Monday 8/14- We had the Chromebooks for use in class today! The students were able join my Google Classroom. Once they joined, they completed a pretest on Plate boundaries, and volcanoes. The pretest WAS NOT taken for a grade, but simply a tool to see what the students already know or don’t know for our upcoming plate tectonics unit. IMPORTANT: PARENTS—- You will not be able to view the content posted to Google Classroom UNLESS you have your child’s login information. We will use Google classroom for pretests and article responses throughout the year. Daily classroom updates, and study tools will be posted on this blog.
Tuesday 8/15- We glued our science safety contract into our journals. We also began learning how to write a constructed response. We took notes about how to do this in our journals. Pictures are posted below.
IMPORTANT!!!——- We will be sending home information about the solar eclipse tomorrow!! A permission slip will go home with the students. The student MUST have this signed and returned by FRIDAY in order to go outside with us. This activity is not required. Parents–if you chose for your child to NOT view the eclipse, that is fine, they will be supervised by another teacher inside the school. We are providing glasses for those 6th graders who return a signed permission form.
Thursday, 8/10- The students were given the Science Safety Contract to sign. This MUST be signed by them and you (the parent or guardian) and returned to me by TUESDAY, 8/15. This is a 15 point BRONZE grade. 2 points will be taken off for each day it is late. We read over the contract together, and toured the science labs.
Friday, 8/11- The students completed a “Me Page.” This is a worksheet which tells me a little bit about them. They need to color their Me Page and return it to me on MONDAY. I will keep these in a binder to look back on one day! This is also a 15 point BRONZE grade. We discussed the classroom/school safety plan (lockdown, fire evacuation, and severe weather). I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!!
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TUESDAY 8/8- We had a wonderful first day back! I am so excited to be your child’s Science teacher! Yesterday, they were assigned their locker during my class. We spent the entire class period on this, so that each student could have plenty of practice time. Please let you child know that any teacher at HMS is willing and happy to help them if they are still struggling with opening the locker.
WEDNESDAY 8/9- The kiddos spent time learning my classroom rules and procedures. Please see the attached power-point below. They also were given about 15 minutes to practice opening their lockers again. So far, the majority of the kids are doing fantastic job with their locker! I also sent home a parent letter. This is just to welcome you, and to let you know how you can assist me in your child’s learning this school year. Please see below for a copy of this as well.
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We will begin construction on our water rockets next Monday, May 15th. The students will pick partners for this activity (although they do NOT have to have a partner). Each partner pair will need the following set of materials:
- Two 2 or 3 Liter Soda Bottles (empty and washed out)
- Cardboard (Just enough to make the wings of the rocket)
- A manila folder or a pocket folder (this helps make the nose cone of the rocket)
- Duct Tape (Each student will probably use multiple rolls of duct tape)
The students will be working with their partners to create a rocket design. Some like to make a basic rocket and use pretty patterns or bright colors of duct tape. Some students choose to recreate cartoon characters or have a certain theme for their rocket.
***PLEASE HAVE ALL MATERIALS BY MAY 15TH**** THE STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE THREE CLASS DAYS TO BUILD THEIR ROCKETS! THIS IS A GOLD GRADE.
Monday- We completed a lab, which involved the students participating in fine motor activities. These activities were to help them relate to the tough tasks an astronaut faces while in space. The students wrote a reflection about their lab experience in their Science notebook. This lab was a SILVER grade. If you were absent, and missed the lab, I will let you know by Friday, March 17, when your make-up day will be.
Tuesday- We celebrated Pi Day! The National Junior Honor Society helped us out by planning great, interactive activities for the kiddos to participate in.
Wednesday- We completed the Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator. This was for each student to gain a better understanding of their particular personality type. We will continue this activity tomorrow, by looking at what career choices might be good for the students based on their test results. We will connect this to what roles certain astronauts play in space.
Thursday- The students will be given the article of the week. They will have some class time to work on this, but it will be due NEXT THURSDAY (MARCH 21) FOR A SILVER GRADE! We will also be watching a short video clip, and discussed the importance of continues space exploration.
Friday- We will create a foldable on plants, and make connections about why it might be important to learn how to grow plants in space, and how we might can accomplish that.
We will have a GOLD GRADE on Thursday!! If you will be absent, please be prepared to take the test when you return. This is the end of the third nine weeks!
Below is the quizlet link to help you study. You also got a study guide today in class. The quizlet will also help you double check your study guide answers.
We completed a foldable in class today on a few of our vocabulary words. These words cover space exploration. We have a second foldable to complete on Monday, which will cover the rest of the vocabulary terms. Pictures of today’s assignment are posted below.
We will have a silver vocabulary quiz on Tuesday. The quizlet study link is posted below as well. There will be 10 questions.
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Update on the first half of the week:
Monday and Tuesday- We took notes about the oceans intertidal zone. We discussed 6 different habitats within the intertidal zone. I am having trouble attaching the note sheet and the PowerPoint to my blog. If you have been absent and would like this assignment, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy of each.
Wednesday- Today in class, we had the Chromebooks to begin working on our article of the week. This article is assigned through GOOGLE CLASSROOM. The students have until Monday at 11:59 PM to submit their article annotations and response.
***Plenty of makeup work time will be provided for those who have been absent due to the increase in sickness this week and last week***
Important announcements for this week:
- We have a TEST (GOLD GRADE) on Friday. This test will cover Moon Phases, Tides, Solstice/Equinox, and Solar/Lunar Eclipses. You received a study guide in class TODAY. You were given the entire period to work on that study guide. We went over the correct answers today as well. Below is a blank copy of the study guide. It is due on Friday before we begin the test. It will be a BRONZE grade. I will also attach a Quizlet link below. This will cover vocabulary and moon phases. See previous posts for notes that have been taken in class.
- Your article response is due Friday. Please see Google Classroom for this assignment. I have reserved the Chromebook carts for us to use on Thursday. We will spend that class time working on our article responses. This will be a SILVER grade.
- TOMORROW is BYOD!! We will play KaHoot! to review for our test!
Click the link above for the Quizlet!!