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6th and 8th Grade Mid-Term Study Guide:
(scroll down for 6th grade)
 

Physical Science Study Guide for Midterm 2007

The science mid-term will be taken on January 31, 2007. There are 75 multiple choice questions each worth one point.

 

Chapter 1-Motion

  • Explain when an object is in motion and how motion is relative to a reference point
  • Calculate an object’s speed and velocity using the SI units of distance
  • Explain the slow movement of Earth’s plates and calculate their speed
  • Calculate the acceleration of an object and graph changing speed and distance of an accelerating object.
  • Graph motion showing changes in distance as a function of time
  • Describe what happens to the motion of an object as it accelerates

 

Chapter 2- Force

  • Explain how balanced and unbalanced forces are related to motion
  • State Newton’s first law of motion and define inertia
  • State Newton’s second law of motion and explain how force and mass are related to acceleration
  • Describe friction and identify the factors that determine the friction force between two surfaces
  • Describe the effects of gravity and air resistance on an object free fall
  • Explain how mass differs from weight
  • State the law of universal gravitation
  • Define and calculate momentum and state the law of conservation of momentum
  • Explain how a rocket lifts off the ground
  • Describe the forces that keep a satellite in orbit

 

Chapter 3- Fluid Force

  • Recognize that pressure decreases at higher altitudes and increase at greater depths
  • State Pascal’s principle and recognize applications of the principle
  • Explain how a hydraulic system works
  • Define the buoyant force and its effect
  • State Archimedes’ principle
  • Explain how the density of an object determines whether it floats or sinks
  • State Bernoulli’s principle
  • Explain the application of Bernoulli’s principle to flight
  • Define and calculate pressure
  • Relate work and energy

 

 


 

Chapter 5- Energy and Power

  • Define and calculate potential and kinetic energy
  • Identify and describe conversions from one type of energy to another
  • Identify the source of energy stored in fossil fuels
  • Compare energy and power
  • Explain how energy is converted when fossil fuels are used
  • List different forms of energy
  • Define and calculate power
  • Identify and describe conversions from one type of energy to another
  • State the law of conservation of energy

Earth Science Study Guide for Midterm 2007

The science mid-term will be taken on January 31, 2007. There are 40 multiple choice questions each worth one point.

 

Chapter 1 – Plate Tectonics

Describe what geologists do

Explain how heat is transferred

List evidence used by Alfred Wagener to form his theory and why other scientists rejected it

Describe the process of sea-floor spreading

List the evidence for sea-floor spreading

Explain the process of subduction

Describe the three types of plate boundaries

List the characteristics of Earth’s crust, mantle, and core

 

Chapter 2 – Earthquakes

Describe the types of faults, why faults form, and where they occur.

Describe how the energy of an earthquake travels through Earth

Identify the different kinds of seismic waves

Name scales used to measure the strength of an earthquake

Describe how earthquakes cause damage and the kinds of damage they cause.

Describe how geologist monitor faults

Explain how geologists determine earthquake risk

Describe how stress forces affect rock

Describe how movement along faults changes Earth’s surface

Name the scales used to measure the strength of an earthquake

 

Chapter 3 – Volcanoes

Identify where Earth’s volcanic regions are found, and explain why they are found there

Describe what happens when a volcano erupts

Explain how the two types of volcanic eruptions differ

Identify some hazards of volcanoes

Explain how volcanoes on Mars and Venus compare with volcanoes on Earth

Describe the volcanic activity found on the moons of Jupiter and Neptune

Explain how magma that hardens beneath the surface creates landforms

Science Fair Handouts
 

Science Fair Experiment

Planning Sheet

 

Name ______________________________                                    Grade ________

 

Science Fair Topic _________________________

 

Question (What specifically do you want to find out in your experiment?): __________________________________________________________________

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Sources you could use for research:

1. ____________________________                 2. ___________________________

3. ____________________________                 4. ___________________________

 

Will you need the help of an adult? _____ If yes, who could help you and in what way?__________________________________________________________________

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Briefly describe your experiment: _______________________________________

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Sketch what your project display may look like on the back.

 

 

I agree to complete this project to the best of my ability.

I understand that it will help me become a better scientist and will count for a large part of my grade for the semester.

I will meet the deadlines on the timeline and revise my work where needed.

 

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             Student Signature                                    Parent/Guardian Signature

 

Science Fair Experiment Timeline and Checklist

 

Due Date

Aspect of Project 2007

Student Initials

Teacher Initials

Dec 11

1. Decide on a topic and complete the planning sheet. Get it signed by parent/guardian. Bring in a three ring binder to serve as a Science Fair Notebook.

 

 

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Jan 8

2. Research your topic and prepare a 1-2 page report. Make certain to include a bibliography of your resources.

 

 

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Jan 12

3. Write a 1-2 page report based on your research. (In Class)

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Jan. 16/17

3. Write a hypothesis based on your research that makes an educated guess about your question. (In Class)

 

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Jan. 22

4. Design an experiment to test your hypothesis. Write the materials and procedures.

 

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Jan. 23

5. After obtaining your teacher’s approval, begin your experiment. Remember to repeat at least three times to make sure your results are accurate.

 

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Feb. 5

6. Collect all of the necessary data and organize it all into charts, tables, and/or graphs.

 

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Feb. 12

7. Analyze your data in relation to your question. Compose your conclusion and discussion.

 

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Feb. 15/16

8. Construct an abstract about your project. This is a one page summary of your project that includes your topic, question, experiment, and most significant results/ideas you discovered. (In Class)

 

 

 

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Feb. 19

9. Organize your notebook and be prepare to turn it in for a preliminary grade. (You should be organizing it as you go along!!!)

 

 

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Feb. 26

10. Begin your display board. Make sure to get pictures developed far in advance if you want them for your display.

 

 

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Feb. 27/28

11. Write a one to two minute presentation about your project. Put notes for your speech on 3”x5” cards.

 

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Mar. 1/2

12. Turn in your science fair notebook.

 

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Mar. 1/2

13. Bring in your completed display board. Presentations made in class.

 

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Mar. 1/2

14. View Park Prep Middle School Science Fair.

 

 

Mar. 15

15. Winners complete application for LA County Science Fair.

 

 

Apr. 26-28

16. LA County Science Fair.

 

 

 

 

Science Fair Reflection Sheet

 

Make reflections at least once a week noting your progress and what you still need to do. You may use this sheet or your own format.

 

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Science Fair Notebook Contents

 

1.     Title Page - 10 points

2.     Table of Contents - 10 points

3.     Abstract - 25 points

4.     Project Planning Sheet - 10 points

5.     Timeline and Checklist - 10 points

6.     Question - 5 points

7.     Research Paper - 50 points

8.     Hypothesis - 10 points

9.     Materials - 5 points

10. Experimental Design/Procedure - 25 points

11. Data and Observations - 35 points

12. Conclusion - 15 points

13. Discussion - 40 points

14. Reflection Sheet - 25 points

15. Final Reflection - 25 points

 

Total - 300 points

 

 

 

Science Fair Display Board and Presentation

 

Your display board should contain almost identical information on it as in your notebook. Since your notebook will be graded for the quality of its content, your display board and presentation will be graded solely on its aesthetics.

 

Display                                                       

Neatness - 25 points                                    

Creativity - 25 points                                   

Organization of the Layout - 50 points

Clarity of Presentation - 50 points

 

Total  - 150 points

 

 

 

Science Fair Notebook & Display Grading Sheet

 

Student Name____________________________                  Grade______

 

1.     Title Page -                                            ____/10 points

2.     Table of Contents -                                ____/10 points

3.     Abstract -                                              ____/25 points

4.     Project Planning Sheet -                          ____/10 points

5.     Timeline and Checklist -                         ____/10 points

6.     Question -                                             ____/  5 points

7.  Research Paper -                                   ____/ 50 points

8.     Hypothesis -                                          ____/10 points

9.     Materials -                                               ____/5 points

10. Experimental Design/Procedure -            ____/25 points

11. Data and Observations -                         ____/35 points

12. Conclusion -                                          ____/15 points

13. Discussion -                                           ____/40 points

14. Reflection Sheet -                                   ____/25 points

15. Final Reflection -                                    ____/25 points

 

Total                                                                               ____/    300 points

 

Comments______________________________________________________

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Display                                                       

1.     Neatness -                                ____/25 points

2.     Creativity -                              ____/25 points               

3.     Organization of the Layout -    ____/50 points

4.     Clarity of Presentation -          ____/50 points

 

Total                                                                               ____/150 points

 

Comments_____________________________________________________

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