12/1/16

Thursday, December 1st

Science/Honors Science
Watched Traveler's Guide to the Planets - Jupiter and completed worksheet.

Wednesday, November 30th

Science/Honors Science
Watched Traveler's Guide to the Planets - Saturn and completed worksheet.

Tuesdy, November 29th

Science
Finished Kids Discover Planet magazine and worksheet.
Read Star Witness News - Jupiter's Red Spot is Shrinking and worksheet.
Honors Science
Began working on Mars Impact lab.

Monday, Novermber 28th

Monday, November 28th
Science
Worked on Kids Discover Planet magazine and worksheet.
Honors Science
Watched Bill Nye Planets and worksheet.

11/16/16

Wednesday, November 16th

Science
Students finished reading Kids Discover Solar System and completed worksheet.
Honors Science
Seasons review.


11/15/16

Monday, November 14th & Tuesday, November 15th

Monday, November 14th
Science
Students completed the seasons end of unit assessments.
Honors Science
Rotation labs - Tracking Shadows over Time & Making a Sun Clock.            

Tuesday, November 15th
Science
Solar System Worksheet - Can You Planet?
Began reading Kids Discover Solar System.
Honors Science

Blue Marble Matches, pgs. 10-13.

11/10/16

Thursday, November 10th

Science
Students received the seasons review sheet and study guide. They will take the seasons assessment on Monday or Tuesday of next week.
Our next unit is the Solar System. To introduce students to the Solar System, students watched 95 Worlds and Counting and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science
Students continued identifying Earth geological features. They worked on Blue Marble Matches, pgs. 8-9.


11/8/16

Tuesday, November 8th

Science
Student worked on an earth rotation lab - Tracking Shadows Over Time. Students place a straw in clay on a sheet of tagboard. They drew a line showing the position of the shadow over thirty minutes.  This demonstrated Earth’s rotation and the shadow moved in a regular manner over thirty minutes.
Honors Science
Students worked on Blue Marble Matches, ps. 6-8. They began to recognize four processes that affect the geology of an area – wind, water, impacts, and volcanoes.

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11/7/16

Monday, November 7th

The Clark Planetarium AstroVan visited our school and talked about the Solar System.

11/4/16

Thursday, November 3rd & Friday, November 4th

Thursday, November 3rd

Science
Students conducted a direct/indirect heat energy (sunlight) lab - Why is Summer Hot? Students had two thermometers. One received direct heat energy and the other received indirect heat energy.  Students compared temperature over thirty minutes.
Honors Science
Students began working on learning how to analyze Earth images with the NASA program  Blue Marble Matches (pgs. 1-3).

Friday, November 4th

Science
Students took a seasons quiz.
Honors Science
We reviewed seasons.


Our classes were about 25 minutes today. The 6th Grade went to a STEM fair at the County Fairground.

11/1/16

Tuesday, November 1st

Tuesday, November 1st
Science
Students completed two direct/indirect sunlight (heat energy) labs - How Angle Changes Intensity and Exploring the Sun's Height Above the Horizon. Both labs again demonstrated the larger the angle, the smaller surface area covered; the smaller the angle, the larger surface area covered.
Honors Science
We began with seasons unit with the Reason for the Seasons Lecture.


10/31/16

Monday, October 31st

Science
Students completed a direct/indirect sunlight (heat energy) lab - Seasons Four Times a Year. Using a flashlight and a protractor, students shine the flashlight on graph paper at four different angles. They calculate the area covered by each circle at each angle.
Honors Science
To celebrate Halloween, students listened to the Orson Wells War of the World broadcast.

10/28/16

Thursday, October 27th & Friday, October 28th

Thursday, October 27th
Science
Using the State 6th Grade book, students read the seasons section and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science
Students completed two sound labs - Bee Hummer and Sound Sandwich.

Friday, October 28th
Science
Students completed a seasons lab - Earth's Movement Around the Sun. Using a globe and a flashlight, students simulated Earth’s revolution around the Sun.
Honors Science

Watched MythBusters - Swimming in Syrup.

10/24/16

Monday, October 24th

Monday, October 24th
Science
Students completed the Science Court/Nye Seasons DVD Worksheet.
Students reviewed the seasons Chapter in State Science Book (pgs 23-28).
Honors Science
Students continued working on sound labs - Plucker UpParty Line, and King Gong.


10/18/16

Tuesday, October 18th

Science
Students completed the sound unit assessment today.
Honors Science

Students completed a sound vibration lab – Tuning Fork Observations. Using tuning forks, students observed vibrations, sound can travel through a solid, and the larger the tuning fork, the lower the pitch.a

10/17/16

Monday, October 17th

Science
We began the reason for the seasons unit with a lecture and students taking notes.
Honors Science
Student re-took the Heat - Conductors and Insulators Assessment.
Students completed a light refraction lab - It's Bent II. Students were given four fluids of differing thickness (water, cooking oil, shampoo, corn syrup) and had to determine if thickness of a fluid affected refraction.


10/15/16

Wednesday, October 12th

Science
Students completed two sound labs. The first was Straw SoundsStudents used a straw to make a kazoo. While blowing into the straw, students cut the straw to see how the length of the straw affects pitch. 
The second lab was Making a Bee HummerWatch the video below to see what they did.


Honors Science
Students completed the heat unit assessment.



10/14/16

Thursday, October 13th & Friday, October 14th

Thursday, October 13th
Science
Students listened to Pulse of the Planet sound podcast (Sounds – Sound AnalysisAnts & Caterpillars: SoundDwarf Minke Whales-Star Wars Sound, and BATS--Use of Sound). Students also completed a worksheet.
Honors Science
Students finished the Mars project – What Can We Learn From Images? (Images)

Friday, October 14th
Science
We are beginning our seasons unit (Why do we have Seasons?). Students completed the seasons unit pre-tests.
Honors Science
Students completed a light refraction lab - It's Bent I.


10/11/16

Tuesday, October 11th

Science
Students completed two sound labs. The first was Party Line.  Students connected cups and string to talk to each other.
The second lab was Sound Sandwich. Students made a sound sandwich, demonstrating sound and vibrations.


Students will be taking the sound assessment on Tuesday, October 19th. Students received the sound review sheet and study guide.
Honors Science
Students began learning how to analyze satellite images.  They began working on What Can We Learn From Images? (Images).

10/10/16

Monday, October 10th

Science
Students completed two sound labs. The first was Tuning Fork Observations.  Students used a tuning fork to demonstrate vibrations and that sound travels through a solid. The second was Plucker Up. Students used a cup with a hole in the bottom. They tied string around a paper clip and placed it in the cup so the string could be pulled tight. They plucked a string while moving their finger along the string to demonstrate sound pitch.
Honors Science
Student completed two light reflection labs. The first was It's a Reflection. Students used a laser pointer and a mirror to demonstrate the law of reflection. The second was Mirror-to-Mirror. They used two mirrors different distances apart and tilted to identify how distance between mirrors and tilt affects the number of reflection.


10/7/16

Friday, October 7th

Science
Students watched MythBusters Table Cloth Chaos and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science
Students completed two light and color labs. The first was Paddle Colors. Students combined different combinations of colors to see the color formed by the two colors.
The second was - Color Spinners. Students colored a wheel certain colors and twirled the wheel to see what happened when the colors were combined.


10/6/16

EarthKAM Photos

Here are examples of EarthKAM images requested by students.


Canyonlands National Park


Saudi Arabia near Al Duwadimi


Around Lake Mackay Northern Territory Australia

Thursday, October 6th

Science
Student completed the light unit assessments.
Honors Science
Student finished working with EarthKAM.


10/5/16

Wednesday, October 5th

Science
Today, we began the sound unit with a lecture and students taking notes.
Honors Science
Today, we began the light unit with a lecture and students taking notes.


10/4/16

Tuesday, October 4th

Science
Students completed two refraction labs. The first was It's Bent I. Student took four cups. One cup was filled with ¼ cup, ½ cup, ¾ cup, and 1 cup of water.  A straw was placed in each cup. Students were to determine if the amount of water in a cup affected light refraction.
The second lab was It's Bent II. Students placed oil, shampoo, corn syrup, and water in four different cups A straw was placed in each cup. Students were to determine if the thickness of a liquid affected light refraction.
Honors Science
Students continued working with EarthKAM.


10/3/16

Monday, October 3rd

Science
Students completed three light labs.  The first was a light reflection lab - Mirror-to-Mirror. Students changed mirror positions and distances to determine how many images were formed.
The second was a light refraction lab - The Incredible Reappearing Penny. Students poured water in a bowl with a penny.  The watched to see what happened as more water was poured into the bowl. This demonstrated the refraction (bending) of light.
The last light lab - See Through, demonstrated transparent, translucent, and opaque materials.
Honors Science
Students were given the opportunity to request images of Earth through the EarthKAM project. Students request images taken of features on Earth which will help them as they begin to learn how to analyze Mars images.


9/30/16

Friday, September 30th

Science
Students completed a light reflection lab - It's a Reflection. It was a two-part activity. The first demonstrated the law of reflection. They pointed a laser pointer at a given angle, hit a mirror, and measured the angle of the reflected light.  The second part had students using a hinged mirror. They placed both mirrors at a given angle and placed a ball in front.  They counted how many images were formed at each angle.
Students received the Light Unit Review and Study Guide. The light unit assessment is scheduled for Thursday, October 6th. The completed study guide is to be returned on Thursday.
Honors Science
Student completed a heat radiation lab - The Best Absorber. Students wrapped three test tubes, one in black paper, one in white paper, and one in aluminum foil.  They then shined a heat lamp on them for twenty minutes, determining which test tube absorbed the most heat.


9/29/16

Thursday, September 29th

Science
Students completed two light and color labs. The first was Filtering Light. Students looked at red, blue, and brown M&Ms using a red, blue, and color filter.  They saw how the filters allowed certain colors through and blocked others.
The other lab was Color Spinners. Students colored “disc” slices red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. When the disc was spun, they could see how the color was affected by spinning.
Honors Science
Students finished working on the Mars WebQuest.


9/28/16

Wednesday, September 28th

Science
Students completed two light & color labs. The first was How Does Primary-Colored Light Affect What You See? Students were given white, red, blue, and green paper. They observed the paper with red, blue, and green filters to see how the color of the paper was affected. The second lab was What Color Is It? Students were given five puff balls (red, green, blue, yellow, and violet). They observed them with red, green, blue, yellow, and violet filters to see how their color was affected by the filters.
Honors Science
Students completed a heat radiation lab - Heat Absorption Lab. Students took two dark-colored wash cloths.  They placed a thermometer in each. One was wash cloth was placed under a heat lamp and the other was not.  They measured temperatures every five minutes to see how the heat lamp affected heat absorption.


9/27/16

Monday, September 26th & Tuesday, September 27th

Monday, September 26th
In all classes, students completed completed Friday's assignments.

Tuesday, September 27th
Science
Students completed a light & color lab called Paddle Colors. Using colored paddles, students combined the colors to see what colors are made.
Honors Science
Continued working on the Mars WebQuest.


9/21/16

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday September 21, 22, & 23



Science
Students completed the Heat Vocabulary Assessment, Heat Transfer Assessment, and Heat Conductor and Insulator Assessment.

Honors Science

Students completed two convection labs - When Hot Meets Cold  and Water Wars. In hot meets cold, students place a jar of hot water colored red and a jar of cold water covered blue into a container of tap water.  Aluminum foil is placed on top of both.  When the jars are on their side, students punch holes in the foil.  The hot water goes to the top, the cold water falls to the bottom.
In Water Wars, students place clear hot and cold water in test tubes.  Hot colored water is dribbled in the tube with clear cold water.  Cold colored water is dribbled in the test tube with hot water.  Again, the hot water stays at the top and the cold water falls to the bottom.
I will be at a science teachers workshop dealing with the changes in the science core that take place next years over the next two days.  Here's what students will be doing the next two days.

Thursday
Science/Honors Science

Students will watch Bill Nye Light & Color/Light & Optics and complete a worksheet.

Friday

Science/Honors Science
Student will read sections in the light text and complete a worksheet.


9/19/16

Monday, September 19th

Science     
Students made Heat Posters, explaining conduction, convection, and radiation.
Honors Science
Students used the pizza box ovens made on Friday to make S'mores.


9/16/16

Friday, September 16th

Science
We finished our heat unit with a radiation lab - What is the Best Absorber? Students covered three test tubes – one with black paper, one with white paper, and one with aluminum foil.  They placed it in front of a heat lamp for twenty minutes. At the end of twenty minutes, they measured the temperature in each test tube to determine the best absorber.
On Wednesday, September 21st, students will take the heat unit assessment.  Students received a Heat review sheet and study guide to help them study for the test.
Yesterday, student received a Scientific Method review sheet and study guide.Scientific method review sheet and study guide. The assessment will be on Tuesday, September 20th.
Honors Science
Monday, the weather forecast is for temperatures in the 80’s.  Students made pizza box solar energy ovens. They will use them Monday.


9/15/16

Thursday, September 15th

Science
Students completed a heat radiation lab - Surface Color and Effect on Temperature Change. Students covered a Styrofoam cup with black construction paper and left the other white. They placed a cap on the cups and placed a thermometer to check the temperature of each cup. Students placed it in front of a heat lamp for twenty-five minutes.
Honors Science

Students began the Mars WebQuest.

9/14/16

Wednesday, September 14th

Science
Students completed two heat convection labs.
The first was When Hot Meets Cold. Students place two baby food jars, one filled with colored hot water, and the other filled with colored cold water. They place aluminum foil over the top. When it’s “lid” is punched, the hot water rises to the top and the cold water falls to the bottom.
The second was Water Wars. Students partially filled two test tubes with clear hot and cold water. They put hot colored water in the test tube with hot water and cold colored water in the test tube with hot water  They saw the hot water rose to the top and the cold war dropped to the bottom.
Honors Science
Students completed three heat labs.  The first was How Can You Have an Ice Cube Race. Students placed an ice cube in an empty cup and a cup with room temperature water.  They observed the ice cube in the water melted fastest because water is a conductor and air is an insulator.
The second lab was Conduction, Water, Balloon, and Candle. Students put a balloon in a candle flame.  It pops because air doesn’t conduct the heat from the balloon.  They did the same thing with a water balloon. The water conducted the heat away from the balloon and it did not pop. 
The final lab was a convection lab - Paper Spiral. Students cut a spiral out of paper and held it over a candle.  As the heat rose, the paper spiral began to twist, demonstrating hot air rises.
Honors Science
We began our Mars project today. Students watched Universe - The Red Planet and completed a worksheet.


9/13/16

Tuesday, September 13th

Science

Students completed three heat labs.  The first was How Can You Have an Ice Cube Race. Students placed an ice cube in an empty cup and a cup with room temperature water.  They observed the ice cube in the water melted fastest because water is a conductor and air is an insulator.
The second lab was Conduction, Water, Balloon, and Candle. Students put a balloon in a candle flame.  It pops because air doesn’t conduct the heat from the balloon.  They did the same thing with a water balloon. The water conducted the heat away from the balloon and it did not pop.
The final lab was a convection lab - Paper Spiral. Students cut a spiral out of paper and held it over a candle.  As the heat rose, the paper spiral began to twist, demonstrating hot air rises.
Honors Science
We began our Mars project today. Students watched Universe - The Red Planet and completed a worksheet.

9/12/16

Monday, September 12th

Students worked on the Heat Vocabulary Booklet (Data sheet). This is to be used to review unit vocabulary assessment at the end of the unit.


9/9/16

Friday, September 9th

Students completed a conduction lab – Who’s the Conductor? Students had five cups.  They were made out of glass, paper, Styrofoam, plastic, and metal. Before beginning the lab, students predicted which cup would be a good heat conductor, average heat conductor, or a poor heat conductor.  After making their prediction, students filled each cup with hot water.  They let it sit for ten minutes. They touched the cup and compared their results with their prediction.
After, students watched MythBusters – Penny Drop.  They looked at the myth could a penny throw a penny off the Empire State Building, could it kill a person.  (It can’t!)