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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 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

Chapter 4: The Solar System Learning Goals:

  • Compare and contrast the properties of objects in the Solar System
  • Compare various historical models of the Soalr System, including heliocentric and geocentric

Chapter 4 Assessments:

  • Chapter 4- Vocabulary Quiz (Use Quizlet to study)- Wednesday, October 7th
  • Chapter 4 Objective Test (Take the practice test on Pearson using the link below)- Friday, October 9th

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:
  • Research and works cited should have been turned in on Friday 9/11
  • Next due dates:
    • All students need to be working on their actual experiment.  It should be completed no late than October 11th.
    • 9/24- TYPED Purpose either printed and turned in OR submitted through Moodle
    • 9/25- All ISEF forms printed, signed (Form 1B), and turned in (GOLD path only)
    • 10/13-Experiment completion form signed and turned in
  • Please follow specific directions in project guide and use the formatted WORD document for the TYPED purpose.
  • 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:
  • 09/22/15- Chapter 3 Objective/Short Reponse Test (ADV Classes)
  • 09/23/15- Chapter 3 Objective/Short Reponse Test (REG Classes)
  • 09/24/15- TYPED hypothesis...use formatted WORD document available on MOODLE
  • 09/25/15- TYPED ISEF forms due (GOLD path only-ADV Classes)

 ***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 -

 June 2014
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