I sent this note to students via google classroom:
This is just a friendly reminder to any students who have missed science class. Please be responsible for your learning and ask a classmate to catch up on the notes you have missed for your timeline. I also have a copy of the notes students should have. You are more than welcome to come see me before school, at lunch or after school to copy my notes. You will need this information for your timeline that is due before the winter break.
Parents, please remind your child to keep up with class notes.
Thanks so much,
When studying plate tectonics, students became experts in a particular type of plate boundary. They did research, drew diagrams and build a model out of crackers and frosting. The students then taught their plate boundary to other students in the class.
We have started our new unit of study, the history of the earth.
To start this unit we are watching a National Geographic film, taking detailed notes and having class discussions.
Students will be working on a project that starts this month and ends after the winter break. This project is to be done in class. Students can do research at home but the project is to be done at school.
Please see the project description and rubric below.
Parents, here are some questions you can ask your child about what we have learned so far:
- How did water get to planet Earth?
- Describe what our planet was like after it was formed.
- What were the first type of life forms on Earth?
Science exams will be returned to students today and tomorrow.
In class we will review the answers and have a class discussion about the exam and general practices.
Parents, please ask your child about their test. Ask them what they are proud of and what they want to improve on.
If a student is unhappy with their score, they can always do an extra credit project to help improve their overall grade.
All 6th grade students have an exam next week in Science. The kids have all been given a study guide. Class time today was devoted to completing the study guide and for students to ask me any clarifying questions.
Parents, you can support your child by reviewing the study guide with them. All of the information should have been written in their science notebooks. The videos and links on the blog will also help support the students’ learning. Please encourage your child to make good use of the long weekend.
Below is a copy of the study guide:
Study Guide for Plate Tectonics Exam
1. Define tectonic plate – include 4 main points from your science notebook
*you will need to know how many major tectonic plates there are
2. Define Pangea
(include year, scientist)
3. Define the three main types of plate boundaries with a labeled diagram and example
4. This is part of the multiple choice section so your answers should be simple and short.
- Fault lines
- Subduction Asthenosphere
- Outer core
- Inner core
5. What were the three main pieces of evidence used to create the theory of continental drift and Pangea? You will be asked to give specific examples.
The first exam for quarter 2 has been scheduled. For sections 3 and 4 the exam is scheduled for the 14th of November. For sections 1 and 2 the exam is scheduled for the 15th of November.
A detailed study guide will be given and we will do a review in class.
The main focus will be on:
– continental drift
– plate boundaries
If students want to get a head start they can begin to review the information on these topics in their science notebook, rewatch the videos posted on the blog and read through the links I sent them through google classroom.
The lab analysis was the first grade of the second quarter. This week students completed a lab analysis about Pangea. They were able to use their science notebook to help provide detailed examples to support a summary of Alfred Wegener’s work. Students had the opportunity to revise their work with a peer.
Parents, ask your child about the grade they earned. You can also ask them what they could do next time to improve. There are examples of student work posted in the classroom for kids to use as a reference.
Right now students are working in small groups to create a poster about a specific plate boundary. They will be building a model of their plate boundary out of crackers and frosting, then teaching their peers about their plate boundary. Parents, you can support your child by asking them what they have learned about their plate boundary and how are they going to teach the other students that information.