Science Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear 6th grade parents,

I am sorry to inform you that I am unable to make parent teacher conferences this week. As you may know, I have been out sick since Monday. I was hoping to be well enough to return to work today but unfortunately that is not the case. I was really looking forward to celebrating your child’s learning and discussing his or her goals for improvement. I apologise for any inconvenience my absence may cause you or your family.

I plan to be fully recovered and back in good health by next week.

If you would like to reschedule a conference with me, please contact Suzanne Makarem at Once we know how many people are interested in rescheduling we will work out day and time options for us to meet.

Please accept my deepest apologies.

Thank you for your understanding.

Katie Williams
6th Grade Science Teacher


Students have been hard at work preparing for International Day.

Please help them to stay organised.  Review with them their rubrics and checklists.

The science portion of the project will be graded on Saturday.



Science PTSO International Day Project

These are the things students will be graded on.

I will be grading the displays on Saturday at 2:00.


Part A:

A successful three dimensional model will:

  • have a similar shape to the land on your map
  • will be clearly labeled
    • including the specific name of the land and the country
  • will have steep slopes when appropriate and gradual slopes when appropriate
  • use color for a purpose

An above grade level map could include:

  • the contour lines
  • label elevation


Part B:

A successful display will have:

  • a clearly labeled map
  • a clearly labeled model
  • the model and the map are next to one another
  • correctly answer all four of the questions from your checklist with little or no errors

An above grade level display could include:

  • additional research on topographical maps
  • real life examples of topographical maps in your country
  • connections to plate tectonics

Model Examples

Students this week are working on creating a 3 dimensional model of a topographic map from their country.

Below are some examples:


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Clay and construction paper are provided but students can bring in any additional material.  They are more than welcome to work on their model at home.

The most important thing that students remember is to use what they learned about topographic maps to create a realistic replica. 

Topographic Maps

Students have been studying topographic maps.  They have learned what contour or topographic maps are and their function.  Students have also leaned about contour intervals and contour lines.

After learning the key vocabulary, students worked in small groups to create contour maps from different objects found on the UAS campus.

For PTSO International Day students will be expected to:

  1. Find and dispaly a topographic or contour map from their country
  2. Include in their display the following information (hand written or typed):
    1. What are Topographic Maps?
    2. Explain what they are used for.
    3. Define contour lines.
    4. Define contour interval.

3.  Create a 3 dimensional model of the topographical map

*clay and construction paper will be provided at school for the model but students are more than welcome to bring in any additional materials that they might find helpful