We have had a wonderful start to the new school year! Parents, as a reminder, we are having our Open House on Aug. 28th, from 6-7:30 p.m.
A big thank you goes to Madison Creely for purchasing our tortoise! She is doing great so far and we are still thinking of a name.
Below are some links to help search for Science Fair Projects (Advanced). Please use these for your benefit. The rough draft is due shortly after return to school on August 19, 2014 (the rough plan page is posted here too).
Aug. 28- Chapter 2 Vocab Test (Regular)
Aug. 29- Chapter 2 Vocab Test (Advanced)
Sept. 3- Chapter 1 and 2 Objective Test (Both Classes)
Independent Science Project: 2014-2015 NEW 6th GRADERS
� Students will choose between a Science Fair (GOLD) path and the PowerPoint (GREEN) path.
� Both paths complete independent controlled experiments but will present their information in different ways.
� GOLD Path- Complete tri-fold board, binder, and compete in school science fair with a chance of advancing on to regionals and state. (Extra Credit Opportunities)
� GREEN Path- Students will put information into a PowerPoint and present to teacher/class. Students cannot move on to the next level and there are no extra credit opportunities.
What you need to do right away:
GET CURIOUS! Find a topic or problem that interests you and think of a way that you could test an aspect of that topic. You can also search on the Internet for experiments that spark your interest.
Please note that topics involving the testing of humans, animals, and microbiology will be required to take the GREEN path during their 6th grade year. This is due to complicated paperwork that is required for these topics in the science fair path.
Complete the rough plan and turn it in to your 6th grade science teacher no later than August 19th
Once approved, you will be able to begin the next step which will be to conduct background research on your topic to make you more knowledgeable.
We will begin discussing science fair on the first day of school.
Key Science Project Vocabulary:
Controlled Experiment-An experiment which involves changing only 1 factor (independent variable) and observing its effect on one thing, while keeping all other factors (variables) constant.
Variable- Factors that can change during an experiment
Independent (Tested or manipulated) Variable- The ONE factor that is changed/tested during a controlled experiment.
Dependent (Responding) Variable- Changes in response to the independent variable
Controlled Variable(s)- The variable(s) that are kept the same, or controlled, throughout an experiment.
Moodle- Students will be set up on Moodle and all students can access Moodle by clicking on the link below. Once at the login screen, students will enter their user name and passwords that they use to access the computers here at school. Moodle can be accessed from any computer, as well as iPads and smartphones. All handouts and PowerPoints will be available on Moodle.
Online Textbook & Bonus Activities - Students have been given a computer websites page with the Science textbook information included. At the web site students will find their textbook online and additional activities to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. They will also have the opportunity to get bonus points on vocabulary quizzes if they test themselves prior with the online flashcards (they must have a parent witness and sign off on their reflection sheet). This will help them prepare/study for all vocabulary quizzes. A few days prior to the chapter tests students will have access to the online chapter practice test. They will also have the opportunity to get bonus points on for all chapter tests. Again, this will help them prepare/study for all chapter tests. The web site is - www.pearsonsuccessnet.com