work from home, in the car, even from your seat in class. 

Give it a try!

Let me know what you think.

https://hosted87.renlearn.com/287066/HomeConnect/Login.aspx




Happy Thanksgiving! 

If you are out early on Thursday or Friday morning, take a look into the sky 
before sunrise. ISON might not show us much, but then again....it could be 
spectacular. IF ISON survives it's quick trip around the Sun next week, you 
can use the picture above to find where to look. Binoculars might help, a 
telescope would be great.   



Just for fun:

From Spaceweather.com

COMET ISON OUTBURST CONTINUES: The abrupt brightening of Comet ISON on Nov. 
14th has pushed the comet into the range of naked eye visibility. Dark-sky 
observers around the world report seeing it with their unaided eyes on the 
morning of Nov. 15th. To the human eye, ISON is just a faint smudge of 
magnitude +5.5. Backyard telescopes are revealing much more. The effects of 
the outburst have propagated into the comet's suddenly riotous tail, as shown 
in this image taken on the morning of Nov. 15th by Damian Peach:



Friday, November 15, 2013

Trimester 1 is history! The grades are set. All assignments have been 
accounted for and any remaining "no names" have been removed from the wall. To 
check your grades go to the Gradebook Link on the upper left and enter your ID 
and Password. I cannot reset passwords so follow the instructions if you have 
forgotten your password, or call the district office on Monday.

I will be out next Thursday the 20th, to plan for the new Next Generation 
Science Standards (NGSS). Our group will be designing our district's Science 
curriculum for the next several years. Big changes....




Monday, November 11 2013

ALL GRADES ARE CURRENT AND ENTERED INTO THE GRADEBOOK. All papers on, under or
around my desk are accounted for. Missing something? Check the no name wall,
your backpack, your textbook, under your bed, under the dog's bed, but it's
not on my desk or in my basket!

TRIMESTER 1 ENDS FRIDAY 11/15/13! ALL WORK AND MAKE UP TESTS DUE ON OR BEFORE
THURSDAY! I will be available after school or during 3rd and 4th period this
week. It is up to each student to schedule a make up test BEFORE THURSDAY if
you want to change your grade. 

Grades are posted in the classroom and are current.





Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Math TEST on Wednesday. Tonight's homework answers are:
23) write the equation and we will check in class
32) $574 Write the equation and solve
33) 620lbs Write the equation and solve
34) 102 people. Write the equation and solve
35) 168 plants. Write the equation and solve

FREE ICE SKATING! FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8TH. PICK UP A COUPON FROM YOUR TEACHER.
ARRIVE 6:30 PM. SKATE FROM 7 - 10PM FREE!!!

THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL EVENT BUT IS OFFERED BY SKATETOWN. 916-783-8550 FOR
INFORMATION.

SKATE RENTAL, HELMET (OR BRING YOUR BIKE HELMET) AND ENTRANCE FEE IS FREE FOR
COOLEY STUDENTS WITH A TICKET. ADULTS $11.00. I SUGGEST GOING AS LARGE GROUPS
WITH ONE PARENT TO GO INSIDE AND THEN PICK UP YOUR STUDENTS AFTERWORD.

THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL EVENT BUT SKATETOWN IS RESERVED FOR COOLEY STUDENTS. 



Monday, November 4, 2013

I know some of you are struggling with the math of the Layers of the Earth
project. Here is a response to a request for help from a couple of students in
our class. 


Okay. You know the temperature of the mantle in C right? 870 - 4400.

You need to recognize that the temperature CHANGES by the difference (4400 -
870) = 3530 degree change. The top is cooler and starts at 870 and the bottom
is hotter and ends at 4400. Let's call the difference 3500 degrees for ease of
calculation.

Since the Upper Mantle is 1/7 of the TOTAL mantle then you assume the change
is also 1/7 of the total change (3500). So 1/7 OF 3500 is?     

500 degrees change in temperature as you go down through the lithosphere and
asthensosphere.

Now remember that the upper part of the mantle STARTS at 870 and INCREASES by
500 degrees so you add and get 870 + 500 = 1370 degrees for the end or bottom
of the upper mantle.

This is the amount of change; from 870C top to 1370C bottom.

Then you use simple subtraction to find the change for the LOWER mantle. The
lower mantle starts at 1370 and increases as you go down to 4400 degrees.

So I did the math for you in C now you have to take the numbers and calculate
for F by substituting in the formula:

(C x 9/5) + 32 = F  

(Hey, this is just like our math substituting but with a little bigger 
numbers!!)

You know the C for each part - both starting and ending - so just do the
formula for each measurement and round off - because who really cares about a
few degrees when it is hot enough to melt rocks? And yes, you can use a
calculator.

Give it a try.

Thanks for asking!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I apologize that this has not been updated. I posted a blog at the same time 
the website was having technical difficulty. I could see the posting on my 
page but it did not show up on the main page. 

Today was the Monster Mash Mile and I hope everyone had a lot of fun. It was 
great to see all the creativity. 

We also have started our Layers of the Earth project. This is a fairly 
involved project and it is not due until November 14th. Most should be able to 
finish in plenty of time. We will be doing most of the work in the classroom 
finding information, calculating the specific numbers, talking about ratios 
and relationships, using fractions and decimals, all kinds of math and science 
experiences. 

I know today was confusing to many so we will spend quite a bit of time next 
week working together.

We are first finding the basic information about the Earth's layers. I handed 
out a worksheet to organize data. Most information is available directly in 
the Science textbook (Chapter 4, Section 1). Some information needs to be 
calculated using the approximate numbers in our textbook.

The internet is a wealth of information HOWEVER, there are many, many sites 
which have inaccurate, too simplified, or too complex information. One element 
of this project is to practice doing the math and creating each student's own 
summary of the concepts. 

Eventually, each student will create a poster (which I will supply) 
representing and describing the layers of the Earth. LAST YEAR'S Grading 
Rubric is available on the TESTS/STUDY GUIDE link. THIS YEAR'S rubric will we 
posted shortly. I always find a few ways to make each year a little different.

http://teacherweb.com/CA/CooleyMiddleSchool/DonLoudon/photo1.aspx

 
Friday, September 27, 2013

Good News! NASA found LOTS of water on Mars. Bad News! The soil it is trapped
in is toxic.

Half way through the 1st Trimester today!

Grade Reports were handed to your student today. Please ask to see them. All
assignments turned into my basket are graded and counted. There are no
"missing assignments" left to be graded. If you have a Z on the GRADEBOOK then
it is still missing. If you turned in any work today it is not on your report
but it HAS been counted (or not counted for some who tried to do it too
quickly today) and is current in the ONLINE GRADEBOOK. 

The only thing not graded is today's Science Test.

Next up:

Math - Expressions, Variables, Exponents, Order of Operations, all very early
Algebra looking work. Much of this will be NEW information not taught in 5th
grade. Moving on from review to new.

Science - My favorite chapter. Erosion and Deposition. How rivers work, how
water changes the look of the Earth, we can even explore how a plane flies by
studying how a river flows. Glaciers, floods, tsunamis, etc. Water, water
everywhere. We will be building some rivers in the classroom, stacking sand
and making graphs. The labs are fun and count quite a bit for grades. 

Have a great weekend and check those grades - we are halfway in the first
Trimester.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Congratulation to our two winners in our first Web-quest.

Jenna and Abby both did some excellent research and came up with the 
information that G.O.C.E. is a satellite from the European Space Agency (ESA). 
The satellite is due to come back to Earth in a free-fall in the next 30 days. 
No one knows where it will fall but the math says the chance on falling 
anywhere near people is less that .01%. We will not know where the pieces will 
fall until a day or just hours before. 

The mission of the GOCE was to map the Earth's surface by using gravity. This 
has provided scientists huge amounts of very accurate information. 


NEXT UP:

The picture above is very interesting. After today's lab making sedimentary 
rocks can you think of how this rock was cemented together with small 
particles 'gluing' together larger rocks? Would this require water? 

Use the clue on the bottom right corner to try and find where this rock is 
located.


Class Notes:

We did a fun lab making sedimentary rocks today. We saw how layers can be 
deposited by water carrying sediment. We will be looking very closely at soil 
later this week. See the picture on the ONLINE TEXTBOOK PAGE. Time to get our 
fingers dirty. 

Math:

We will be having a test most every Wednesday. Tomorrow we will be taking TEST 
A over again as a review. Next week will be on dividing fractions and 
explaining what it means to divide by a fraction. 

My desk is clean - Grades are current - No Names are on the back wall. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Quick web-quest:

What is GOCE and what does it have to do with the month of October 2013?

Respond by Sunday night with complete answer and be recognized on Monday.

Enjoy!


Friday, September 6, 2013

It is very rewarding when I followed the data and drafted Payton Manning on my 
Fantasy Football team: Snakenado. Numbers can be a lot of fun sometimes. 

Our first Science test was today and I was impressed by how many students had 
their notes to use on the test. It was great to see them actually reading 
their homework and classwork again and then using the information. Many 
students said they visited the Chapter 1 Pre-Test for Science on my 
Tests/Study Guide link.

The Gradebook should be up and running this weekend. There is a link on my 
Grades link that should work as soon as you receive instructions tonight.
 
 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Good News!

Our gradebook is working (sort of). I will be handing out an Assignment Report
for MATH on Friday. It will not include the test - I just finished entering
all the homework for the year so far in Math. But it's a start!

There are still missing names (no names) on the wall so if your student is
sure they have turned in the work have them check the "no name wall". My desk
has no math papers left to grade. They will be checking on Friday when they
get the report!

Any missing work needs to be caught up over the weekend. I will discuss with
students how to correct any 30% (incomplete) scores on Friday as well. 

Please ask to see the report when they get home on Friday.


Wednesday, August 28, 3013

Thank you to everyone who came to visit on Tuesday night! It was great to see 
so many involved and interested parents. No wonder this year has started off 
wonderfully. 

Today was our first Math test. The early returns look very good. We will 
continue working with decimals this week using more real world examples.I 
apologize for the delay in posting of grades. Hopefully the situation will be 
corrected soon. 

In Science, we will be working on maps and have a lab next week. 




Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Homework tonight! There is a little bit of Math homework tonight. Please check 
the homework link to view the assignment. You can access the online textbooks 
by clicking on the link above. 

The Math textbook comes with additional videos for just about every lesson. 
You can also listen to the textbook on the audio link on the welcome page of 
the e-textbook. 

I hope you or your student are enjoying the class as much as I am. Click on 
the email link to contact me anytime.     

Monday, August 19,2013

Whew! First day of school! It was awesome to meet all of our great students.
Today we discussed safety, we learned a bit about each other, and about Cooley
Middle School. 

Tonight parents have homework. 

Please complete the packet handed out in classes today. PLEASE be sure to
check off BOTH boxes allowing your student access to our computers. We will be
doing research projects in the computer lab and students will need to be able
to use the computer at school. 

I look forward to another great year!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Welcome to Cooley to all our new students and parents. This year looks to be
awesome and I know you will really enjoy your time with us.

We plan on hitting the ground running with a Science lab on Monday, our very
first day. 

Please take a moment to check out all the parts of my website and get familiar
with the format. The links on the upper left corner will get you to most of
the important information for the year. 

Homework will be posted each night. We will be using a lot of worksheets this
year and your MATH textbook WILL NOT be needed in the classroom. Please cover
your Science book, write your NAME on the SPINE and INSIDE. You may leave the
Science book in the classroom. BOTH TEXTBOOKS ARE ONLINE AND YOU CAN ACCESS
THEM USING THE LINKS ON THE UPPER LEFT! 

My Website also includes links to your grades, which are automatically updated
whenever a new score is posted. 

You will not need a separate binder for every class. Many students only use
one binder for the entire day. Some prefer spiral notebooks. You should always
have:

A DRY ERASE MARKER
A "WHITEBOARD" - WHICH I WILL GIVE YOU
SOMETHING TO WRITE WITH - PENCIL
SOMETHING TO WRITE ON - PAPER
SOMEPLACE TO PUT YOUR NOTES - NOTEBOOK, BINDER, FOLDER - JUST NOT LOOSE PAPERS
IN YOUR BACKPACK.

On occasion, we will use a calculator for checking our work. 


Welcome to Cooley Middle School - A California Distinguished School - because
that's how we roll!



Sunday, July 7, 2013

I hope everyone is having an interesting summer. I see Popocatapetl Volcano is
staying active and recently has started sending ash over Mexico City. 

If you are an incoming 6th grader please check out the Supplies link on the
upper left corner on this page. We will be doing a Science Lab on the FIRST
DAY of SCHOOL so make sure you have a pencil to record information. 

The office supply stores are having great sales over the summer (July is the
time to buy). If you come across cheap supplies (pencils, colored pencils,
pencil sharpeners, markers, dry erase markers) and have extra cash I would
gladly accept them to hand out later to those in need. 

Have a great summer and I can't wait to hear all your summer stories when we
get back! 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tonight is the night!

LASER TAG!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to all who qualified! You have worked hard, made your goal and
now it is time to celebrate!

First game starts around 6:00 pm. Please come upstairs to the tables near the
Laser Tag stadium. If you arrive late and don't see me I may be in the Laser
Tag stadium dominating the competition. I will have some token cards and some
food available upstairs as well. 

Please feel free to bring your family and they can purchase tickets to play
along with us if they feel up to it.

See you tonight!