Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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5800 SE Ash St | Portland, OR 97215
Phone: (503) 916-5646 | Fax: (503) 916-2659

Roger Groom

Happy Lunar New Year!  Monday, Feb 8!  

Updated Tuesday, Feb 2
We are diving deeper into the understanding of how water affects weather.   If your child says they need to watch a weather report on TV, please let them!

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:  



Method To Count Hits visits to this site.  Glad you're checking it out!
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12/20/15
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1/6/16
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2/2/16
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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






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.



January 2016
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Eggsperiment Final Data Collection - academic grade scored using Collecting and Presenting Data Scoring Guide (can also be turned in Thurs or Fri due to snow days)

TODAY:
Handed back any remaining papers from before break.  Looked at final data collection and review scoring guide one more time.  Those that turned it in did a self-assessment. 

Reviewed key vocab necessary to analyze data by using animations and an outline.  Afternoon classes got a slightly different outline, but morning classes will get the new one tomorrow.  Animations can be viewed on the Life Science LInks and Info page above.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 40 Background Information

HOME EDUCATION:


7

DUE:
Eggsperiment Final Data Collection - academic grade scored using Collecting and Presenting Data Scoring Guide (can also be turned in Fri due to snow days)

TODAY:
We finished the background information outline, and then moved to the Eggsperiment Analysis using the newly learned terminology.  Groups summarized their data and then tried to make sense of what was moving in and out of the egg.

Students that hadn't done Act 39 yet were reminded about tomorrow's due date.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 40 Eggsperiment Analysis Outline

HOME EDUCATION:

Final touch-ups on eggsperiment data and/or Act 39 revisions or latework.


8

DUE:
Act 39 AQ Revisions - follow revision guidelines (moved to Friday due to snow days)

TODAY:
Everyone turned in the Eggsperiment Data.

Groups further analyzed data, and then we reviewed the analysis outline and discussed what actually happened to the eggs.

We ended by prepping the Notebook for the new unit starting on Monday.  Absentees need to get their Notebook set up during Advisory.

HANDOUTS:
1.  paper pocket for new unit (blue)

HOME EDUCATION:

Clean up Notebook!  Organize, highlight, fill in the gaps of assignments, etc.


11

DUE:
Cleaned and organized Notebook


TODAY:
New seats, and then students did a pre-assessment of their NGSS knowledge.  Absentees need to make this up! 

Then we had an overview of how the next unit will be addressing the NGSS standards - this will feel different than past units.

Finally, we started Act 50 in the Earth Science book.  We did the LT, the WRU Thnking, and students read a short passage to answer AQ #1-4 in their Notebook.  They'll have time tomorrow to work on that further.

HANDOUTS:

1.  Act 50 LT sheet (yellow)

2.  NGSS Pre-Assessment (get from ME - not the Assignment Crate)


HOME EDUCATION:
Organize Notebook!


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TODAY:
Students had more time to work on the AQ for Act 50, which we reviewed.  Those that didn't finish the AQ in class have to finish tonight.

Then, we started in on Act 51.  We did the LT sheet, the WRU Thinking, and got a couple definitions into the Notebook.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Weather and Climate Essential Questions (tape onto the Title Page for the Weather unit.

2.  Act 51 LT sheet (blue)

HOME EDUCATION:


13

DUE:
Act 50, AQ #1-4, and Act 50 LT sheet

TODAY:
We made word lists to help with understanding some concepts we learned yesterday, and then we moved on to data gathering for the last week.  Finally, we did some data manipulation.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Recording Daily Weather sheet

HOME EDUCATION:
none


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DUE:


TODAY:
We used Weather Underground to gather monthly data for weather in Portland.  We had to make some corrections on the data handout, so absentees need to get those changes from me or a peer.  

Then, after reviewing key things to do in graphing and writing those in the Notebook (absentees need to get those, too!), students had time to make graphs during class time.  Anything not finished in class should be done at home.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Graph paper (cut to size for upcoming poster)

HOME EDUCATION:
Finish graph

15

DUE:
Weather Data Graph completed

TODAY:
One final review of the directions on the weather graph before turning in.  Those that were done got to take a break with an awesome video from the Blue Planet series.  Those that were not done had class time to complete last night's assignment along with extra help.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

HOME EDUCATION:
Clean up Notebook!

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Holiday

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TODAY:
Guest Teacher today.

Watched a video about extreme weather.  Students took notes on the causes of effects of various extreme weather events.  Absentees should watch this link.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

HOME EDUCATION:
none


20

DUE:


TODAY:
Late Opening day.  Students got back their Eggsperiment data and we discussed the comments.  Then, we highlighted grade reports for the 2nd quarter.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Grade Report for 2nd Quarter

HOME EDUCATION:
none


21

DUE:


TODAY:
Groups put together their Weather Data posters, and then analyzed the data in groups.  When completed, they had two analysis questions to answer from the textbook. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 51 Data Analysis

HOME EDUCATION:
Act 51 Data Analysis handout, and Act 51 AQ #2, 3 (in Notebook).  Remember: Act 51 is in the Earth Science textbook!


22

DUE:
Act 51 Data Analysis handout
Act 51 AQ #2, 3 (do in Notebook)

TODAY:
We reviewed the data from yesterday and then jumped into Act 60 about water.  Students got Act 60 Learning Target sheet and then we brainstormed and reported out on words related to water.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 60 LT sheet (pink)

HOME EDUCATION:
Finish Analysis and AQ from yesterday


25

No School

26

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TODAY:
Students reviewed how to make concept maps, and then started making concept maps using the words they brainstormed last week. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Directions on how to make Concept Maps

HOME EDUCATION:

none



27

DUE:


TODAY:
We worked deeper into water, humidity, and clouds.  We made a cloud in class today (in a bottle).  We filled in an outline and watched a bunch of demos.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 60 Notes and Demos

HOME EDUCATION:
none


28

DUE:


TODAY:
Continued the demos and notes from the reading, and added information to our outline.  Absentees need to get those notes from a friend or my Notebook.

HANDOUTS:
1. 

HOME EDUCATION:
Organize notebook for quiz tomorrow.

29

DUE:
Notebook Quiz

TODAY:
Started with a Notebook Quiz.  When done, students re-read Act 60 and then had time to do AQ #1 and 2, and then the Learning Target sheet.  Folks that didn't finish need to do so over the weekend.  

At the end of the period, we started Act 62 and did the LT sheet and WRU Thinking.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 62 LT sheet (green)

HOME EDUCATION:





February 2016
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1

DUE:


TODAY:
Reviewed phase changes of water, then discussed the card activity to outline the journey of a water molecule.  Partners did the activity and will build their journey based on the cards.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 62 Anticipation Guide (half sheet)
2.  Act 62 Water Molecule Journey Data Table

HOME EDUCATION:
none



2

DUE:


TODAY:
Got new 3rd Quarter Hall Passes.  Spent the first part of the day reviewing the card activity and looking at the story prompt.  The rest of the day was in the computer lab.  Partners finished the card activity and began writing their story.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 62 Water Molecule Story Prompt and Rubric
2.  Quarter 3 Hall Passes - absentees need to get those directly from me

HOME EDUCATION:
Spend 30 minutes working on story


3

DUE:


TODAY:

Handed back and reviewed Notebook Quiz. 

Reviewed Scoring Guide.

Rest of period was for writing on Chromebooks.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none (other than getting Notebook quiz back)

HOME EDUCATION:
Spend 30 minutes working on story.

4

DUE
:


TODAY:
Spent the entire period in the computer lab working on the story, editing, polishing, adding details, checking score rubric and prompt requirements.  

HANDOUTS:
1. 

HOME EDUCATION:
Finish last additions to story - be sure to use prompt and rubric to guide the writing. 

5

DUE:
Act 62 Water Molecule Story Final Draft 

TODAY:
Students did self-assessment of their water molecule story and then had another student read out.  We discussed the issue of worldwide water and some issues about conserving it - some great discussions.  Finally, on an identical handout to what they got earlier, they marked all the processes and terms related to the water cycle.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Anticipation Guide to the Water Cycle (which we renamed Post-Activity)

HOME EDUCATION:
Complete any unfinished work on the Water Molecule Journey

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