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Dear Parents and Students,

Please use this webpage as a resource to help answer questions and to get the information you need.  Please email me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Lauri Siverson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

6th Grade Earth and Space Science


Chapter 6: Exploring Space Learning Goals:

  • Assess how technology is essential to science for such purposes as access to outer space and other remote locations, sample collection, measurement, data collection and storage, computation, and communication of information.
  • Identify and compare characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Summarize the effects of space exploration on the economy and culture of Florida.

Chapter 6 Assessments:

  • No Vocabulary Test
  • Chapter 6 Objective Test / Electromagnetic Spectrum Test(Take the practice test on Pearson using the link below)- Tuesday, November 3rd

Chapter 7: Earth's Structure and Materials Learning Goals:

  • Describe the layers of the solid Earth, including the lithosphere, the hot convecting mantle, and the dense metallic liquid and solid cores.
  • Identify the patterns within the rock cycle and relate them to surface events (Weathering, erosion, and deposition) and subsurface events (Plate tectonics)

Chapter 7 Assessments:

  • Ch. 7, L. 1-2 Vocab Test- Wednesday, November 11
  • Ch. 7, L. 3-6 Vocab Test - Friday, November 13th (REGULAR CLASSES ONLY)
  • Ch. 7 Objective Test- Friday, November 13th (ADVANCED ONLY- Will include vocab from L. 3-6)
  • Ch. 7 Objective Test- Wednesday, November 18th (REGULAR ONLY)

Advanced Science 2015-2016 - Science Project: 

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 NOW:
  • Next due dates:
    • All students need to be working on their actual experiment.  It should be completed no late than October 11th.
      • TYPED Results, Conclusion, and Rationale &Application due 11/4
      • Written Conclusion in LOGBOOK due 11/4
      • TYPED Abstract due 11/6
  • Please follow specific directions in project guide and use the formatted WORD documents
  • The 6th grade computer lab is available after school from 3:15-5:15 pm, Monday through Friday in Room #138
  • Those with limited computer access at home will be given priority
2015-2016 EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE SUPPLY LIST: Always have pens, pencils, and highlighters with you in your backpack!


  • One 2" Clear View binder (To be kept in the classroom)
  • Two glue sticks (To be turned in to teacher for group use)
  • One package construction paper (To be turned in to teacher for group use)
  • Two plastic folders with brads and pockets (To be kept with you and brought to class daily)
  • One composition folder (To be used for your science project-kept with you)


  • One 2" Clear View binder (To be kept in the classroom)
  • One package 3X5 notecards (To be turned in to teacher for group use)
  • One plastic folder with brads and pockets (To be kept with you and brought to class daily)


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.



Online Textbook & Bonus Activities  - Students will be receiving a username and password to access  At this web site, students will find their textbook online and additional activities to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom.   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 by completing these online practice tests and earning a 70% or above.  In addition to earning bonus points, this will help them prepare/study for all chapter tests.  Use the link listed below. It must be accessed using Google Chrome. 


YOU MUST USE CHROME and the link below!
Login Link (both Internal and External from the network): Pearson Success Website

Online Practice Test Instructions (Extra Credit Opportunity prior to Chapter tests-Pearsonsuccess)
  1. Click on the link above and log in.( MUST use CHROME)
    • Students were given a new username during the week of 9/7/2015 (This username should be their first initial and their student ID number)
      • Username: villagesschool\ followed by their new username
    • The password is the same one they have been using on the VCS computers.
  2. Click on Things to Do (top right).
  3. The test will be waiting for you several days prior to the test date.
  4. Your score will be sent to me.
  5. Students that score a 70% or higher will receive bonus points on their chapter test.


Quizlet is an online source that can be used to study your science vocabulary.  Prior to the vocabulary test, you may take the online practice test and earn bonus points if you score well.  Below is the links needed to set up an account under the correct class.  You will need an email account in order to create an account.  Click on the appropriate link based on your class period and set up an account.

Once you have set yourself up under the correct class, then you an use the links through Moodle to access each specific chapter. YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN UNDER YOUR CLASS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE EXTRA CREDIT!


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.  If they change their username on a school computer, it will automatically change it in Moodle.  Moodle can be accessed from any computer, as well as iPads and smartphones. All handouts and PowerPoints will be available on Moodle.  This is a great resource if you are absent.

Science Wish List for 2015-2016: 

  • Extra bedding (coconut fiber) for Fred, our classroom tortoise.
  • Quart size Ziploc bags
  • Rolls of paper towels
  • Hand soap
  • Colored pencils
  • Green scratcher pads

Other Helpful Websites:

Moodle- Access worksheets, PowerPoints, and other information

AR Home Connect- Check your child's current AR status (Language Arts Grade)

Works Cited Creater - Helps organize your source information while completing research

Helpful Science Fair Websites: Important Dates:
  • 11/03/15- Chapter 6 Objective Test/ Electromagnetic Spectrum Test
  • 11/04/15- Science Fair Due Date...see above
  • 11/06/15-Science Fair Due Date...see above
  • 11/11/15- Veteran's Day Celebration
  • 11/11/15- Ch. 7, L. 1-2 Vocab Test
  • 11/13/15- Ch. 7, L. 3-6 Vocab Test (REG only)
  • 11/13/15- Ch. 7 Obj. Test (ADV only)
  • 11/17/15- Science Fair Board set-up in gym 3-4pm
  • 11/18/15- Science Fair judging day...No parents please
  • 11/18/15- Ch. 7 Objective Test (REG Only)
  • 11/19/15- Science Fair Public Viewing 9-11am
  • 11/19/15- Science Fair Award Ceremony 5:30pm in the middle school gym
  • 11/20/15- Last day before fall break

 ***REMEMBER...All documents (Homework, learning goal rubrics, PowerPoint notes, etc) are posted on Moodle.  Students will need their school username and password to access Moodle.


PDF documents
2015-2016 6th Grade Science Project Website Ideas - These websites offer ideas for a science project
2015-2016 Earth and Space Science Syllabus -
2015-2016 Science Fair Project Guide - Advanced classes only
2015-2016 Science Project Rough Plan - Advanced classes only
2015-2016 Science Project Rough Plan Example - Completed example of the rough plan
6th Grade Science Websites - Students should have this in their plastic folder
Field Trip Information-EPCOT -
Field Trip Parent Consent Form-EPCOT -

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