For the week of April 18th
6th Grade: The sixth grade will be finishing up the unit on rocks with a Rock Cycle quiz on Tuesday. The next unit will be on soil.
7th Grade: The seventh graders will be taking a quiz on Wednesday over the Moon, Tides, and Eclipses. On Thursday, they will begin the next unit on life sciences -- specifically photosynthesis to begin with.
For the week of March 28th
6th Grade: The students will be learning about the 3 different types of rocks this week. They will be creating a foldable to help organize their information. They may use these later on in the unit to study for the test. Additionally, this week, they will be starting a lab for identifying the different types of rocks. There is no Study Island due on Wednesday.
7th Grade: The students are starting a new chapter on the Moon, Tides, and Eclipses. This week they will have the opportunity to complete several labs where they will be learning about the moon phases and why they exist. There will be a Test Analysis due on Thursday for the Atmosphere test from before break.
For the week of March 7th
6th Grade: The students will be finishing up their unit on minerals. They will have a test on Thursday over all of the properties they have learned. On Friday, we will begin our new unit about rocks. They should receive their tests back early next week. Test Analysis will be due next Friday (the last day of 3rd quarter). Study Island Week 6 will be due this Wednesday. However, there will not be a new Study Island assignment for next week.
7th Grade: The students will be learning about the impact of air pollution on the atmosphere. They will be studying human vs. natural causes of global warming. The test for this atmosphere unit will be next Wednesday. Please keep in mind that the quarter ends next Friday. Please encourage your student to check for any and all missing assignments ahead of time.
For the week of February 29th
6th Grade: The students will continue to work on mineral identification labs. We will be focusing one how a mineral breaks, hardness, and density this week. At the completion of the labs, the students will be able to identify specific mineral names. Additionally, students should continue to work on their study island assignments. Each assignment is due the following Wednesday from when it is assigned.
7th Grade: The 7th graders will be learning about the different layers of the atmosphere, how they are categorized, and how pressure and types of gases affect the atmosphere. Their Ocean Current Test Analyses will be due on Thursday this week.
For the week of February 22nd
6th Grade: This week, the students will be doing several labs involving minerals. They will be testing the different mineral properties in order to identify minerals. While there will not be much daily homework this week, the students still have a minimum of 15 Study Island questions due each Wednesday. Additionally, their Test Analysis for last week's Motion Graph Test will be due this Friday. I highly encourage each student to complete this for extra points.
7th Grade: The 7th grade will take their test on Ocean Currents on Tuesday. Once the test is passed back, they will have several days to complete their test analysis. Our new unit will be covering the atmosphere, air quality, and global warming.
For the week of February 15th
6th Grade: The students will be taking their test on Motion Graphs on Wednesday this week. When the students receive their graded tests back, they will have 2 days to complete their Test Analysis. Details will be posted on the 6th grade homework page. Starting Thursday, they will be beginning a new Earth Science unit. The first topic they will be learning about is Minerals.
7th Grade: The students will be finishing up the unit on Ocean currents. They will learn how to read a Climograph, and they will also read an article about why we are having an unusual winter this year. The quiz over this unit will be on Friday.
For the week of February 8th
6th Grade: As the students master interpreting Distance-Time graphs, they will then be moving on to interpreting Speed-Time graphs. With both types of graphs now, please encourage your son or daughter to keep up with the classwork and homework. These will all aid in overall mastery. The test over this section will be early next week.
7th Grade: The students will be continuing to learn about Ocean Currents and their effects on the planet. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday. Please study the words below:
Deep Water Currents
For the week of February 1st
6th Grade: The students will be practicing reading motion graphs this week. They will start off with Distance vs. Time graphs and then move on to Speed vs. Time graphs. In the meantime, students should continue to work on Study Island for the week. Additionally, the "Honors Science Placement Test Prep" study island has been introduced to the students. Any student interested in taking the placement test for honors science in 7th grade should go through each of these topics in his or her free time. These quizzes are completely new information but will be covered on the placement test. Please email me if you have any questions.
7th Grade: The students will be receiving their Hydrologic Cycle quizzes back this week. Test Analyses will be due on Friday. Our new unit will be focusing on Ocean Currents. The students will be learning about the ocean and atmospheric currents that affect climates all over the world.
For the week of January 25th
6th Grade: The students will be participating in a lab about speed. They will also be learning how to create online data tables and graphs to match. They will be learning how to interpret their graphs about Time vs. Distance. The students will also be starting Study Island this week. They will have to complete a minimum of 15 questions for the assignment. These will be due on Wednesday's.
7th Grade: The students will be finishing up the chapter on the Hydrologic Cycle. They will continue to collect data about their recycled waste as well. Students should begin studying for a quiz. The quiz will be on Friday. Review guides will be going home with the students on Wednesday night for homework.
For the week of January 18th
6th Grade: The students will be starting a new unit on Motion and Time Graphs. They will first be learning about motion and speed.
7th Grade: The students will be learning about watersheds around the country. They will be viewing a demonstration of a watershed and then collecting data on their recycled waste.
For the week of January 11th
6th Grade: This week, the students will be continuing to learn about the different types of energy and energy transformations. They will have a quiz this Thursday. On Tuesday, they will receive a review guide that they can use to study from, as well as their energy booklets.
7th Grade: The 7th grade will continue to learn about the different parts of the Hydrologic Cycle. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday on only the definitions of the terms listed below. Definitions can be found in their class notes.
For the week of January 4th
6th Grade: This week, the students will be exploring the different types of energy: Thermal, Mechanical, Nuclear, Chemical, Radiant (Light or Electromagnetic), Sound, and Electrical.
7th Grade: The students will be learning about the different parts of the Hydrologic Cycle. They will be learning about uses of water and the different paths water molecules can take.
For the week of December 7th
6th Grade: The 6th graders will be continuing their unit on Potential and Kinetic energy with some virtual labs. They will also be preparing for a quiz over the unit next Tuesday.
7th Grade: The 7th grade will be continuing their unit on Electricity. All students that received a 7/10 or lower on Friday's vocabulary quiz will have an opportunity for a retake on Wednesday. Students should be studying their vocabulary terms in the meantime. Additionally, the 7th grade will be finishing up the unit and preparing a partner quiz next Monday.
For the week of November 30th
6th Grade: The students will be starting a new section on Energy. This week's focus will include a lab on Thermal Energy. They will then move on to Potential and Kinetic Energy as the week goes on.
7th Grade: The 7th grade is starting a new section on Electrical Energy. The students will be practicing making circuits throughout the unit. With this unit, it is very important that the students know the vocabulary words in order to understand the concepts. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday. The students have all of their definitions in their notes. The possible words on the quiz include:
For the week of November 16th
6th Grade: The 6th graders will have a quiz on States on Matter on Wednesday this week. They should study their review guides and foldables to prepare for the quiz. Later on in the week and next week the students will be practicing skills reading graphs and tables in science.
7th Grade: This week, the students will be learning about different types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. There will be a mini-quiz at the end of the week based on their class notes and labs.
For the week of November 9th
6th Grade: This week, the 6th grade will be continuing to learn about changing states of matter. The students will be creating a foldable this week to organize the new information learned in class. The foldable will remain in the classroom until it is complete. They will be able to use this foldable as a way to study for the quiz to follow this unit.
7th Grade: The 7th grade will be learning about Thermal Energy this week. They will be working through labs and demonstrations. There will not be much homework this week due to IOWA Testing. However, the students will be able to complete their Test Analysis on last week's Conservation of Energy quiz for Friday.
For the week of November 2nd
6th Grade: The students will finish up their Compounds and Mixtures projects this week. They will also start the next unit with States of Matter.
7th Grade: The students will be reviewing for the quiz on Friday. The quiz will cover Chemical and Physical Changes, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Energy, Mechanical Energy, and Waves. Students will receive review guides as well as supported review in the classroom. Due to an assembly on Friday, 4th period students will be taking their quiz in 2 parts. Part 1 will be on Friday, and part 2 will be on Monday.
For the week of October 26th
6th Grade: The students will be working in their groups for the duration of the week. Each group was given an option to create either a slideshow, interactive poster, infomercial, or song and music video. Students will be using WeVideo or Smore to create their projects. It is an in-class project, so the students should be using their time wisely in class. The deadline for the project is this Friday, October 30th.
7th Grade: The students will continue to learn about waves this week, in addition to sound and electromagnetic energy. In preparation for next week, the students should begin studying their notes. There will be a quiz in the second half of next week (Thursday or Friday). The quiz will cover several topics. These include: Chemical and Physical Changes, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Energy, Mechanical Energy, and Waves.
For the week of October 19th
6th Grade: The students will be starting a project on Compounds and Mixtures. They will be doing a lab to learn compounds. **PARENTS: PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGARDING ANY FOOD ALLERGY CONCERNS** The students also will be participating in choice projects using WeVideo and Smore. Also, please note that the Test Analysis on the Atoms and Periodic Table quiz will be due Friday.
7th Grade: For this week, the 7th grade will be learning about mechanical energy and waves. They will be using virtual simulations to demonstrate the abstract concepts.
For the week of October 12th
6th Grade: This week, the students will be taking a quiz on Thursday. The quiz will cover atoms and the Periodic Table. In addition to the notes, the students should also practice identifying element groups and periods without a colored Periodic Table.Students should be studying each night using all of their notes. We will also be reviewing in class as well.
7th Grade: The students will be introduced to the topic of Conservation of Energy this week. They will be engaged in virtual labs that demonstrate this law.
For the week of October 5th
6th Grade: The 6th graders will be introduced to the Periodic Table this week. They will be learning about the elements, and they will have a quiz Friday on 10 of the most common elements. The students will need to know the name of the element, along with the chemical symbols. For example, the chemical symbol for Oxygen is O. The students should know: Oxygen, Sodium, Hydrogen, Chlorine, Carbon, Lead, Iron, Helium, Potassium, and Copper.
7th Grade: The 7th grade has been preparing for their quiz, which will take place on Tuesday. The students should continue to study compounds, mixtures, elements, pH scale, and the Periodic Table. Later on in the week, they will start to learn about Conservation of Mass. Next week, the students will partake in a Group Test.
For the week of September 28th
6th Grade: The 6th grade is starting a new section this week on Atoms and the Periodic Table. We will be looking at models throughout the week.
7th Grade: The 7th grade will be doing several labs for acids and bases in the real world. They will be learning about how acids and bases can impact the environment. There will be a QUIZ next week on Tuesday. The quiz will cover Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, the pH scale, and the Periodic Table. The students should be reviewing their notes.
For the week of September 21st
6th Grade: There will be a mini-quiz Friday on everything the students have learned so far in Unit 1. This includes volume, density, mass, and weight. The students will be reviewing each day in class to prepare. They should be taking home their review guides to help them study.
7th Grade: The students will continue learning about Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures. They also will start the next section on Acids, Bases, and the pH scale. Additionally, the students were assigned a "Test Analysis" on Monday to be completed by Friday. They should be going through their quizzes and correcting each wrong answer for 1/2 point per question. They should also be explaining why the answer should be correct.
For the week of September 14th
6th Grade: This week the 6th graders will be working on identifying mystery materials by finding their densities. The lab will be several days long, and they will have an opportunity to see a demonstration of different objects relative to the density of water. Please make sure your students are keeping their lab worksheets in their binders and bringing the binders to class each day.
7th Grade: The 7th grade is starting this week on "Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures." They will be participating in a lab as well.
THIS FRIDAY (9/18): There will be a quiz on Atoms and the Periodic Table. To prepare for the quiz, students should review the following:
Atoms Prediction Chart
Atomic Structure Notes
How to find protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom
The Modern Periodic Table of Elements Notes
Know where the metals, nonmetals, and metalloids are found on the periodic table
Know where each of the families/groups are located on the periodic table
For the week of September 7th
6th Grade: This week the students will continue to learn about volume and will be introduced to density. They will be observing density through hands-on lab activities in class. The labs will continue through next week as well.
7th Grade: The 7th grade will be continuing to learn about the families of the periodic table. They will be able to compare and contrast families based on the knowledge they will receive through this unit. Students should continue to study their notes and vocabulary daily.
For the week of August 31st
6th Grade: The students were briefly introduced to the start of Unit 1 on Friday after the quiz. They will be starting off the unit learning about volume and density. They will also be participating in their first lab activity of the school year. The students will be having mini-quizzes as the unit moves along. They will also be given textbooks to keep at home for the first part of the school year. Extra copies will be kept in the classroom so they will not need to bring the books back and forth to school.
7th Grade: This week the students will be starting Unit 1. They will be learning more about the periodic table in greater depth than the past. Due to the vocabulary involvement, students will be encouraged to study their notes daily. They will also receive mini-quizzes often throughout the unit.
For the week of August 24th
6th and 7th Grade:
This week we will be learning how to keep the classroom safe during labs and other classroom activities. The students will be learning where to find safety equipment in the classroom, along with how to follow all safety precautions. There will be a Lab Safety Quiz on Friday. The best ways to prepare for this quiz would be to study your class notes, participate in class activities, and study the lab safety contract. The contract will also need to be signed by a parent or guardian and turned in on Friday.
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!
Welcome to 6th and 7th grade science!
This first week we will be focusing on the purpose of science class and how it relates to the real world. We will be reviewing classroom expectations as well as an overview of the topics we will cover this school year. We will also be reviewing proper lab safety techniques to keep our classroom a safe learning environment. There will be a lab safety quiz at the end of the unit.