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Roger Groom

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Updated Thursday, May 26
We have finished up our Energy unit and are moving to Sexual Education.  The last 8 days of school (other than Student Led Conferences on June 8th) will be devoted to a Sex Ed curriculum entitled My Future - My Choice.  This link will provide a huge amount of resources, including the Parent/Guardian Brochure and Involvement Guides. 

Check out this awesome site from Engineer Girl!  Some great information on a range of topics. 




CHECK PARENTVUE to see how you child is doing in his/her classes.  Here is the link to log in!  Make sure you click on "Assignment View", not "Standards View".  Toggle between the two in the upper right.  It looks like this:

Online Textbook Info

SEPUP Textbooks Online or try this link, too:  Online Textbook.   Click on "Student" in the upper right hand corner and then input the username and password given to students at the beginning of the year (which should be on the inside cover of their Notebook!).

Download directions on how to access the Online Student Textbook

Notebooks

Pdfs of the Science Notebook will be posted occasionally so students and parents can track their progress and make sure they've got everything they're supposed to have!



PDF of Table of Contents, Appendix Table of Contents, Activities 1-10

PDF of Appendix, as of 10/2/15

PDF of Unit C, Cell Biology and Disease
PDF of Table of Contents, and updates to Appendix as of 1-20-16

PDF of Unit D, Weather and Atmosphere (Earth Science)
PDF of Unit D, Energy (Physical Science), as of 5-17-16






Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
Here is a link to the NGSS that we'll be transitioning to this year: http://www.nextgenscience.org/three-dimensions
From this page, you can read all about the three dimensions of Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. 

Announcements

We live in earthquake country, so one step towards preparation is a step in the right direction.  Be prepared - make a family plan and get together some emergency supplies.  Go to www.ShakeOut.org for more information.  Here are some places/links to get more information:

 
Keep informed of latest Science news by reading Daily Science.  It's a great resource to see how Science plays out in daily lives.  If interested, you can sign up daily e-mails, too.  Click on the link to the image to the left to take you there!

2015-2016 6th Grade Integrated Science Calendar

As the months go by, the calendars will be archived and can be retrieved by using the "Archived Calendars" page in the sidebar.





May 2016
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
May 2

DUE:
Activity 57 Reading Outline

TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

Debriefed a bit from ODS, and then students watched and summarized notes from a Planet Earth video.  Their role was to analyze the video for themes taught at ODS.  They turned this in at the end of the period.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Notes sheet

HOME EDUCATION:

Finish notes if not done during class.





3

DUE:
Activity 57 AQ #1, 3, 5
Activity 57 LT sheet
(Will wait on checking these because Ordway did not get this far last week)

TODAY:
Passed back a couple papers, got new seats, and then debriefed ODS a bit with me.

Then, we jumped back to Act 54.  Students looked at all the combos of rods and tubes, and brainstormed different responding and controlled variables.  Then, in groups, their task was to:
1.  hypothesize the ranking of tube and rod combinations in order of transferring most Kinetic Energy to the nail.

2.  Decide on the group's RV.
3.  Decide on the number of trials
4.  Discuss all the variables to control
5.  Design a data table (I showed an example)
6.  Start collecting data

HANDOUTS:
1.  

HOME EDUCATION:





4

DUE:


TODAY:
Worked further on Act 54, collected data, analyzed it, and worked on AQ# 2-5.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

HOME EDUCATION:






5

DUE:
DAY OF SILENCE

TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

Here's the to-do list presented today.


HANDOUTS:
1.  For ODS Week 2 folks:  Act 57 LT sheet
2.  Act 57 Reading Outline

HOME EDUCATION:






6

DUE:
Notebook Quiz - Academic grade

TODAY:

Took the Notebook Quiz.  When done, students had time to work on the to-do list from yesterday, and the focus was on finishing Act 57 work. 

Then, we discussed the class results from Act 54 (Drive a Nail) and looked for what factors affect Potential Energy.  Students had a few analysis questions about the data they answered in groups.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Class data (absentees need to see me for this).

HOME EDUCATION:



9

DUE:


TODAY:
Reviewed a bunch of stuff to prepare for the week. 

1.  the Notebook Quiz from Friday.
2.  Act 54 AQ (especially #5)
3.  Act 57 Reading Outline

Then, we started in on Act 55.

HANDOUTS:
1.  

HOME EDUCATION:




10

DUE:
Act 55 AQ #1-4 due by end of Period. 

Students should also have Act 57 AQ #1, 3, 5 done by now.

TODAY:
Reviewed the Quiz Study Guide.

Read Act 55, discussed how energy relates to roller coasters, and then students had a chunk of time to work on AQ #1-4.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Energy Quiz Study Guide
2.  5x8 index card for cheat sheet
3.  Act 55 Learning Target (pink)

HOME EDUCATION:

Study for next week's quiz for 20 minutes (can use time to complete AQ #1-4)





11

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the AQ from Act 55 about roller coasters.  Then, we did all of Act 56 about thermal energy.  Students took notes on some vocabulary (absentees need to get these), watched an animation about how particles behave in substances when heated, watched a demo to show how hot sanding wood can get with friction, and then took a short matching 'quiz' to review the vocab and concepts.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 56 LT sheet
2.  Act 56 Vocab Quiz

HOME EDUCATION:

Study for next week's quiz for 20 minutes



12

DUE:


TODAY:
We did Act 58 today about transformations of different energy types.  After receiving a handout of more detailed types of potential and kinetic energy, pairs worked with 'energy event cards' to describe energy transfer and transformations in a variety of scenarios.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 58 LT sheet
2.  Act 58 Energy Types Chart
3.  Act 58 Energy Event Analysis

HOME EDUCATION:


Study for next week's quiz for 20 minutes







13

DUE:


TODAY:
We had a guest speaker from Lucid Technology, Ron Peters, come and talk today about an exciting prospect of using turbines in water supply pipes to provide electricity.  Students had an outline to complete through the talk, and there were a handful of demonstrations and a scaled model of the turbine.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Lucid Technology Outline
2.  Act 58 Energy Event Cards "Answer Key"

HOME EDUCATION:


Study for next week's quiz for 20 minutes





16


DUE:
ENERGY QUIZ - Covers Act 53 - 58, and 64.  Use study guide!  Can also use a 5x8 inch cheat sheet.

TODAY:
First we discussed the letter about the Sex Ed curriculum.  Here's a link to the letter, and look for the My Future - My Choice links above for further information.

Then, students had the remainder of the period to take the quiz.  If they finished early, they could work on Act 58, AQ #1, 2 in their Notebook.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Parent/Guardian Letter about My Future - My Choice (brochure attached)


HOME EDUCATION:

Act 58, AQ #1, 2

Show Letter to Parent/Guardian





17


DUE:
Act 58, AQ #1, 2

TODAY:

Guest Teacher Today:

Students did Act 59 - Ice-Melting Contest.  They planned and performed a lab.  They were supposed to read the handout and do AQ# 2-4 in their Notebooks.  Whatever they didn't finish in class they should finish up outside of class.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 59 LT Sheet
2.  Act 59 Background Information

HOME EDUCATION:

Complete Act 59, AQ 2-4 in Notebook



18


DUE:
Act 59, AQ #2-4 in Notebook

TODAY:
We talked about yesterday's poor behavior with the guest teacher.  Then, we went over the Energy Quiz from Monday.  We did a demo in the hall with a bowling ball and a ramp to demonstrate one of the quiz questions.

HANDOUTS:
1.  

HOME EDUCATION:

Start working on Quiz Corrections when it's fresh in your mind.

19


DUE:


TODAY:
We quickly discussed the results from the Act 59 Ice-melting contest.  Then, we did Act 60; we did the WRU thinking, then wrote a definition for insulator, and then did a reading and a few questions about the reading. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  

HOME EDUCATION:

Complete the LT sheets for Act 58 and 59.






20


DUE:
Act 58 and 59 Learning Target sheets

TODAY:
We reviewed, again, that idea that thermal energy transfers from hot to cold. Then, we did a quick demo with a lot of helpers where we mixed different amounts of different temperature water.  We predicted, measured, and then calculated the temperature changes to look for patterns.  Absentees need to get the data from a peer.  Then, students discussed the results of the lab and students had time to do AQ #1-6.  Anyone not finished should complete before Monday.  Absentees can skip #1 because they were not here to make predictions.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 61 LT sheet (green)

HOME EDUCATION:

Complete Act 61, AQ#1-6


23 

DUE:
Energy Quiz Corrections

Act 61, AQ #1-6

TODAY:
Students got back the LT's turned in last week.  We copied a definition into Act 61 that will help us determine the final temperature when we mix different temps and amounts of water.

We started up with Act 62, read the introduction, and looked at a couple examples of amounts of thermal energy in different temperatures and different amounts of water. 

From there, we did a quick demo of melting ice in hot water and using another formula, we calculated the amount of energy transferred from the water to the ice. 

To get ready for tomorrow, we quickly started Act 63, did the LT sheet, and did a demo of a chemical reaction.

Absentees need to get those notes and formulas!! 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 62 LT sheet
2.  Act 63 LT sheet

HOME EDUCATION:






24

DUE:


TODAY:
We looked over the quiz study guide for tomorrow. 

We went through some key definitions about types of chemical reactions, complete with lots of demos to explain the concepts. 

Then, we set up and did a great experiment of burning cheesepuffs to measure the amount of calories of chemical potential energy they had.  Students used the formula from yesterday to calculate it.

Absentees will need to get data from me or a peer.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Energy Quiz #2 Study Guide (Act 59 - 63)

HOME EDUCATION:
Study for quiz tomorrow - use study guide, and do a bunch of analysis questions to help you!




25

DUE:
Notebook Quiz

QUIZ, covers Act 59 - 63 (students can use their Notebooks on this one - no time to make a 'cheat sheet')

TODAY:
Students had the whole period to take both short quizzes.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Quiz (absentees need to come do quiz during Advisory)

HOME EDUCATION:



26

DUE:


TODAY:
Started in on My Future My Choice.  Went over the purpose of the program, the ground rules, and then had a nice easy entrance into the topic starting with goals.  Students should be completing a goal sheet tonight, and should be doing the Lesson ! Discussion handout with parents/guardians.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Parent Discussion Packet (to be used for all lessons)

HOME EDUCATION:

Complete Goal Sheet, and Lesson 1 Discussion Handout


27

DUE:


TODAY:
We did a quick review of the goals from yesterday, and then went into some deeper concepts about what sexual activity means and why some teens pursue it, but why most postpone it. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  For class use only

HOME EDUCATION:
Clean up Notebook for Student Led Conferences



May 30

Memorial Day Holiday




May 31

DUE:


TODAY:
 We reviewed the Notebook Quiz and the Energy quiz from last week.  Then, we did work on the Student Led Conference Portfolio.  Absentees need to get the Notebook Portfolio Entry Sheet and complete it.  Students brainstormed ways to reflect on the Entry Sheet questions and then had a good chunk of time to get that done.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Portfolio Entry Sheet for Science

HOME EDUCATION:
Clean up Notebook




June 1

DUE:


TODAY:
Spent the first 15 minutes working further on the Portfolio Entry Sheets.  When done, we moved back to My Future My Choice, answered a bunch of questions, and then continued the discussion of why postponing sexual activity is the best option for this age.

HANDOUTS:
1. 

HOME EDUCATION:


2

DUE:


TODAY:
Watched a fantastic video - Life's Greatest Miracle - produced by NOVA.  Students had a worksheet to complete during the video which they turned in.  Absentees should watch the movie (searchable on NOVA's website).

HANDOUTS:
1.  Life's Greatest Miracle Video Outline

HOME EDUCATION:




3

DUE:
Energy Quiz #2 Quiz Corrections Due - can also be turned in on Monday.

TODAY:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

HOME EDUCATION: