Science Test!

Rock Cycle Assessment

Click on the link above to view the rubric that will be used to grade the science assessment.   Please see the previous post for the key vocabulary words.

Parents please help support your children by reviewing with them the vocabulary and understanding of the rock cycle.  Students will be allowed to take their notebooks home to study.  This is a great opportunity for you to see the work that they have been doing in class.


In Class Practice of Assessment

This week students will be practicing for their assessment small groups.

Practice Assessment Question:

Use words and pictures tell the story of how your rock came to be.   Use what you know about the rock cycle to create a story/diagram/comic strip.  You can use your science notebook and any links on MY BLOG ONLY to help you.  You have until the end of class. You will be presenting this information to your peers next class.


** Be sure to include the key vocabulary **


Key Vocabulary to Use When Describing the Rock Cycle


  • cooling
  • crystallisation
  • weathering and erosion
  • sediment
  • melting
  • heat and pressure
  • Sedimentary Rock
  • Metamorphic Rock
  • Igneous Rock
  • lithification (compaction & cementation)

A Productive Thursday

Today 6th graders were given this pre assessment:Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 1.56.36 PM

The pre assessment will not be graded.  The purpose was to see what they knew about the rock cycle.  The information will help guide my instruction and show the growth of the students.

They will be given the exact same question at the end of our rock unit.    The students will be expected to use the key vocabulary listed in the previous post in order to be successful.


Students collected rocks this week for class.  Today they used magnifying glasses and made detailed observations of their rock.

Questions to ask your child:

  •  What did they named their rock?
  • What types of observations did they make?
  • What different colours did they observe in their rock?

Rock On!

“Rocks hold the history of the earth and the materials that will be used to build its future.”

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To start our unit on Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale Interactions students will be examining to life cycle of a rock.

Here are 5 helpful links for students to review at home.

1.  Khan Academy Video


3.  Interactive Rock Cycle

4.  Rock Cycle Graphic



Key vocabulary students will be expected to use while describing the rock cycle:

    • cooling
    • crystallization
    • weathering and erosion
    • sediment
    • melting
    • heat and pressure
    • Sedimentary Rock
    • Metamorphic Rock
    • Igneous Rock
    • lithification (compaction & cementation)


Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (C -E- R)

This week students practiced writing a C.E.R in their science notebook.  They picked a topic of their choice to research.  As we move into our units of study, a C.E.R will be one way in which students can demonstrate their understanding of the scientific concepts and experiments.


  • Your opinion about the data or evidence.
  • Must be measurable!
  • What do you think?
  • Hint – Turn the question into a statement


  • What observations have you made?
  • What data have you collected?


  • Explain your thinking.
  • Why do you think what you think?
  • How do you know your claim is true?
  • This is the link between the data and evidence.
  • This is your opportunity to show your scientific knowledge.

Ask your child to share with you what they learned about their topic.

Technology Time

This week in science students spent time getting their technology set up.  We had people from the school’s IT department in the class to assist. Each student was able to connect to the schools wi-fi, login to their UAS gmail account and we created google classrooms for each science block.

We are now ready to use the mac books to enhance and expand the world of 6th grade science!