Below is a copy of the Density Lab that we completed in class on Tuesday. I checked to make sure that each group's final product was correct and discussed the different layers with them. They need to use that information to complete the rest of the lab sheet. Some did get it complete before they left class, but most need to complete it for homework. It is due Thursday 9/29. Please review your child's lab sheet and make sure that it is ready to turn in tomorrow. Thanks!
Below is a copy of the presentation we used to get our notes from today. Your child should have all of the information from this presentation in their notes.
This week we will be wrapping up our first Land Beneath our feet objective about the layers of the Earth. Our essential questions for this objective are: 1) What are the layers of the Earth? 2) What order are they in? 3) Why are they in that order? and 4) What is their composition? Please discuss these questions at home with your child this week to make sure that they are on track. If they can't answer these questions, you may want to have them come to my morning tutoring session before our upcoming test.
Last week we also spent almost four days working on our Earth diagrams in class. If your child did not get this complete, I gave them the option to come tomorrow (Tuesday 6:45-7:45 am) during my tutoring time to get it finished. Otherwise, I will take whatever is complete for a grade on Tuesday. The assignment is attached if you would like to see what they needed to complete.
We will also be having our first test on October 7th. Students will get a study guide for this test the week of and will have to complete it for homework. It will cover the first two objectives of this unit. Please make sure to review your child's notes with them for a few minutes each night so that they do not get behind for this test.
Today we took our Objective 1 vocabulary quiz. Because we used GradeCam, your child got their scores today. (Yay!). I love this app because they get to see their grades immediately and, with the push of a button, they go into PS! Log in to check your child's score. When I showed them their grades today, I suggested that anyone who got below a 70 to retake it next week. YES, I AM ALLOWING RETAKES ON THIS QUIZ! Push your child to take advantage of this opportunity. I told them they have to see me next week outside of class time in order to retake it. They can do it during lunch or homeroom, but the best time would be during my "tutoring" session on Tuesday from 6:45am-7:45. Even if your child got a 90% and wants to improve, they are more than welcome to retake the quiz! Please e-mail me or send a note with your child if they will be coming Tuesday morning so I know how many quizzes to print, or if you have any questions. :)
I've attached a picture below of my notes from 1st period today (they are the farthest ahead of any class). Your child should have a similar sheet in the "current notes" section of their binder. Since it is the beginning of the year and I know note-taking skills are difficult to develop, I wanted to show you a copy of mine so that you can compare them to your child's and see if they missed anything. :)
Don't forget- we have our vocabulary quiz tomorrow! The words are: relative position, composition, density, crust, mantle, outer core, inner core, asthenosphere, lithosphere, tectonic plates AND WE ADDED THIS ONE: convection. It is listed in the Objective 2 words, but we needed to go ahead and discuss it. :)
We will be having a vocabulary quiz at the end of this week for the first objective. The words should be in the "vocabulary" section of their binder in a 3-column chart. The words are: relative position, composition, density, crust, mantle, outer core, inner core, asthenosphere, lithosphere, and tectonic plate.
The 6th grade science team has also decided on the dates for two of our three major assessments for this quarter. We will be having a test on the first two objectives Friday, October 7th and we will also have a comprehensive vocabulary test (everything from science safety and the first three objectives of the Land Beneath Our Feet unit) on Thursday, October 20th. Please make sure your child is ready for these by preparing now! If they review their notes and vocabulary words each day, the quizzes and tests will be very easy. :)
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an e-mail and I will help you as best as I can.
We will be finishing up our notes tomorrow (hopefully!) on lab equipment and safety tomorrow. This means we will have our QUIZ Thursday, September 8th.I have attached the presentation that we used to get our notes, but your child should have a copy in their binder. Please make sure your child is studying this week, as they must receive a passing grade on this quiz in order to participate in any science labs!
Other important info. for this week:
Extra help is available every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30. Please remember that you MUST fill out a permission form (below) and turn it in the day before in order to attend.
For some of our projects this year, I will be asking for parent volunteers. If you already know that you would like to volunteer in the future, please contact me. Otherwise, the need for parent volunteers will be included in the weekly update. Thank you! :)