6th GRADE SCIENCE            

  

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR DAY TO DAY AGENDA

 

Welcome to the new school year!! This year there are many changes going on in science.  Students will now be following the new standards that has been set in place by the Louisiana's Department of Education.  They will be learning a little of physical, life, earth, and environmental science.  This will better prepare them for their high school science courses.  I am really excited about this change as there is a focus on science PHENOMENAS!  To clarify what is a phenomena, the Solar Eclipse that happened two years ago on August 21st is a phenomena.  Not only will they be focusing on core ideas of a particular phenomena but they will be applying science and engineering practices as well as cross cutting concepts throughout grade levels and different other core subjects.  We are in a transitional phase with science so it will be a learning process for both your child and myself.  Let's make it a great year!!!  


 IMPORTANT:  Students should always be prepared for class every day by having their  science lab journal ready.  That is the only thing they will be using for science class.  They will be completing everything in their notebooks.  They should have a 1"binder with dividers that will be used for their journal.  If a student does not have one, I will provide them with one.  All lab activities and extensions to their lesson (homework) will be completed in their Science Lab Journal.  All of their notes and other worksheets will also be a part of the lab journal.  When it is time for students to study for a test, their journal will contain everything in it that they will need to assist them in their studying.  As we approach a unit test, I will provide students with a study guide as I want to make sure everyone understands the concepts being learned.   I will collect all packs of graphing paper and hand out to students as needed.  

***Due to the new Science Standards and Lafourche Parish piloting a new program for the state, OpenSciEd,  there is no 6th grade textbook published for the new standards yet.  When students need the use of a textbook, they will be using the old 6th, 7th, and 8th grades interactive textbooks in class only.  Since we do not know when new textbooks will be developed, we will be using a class set of textbooks from each grade level, therefore, no one will be able to check out any Science textbooks as we have to make the ones we have last until we get new ones, in which we have no clue as to when that will be.  

**Students will be annotating notes from their readings as well as using their lab journals for studying and will get a copy of my power points as a study guide after we have finished going through the content.  For those students who would like to keep up with their studies throughout the unit, here are two helpful sites that can assist them with their studies:

Pete's Powerpoint Station - http://www.pppst.com/science.html

Science Spot Kid Zone - http://sciencespot.net/Pages/kidzone.html


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

 

***It is the responsibility of all students to keep up their science lab notebooks.  

If there is something they did not finish completing during class such as a graph, an explanation or justification, or an extension or reflection of their lab, then they have been told they are to complete it for homework.  These science lab notebooks will be graded at the end of each 9 weeks period.  ****STUDENTS SHOULD BE USING WHAT THEY ENTER IN THEIR SCIENCE LAB JOURNALS AS A STUDY TOOL UNTIL THEY GET THEIR NOTES WHICH IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY COMPLETE THESE ENTRIES!!!  When I show a Bill Nye video on content, they are always given a guided questionnaire that is an entry in the journal.  This guided questionnaire is basically another study guide that should assist them in their studying of the content.


***It is very important that students get their science lab safety contracts signed and this should remain in their journals at all times.

***Students will also have 2 science related CURRENT EVENTS to turn in each 9 weeks.  I will post due dates throughout the year so make sure to check when they are due as these are also graded.  Information on what is required for their current event as well as suggestions for resources will be provided to your child the first week of school.  They will put this in their science lab journals so they will never forget how to do their current event.  

***A goal of the Science Department this year at BBLMS is to have all students work on writing in the science classroom.  We will be implementing the CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) strategy.  Students will be given two writing assignments a month in class, which will be bellwork, and those assignments will be graded.  This will consist of two articles for students to read and they will compare the two resources in order to identify a problem and they will be using the CER strategy in their writing.  They will first explain that problem by making a claim, then cite supporting evidence from the article, and provide reasoning for the claim they made in reference to the problem.  This will better prepare students for writing on written responses on Science District Assessments and Science State Testing.


SCIENCE ASSIGNMENT UPDATES:  Assignments you can do at home.  

**Current Event will be due on Wednesday, March 25th.  This will still be due when we return in April, that is if we do return, so students are not off the hook for this.  I think the best science related current event that students can do is on the Corona virus.  Since we were getting ready to learn about our cells, students should use the following resource to find out what viruses do to our healthy cells.

https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-guide.html


******All of my students have been told all week that if they have access to the internet and the schools shut down to go on LEGENDS OF LEARNING to play games on the content we are presently learning which is MOLECULES AND CELLS.  I have them using this site which allows them to play up to 8 games for free and these games are very educational.  Today our kids are so hooked on video games so why not have your child play these science games which will assist them in being successful students.  The games in reference to cells will help them to understand viruses and the damage they can do to our cells which is why it is so important to always practice good hygiene.  


***LAFOURCHE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS PUT OUT LINKS ON THEIR HOME PAGE TO MANY FREE AND ACCESSIBLE EDUCATIONAL SITES THAT CAN BE USED TO ASSIST YOUR CHILD IN KEEPING UP WITH THEIR STUDIES.  THE CONTENT THAT WE HAD LEFT TO COVER IN 6TH GRADE SCIENCE IS:  

  •  MOLECULES AND HOW THEY FORM AS WELL AS BUILDING MODELS OF MOLECULES STUDENTS COULD BUILD MODELS AT HOME BY USING EITHER TOOTH PICKS OR STRAWS AND COLORED MARSHMALLOWS OR IF THEY DO NOT HAVE MARSHMALLOWS THEY CAN ROLL UP SMALL BALLS OF PAPER IN DIFFERENT COLORS TO REPRESENT THE DIFFERENT ATOMS
  • THE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS OF THE ANIMAL AND PLANT CELL
  •  ECOSYSTEMS - FOOD WEB, PREY, PREDATOR, SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS, LEVELS OF AN ECOSYSTEM

STUDENTS CAN ALSO REVIEW OTHER CONTENT LEARNED THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR - SOUND AND LIGHT WAVES, CONTACT FORCES, NEWTON'S LAWS OF MOTION, NON CONTACT FORCES (ELECTROMAGNETS), AND EARTH AND ITS PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE CONTENT.


**Even though my name has changed, my school email is still sleblanc@mylpsd.com.



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WEEKLY SCHEDULES OF WHAT STUDENTS WILL BE LEARNING ALONG WITH ASSIGNMENTS:


Monday, 3/9:

There were many students who did not complete Unit 6 test on Friday so they will finish the test today.  Those who have finished the test will be allowed to go explore content on molecules and cells as this is the unit we will be starting on tomorrow.


HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, March 25th.


Tuesday, 3/10: 

Today we begin Unit 7 - Molecules to Cells.  Today I will be introducing the anchor phenomena for the unit.


 HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, March 25th.


Wednesday, 3/11:

Distinguishing between atoms and molecules is the topic of today's lesson.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily. Current event due on Wednesday, March 25th.

 

Thursday, 3/12:

We will continue distinguishing between atoms and molecules by creating dichotomous keys on different matter and putting them in their right categories. 


HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, March 25th.


Friday, 3/13:

Students will be exploring how molecules bond by looking at content on covalent and ionic bonding.   

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, March 25th.


ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 2ND


Monday, 3/2:

Comparing and contrasting solar and lunar eclipses is the topic of today's content.  Students will also receive a study guide for this their test which is on Friday.


HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Unit 6 test on Earth, Sun, and Moon Systems which covers seasons, eclipses, moon phases, and tides is on this Friday, March 6th.

    

Tuesday, 3/3: 

Students will create models of the different phases of the moon as well as explain how the moon's gravitational pull affects the tides on Earth.


 HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Unit 6 test on Earth, Sun, and Moon Systems which covers seasons, eclipses, moon phases, and tides is on this Friday, March 6th.


Wednesday, 3/4:

Today students will review moon phases, eclipses, and tides by watching Bill Nye's "The Moon." 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Unit 6 test on Earth, Sun, and Moon Systems which covers seasons, eclipses, moon phases, and tides is on this Friday, March 6th.


Thursday, 3/5:

Students will review for their unit test tomorrow by engaging in a game of Jeopardy. 


HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Unit 6 test on Earth, Sun, and Moon Systems which covers seasons, eclipses, and tides is TOMORROW!!


Friday, 3/6:

UNIT 6 TEST ON SEASONS, ECLIPSES, MOON PHASES, AND TIDES IS TODAY!!!!   

HOMEWORK:

None.