The first science test is on October 4th. It will cover the Scientific Method, the 4 types of graphs, basic measurement types & the 12 times tables. Use the web site to help you study as well as the info. in your binder in the science & Science Speak Sections.
Just in the nick of time, Extra Help begins.
Extra Help is every Tuesday unless you are told differently. Extra Help is 9th Period for 40 minutes, meaning its right after the official end of the school day & lasts 42 minutes. At the end of the session there are after school buses to take you home, or you may be picked up. I will need to know how are getting home & if its not by bus or with a family member, I need a note stating you may go home with ________.
Each member of Team 6D will be reporting to fellow scientists about current science happenings & how they relate to our daily lives.
Enter 21st century technology. Spotlight on Science is an experimental blog written by some of the Scientists of Team 6D. Spotlight on Science bloggers do their reporting through a safe & secure blog that every Team 6D scientist can read.
Any member of the team can volunteer to become a Spotlight on Science blogger. As the year progresses, the goal is to get the as much of Team 6D blogging about current science happenings & how they relate to our daily lives.
Interested in becoming a Spotlight on Science Blogger? Speak to Mrs. Jensen.
For the most part, its pretty tough to be a top notch scientist if you can't do math. In this class we'll spend some time at the beginning reviewing/learning some math that you need to know if you are going to conduct experiments & blow things up. If you feel like you are in need of some extra math practice, speak up & get yourself some extra help.
In case you want to try some things on your own, or you just plain forget what to do, we now have a MATH PAGE as part of the web site. If you surf across any cool web site let me know by submitting a link through the I FOUND A COOL LINK form.
Hey Team 6D Science Members!
The year ahead will be quite different for you. This is the beginning of something new for you; a chance to figure out who you are & how you want the rest of the world to see you. Let yourself, your real self, shine through. Imagine what YOU can do & then figure out how YOU can do it. Let me know how I can help!
Classroom Expectations: Imagine you wake up one day and everyone you encounter understands the ways in which you are unique and extraordinary. What if everyone recognized — and valued — your talents? Nobody wonders what things you can’t do very well; they just focus on what you’re good at. If that happened, you’d feel pretty darn good about yourself. You’d feel supercharged. You might even be psyched to jump out of bed every morning and get to school. You’d feel, in a word, strong. (Source) A Different Kind of Strength
Homework: I am not a fan of homework. This doesn't mean you won't have homework, it means I am not a fan of homework. I believe there is more to a person's life than slugging through hours of work after putting in a day at school. I try to keep homework to a minimum. Not everyone will have the same type or amount of homework. Don't compare what you have to do with someone else in our class or another class. People learn in many different ways & therefore people require different types of things to do to ensure that they will successfully learn something.
I expect that the adults in your life will be part of your life. This means there will need to be conversations, cooperative, informative conversations, where YOU keep the adults up-to-date as to what is going on in our classroom. Parent Portal will help you keep track of the assignments & the grades.
For the first quarter, since you need some time to get accustomed to the MMS, Team 6D has decided that HW will be accepted the day it is due. If it is late ONE DAY you lose 1/10th of the points you could have earned. If it is late TWO DAYS, it's another 1/10th lost. After this it is a zero. After the end of the first quarter, HW will only be accepted late if you have major monumental excuse.
Grades: Team 6D uses a TOTAL POINTS approach to grading. Every point, whether it is in homework, essays, tests, or whatever, is worth exactly the same as every other point. Add up a student's points, divide by the total possible, and you have his or her percentage. This percentage then becomes the grade. Parent Portal will help you keep track of the assignments & the grades. Barring any unforeseen technical difficulties, grades will be posted weekly.
Web Site: Science has its own web site. This is the place to go for all your science needs. It is a constant work in progress that grows with us as we go through the year. Go to our web site & find out what The Secrets of 6th Grade Success are. Check it out at: http://schooltoolbox.weebly.com/index.html