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.


**Students will be taking a short chapter test on speed, acceleration, and velocity, and on motion graphs.  This test will be given on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH.  They were given a study guide last week.  

**WE WILL NOT BE TESTING FOR UNIT 3 UNTIL WELL AFTER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AS WE WILL HAVE SOME MORE CONTENT TO COVER FOR THIS UNIT WHEN WE GET BACK.  

**When we return, students will be investigating helmets and how they protect us from various forces.  They will be building a helmet for an egg, therefore, on Wednesday of this week they will get together with their groups to start thinking about what materials they can bring to assist them in building the helmet.  I told them they will be getting gifts for Christmas and may want to keep things such as bubble wrap, small boxes, and other wrapping materials that would be useful when building their helmet.


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


Monday, 12/11:

Students will be engaging in a "Solo Cup Speed Stacking" activity today.  Students will calculate and graph their speed for stacking and unstacking of the cups.  This will be a graded activity.  

HOMEWORK:

Study!!  Chapter test on speed, acceleration, velocity, and motion graphs is TOMORROW!!!!

 

Tuesday, 12/12:

Students will complete a CHAPTER TEST on SPEED, ACCELERATION, VELOCITY AND MOTION GRAPHS TODAY!!!!!

 

HOMEWORK:

None.

    

Wednesday, 12/13:

Today students will view the evolution of football helmets and concussion safety.  They will then get with their groups to begin discussing materials that they will need to build a helmet for an egg.  This activity will be done when we return from the holidays.


 HOMEWORK

None.     

Thursday, 12/14:

Student will complete a science task on speed, acceleration, velocity, and motion graphs.  This task will be used for as an extra study guide for students to have when they take the district assessment.   

HOMEWORK:

None.

    

Friday, 12/8:

I will be out today.  Students will have a substitute teacher.  They will be exploring the physics of how the transformation of energy is applied to rides at Disney World.  They will also apply Newton's 3 Laws of Motion to each ride presented by explaining one way they have observed each law on the rides.  

HOMEWORK:

None.


Monday & Tuesday of Next Week:  I will be out again so students will again have a substitute teacher and will be left with work to do on the scientific method.


Happy Holidays to all!!!  Enjoy and stay safe!!! 

 


ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4


Monday, 12/4:

Today we will learning about motion, speed, and velocity.  Students will calculate the speed of various objects.  They will also be filling out a fill in the blank study guide as content is presented.  

HOMEWORK:

Study daily!  

 

Tuesday, 12/5:

Students will get an understanding of why velocity is expressed in both speed and direction.  They will also continue to calculate more speed problems as well as averaging the speed of objects.  Students will also complete a task in reference to speed and race competitions.

 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily!   

    

Wednesday, 12/6:

Calculating more speed problems that are in word problem format is what students will be engaging in today.  We will go over all word problems in order to check for understanding.


 HOMEWORK

Study daily!     

Thursday, 12/7:

Identifying acceleration of objects and graphing the motion of objects is the topic of today's lesson.   

HOMEWORK:

Study daily!

    

Friday, 12/8:

Students will investigate their speed when competing in a Solo Cup Speed Stacking Race.  They will race, then calculate their speed, answer task questions, and graph their results.  All parts of this lesson will be graded except for the graphing part as this will be an entry in their lab notebook.  

HOMEWORK:

Study daily!