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.
6th Grade Earth and Space 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 4: The Solar System
Learning Goal(s): Compare and contrast the properties of objects in the Solar System including the Sun, planets, and moons to those of Earth. Compare various historical models of the Solar System, including the geocentric and heliocentric models.
10/07/14: Chapter 4 Vocab Test
10/09/14: Chapter 4 Objective and Short response test
Chapter 5: Earth, Moon, and Sun
Learning Goal(s): Explain how the moon, Earth, and sun work together and what effects are felt on Earth.
10/21/14: Chapter 5 Vocab Test
10/23/14: Chapter 5 Objective and Short response test (Drawing and labeling the moon phases)
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- All students should have completed their official research plan(BOTH paths) and turned in their ISEF forms (GOLD paths only). Students should now be working on their experiments. Remember to document everything in the logbook (Dates, times, procedures, materials, etc) and take lots of pictures. Students can also begin working on their binders. Binder guides are being handed out on Monday, 10/6. They are also available on Moodle, as a Word document, or a pdf document found below.
Please note... If students are consistently not meeting deadlines, students 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