6th GRADE SCIENCE            

  

2017-2018 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 this year!  To clarify what is a phenomena, the Solar Eclipse that happened 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 two three prong pocket folders - one for textbook notes pages and one with graphing paper that will be used as the Science Lab Journal.  All lab activities and extensions to their lesson (homework) will be completed in their Science Lab Journal.  I will collect all packs of graphing paper and hand out to students as needed.  Students should be using both their notes folder and the science lab folder to study for tests.

****ABSOLUTELY NO LEAD PENS WILL BE ALLOWED FOR SCIENCE CLASS!!  

***Due to the new Science Standards, 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.

***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.

**2ND Current Event for the 4th 9 weeks is due on Wednesday, May 9th!!! Many students completed this current event on Friday as early finisher work after the Unit 6 test.

**DON'T FORGET TO TELL YOUR KIDS TO SHOW THEIR TEACHERS A LITTLE APPRECIATION THIS WEEK AND TO THANK THEM FOR CARING ABOUT THEIR EDUCATION!!  TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!!!



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


Monday, 5/7:

Today a large amount of 6th graders will be attending the P.E. field trip, therefore, the remaining students will watch a video on how magicians create magic using mirrors.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, May 9th.  

 

Tuesday, 5/8:

Today we will complete the remaining content for Unit 7 Light and Sound Waves by looking at how mirrors and lens work with light. 

 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, May 9th.  

 

Wednesday, 5/9:

Students will be assessed for their knowledge of Unit 7 content by engaging in Light/Sound Waves stations today and tomorrow.

HOMEWORK

Study daily.  Current event due TODAY!!! 


Thursday, 5/10:

Students will complete the Light/Sound Waves station activities.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  


Friday, 5/11:

Escape the Wave Game activity is the lesson for today. 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  


ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 30TH


Monday, 4/30:

Today we will watch several videos from Units 1 to 5 in order to review for the standardized Science test.  We will also watch a short video on light and color since that is the only content from Unit 7 that we did not get to go over.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, May 9th.  

 

Tuesday, 5/1:

I will be out today but Mrs. Davis, guidance counselor, will be taking my classes as she has a social living class that she needs to teach. 

 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current even due on Wednesday, May 9th.  

 

Wednesday, 5/2:

Students will be taking the standardized Science test for 6th grade today.

HOMEWORK

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, May 9th. 


Thursday, 5/3:

Reflection/refraction and convex and concave mirrors/lens is the focus of today's lesson.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, May 9th. 

 

Friday, 5/4:

Today we will be learning about light and color. 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due on Wednesday, May 9th.