Information for my 6th grade Science classes at Discovery Middle School.

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June 3, 2013

Agenda   Textbook check-in   Portfolio/Reflection

Today students checked back in their textbooks. If they forgot to return a textbook, they received a print out reminder and should bring it back to school tomorrow if possible.

Students also looked at their portfolio boxes and their lab notebooks from first semester along with their notebooks from this semester. They answered some reflection questions for me and put their lab notebooks in their portfolio boxes.


May 31, 2013

Agenda   Quiz today- open notebook    Finish Moon Myth stories

Textbook Check-in on Monday. You should have 5 textbooks to return: Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Health

Locker Clean out on Monday as well. Plan on bringing an extra bag for bringing things home in.


May 30, 2013

Agenda    Finish Presentations for Activity 72     Moon Myths

QUIZ Tomorrow on Activities 65, 66 and 72. Open Notebook so you can use your lab notebooks. There will be no retake opportunities for this quiz.


May 28, 2013

Agenda     Lab Reports back    Act. 72 cont'd      Quiz on FRIDAY  open notebook

I passed back Lab Reports today and went over them. Grades are in HAC. Students who would like to redo any sections that they did not score well in can complete that entire section (ex. Experimental Design or Conclusion) on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to their original lab report. These corrections are due by Friday, May 31.


May 22, 2013

Agenda  Activity 72: Improving Energy Efficiency     Quiz moved to next Wednesday, Open Notebook

Today students started working on Activity 72. They discussed Step 1 of the Procedure as a group and recorded their ideas in a T-chart in their notebook. We then worked on Step 2 of the Procedure as a class.

Tomorrow students will be given a fictional scenario of a family who wants to reduce the cost of energy in their homes and will use their knowledge of energy concepts to make energy saving recommendations.


May 21, 2013

 Agenda    Activity 71: Household Energy Efficiency     Open Notebook Quiz Thursday?

Today we finished our reading selection in Activity 71 and took notes on the sections using the Listen, Stop, and Write strategy. We also answered Analysis Questions 1-3.

I would like to give an open notebook quiz on the last few activities that we have covering. Depending on how far we get, it may be Thursday or I may postpone it until next week. I will let students know.

Have a great evening!


May 20, 2013

 Agenda   Activity 66 Follow-up     Activity 71       No HW

Today we spent some time reviewing series and parallel circuits. Students built these last week with the substitute on Wednesday. They rebuilt the circuits again today and we discussed what they observed when they unscrewed one bulb, removed bulbs, and replaced bulbs with the motor or buzzer. We also went over Analysis questions 3 and 4. 


May 15- 17, 2013

On Wednesday, students finished up Activity 66 Part B by exploring series and parallel circuits. They also answered Analysis questions 3 and 4.

On Thursday, students began Activity 71 which is a reading about Household Energy Efficiency. They are using a Literacy Strategy as they read called Listen, Stop, and Write. We will continue with this Activity on Monday.


May 14, 2013

Agenda   Activity 66: Connecting Circuits    No HW

Today students tested 11 items for conductivity in the circuits that they built yesterday. They then answered Analysis questions 1 and 2 on page D-71.

Have a great evening!

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