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Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back!  I look forward to an amazing school year with each and every one of you. 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

Unit 1- Chapter 1 (Practicing Science) and Chapter 2 (Building Scientific Knowledge):
Learning Goals:

  • Define a problem and carry out an investigation
  • Explain why scientific investigations should be replicable
  • Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigations
  • Identify specific variables within an experiment
  • Recognize and explain the difference between a scientific theory and a scientific law, as well as give examples of each

Chapter 1-2 Assessments:

  • Chapter 1 Vocabulary Quiz (Use Quizlet to study)-Thursday, August 20th
  • Chapter 2 Vocabulary Quiz (Use Quizlet to study)- Thursday, August 27th
  • Chapter 1-2 Objective Test (Take the practice test on prior to the test)- Tuesday, September 1st

Chapter 3: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe Learning Goals:

  • Recognize that are enormous distances between objects in space
  • Recognize that the universe contains many billions of galaxies and that each galaxy contains billions of stars
  • Distinguish the hierarchical relationships between planets and the other astronomical bodies
  • Explore the Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Describe and classify specific physical properties of stars
  • Create a model of solar properties

Chapter 3 Assessments:

  • Chapter 3- Lesson 1-3 only Vocabulary Quiz (Use Quizlet to study)- Friday, September 11th
  • Chapter 3- Lesson 4-6 only Vocabulary Quiz (Use Quizlet to study)- Friday, September 18th
  • Chapter 3 Objective Test (advanced classes only)- Tuesday, September 22nd
  • Chapter 3 Objective Test (regular classes only)- Wednesday, September 23rd

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:
  • 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. The project then becomes more about the paperwork than the actual project.  In 6th grade, we want students to focus on learning the scientific process.
  • Complete the rough plan and turn it in no later than 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. 
  • All students will receive a complete project guide to help them through the entire process and a list of all due dates.
  • 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.  The web site is -

Online Practice Test Instructions (Extra Credit Opportunity prior to Chapter tests-Pearsonsuccess)
  1. Go to and log in.
  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.


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

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 Online Interactive Science Textbook (Online textbook and practice tests) Online vocabulary practice (Extra credit opportunities)

Helpful Science Fair Websites: Important Dates:
  • 09/01/15- Chapter 1-2 Objective Test
  • 09/07/15- NO SCHOOL: Labor Day
  • 09/11/15- Background research (In Logbook) is due...ADVANCED ONLY
  • 09/11/15- TYPED Works Cited due...ADVANCED ONLY

 ***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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