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.  

**2nd Current Event for the 1st 9 weeks is due by Thursday, September 27th!!! Students can get them done early and turn them in.  The earlier they turn it in, the earlier I can get them graded.



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


Monday, 9/17:

Today we will start Unit 2 with exploring how energy is conserved as it transforms from potential to kinetic energy.  They will apply this concept to roller coaster physics.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due Thursday, September 27th.  


Tuesday, 9/18:

Elastic Potential energy will be explored today with rubber bands of different sizes and thicknesses.         

 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.   Current event due Thursday, September 27th.   

 

Wednesday, 9/19:

Students will graph the previous day's data from the Rubber Band Lab.  They will analyze the data and make conclusions/arguments on the results of this lab.  

HOMEWORK

Study daily.  Current event due Thursday, September 27th. 


Thursday, 9/20:

How much does the mass and height of an object have an effect on potential and kinetic energy is the topic of today's lesson.  Bouncing Balls Lab today! 

HOMEWORK

Current event due Thursday, September 27th. 


Friday, 9/21:

Today students will be graphing data from yesterday's Bouncing Balls Lab and forming conclusions/arguments.   

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due Thursday, September 27th.     


ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10th


Monday, 9/10:

Today we will continue to look at the phases of the moon and how the moon affects tides.  Students will also watch Bill Nye's Moon video.

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  UNIT 1 district test is on Wednesday, September 12th.  Current event due Thursday, September 27th.  


Tuesday, 9/11:

We will review today for the District Unit test.       

 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  UNIT 1 district test (science task) will be TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 12th and the multiple choice part will be on THURSDAY.  Current event due Thursday, September 27th.   

 

Wednesday, 9/12:

UNIT 1 DISTRICT TEST/SCIENCE TASK - EARTH'S POSITION IN THE UNIVERSE IS TODAY!!!  

HOMEWORK

Study daily.  UNIT 1 district test multiple choice part is tomorrow!!  Current event due Thursday, September 27th. 


Thursday, 9/13:

UNIT 1 DISTRICT TEST/MULTIPLE CHOICE - EARTH'S POSITION IN THE UNIVERSE IS TODAY!!! 

HOMEWORK

Current event due Thursday, September 27th. 


Friday, 9/14:

Today we will be  exploring the Anchor Phenemona for Unit 2 - Energy. 

HOMEWORK:

Study daily.  Current event due Thursday, September 27th.