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Dear Parents and Students,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Let's get 2015 off to a great start.  Below, you will find useful information that will help you/your child be successful in science class.  Please make sure to use the science textbook online resources.  Directions for accessing the online flashcards and practice test are listed below, as well as in your child's science class folder. 

Lauri Siverson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

6th Grade Earth and Space Science

RESTOCK THEIR BACKPACK: All students must have the following supplies with them daily.  It is their responsibility to replace these items if lost or used up.
  • Pens (any color), pencils (mechanical are fine), highlighters (Keep 2 at all times as these are used daily), science folder with chapter packet, and science project folder (advanced only) along with the composition book (advanced only).
Chapter 10-11: Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Learning Goal(s): Explore the scientific theory of plate tectonics by describing how movement of the Earth's crustal plates causes both slow and rapid changes on the Earth's surface including volcanoes and earthquakes.
  • 01/21/15: Chapter 10 Vocab Test
  • 01/27/15: Chapter 11 Vocab Test
  • 01/30/15: Chapter 10-11 Objective Test (Online practice tests for chapters 10 and 11 are now open...BONUS POINTS!)

Chapter 12: Land, Air, and Water Resources (This chapter is broken up into 2 segments for testing purposes...please see below)

  • Learning Goal(s):Identify the impact that humans have had on Earth
  • 02/06/15: Chapter 12-Lesson 1 and 2 Vocab Test
  • 02/10/15: Chapter 12- Lesson 1 and 2 Objective Test (On computer)
  • 02/18/15: Chapter 12- Lesson 3-5 Vocab Test
  • 02/20/15: Chapter 12- Lesson 3-5 Objective Test (On computer)

 Science Fair:  2014-2015- Congratulations to the following middle school students for their outstanding accomplishments on their science fair projects.  These students were selected as part of our regional science team.  Next stop is the Big Springs Regional Science Fair in Ocala- February 12th and 13th.


  • Best in Show- 1st Place Overall... Kevin Matos (Environmental)-8th Grade
  • 2nd Place Overall...Alex Homs (Environmental)- 6th Grade
  • 3rd Place Overall...Garielle Soto (Earth and Space)- 8th Grade
  • Kayle Cunningham (Microbiology)- 7th Grade
  • Sabrina Mead (Microbiology)- 8th Grade
  • Katie Wiley (Medicine and Health)- 6th Grade
  • Randa Shaw (Engineering)- 8th Grade
  • Alternate- Lauren Deak (Medicine and Health)-8th Grade


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  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.  This is a great research if you are absent.

Online Textbook & Bonus Activities  - Students have received 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.  They will also have the opportunity to get bonus points on vocabulary tests 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 by completing these online practice tests and earning a 70% or above.  Again, this will help them prepare/study for all chapter tests.  The web site is -

PEARSON Password: Make sure that you are using the most current username and password given to you.  This is NOT the one given during the first week of school.  If you use this information, will tell you that you do not have an account.  

Online Vocabulary Flashcard Instructions (Extra Credit Opportunity-Pearsonsuccess)

  1. Go to and log in.
  2. Click on Explore (top right).
  3. Click on the chapter.
  4. Click on the Essential Question.
  5. Click on Vocabulary Flash Cards (top right).
  6. Click on next and then test me.
  7. Hide the terms and select random.
  8. Don't forget to have a parent initial your reflection sheet for bonus points.

Online Practice Test Instructions (Extra Credit Opportunity-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.

Science Wish List: 

  • Extra bedding (coconut fiber) for Fred, our classroom tortoise.
  • Packages of colored copy paper (Individual colors per package- any colors)

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 flashcards and practice tests)

Helpful Science Fair Websites:Important Dates:
  • 01/19/15- Teacher Professional Day- No school for students
  • 01/30/15- Chapter 10-11 Objective Test (200 points)
  • 02/03-02/04- FSA Writing Field Test (Adjusted schedules)
  • 02/06/15: Chapter 12-Lesson 1 and 2 Vocab Test
  • 02/10/15: Chapter 12- Lesson 1 and 2 Objective Test (On computer)
  • 02/16/15: President's Day- No School
  • 02/18/15: Chapter 12- Lesson 3-5 Vocab Test
  • 02/20/15: Chapter 12- Lesson 3-5 Objective Test (On computer)



PDF documents
6th Grade Science Syllabus - Please sign and return only the signature page
Tracking Sheet for Extra Credit -

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6th Grade Science - Happy New Year






6th Grade Science - Students Return
6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week


6th Grade Science - Chapter 9 Test



6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week







6th Grade Science - No school for students
6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week- UPDATED







6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week






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