6th GRADE SCIENCE            

  

2018-2019 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 last year 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 three pronged folder 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, 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.  They will put this in their science lab journals so they will never forget how to do their current event.  

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


***DISTRICT ASSESSMENT FOR UNIT 7 ELECTROMAGNETS WILL BE ON 

MONDAY, MAY 13TH!!





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


Monday, 5/13:

UNIT 7 - FORCES AT A DISTANCE DISTRICT TEST TODAY!!! 

HOMEWORK

None. 


Tuesday, 5/14:

Students will finish their district assessment if need more time.  Students who are done with their test will finish watching Maze Runner.    

 

 HOMEWORK:

None.  


Wednesday, 5/15:

Today we will begin viewing the movie "The Core".  Students will complete a guided questionnaire as the movie is playing.

HOMEWORK:

None.   


Thursday, 5/16:

I will be out for half the day so students will complete an alternate (busy work) assignment.

HOMEWORK

None.

Friday, 5/17:

Students will continue viewing the movie "The Core" and finish completing the guided questionnaire.  

HOMEWORK:

None.  4 DAYS OF SCHOOL LEFT!!!!! WE CAN SMELL THE SWEETNESS OF SUMMER BREAK APPROACHING!!!!  

   


ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 6th


Monday, 5/6:

Today students will explore more on magnetic fields of a magnet by creating a visual of a magnetic field around a magnet and how the direction of forces in the field around the magnet can change direction. 

HOMEWORK

Study daily!!  District Assessment for Unit 7:  Electromagnets will be on Monday, May 13th.   Current event due on or before Monday, May 6th!! 


Tuesday, 5/7:

I will be out attending a science meeting.  Students will left with an assignment in reference to electromagnets and the Maglev (elevated trains).    

 

 HOMEWORK:

Study daily!!  District Assessment for Unit 7:  Electromagnets will be on Friday, May 10th.   


Wednesday, 5/8:

How does distance from the magnet or between the magnets affect the strength of forces on a magnet is the question that students will be investigating today.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily!!  District Assessment for Unit 7:  Electromagnets will be on Monday, May 13th.   


Thursday, 5/9:

Today students will come up with a finalized model of how electromagnets make a speaker move. They will then engage in some "Electromagnet Stations" as a review for the test on Monday. 

HOMEWORK

Study daily!!  District Assessment for Unit 7:  Electromagnets will be on Monday, May 13th.    


Friday, 5/10:

Students will finish completing the rest of the Electromagnet stations today.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily!!  District Assessment for Unit 7:  Electromagnets will be on Monday, May 13th.