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626,

The quiz tomorrow will feature 5 questions from the following topics:

  • Nitrogen Cycle (5/13)
  • Carbon Cycle (5/18)
  • Converting Energy (5/26)
  • Ecological Succession (5/27)
  • Biomes (5/28)

Study smart.

– Mr. Paccione

Earth science students,

Your last quiz as 8th graders will feature 5 questions from the following topics:

  • Earth science

I would say “study smart”, but reviewing for this is will be tough. The questions will not be particularly difficult, but can come from any topic we have learned so far.

– Mr. Paccione

626,

Below you will find a detailed review guide for the quarterly. Follow it closely!

Life Structure and Classification

  • Know and understand the 6-traits of living things
  • How are organisms grouped together and separated from one another?
  • Know the most to least specific classification: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species
  • Know how to classify an animal using its Latin italicized name (i.e. Canis Familiaris = Dog; Canis = Genus and Familiaris = Species)
  • Know the cell theory
  • Know how to make the distinction between an animal and plant cells.
  • Know what each structure of the cell does (definitions).
  • What is the significance of a virus? How do they form? What steps can we take to prevent viruses?
  • Know what each piece does on a microscope.

Interactions of Life

  • Know the following definitions: ecosystems, population, community, habitat, competition, carrying capacity.

Graphing

  • You must know how to interpret a graph and use an aspect of the scientific method based on the data.

Study smart!

– Mr. Paccione

All,

Your tests this week are cancelled until further notice.

– Mr. Paccione

626,

Below you can find the review guide for the 4th quarter’s test #2 that is coming up this Thursday, 5/7. The date of the test was moved back a date due to a MoSL test that is coming up this Friday. I will add more to this review guide as the week goes on.

  1. Biosphere (4/14)
  2. Ecosystem (4/15)
  3. Populations (4/17)
  4. Habitats (4/20)
  5. Competition (4/21)
  6. Population Size (4/23)
  7. Changes in Population (4/24)
  8. Autotroph vs. Heterotroph (4/27)
  9. Omnivores, Decomposers, and Scavengers (4/29)
  10. Food Chains and Energy Pyramids (4/30)
  11. Symbiotic Relationships (5/1)
  12. Niches (5/4)

Study smart.

– Mr. Paccione

Earth science students,

Below is the review guide for the 4th quarter’s test #2 that is coming up on Thursday, 5/7. The date of the test was changed due to a MoSL exam that is coming up on Friday. I will add more to this review guide as the week goes on.

  1. Apparent Motion of the Stars (4/21)
  2. Apparent Motion of the Sun (4/22)
  3. Earth’s Rotation (4/23)
  4. Earth’s Revolution (4/24)
  5. Seasonal Changes in the Angle of Insolation (4/27)
  6. Characteristics of an Orbit (4/28)
  7. Magnetic Field and Gravity (4/29)
  8. Origin and Age of the Universe (4/30)
  9. H-R Diagram (5/4)
  10. Stellar Evolution (5/5)

Study smart.

– Mr. Paccione

Earth science students,

The following are updates regarding the weekly regents exam assignment.

  • They now count as two labs grades each and not a quiz
  • The due date is always 8 days after it was assigned on a Monday. On this date (a Tuesday), the regents must not only be completed, but scored out of a 100%
  • August 2004 Regents- Question #5 cannot be completed because you do not have data on Pluto
  • June 2004 Regents- Question #2 cannot be completed because you do not have data on wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. This was removed from the ESRT at some point

I will continue to add updates to this post as it becomes necessary.

– Mr. Paccione

Earth science students,

As the weekly lab assignments come to a close, we will begin weekly full regents exams that will count as laboratory grades. In order to create urgency, I am going to make each of these worth two lab grades each. Your score on the practice regents will not count as a laboratory grade; only that you completed the regents exam in full will count.

As many of you have noticed, I have become very lax with late assignments. These will not be accepted late, so the impact on your 4th quarter average will be great if you choose not to do them.

Below is the schedule of due dates for each of the assigned regents exams:

August 2004 Regents Exam: Assigned- 5/11   // Multiple Choice Answer Sheet with Answer Booklet and Scored- 5/19

June 2004 Regents Exam: Assigned- 5/18 // Multiple Choice Answer Sheet with Answer Booklet and Scored- 5/26

January 2004 Regents Exam: Assigned- 5/25 // Multiple Choice Answer Sheet with Answer Booklet and Scored- 6/2

When you score your exam, you will need to estimate your score on the practical portion of the exam. Use the following system to help you. This is a very conservative estimation.

  • Class Average 65 – 75: Score of 16 out of 23
  • Class Average 75 – 85: Score of 18 out of 23
  • Class Average 85 – 95: Score of 20 out of 23
  • Class Average 95 – 99: Score of 22 out of 23

Note: The modern regents exams are out of 16 points instead of 23, so if you plan on estimating your score on the more recent regents exams, you will need to develop your own estimation of your score.

We will be going over how to score it in class more in depth. It isn’t particularly difficult, but we will should still review it.

– Mr. Paccione

 

Earth science students,

Jupiter grades is currently the most up to date with respect to labs for this quarter. If there are any issues, come see me right away.

If you wish to know how many labs you are missing, please come see me ASAP. If you think you are missing labs, you probably are.

If all labs are not handed in and up to standard, you will not be taking the regents.

– Mr. Paccione

626,

Here are the topics for quiz #1 that is coming on this Friday, 5/1. There will be five questions, one from each of the lessons.

  1. Biosphere (4/14)
  2. Ecosystem (4/15)
  3. Populations (4/17)
  4. Habitats (4/20)
  5. Competition (4/21)

Study smart.

– Mr. Paccione

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