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Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year.  I am very excited to meet my new 6th graders.  I look forward to an amazing year! Orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 5th from 11-1 and 4-6. 

Science Fair Workshop - July 24th 3-5pm  and July 29th 9-11am at the VCMS Media Center - students can stop by during those hours to get projects approved or discuss ideas with teachers.

Below, you will find useful information that will help 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. 

2014-2015 6th Grade Science Supply List:

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)
Advanced Science:
  • 2" Clearview Binder (To be left in classroom)
  • 1 pkg notebook paper (To be left in classroom)
  • 2 plastic folders with pockets and brads (1 for class/1 for science project)
  • 1 composition folder ( science project)
Regular Science:
  • 2" Clearview Binder (To be left in classroom)
  • 1 pkg notebook paper (To be left in classroom)
  • 1 plastic folder with pockets and brads
Independent Science Project:  2014-2015 NEW 6th GRADERS
  • Students will choose between a 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, binder, 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 spark your interest.
  • 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 complicated paperwork that is required for these topics in the science fair path.
  • Complete the rough plan and turn it in to your 6th grade science teacher no later than August 19th
  • 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.
  • At the beginning of your 6th grade year, you will receive a complete project guide to help you through the entire process 
  • If you have any questions over the summer, please feel free to email me at  Though I will be traveling, I will periodically check my email.

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.

Lauri Siverson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

6th Grade Science

Moodle- This class is now 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.  Students will also have some quizzes that they will take from Moodle beginning with chapter 16.

Online Textbook & Bonus Activities  - Students have been given an access code for their class period during the first week of school (they are also located below by class periods).  They must register using the instruction sheet that they were provided.  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 -

Online Vocabulary Flashcard Instructions (Extra Credit Opportunity)

  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)

  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.

Pearson Success Website Codes: (New codes will be added at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year)

  • 1st Period-
  • 2nd Period-
  • 4th Period-
  • 5th Period-
  • 6th Period-
  • 7th Period-

Science Lab Wish List:

  • Colored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors (Full size)
  • Paper plates for in-class projects
  • Masking or Duct tape
  • Popsicle sticks

Helpful Websites:

    Moodle- Access chapter information and lesson quizzes

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

    Pinnacle gradebook- Instant online access to your child's grades (If you have lost your password, please contact the Central Office)

    Works Cited Creater - Helps organize your source information while completing research Online Interactive Science Textbook

Helpful Science Fair Websites:



PDF documents
2014-2015 Science Project Rough Plan - Upcoming 6th Graders!!! Due August 19th

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6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week
7th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week
6th Grade Science - Students Return from Break




6th Grade Science - Chapter 16 Vocab Test
7th Grade Science - Ch. 12 Test



6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week
FCAT Testing Begins
7th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week







7th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week
6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week


Progress Reports


6th Grade Science - Chapter 16 Test (5th / 7th Period)



6th Grade Science - Chapter 16 Test (4th / 6th Period)
7th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week- UPDATED!
6th Grade Science - CW/HW for the Week

7th Grade Science - Animal Environment Assignment Due- UPDATED

7th Grade Science - Chapter 13 Vocab Test

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