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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.
6th Grade Science
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), science folder with chapter packet, and science project folder (advanced only) along with the composition book (advanced only).
Chapter 1-2 Test...9/3/14 (This test will be worth 200 points)
Chapter 3: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Learning Goal(s): Recognize that there are enormous distances between objects in space, recognize that the universe contains many billions of galaxies, distinguish between planets and other astronomical bodies, explore the law of universal gravitation, and describe specific physical properties of stars.
9/12/14: Ch. 3 (L. 1-3) Vocab Test (100 pts)
9/19/14: Ch. 3 (L.4-6) Vocab Test (100 pts)
9/24/14: Chapter 3 Objective and short response test (150 pts)
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.
Where we are right now- Students should be researching background information about their topic to help them understand their project. They will need to type this information using the format they have in their science fair folder(an example is included in this packet). This outline must also include a title page and a separate works cited page. This will be due 9/11/14.
Please note... If students are consistently not meeting deadlines, they will be changed to the PowerPoint path.
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 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. 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 - www.pearsonsuccessnet.com