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 Grace We have three 6th grade Science classes and two 8th grade Science classes blogging here from the Pacific Northwest in Chimacum, WA! Sixth graders are learning a bit about Mt Saint Helens, environmental science through fresh water ecology, and physical science this year. Eighth graders are learning about life science this year. Please join us as we learn Science by exploring our world. Mr. G's Blog Mr. G's Class Facebook Page
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 Article posted June 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM GMT • comment • Reads 4922 This summer I am going to spokane and playing in a basketball tournement. The I have my birthdat!! I will also probabley go on a little vacation!! Article posted June 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM GMT • comment • Reads 4922
 Article posted May 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1005 I wrote over 25 posts I wrote 20 posts for school I wrote 10 for both I wrote 17 posts for the challenge My post with the most comments was my seven random facts (all about me) because it was fun to do My favorite post was my seven random facts (all about me) because it was fun I have widgets I don't think it is enough. We have 4 over seas classes on our blog role. Article posted May 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1005
 Article posted May 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM GMT • comment • Reads 876 6.1 I learned that different surface types make more or less friction, like they don't all have the same amount of friction. 6.2 I learned that the more weight on a surface type will make more friction. 6.3 I learned that if you add more surface area on a surface type the friction stays pretty much the same. The reason we were measuring friction is because we pulled a block across a surface for a certain amount of length which made the force pull backwards which is friction. Controlled variables: How far we pulled the blocks How fast we pulled the blocks The surface type Manipulated variable: Surface type Weight Surface area Controlled = we were in control of the things Manipulated = we changed it Article posted May 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM GMT • comment • Reads 876
 Article posted May 4, 2012 at 08:04 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1053 I believe we should be aloud to text in class when we have nothing else to do. I believe this because teachers let us listen to music so we are not listening but then they say we can't use our phones. I don't think phones are ANY more distracting then an iPod. If there came a point when we were using our phones when we were supposed to be working then the teachers could simply take away our phones!!! Article posted May 4, 2012 at 08:04 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1053
 Article posted April 27, 2012 at 07:54 PM GMT • comment • Reads 959 Article posted April 27, 2012 at 07:54 PM GMT • comment • Reads 959
 Article posted April 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM GMT • comment • Reads 987 I learned that gravity pulls down into the center of the eart. Mass is what something is made of and weight is how much gravity pulls down on you. Article posted April 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM GMT • comment • Reads 987
 Article posted April 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM GMT • comment (2) • Reads 1300 In the future my dream job would be to be a chef! :) But, when I am off I would love to be a photogragher! Article posted April 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM GMT • comment (2) • Reads 1300
 Article posted April 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM GMT • comment • Reads 994 I learned that we use more energy then the 1930's. We produce 811 more pounds of carbon dioxide per day! We can conserve energy with better insulation because the warmth or cold would stay in the house! If you are going to touch or be around copper sulfate you should wear glasses and gloves. You need to be careful around uncontained electricity!Don't place stuff on top of electric cords.Don't put things by lamps. Don't fly a kite by power cords. Don't put forks in toasters.Don't pull a toy by the power cords.Don't use a hair dryer by water.Don't stick things into light sockets. Electric things don't put carbon into the air. Article posted April 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM GMT • comment • Reads 994
 Article posted March 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1089 A battery is a way to store chemical energy then put it in something else! Most light bulbs provide heat AND light. But lots of persons just want LIGHT! So they tried to make an all LIGHT lightbulb without heat! Article posted March 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1089
 Article posted March 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 986 K- I don't know a lot about battries but I do know they have energy in them! W- I want to learn how to make a battery! L- I learned more things then I thought I would! I learned how to make a battery and how long batteries light a ightbulb when they are charged for a certain time and more! Article posted March 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 986
 Article posted March 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1543 My hometown is Chimacum Washington. It is a very small town. We have lots of cows and other critters. We also have lots of farms. Are WHOLE middle school has 250 kids. I love my hometown. Article posted March 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1543
 Article posted March 2, 2012 at 08:54 PM GMT • comment (2) • Reads 1104 This is the slide show for flow rate that my partner and I made! Hope you like it! :) Article posted March 2, 2012 at 08:54 PM GMT • comment (2) • Reads 1104
 Article posted February 28, 2012 at 09:03 PM GMT • comment • Reads 954 First we learned about macros. We discovered our creek was healthy without much pollution when we found out that pollution intolerant bugs were living in our creek! Next we  took a deeper look into water pollution, I learned that there are lots of kinds of water pollution! After that we learned about the salmon life cycle. I learned that there are 7 cycles the  salmon go through egg, alevin, fry, parr, smolt, adult, and spawner. After all that learning we went down to our creek to see  how it was doing! We tested D.O, Ph, Flow rate,                    Nitrates,Temp,Turb, and Amnonia.With all of our data we learned our creek was doing good in all areas. And remember...DON'T POLLUTE OUR CREEK!           We know our creeks D.O is doing well because we got an 8.125 mg/L and we wanted between 5.0 - 10.0. pH is doing well too because we wanted between 5.5-8 and we got a 6! Turbidity is also doing well because we wanted between 0-50 and we got a 44.7 ntu. Nitrates is doing good too because we want below a 1.0 and we got a .3 mg/L! We did not get a good score but...We know our creek is doing good in the ammonia department because we have fish living in our creek and pollution intolerant macros! Flow rate was my job this year and we got 1972 gallons per second into our creek and this amount of water is good for our creek because of the size and we know fish can rest and the creek is still flowing like a champ. Temp also did a good job this year with a average of 37.1 F, we wanted between 32 and 40 F.                                                                                                                                                                           So over all Chimacum Creek is doing BAD HORRIBLE NOT GOOD AT ALL.... Just kidding! Our creek is doing awesome! :) But to keep it this way we need to do things like NOT litter, NOT put things in the creek, or NOT put any other gross yucky stuff into our creek because that can affect our fish, macros, and even ourselves if we pollute too much.... Just think... Would you like to be living in gross garbage and stuff like that? I would not... Article posted February 28, 2012 at 09:03 PM GMT • comment • Reads 954
 Article posted January 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1113 When we first got off the bus to tree plant we got into groups (my group leader was Chauwncee) and walked down to the tree planting area. When we got there we played a name game. Then he explained how to plant the trees and use the shovel. After that we got into pairs. My partner was Kyliegh. After we got into pairs we started planting. After we all planted almost all our trees we headed back to the bus. My favorite part of the whole trip was planting trees. I also want to say thanks to Jac, Aliina, and Chauwncee, and the other volunteers. Article posted January 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1113
 Article posted January 23, 2012 at 09:07 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1111 When the salmon get back "home" they will start spawning. Then the female lays her eggs. A female may lay 5,000 eggs. Some salmon may survive after laying their eggs but most will die. To lay their eggs they need unpolluted water. A this time the biggest threat to them is dying after spawning. Article posted January 23, 2012 at 09:07 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1111
 Article posted January 12, 2012 at 09:18 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1161 The parr will start going to sea. On their way they will face pollution. They need clean water to make a successful journey downstream. When the salmon reach the estuaries they will start osmoregulation. This is the adaptation of gills and kidneys to salt water. They are now a smolt. Article posted January 12, 2012 at 09:18 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1161
 Article posted January 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1212 When the fry get parr marks and start feeding in fresh water they are called a parr. The parr eat fish eggs,worms,and crustaceans. They need all of this food to survive. They also need cool water to survive. Bigger fish are big threats to parrs. Article posted January 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1212
 Article posted January 6, 2012 at 09:10 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1153 A adult salmon will feed and grow in the ocean for around eight years. They eat shrimp,squid, ect. Orcas, seals, and sea lions are big predators to the adult salmon. Humans also will kill salmon for food. They need to have a food source to survive. After around eight years they will go back to their birth place and spawn. Article posted January 6, 2012 at 09:10 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1153
 Article posted January 4, 2012 at 09:21 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1135 Fry's start to live in school after awhile. They also start feeding in rivers, mostly on zooplankton until they grow up and start eating aquatic insects. Some fry stay in the river for up three years. But some go to the ocean as soon as they get out of their nest. Loss of riparian habitat along the streams, rivers, estuaries, and bays is one of the biggest dangers. Try's need cool water. Article posted January 4, 2012 at 09:21 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1135
 Article posted January 4, 2012 at 09:11 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1172 Before the alevin start to get out into the open they survive on there yolk. The yolk will last them a month or so. Once they leave the gravel they become a fry. Threats for both alevin and eggs are : gulls, dippers, sculpins, and trout. People are also big threats. Article posted January 4, 2012 at 09:11 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1172
 Article posted January 3, 2012 at 09:02 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1148 In the nest there is orange pea-sized eggs. The Mother will cover the eggs with gravel this allows water to flow around the eggs and keep them healthy. If you walk in a shallow river you could step on the eggs without knowing. To survive they need cool clean water. Article posted January 3, 2012 at 09:02 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1148
 Article posted November 7, 2011 at 09:02 PM GMT • comment • Reads 2132 Chimacum creek scored 21 and Yellow jacket creek scored 25 in pollution that is only a 4 point diffrence!!! This means they are both not polluted too badly. We had to see which macros were in what creek and both of the creeks had good bugs to boost up there scores!!! Article posted November 7, 2011 at 09:02 PM GMT • comment • Reads 2132
 Article posted November 3, 2011 at 09:08 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1742 This is at scud. It is a medium pollution tolerant bug. Article posted November 3, 2011 at 09:08 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1742
 Article posted November 2, 2011 at 09:21 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1767 Article posted November 2, 2011 at 09:21 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1767
 Article posted November 2, 2011 at 09:05 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1764 This is a pregnant Scud. This is a medium quality pollution tolerant benthic macro. Article posted November 2, 2011 at 09:05 PM GMT • comment • Reads 1764
 Article posted October 11, 2011 at 07:31 PM GMT • comment (3) • Reads 1916 Do you want to stop water pollution? If you said yes I have some good tips for you! I am going to tell you some things about water pollution. You may be thinking what exactly is water pollution. Well water pollution is things in the water that are not supposed to be in the water. Like...garbage,oil,litter,fertilizer,pesticides,(ect.). These things come from oil boats,land fills,humans,and more. But there is also natural pollution. This is called microbiological. It comes from Bactria. And can result in serious diseases. If these things get into are water it could get into are drinking water and make us fatally ill. It can affect are marine life as well. Like if garbage got into are water it could be a plastic bag that a turtle might mistake as food. Even though are water is already polluted we can still make it less polluted. If we do a few simple things. Like, industrial treatment,septic tanks,denitrification,and ozone wastewater treatment. There are ways to prevent water pollution though. Like turning off the tap when not in use,not throwing litter into the toilet,using environmentally safe household products,not over using fertilizer/pesticides,planting plants,and not putting trash into creeks,lakes,oceans,rivers, (ect.). There is more then one type of water pollution. There are surface water pollution, which is natural water pollution when you here the word natural you may think it is not harmful. But it is just as bad. Another type of water pollution is oxygen depleting. This is when too much biodegradable substances get into the water. When this happens the number of microorganisms increase and use up all the oxygen. There is also a type of water pollution called groundwater pollution. This is when humans dig wells (ect.) and use it to drink. If there was pesticides in the water you can become fatally ill. Nutrient water pollution is when nutrients get into wastewater. This can cause excess growth in algae and weeds. This can cause harm to other aquatic animals because algae uses up oxygen. Another type of water pollution is chemical water pollution. Some industrial work may involve harmful chemicals that can run off and pollute water. Another natural pollution is called microbiological pollution. This is caused by bacteria,viruses,and protozoa. Very harmful diseases like cholera come from microorganisms. One other pollution is suspended water pollution. This is a type of pollution where it can not dissolve in water. This will result in a thick layer of gunk at the bottom at the lake river (ect.). Article posted October 11, 2011 at 07:31 PM GMT • comment (3) • Reads 1916
 Article posted September 30, 2011 at 09:09 PM GMT • comment (2) • Reads 2092 Mt. St. Helens I feel that Mt. St. Helens will rebuild itself. Because, all of the dirt and rock (ect.) will pile up and make Mt. St. Helens return to normal. Article posted September 30, 2011 at 09:09 PM GMT • comment (2) • Reads 2092
 Article posted September 30, 2011 at 08:58 PM GMT • comment (7) • Reads 2687 1. I have one sister 2. I have two dogs, four horses, and four cats 3. My favorite pop is Dr.Pepper 4. I really enjoy jumping on my trampoline 5. I am 11 years old 6. My favoite food is steak 7. My favorite animal is a dog Article posted September 30, 2011 at 08:58 PM GMT • comment (7) • Reads 2687
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