Another school year is quickly approaching. I am excited about the many new experiences, opportunities and possibilities we will have this year! Please read over the following information to help prepare you for 6th grade Earth/Space Science. Our Orientation here at the Charter Middle School is August 4th from 11-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. If you have any questions please call the school or email me. I hope to see you soon!
Advanced Science 2015-2016 Students:
All advanced science students will be required to complete an independent science project to meet the 6th grade standard SC6 N.1.1. Students will be selected for advanced classes based on their FCAT Science 2.0 score, as well as their 5th grade science grades.
Students will choose between the 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 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 THIS SUMMER:
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 may spark your interest. There is a pdf document listed below with links to many science fair websites.
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 very complicated paperwork that is required for these topics.
Complete the rough plan and turn it in to your 6th grade science teacher between Thursday, August 6th and Thursday, August 20th
Parents and students will sign showing their commitment to the project.
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 and comfortable answering questions regarding your project.
At the beginning of your 6th grade year, you will receive a complete project guide to help you through the entire process and a list of all due dates.
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