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

Welcome back from Outdoor School!  Hope you had a good time.  Make sure to write your Student Leaders as soon as you can!

Updated Tuesday, May 3
We are now fully into the Energy unit and will be spending most of the remainder of the year on Energy.  Last week we looked at motors and generators with a very cool lab, and then talk about the Law of Conservation of Energy.  Now we're really focusing on the transfer and transformation of energy.

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






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.




April 2016
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Apr 4


DUE:


TODAY:
Period 1 and 2:
We discussed Lockdown procedures more in depth, and then students had time to work on the Carbon Nation Video Reflection questions.

Period 6 and 7:
Metro presentation about Ecological Footprints.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Metro EcoFootprint Survey

HOME EDUCATION:




5


DUE:
Carbon Nation Video Reflection

HES Work Sample Revisions - follow guidelines!

TODAY:
Students took a pre-assessment about their knowledge of Energy topics, and when they finished, they could start on the reading and graphic organizer for Act 64 about electricity generation. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 64 Graphic Organizer

HOME EDUCATION:
Work for 20 minutes on Act 64 Graphic Organizer


6


DUE:


TODAY:
We did a few PPT slides and discussed some background information for electricity generation.  Then, students highlighted grade reports for the 3rd quarter and completed an Effort Grade Reflection.  Finally, they had a big chunk of the period to continue working on the Act 64 Graphic Organizer.  

HANDOUTS:
1.  Science Grade Reflection

HOME EDUCATION:
Work 20 - 30 minutes on Act 64 Graphic Organizer using the Physical Science textbook on the Lab-Aids/SEPUP website.



7  LAST DAY OF 3RD QUARTER


DUE:
Act 64 Graphic Organizer

TODAY:
Reviewed the Evidence and Trade-off assignment that is due next week, then students had time to:
- complete the Graphic Organizer
- complete Act 64 AQ #1, 3, 4 (do in Notebook - due Monday)
- start on the Evidence and Trade-offs

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 64 Evidence and Trade-offs
2.  Discussion WEB (to organize ideas)
3.  Evidence and Trade-offs Writing Template
4.  Evidence and Trade-offs Typing Template

HOME EDUCATION:
Complete Act 64 AQ #1, 3, 4



8    NO SCHOOL


11

DUE:
Act 64 AQ #1, 3, 4

TODAY:
We spent the whole day working on the Act 64 Evidence and Trade-offs. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Same as last Thursday

HOME EDUCATION:
Keep working on Act 64 EV/TO



12

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed any questions about the Evidence and Trade-offs that are due tomorrow. 

Then, we dove into Act 53.  Students brainstormed energy uses in the household, and then we did a class tallying of the Home Energy Audit. 

Absentees need to do Act 53 Procedure Steps #1 and 2 in their Notebook.

Here's a link to a GoogleDoc for Act 64 EV/TO.  DO NOT REQUEST ACCESS FROM ME TO EDIT THE DOCUMENT.  GO TO FILE, THEN 'MAKE A COPY' TO PUT IN YOUR GOOGLEDRIVE.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 53 LT sheet (green)

HOME EDUCATION:
Complete Act 64 Evidence and Trade-offs




13

DUE:
Act 64 Evidence and Trade-offs (Academic - use scoring guide)

TODAY:
Students self-assessed and then turned in the Act EV/TO.  We reviewed the AQ from Act 64, and then returned to Act 53.  We analyzed home features and compared houses and how efficient they were.  Students had time in class to work on AQ #3 and 4.  What they didn't finish is due tomorrow.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

HOME EDUCATION:
Finish Act 53 AQ #3, 4 in Notebook


14

DUE:

Act 64 LT sheet
Act 64, AQ#3, 4

TODAY:
We reviewed AQ 3 and 4, and then students had time in class to work on the Act 53 LT sheet.  We reviewed and discussed the Energy unit 'essential questions and big ideas' and then we moved to Act 54, did the WRU Thinking and discussed it (how does a hammer work to pound in a nail), followed by a short reading and writing some definitions in Notebooks.  Absentees need to get those definitions.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 54 LT Sheet
2.  Energy Essential Questions (tape onto Energy Title Page)

HOME EDUCATION:
Complete Act 53 LT sheet






15

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed and analyzed all the data from the Home Energy Audit and made observations of what they noticed.  Very interesting trends!  Then, we added to the vocab list (absentees get those notes), and finally students familiarized themselves with the materials that will be used after ODS for a lab about energy transfer.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

HOME EDUCATION:

For those kids leaving on Sunday, HAVE FUN AT OUTDOOR SCHOOL! 




18


DUE:


TODAY:
Ordway Science students join us this week while he's at Outdoor School.

We did Act 56A about motors and generators.  Here's are links to the Lab Sheet as a Word Document to download, and as a GoogleDocDO NOT REQUEST ACCESS FROM ME TO EDIT THE DOCUMENT.  GO TO FILE, THEN 'MAKE A COPY' TO PUT IN YOUR GOOGLEDRIVE.

We reviewed energy transfer vs. transformation, then introduced and started on the lab, starting with all the variables that could be adjusted.

HANDOUTS:

1.  Act 56A Lab Sheet
2.  Act 56A Learning Targets

HOME EDUCATION:





19


DUE:


TODAY:
Continued on the lab.  We did our best to make the motors work, and then some groups were successful at actually manipulating something to test the effect on the motor.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

HOME EDUCATION:



20


DUE:


TODAY:
Discussed what we learned from Part A of the lab, and students recorded that.  Then, we moved to Part B about how motors and generators work.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

HOME EDUCATION:
Complete Analysis Questions #1-5 on the Lab Sheet.


21

DUE:
Act 56A Lab Sheet Analysis Questions #1-5

TODAY:
We reviewed how a motor and generator work, and took notes on that.  Absentees need to get those notes.  Then, we went over the AQ.

We moved to Act 57, did the LT sheet, the WRU Thinking, a couple pre-reading strategies, and then students started working on the reading outline. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 57 LT sheet (blue)
2.  Act 57 Reading Outline (here is a link to the GoogleDoc.  DO NOT REQUEST ACCESS FROM ME TO EDIT THE DOCUMENT.  GO TO FILE, THEN 'MAKE A COPY' TO PUT IN YOUR GOOGLEDRIVE (rename it first with your last name).

HOME EDUCATION:







22

DUE:


TODAY:
Continued working on the Reading Outline, and then students had time for the AQ, #1, 3, and 5 which they put in their Notebook. 

Students that did not finish the reading outline were instructed to do so before they start back after ODS.

HANDOUTS:
1.  given yesterday
2.  Activity 57 PDF (not a handout but Mr. Ordway's students need access to this)

HOME EDUCATION:
Complete Act 57 Reading Outline


25

I AM AT OUTDOOR SCHOOL ALL THIS WEEK.  MR. ORDWAY IS TEACHING THE SAME MATERIAL I DID LAST WEEK.

DUE:


TODAY:


HANDOUTS:
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HOME EDUCATION:






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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:


HANDOUTS:
1.  

HOME EDUCATION:



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