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Ms. Lisa L Garcia Cordes » Topics of Study & General Course Guidelines

Topics of Study & General Course Guidelines

Topics of Study:

6th Grade ~ Earth Science

7th Grade ~ Life Science
* Cell Biology
* Reproduction and Genetics
* Evolution - Change Over Time
* Earth and Life History
* Structure, Function, & Physical Principles in Living Systems

Optional Field Study Excursion ---> [April 2016} http://cimioutdoored.org/cimi-toyon-bay/

8th Grade ~ Physical Science
* Physics
* Chemistry
* Astronomy

Optional Field Study Excursion ---> [February 2016] http://astrocampschool.org/

For Every Standard (All Grade Levels) ~

* Read the Main Concepts
* Take Notes
* Answer Questions
* Complete Labs & Activities
* Test on EVERY Standard


Recent Posts

Visit the Schools' Ag and Nutrition Fair-May 15 to 19, 2018

Schools’ Agriculture and Nutrition Fair

May 15 to 19, 2018

Theme: From COWS to CONCRETE (theme co-sponsored by Angel City Press)

Location: Fairplex in Pomona, Building 10


1101 W. McKinley Avenue

Pomona, CA  91768

(Enter Gate 1 at McKinley Avenue)


Admission and Parking - Free

 The Schools’ Agriculture and Nutrition Fair is an educational fair featuring thousands of agricultural-themed projects from over 100 schools in the greater Los Angeles basin and surrounding communities.

 The event attracts school field trips, families, educators, and community members to celebrate the achievements of local students (Pre-K through high school) and teachers, and to educate the attendees about the importance of agriculture to California. [Fair Fact Sheet Link Below]

  Of course, the height of the Fair experience is seeing the students’ excitement as they view their projects on display.

  Events include: All About Animals Petting Zoo, Dairy Council of CA/Mobile Dairy Classroom, antique machines by Western Antique Power Associates, Discovering Science exhibits, AG DAY LA (May 16 and 17 – pre-register), K-9 Unit-Police Dept., City of Pomona (Friday), Spelling Bee (Saturday). 


Fair Fact Sheet

Sea Star Dissection - Due tomorrow (Th. 5/17/18)

* Sea Star Dissection Lab Report completed tonight. 
I will either mark it as an incomplete (60% = D-), give it an F (if less than 2/3 of the report was completed, or stamp it so that I can read through the completed lab reports on Monday when I collect the composition books since you'll need it for your earthworm dissection tomorrow.


5:00pm TROUT RELEASE TODAY ... @ La MIrada Regional Park Lake !!!!!!!!!!

Location and Directions:

15105 Alicante Road
La Mirada, CA 90638

La Mirada Lake is located aprox. 20 miles south of the city of Los Angeles. From Interstate 5, exit south on Rosecrans and go East to La Mirada Blvd. Turn Left and go to Alicante, turn Right.

General Info:
This is a small, urban lake located within the La Mirada Regional Park. It is open daily, 6am to sunset. Parking is free. There is a frisbee disc course, playgrounds, tennis and handball courts.


Did you already sign up and pay your deposit?  Come find out all the basic facts about your upcoming trip to Catalina! If you haven't paid your trip off yet, you can pay your tuition at the end of the meeting.  
COME! Wed. April 18th @ 3pm in ROOM 25A with Ms. Cordes ~ See you there!

PROJECT REMINDERS ~ Due Dates: Research 4/13, Working Body System Models 4/20, Report Forms Distributed 4/23, Completed Forms Due 4/25

Atypical Animal Research Report

  1.  ANIMAL -

     Choose One of the animals assigned to you in March Mammal Madness that is still living.  [No extinct animals may be used for this project.]

  1.  TAXONOMY -

     Identify the taxonomy of your animal in the following order WITH Genus and species underlined.

  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species

  1.  HABITAT -
  • What ecosystem does your organism live in?
  • What continent or country is your organism found in?
  • What kind of den or home does your animal use?
  • What adaptations (physical or behavioral) help it survive here?

  1.   FOOD -
  • What does your animal eat?
  • What adaptations does it have to help it obtain food or eat its food?

  • Does it reproduce sexually or asexually?
  • How many offspring are produced at a time?
  • HOw often does your animal reproduce within a year or its lifetime?
  • What special adaptation help it find a mate?

  1.   MOVEMENT -
  • How does your animal move around in its habitat?
  • What special adaptations help it do so?

  1.   PREDATORS -
  • What predators does your animal have?
  • What special adaptations / behaviors do they have to defend / protect themselves against their predators?

  • Add at least one cool fact about your animal that doesn’t fit in the above categories.

  1.   BODY SYSTEM -
  • Choose one body system to research for this animal.
    • Integumentary
    • Muscular
    • Skeletal
    • Digestive
    • Circulatory/Cardiovascular
    • Lymphatic/Immune
    • Respiratory
    • Urinary/Excretory
    • Endocrine
    • Nervous

    • Define the system and compare the system in your animal to the same system in humans?
      • How are they similar?
      • How are they different?

  • DRAW -
    • Create a Comparative Anatomy Drawing of the  system you chose in both your animal and in humans.
      • Draw it in your composition book
      • Photograph your drawing
      • Upload your drawing to this Google Classroom assignment.

  • MODEL -
    • Design a working model of the system you chose.
    • Your model should be able to stand on a table without falling over.
    • The model must be able to show how the system functions.

    • This project will be on display at the end of the year RMS Showcase.
    • This project may also be on display at the 48th District Agricultural Association Science Fair in May..
    • Remember -> The Science Fair is an Individual PBL project / grade.  Students signed up independently on the computer via the 48th District's Agricultural Association application process during class 2 weeks prior to Spring Break.

Last Day to Turn In Missing / Make-up Work = Dec 7th @ 4pm [at the end of my HW Club that day]

Please be aware that Missing Assignments & Make-Up Work will be granted scores as follows:
    Qtr 1 (Everything thru Homo naledi) = Full Credit
    Qtr 2 (Everything on Cells & Turtles) = 1/2 Credit

Parent Conference_Oct 26th Sign Up Sheet

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. 

Please sign up for Parent Conference_Fall 2017_Oct 26! 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/51701291255141401 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
Please Bring:
     1)  Student's Composition Book (preferably w/ student)
     2)  Print Out of Parent Portal Grade

CATALINA - April 28 -30, 2017

Anddddddd... we're off!
Friday, April 28th - Meet @ Flagpole @ 7am
Bring - Sack Lunch
            Water Bottle (Refillable)
            Good closed toed shoes for hiking and walking around camp
            Flip Flops or water shoes for beach.
Sunday, April 30th - Return to RMS @ 4pm. (approximately)
See packing list, sample schedule, camp info in packets that were given to students for more information.
Mrs. Melgar will keep parents posted via Rivera Middle School Facebook page
     Required pages =
         14, 15, 18
         20, 21
         30, 31, 33, 34
        48, 49
        50, 51, 52, 53, & 55

4th Quarter Classwork / Homework Policy

My new policy for this quarter (in order to better prepare them for 8th grade next year) is that the students have one class period to complete the assignment.
Should they need more time than is allotted, they may take the work home to finish there, but it must be turned in the very next day in order to get credit.  Their grade will drop a bit if they were not working the entire period and that's why they did not finish.
If I don't get their work the next day, they must still finish the assignment, but now, they will only receive half credit.  
Anything over 2 weeks old will no longer be accepted, but students will still be responsible for the knowledge gained from those assignments for their tests.

7th Grade CATALINA Trip (optional)

It is that time of year! Our Catalina Science Trip will be announced later this week. HOWEVER, if you are reading it here on my website… You can get in on it first!  
31 spaces available!
1st come, 1st-served! 
$300 tuition
3 days and 2 nights
April 28, 2017 -  April 30, 2017
$60 Non-refundable deposit required
Pay Ms. Cordes
Room 25A