Lost in La Mer du Labrador – The Last Weekend!!!

It’s you last weekend to work, so how’s it going with the Lost in La Mer du Labrador project? Remember, first and foremost this is a CHEMISTRY project. You must talk about all 23 items – why they would be good to use or why you would not want to use them. NEVER ever say, I had no use for the item.

Here are a few other things to remember – a long list to review, but very important, so READ IT ALL! TWICE!

1. Save, save, save, save, save, save, save, to several different places because your computer wants to eat your project!! Email your latest copy to yourself – label it with the date so you’ll know it’s the latest one, or put it in Google Drive or use a flash drive, or Google Dropbox – and use the date thing when u save it. And printing out the latest copy is also a great idea!

2. Your printer and the printer at your parents’ job will die/ run out of ink/ jam/ run out of paper/ explode, etc., so don’t wait until the last minute to print things out. And save, save, save, save, save, save, save, to several different places because your computer wants to eat your project!!

3. Make sure you make printed copies of the sources each source you use. Copy the first page and the page that you use, and highlight the portions that you use. Staple multiple pages.

4. Your copied sources should be in the order that the items they refer to occur in your paper. If you have the same source for different items, you must have different copies.

5. Your paper must be in general manuscript form – typed, double spaced, last name and page number on each page, etc. Each section of your paper should start on a new page.

6. The first time (or even every time is okay) you mention one of the main 23 items in your paper, highlight it so it will be easy to see. If you use the item again later in your journal for a different reason, highlight it again.

7. Always use the title of a website article if it has one or the name of the organization that produced the website if it doesn’t, and the published or copyright date in your internal documentation & your Works Cited if your source is from the Internet. One difference between them, never use the URL in the internal documentation, but always include the URL in the Works Cited – and you can use just the first part of the URL since the whole thing may be really long.

8. Speaking of that, what you have listed in your internal documentation should match the first thing you have written in each entry of your Works Cited. For example, the author, the name of the book, the Internet title, dictionary entry, etc. Never, never, never include JUST the URL for Internet sites in your Works Cited. You must include the other important information as well. Use the examples I gave you at the end of your project sheet if you have any questions. And don’t forget to reverse indent your Works Cited!

9. Make sure you write the internal documentation for your illustrations BOTH on your illustration and also in your paper. And don’t forget to include it in the Works Cited!

10. Your Works Cited entries should also be in the order that they occur in your paper.

11. Double check to make sure you don’t have anything in the internal documentation that isn’t in your Works Cited, and vice versa.

May God bless you as you work!! I love you and I’m praying for you!!!

Chemistry 4-19-17 Describing Chemical Reactions

CHEMISTRY: So tell me again – how do you know if a chemical reaction has occurred? Here’s the lecture on the evidences of a chemical change and the intro to balancing chemical equations. Great to be back to chemistry!

CHEMISTRY 4-29-14 Describing Chemical Reactions from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

flickr photo by Chealion

Hallelujah! He is Risen!!

HE was born, but it didn’t end there. HE lived, but it didn’t end there. HE did great things, but it didn’t end there. HE died a horrible death, but it didn’t end there. My Savior is not dead, JESUS is alive! Happy Easter – yesterday, today, and forever!!!

Chemistry 4-12-17 Chapter 6 Overview

CHEMISTRY: Are you ready for the test tomorrow?!? Click below for the test overview from today – orange lava. Below that is the short recording from the help session this morning – green lava. πŸ™‚

Let me give you some hints about making out your own study suggestion sheet for the test. First start by getting organized. If you didn’t do it in class today, make a chart, a really big chart of “What I need to memorize,” “What I need to know how to do,” and “What I need to be able to apply/discuss.” Then start practicing the things you have have the list!! Practice is especially important on the “problem” like objectives such as Lewis structures, drawing ionic bonding, etc. I would also encourage you to make lists of possible discussion questions and then practice answering them for the test. If there are things you are unsure about, go back and watch parts of old vodcasts.

A great way to help you study is to use the “Visual Concepts” part of the online textbook for this chapter. It provides an oral and visual review back through the chapter and also has practice quizzes, etc. It is great! You can access this site by clicking here on the Chemistry Online Textbook or over on the right side of this page, or through Edline. The user name is csbec and the password is chemistry. (Both of these show up when you move the mouse over the online textbook link on Edline.)

And don’t forget that a great place to prctice dot notation and Lewis structures is at sciencegeek.net and practice the things from our chapter that are in the Unit 3 Review Activities. You get feedback right away to know if your answer is right or not, and that’s a good thing.

We’ve covered quite a lot in this chapter. God bless you as you study! I’ll be praying for you!!

Chemistry 4-12-17 Chapter 6 Overview from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

Chemistry 4-12-17 Chapter 6 Help Session from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

Chemistry 4-11-17 Intermolecular Forces

CHEMISTRY: We made it! Here’s the very last lecture from chapter 6 – intermolecular forces. (Don’t forget they’re also called van der Waals forces!) Tons of application, from bugs walking on water to little fishes breathing dissolved oxygen!

Chemistry 4-11-17 Intermolecular Forces from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

Image source digitaljournal.com

Chemistry 4-10-17 Dipoles

CHEMISTRY: Happy Monday! So why is molecular geometry important? I mean why is knowing the correct shape of molecules? Here’s the beginning of the answer! Great job on drawing dipoles. We’ll continue our discussion on intermolecular forces tomorrow.

Chemistry 4-14-16 Dipoles from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

flickr photo by grewlike

ExploreZone 2017

Awesome, awesome day at ExploreZone! WOW!!!! You guys are the GREATEST!! Thanks to you, ExploreZone was a HUGE success! The elementary kids loved it and the junior high and high school did too! Everywhere I went, I saw faces with smiles and surprise and excitement. Your incredible hard work paid off. A special thanks to thosee who stayed late Wednesday setting up and Thursday cleaning up! We couldn’t have made it without you!!

I took some pics that you can watch in the slide show below (maybe it will work??), or click here for a link to all of the pictures here on flickr.com. I think you may be able to download photos as well. Holler if you have photos or videos that we can add to the collection.

What are your favorite memories? Post them below! Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Wow, look at that!!!”


“Hit him again!! (elementary kids are brutal!)


And my all time favorite – “Whoa, I wanna do that!”

ExploreZone 2017

Chemistry 4-3-17 Ionic Vs. Covalent Bonds & Metallic Bonds

CHEMISTRY: Happy Monday! Here’s the lecture on ionic vs. covalent bonding, followed by metallic bonding.

Aren’t you glad there are no structures to draw for metallic bonds?! Make sure you can use the electron sea model to explain the properties of metals. Also be able to compare and contrast all three types of bonds.

CHEMISTRY 4-14-14 Ionic vs Covalent & Metallic Bonds from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

Chemistry 3-31-17 Ionic Bonds

CHEMISTRY: Isn’t this a beautiful crystal of copper sulfate pentahydrate? Since we’ve been talking about crystal lattice structures, I thought you might like to see something different than salt!

Here’s the lecture on ionic bonding and writing equations for ionic bonds. Remember, when you write ionic bonding, you’re not trying to arrange a single structure like you do with Lewis structures. Instead, you’re writing an equation that shows electrons being lost by one atom and gained by another atom. And make sure you put the dots in the right order!

Chemistry 4-9-16 Ionic Bonds from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

Chemistry 3-29-17 Polyatomic Ion HW & Intro to the cLAB

CHEMISTRY: From Wednesday, here’s a short review of some of the homework – polyatomic ions, and especially acetate, super important!! How about molecular geometry? Anyone need to review that? Help session?

Also, at the end of this vodcast we began discussing the cLAB: 3D Molecules. Great idea to review if you were absent!! We’ll work on the cLab again tomorrow in class. One update to the project: include a title “slide” with your name, period, date and title of the project – just like a lab.

Chemistry 4-5-16 Polyatomic Ion HW & Intro to the cLAB from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

Image source: moleview.org