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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.  We are in the final stretch of the school year...stay strong!!

Lauri Siverson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

6th Grade Earth and Space Science

 USA TEST PREP:

  • Please make sure that students are continuously working on their USA Test Prep activities.  There are specific due dates that have been given.  
    • "Nature of Science" folder- Due by Friday, 4/22 (Assigned 4/12)
    • "Earth in Space and Time" Folder- Due by Tuesday, May 3rd (Assigned 4/22)
    • "Earth's Structure" Folder- Due by Friday, May 13th (Assigned 5/3)
  • These activities will help students prepare for the EOY Exam on May 17, 2016

Chapter 16-17: Weather Patterns/Climate Learning Goals:

  • Describe how global patterns influence local weather in measurable terms such as temperature, air pressure, wind direction and speed, and humidity and precipitation.
  • Differentiate and show interactions among Earth's spheres
  • Explain how energy provided by the Sun influences global patterns
  • Differentiate between weather and climate
  • Investigate how natural disasters have affected human life in Florida
  • Descibe ways humans protect themselves from hazardous weather and sun exposure
  • Describe how the composition and structure of the atmosphere protects life and insulates the planet

Chapter 16-17 Assessments:

  • Ch. 16 Vocab Test- Thursday, April 7th
  • Ch. 16 Objective Test- There will not be an objective test for Ch. 16.  Instead, please complete the five lesson quizzes on Moodle by Tuesday, April 12th.
  • Ch. 17 Vocab Test- Friday, April 22nd
  • Ch. 17 Objective Test- Tuesday, May 3rd

Advanced Science 2016-2017 - 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 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 4th and Thursday, August 18th. 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. (The factor that is being tested)

    Dependent (Responding) Variable- Changes in response to the independent variable (What you are measuring)

    Controlled Variable(s)- The variable(s) that are kept the same, or controlled, throughout an experiment. (There should be several)

 

AFTER SCHOOL COMPUTER LAB:
  • 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!

Advanced:

  • 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)

Regular:

  • 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.

 

PEARSON INTERACTIVE SCIENCE: 

Online Textbook & Bonus Activities  - Students will be receiving a username and password to access www.pearsonsuccessnet.com.  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. 

NEW LOG IN INSTRUCTIONS FOR PEARSON TEXTBOOK:

LOGGING IN
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.(Remember...you 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. (IF STUDENTS CHANGE THEIR PASSWORD AT SCHOOL...IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE ON PEARSON)
  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:

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!

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.  (IF STUDENTS CHANGE THEIR PASSWORD AT SCHOOL...IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE ON 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
  • Tissues

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 Creator - Helps organize your source information while completing research

Helpful Science Fair Websites: Important Dates:
  • 4/11/16- FSA Testing begins

 ***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.

Contact: Lauri.Siverson@tvcs.org

PDF documents
2015-2016 Earth and Space Science Syllabus -
6th Grade Science Websites - Students should have this in their plastic folder
April Due Dates- ADVANCED CLASSES -
April Due Dates- REGULAR CLASSES -

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