• ``General Knowledge Science Quiz - how does your knowledge compare?  
     
     
    Unit 6 - Earth and Space (Scroll down for all of Unit 6 and previous units) 
     
    Earth and Moon
     
     
     
    END OF QUARTER 3 STUDY GUIDE (with answers)  - Click Here
     
     
    Unit 4 - Atmosphere and Weather (Scroll down for all of Unit 4 and previous units) 
     
    Weather 
     
    GAME -  Wildest Weather - National Geographic
     
    GAME - The Weather Game - Jimmie Bowtie 
     
    VIDEO - How do Tornados Form ? - Ted Ed - Tornadoes are the most violent storms on Earth, with wind velocities that can exceed 200 miles per hour. How do these terrifying cyclones form? Meteorologist James Spann sheds light on the lifespan of tornadoes as they go from supercell thunderstorms to terrible twisters before eventually dissolving back into thin air.
     
    VIDEO - The Most Lightning-struck Place on Earth - Ted Ed - Lake Maracaibo is the stormiest place on the planet. Thunderstorms rage above this massive body of water for up to 200 days of the year, with each ear-splitting event lasting for several hours. But why? Graeme Anderson lists the factors that create Lake Maracaibo's seemingly ever-lasting storms. 
     
    VIDEO - Engines of Destruction: How Hurricanes Work - It's OK to be Smart -  
     
    VIDEO - El Niño and Why It's so Hard to Predict the Weather - It's OK to be Smart -  What is El Niño? Why can’t we predict the weather? Just a few slight changes in global climate patterns can drastically shift the weather. Thanks to chaos theory, even our smartest meteorologists can’t predict weather correctly.
     
    INTERACTIVE - Air Masses and Fronts  - click the type of weather front you want to watch to see how it is formed and what weather it produces.
     
    INTERACTIVE - Four Types of Fronts - see which front produces which type of weather. 
     
    Weather Fronts Explained - The Met Office - In this video, Tom explains an experiment that demonstrates weather fronts.
     
    Creating a Weather Front - The Weather Channel - We hear the terms cold front and warm front a lot, but what exactly is a front. In this Weather Wizard segment, meteorologist Mark Elliot explains what fronts are and how you can create one at home.
     
    Predicting Weather - NASA Connect -  NASA Connect segment explaining how scientists use satellites to predict weather. The segment explores the Afternoon Constellation, or the collection of satellites known as the 'A' Train as well as weather balloons, weather stations and local weather observers.
     
    Weather Channels - Crash Course Kids -  Why is my weather app sometimes wrong? Well it has a lot to do with wind. Jet Streams, air cells, the shape and movement of the Earth... there are a lot of things that make weather a little unpredictable. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks to us about how Ocean Currents actually work with Jet Streams to move weather around.
     
    The Three Types of Clouds - Cirrus, Stratus and Cumulus - Did you know that a basic understanding of the clouds can help you predict the weather? Its true. Cumulonimbus clouds are a sign of rain and cirrus clouds often indicate a change in the weather.
     
    All About Clouds - Types and Names of Clouds - Free School - We see clouds all the time, but have you ever really thought about them? What makes clouds? Why don't they fall down? How are different types of clouds classified, and what weather do they signal? Learn all that and more in this educational and kid-friendly video!
     
    How Do Clouds Get Their Names? - TedEd - The study of clouds has always been a daydreamer’s science, aptly founded by a thoughtful young man whose favorite activity was staring out of the window at the sky. Richard Hamblyn tells the history of Luke Howard, the man who classified the clouds and forever changed humanity’s understanding of these changeable, mysterious objects.  
     
    Vocabulary - Winds - Quizlet
     
    Land and Sea Breezes - This interactive site allows you to visualize how land and sea breezes change over a 24 hour period.
     
    Sea Breezes Explained - The Weather Channel -  Floridians and visitors alike typically welcome the summer sea breezes and their cooling effects during summer months. Let’s explore how these sea breezes can actually be a catalyst for severe weather.
     
    Land and Sea Breezes Explained -  Short video explaining how temperature and air pressure create sea breezes during the day and land breezes at night.
     
    The Coriolis Effect - PBS Nova -  Why do storms spin in different directions depending on their location—and why do they spin in the first place?
     
    Global Wind Patterns - Mr Musselman's Science - This episode of Mr. Musselman's online classroom focuses on how convection and the unequal heating of the earth leads to the formation of global wind currents across the world. 
     
    WIND TUTORIAL -  This tutorial is based on a natural progression of concepts that are logically sequenced to facilitate and help the learner master the concept of WIND. Considering this, we will first examine HEAT, and how heat is transferred. Once you have grasped this concept, you will be able to learn about local daily winds such as Sea and Land breezes. For our next course of study, you will investigate the Coriolis Effect affect and how it influences wind in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Next, we will delve into the uneven heating of Earth and its relation to wind on a worldwide scale. Finally, we will learn how the Coriolis Effect and Earth’s Uneven Heating creates prevailing, global wind patterns that are crucial for distributing and transferring heat.
     
     
    Heat Transfer
     
    Vocabulary - Heat Transfer - Quizlet - Radiation, Conduction, Convection, Conductor, Insulator, Jet Stream, Ocean Current, Heat, Heat Transfer, Molecules  
     
    Heat Transfer Interactive -  WGBH  - Explore methods of heat transfer and classify examples from everyday life. Click on each of the three methods of heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation) to see a description and animated illustration of that method.
     
    SONGS - Radiation, Conduction, Convection - and - The Heat Transfer Song - Mr Parr -  both written for Mr Parr's sixth grade science classes.
     
    Heat Transfer in a Fire EnvironmentIn Class 01/04/2017 - Video showing the three methods of heat transfer as seen in a fire.
     
    Heat Transfer- Conduction, Convection, Radiation - This is a commentary which presents how heat is transferred (through conduction, convection, and radiation)
     
    Earth's Atmosphere 
     
    Earth's Atmosphere - Brainpop - Tim and Moby teach you all about the invisible gas that supports life on Earth. You’ll learn what the major gases of the atmosphere are, and how our atmosphere is divided into different layers. Take a ride to the top to see just how many layers there are, and what makes each one unique. Watch and learn what the layer down at the surface of the planet is called. Discover where ozone is located, and how it helps protect life down below! Finally, if you didn’t already know, Tim will tell you the truth about why the sky is blue! (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle)
     
    The Layers of the Earth's Atmosphere - NESTA - An interactive website exploring the layers of the Earth's Atmosphere.
     
    Vertical Structure of the Earth's Atmosphere - PBSLearningMedia -  Earth is surrounded by a blanket of air composed of nitrogen, oxygen, and argon, as well as trace amounts of other gases. This atmosphere, extending hundreds of kilometers from Earth, protects Earth's surface from damaging solar radiation and plays a major role in water and energy transport. In this interactive resource produced for Teachers' Domain learn about how atmospheric pressure, temperature, and composition are related to altitude.
     
    Earth's Atmosphere - StudyJams -  The atmosphere is a blanket of gases surrounding the Earth.  The gases are classified according to their temperature differences.  The weight of those gases pressing down on earth is what creates air pressure.  Learn more about the atmosphere with this cartoon animation from StudyJams.  A short, self-checking quiz is also included with this link.
     
    Felix Baumgartner's supersonic freefall from 128k' - Mission Highlights  - Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.
     
    GAME - Layers of the Atmosphere -  Your Mission: To place the objects in their correct layer of the atmosphere!
     
    Water Cycle 
     
    GAME - Blue Traveler - Project Wet - Students play the role of a Blue Traveler - a water droplet moving though a complicated and endless water cycle journey.
     
    GAME - The Water Cycle - BrainRush - You do not need a BrainRush account to play.  Play without signing in. 
     
    GAME - The Water Cycle - BrainPop  - (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle)
     
    The Water Cycle - Brainpop - (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle)
     
    The Water Cycle - Ted Ed - Identify and Sequence the components of the water cycle.
     
    Thurston's Water Cycle - Interactive Flash Animation of the Water Cycle
     
    The Water Cycle Song -  A video Mr Parr created for his 6th grade science students to help them study.
     
    Water Cycle Animation - PBS Learning Media -  The water cycle is Earth's natural mechanism for transporting and recycling water between the surface and the atmosphere. Through the processes of condensation, precipitation, infiltration, runoff, transpiration, and evaporation, water continuously travels from the atmosphere to the ground and back again. In this animation from NASA, observe the steps of the water cycle. 
     
    GIZMO SIMULATION - The Water Cycle - Control the path of a drop of water as it travels through the water cycle. Many alternatives are presented at each stage. Determine how the water moves from one location to another, and learn how water resources are distributed in these locations.
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    Unit 3 - Watersheds (Scroll down for all of Unit 3 and previous units)
     
    GAME - Acids and Bases - Quizlet 
     
    GAME - Acids and Bases -  BrainRush - You do not need a BrainRush account to play.  Play without signing in
     
    GAMEAll About pH - Kahoot
     
    What is a Watershed? - PBS Learning Media - In Class 10/17/2016 -  Runoff from fields, lawns, and pavement could carry potentially harmful materials from our watersheds to our rivers. Even if you live, work, or play far from a river, your actions could have an impact on the quality of the water in the area. These effects could be felt far from the point of origin. This video from KET's Raindrops to Rivers shows how smaller watersheds flow into larger ones.
     
    GAME - Watershed Vocabulary - Quizlet 
     
    Chesapeake Bay Watershed - Map and information about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed from the Chesapeake Bay Program.  
     
    DOCUMENTARY - Poisoned Waters - Frontline Episode - More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination.
     
    Water Pollution - Brainpop - In Class 10/25/2016 -  (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle) - Is that water safe to drink? In this BrainPOP movie Tim and Moby will tell you all about water pollution! Discover what water pollution even means as well as how water becomes polluted and where the pollution can come from. You’ll also find out why it’s not just bad chemicals that can be pollutants - as well as what happens, exactly, when a body of water gets polluted. Plus, find out why we’re to blame for a good deal of water pollution and what’s being done to help the problem. Go ahead, the water’s fine!
     
    GIZMO SIMULATION - Water Pollution -  You will need to remember your Username and Password
    (HINT: You should have written it in your agenda when I told you to!)
     
    Water Supply - Brainpop - (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle) - Not all water is created equal! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby get their feet wet to teach you all about the world's usable water supply. You'll learn the difference between seawater and fresh water, and how only a tiny fraction of the world's water is potable, or fit for human use. You'll explore fresh water sources like rivers, lakes, aquifers, and reservoirs, and you'll see how water gets from those sources to the faucet in your home. Plus, you'll find out how water pollution, over-population, and wasteful water uses, both in your home and on larger, industrial scales, contribute to today's global water crisis. Finally, learn about water conservation and discover some of the methods being used today to bring clean water to everyone who needs it!
     
    Groundwater - Brainpop -  (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle)
     
    Interactive Website - Watersheds - The Ferguson Foundation -  Every body of water has a watershed- even a small stream, and every place on earth is part of a watershed. So, what is a watershed?
     
     
    Unit 2 - Water (Scroll down for all of Unit 2)
     
    Crash Course on Water - Hank teaches us why water is one of the most fascinating and important substances in the universe.
     
    A Drop of Water on its Travels - audiobook chapter from The Fairyland of Science by Arabella Buckley (1878) - "We are going to spend an hour today in following a drop of water on its travels.  If I dip my finger in this basin of water and lift it up again, I bring with it a small glistening drop out of the water below and hold it before you.  Tell me, have you any idea where this drop has been? What changes it has undergone, and what work it has been doing during all the long ages water has lain on the face of the earth?" I highly recommend listening to this, even though it is 48 minutes long.
     
    A Drop of Water on its Travels - chapter 4 from The Fairyland of Science by Arabella Buckley (1878) - Follow along in the book with the audio reading above.

    Click the link here ^^^ to enlarge the book in a new window. 
     
    Atoms - Brainpop - (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle) To understand water, we need to understand matter and what water is made of! 
     
    States of Matter - Brainpop - (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle) -  Water can easily be seen in three of four states of matter.
     
    GAME - Matter Sorter - Brainpop - (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle) - can you sort the items into the correct state of matter?
     
    GIZMO SIMULATION - Phases of Water -  You will need to remember your Username and Password
    (HINT: You should have written it in your agenda when I told you to!)
     
    Polarity and Water's Properties - Homework - 09/14/2016 -Water is both essential and unique. Many of its particular qualities stem from the fact that it consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen, therefore creating an unequal sharing of electrons. From fish in frozen lakes to ice floating on water, Christina Kleinberg describes the effects of polarity.
     
    Why does Ice Float on Water? -  In class - 09/16/2016 - Water is a special substance for several reasons, and you may have noticed an important one right in your cold drink: ice. Solid ice floats in liquid water, which isn't true for most substances. But why? George Zaidan and Charles Morton explain the science behind how how hydrogen bonds keep the ice in your glass (and the polar ice caps) afloat.
     
    Water  - In class - 09/22/2016 - Brainpop (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle)
     
    The Properties of Water - Homework - 09/20/2016 - The Amoeba Sisters - Explore some properties of water with the Amoeba Sisters! It's all about those hydrogen bonds. Terms discussed include adhesion, cohesion, surface tension, specific heat - all made possible by those amazing hydrogen bonds.
     
    GAMECohesion VS Adhesion - You do not need an account on BrainRush to play this review game. 
     
    The Properties of Water - Ricochet Science - This four minute animation describes the properties of water that support life. These properties include solvency, cohesion and adhesion, high surface temperature, high heat capacity, high heat of vaporization, and varying density. 
     
    Surface Tension  - Penny Lab - A video showing the surface tension of water on a penny.  This is just a part of what we did in the Penny Lab in class - 09/22/2016.
     
    HOME EXPERIMENT - Surface Tension - You can do the Penny Lab experiment at home! 
     
    GAMEProperties of Water - You do not need an account on BrainRush to play this game.
     
    Matter Changing States - Brainpop - (Username: lcpsm_smartmill Password: middle) -
     
    Phase Changes of Water -  In Class - 09/28/2016 -
     
    Unit 1 - Safety in the Laboratory and Laboratory Equipment
     
    Lab Safety - I Think School's Lab Safety Song
     
     
    The Meniscus Song - how to properly use a graduated cylinder! 
     
    GIZMO SIMULATION - Graphing Skills - You will need to remember your Username and Password
    (HINT: You should have written it in your agenda when I told you to!)