Thursday, December 18th

Students made a Forward/Backward Phases BookThe book shows the position of the Earth, Moon, and Sun at each phase.  Students took them home to review.
Honors Science – Students completed a microorganisms worksheet - Perils at the Picnic. Students were given the situation of a picnic and had to identify the things that were done that could cause food contamination.  They began working on making Healthy PostersThere are four posters – a poster about the proper cooking and storing foods, a poster identifying how you catch diseases, a poster identifying the importance of handwashing, and a poster identifying when you need to wash your hands.


Wednesday, December 17th

Students worked on a phases of the Moon worksheet, December Calendar 2014.  Using a calendar showing the Moon phase for each day in December, students completed the worksheet.
Honors Science – Student took a microorganisms quiz. They also completed a History of Microorganisms Timeline as a follow-up to yesterday’s lecture.


Tuesday, December 16th

Students completed two phases of the Moon worksheets.  The first, Identify Phases of the Moon Worksheet VI, had students identify Moon phases based on the position of the Moon, Sun, and Earth. Students also graphed how long each Moon phase lasts.
Honors Science – Students checked their molding bread and agar plates with the antibiotic discs.  They took notes during the History of Microorganisms lecture.  The lecture identified key scientists that helped us better understand microbes.


Monday, December 15th

All 6th grade students went on a field trip to the Clark Planetarium.  Students explored the exhibits, saw the Space on a Sphere, and a star show about reason for the seasons and constellations.


Wednesday, December 10th

Students worked on phases of the Moon worksheets.  The three worksheets (Identify Phases of the Moon, Identify Phases of the Moon I, and Matching Moon Phases) showing pictures and giving descriptions of each phase.
Honors Science – Students read two articles, People Don’t Wash their What and 7 Gross Things That Could Be on Your Toothbrush and completed a worksheet.


Tuesday, December 9th

I was at SmartBoard training at the District Office today, so there was a substitute in class.  Students read and completed a phases of the Moon assignment in the textbook.
Honor’s Science Students read and completed a microorganisms assignment in the textbook.


Monday, December 8th

We began our phases of the Moon unit today.  Students took notes during the lecture.  Students also began watching Bill Nye - Moon.
Honors Science – Students watched three microorganisms DVDs - Eye of the Cyclops - Protozoans; Fungi; Bill Nye - Germs.


NASA Successfully Completes First Test Flight of Orion

Friday, December 5th

We finished our space exploration unit today.  Students took the unit final assessment.
Honors Science – Students completed the Spice Up Your Life lab.  They observed their results and shared them with the class.  They observed live protozoan samples.


Thursday, December 4th

We finished up our space exploration unit today.  Students read an article about the discovery of the first asteroid, It Was a Dark and Starry NightThe also read an article about why, after the first five were discovered, over 40 years passed before others were found, What Can You See With a Telescope?
Honors Science – Students began a microorganisms lab - Spice Up Your Life. The purpose of the lab is to see how different spices affect the growth of bacteria.  The rest of the class students observed live protozoan samples.


Wednesday, December 3rd

Students watched MythBusters - Moon Landing. They investigated claims that the Moon landing was faked.  Students also completed a DVD worksheet.
Honors Science – Students continued looking at prepared microbe slides and completed a worksheet.  As a part of the worksheet, students were required to draw a picture showing what they have seen.


Tuesday, December 2nd

We discussed the difference between a reflecting and refracting telescope.  Students read a handout and completed a Telescope Graphic Organizer. Students read two issues of the Star Witness News (Hubble's One-Millionth Observation and Hubble's 100,000th Orbit ) and completed a worksheet for each issue (One-Millionth Observation worksheet and  Hubble's 100,000th Orbit worksheet.)
Honors Science – Students began observing prepared microbe slides and completed a worksheet.


Monday, December 1st

We began our space exploration unit today with an introduction.
Honors Science – Students began a microorganisms lab - What Is Growing on my Bread?  Each group was given four slices of bread.  They patted one slice with their hands; they wiped one slice on the flood; on students licked both sides of the slice; nothing was done with the fourth slice.  They were placed in bags and put in a dark container.  They will observe them periodically over the next two weeks.  The also completed an activity - What's Wrong With Allison?  Students were told Allison is sick.  Through asking questions and reviewing disease symptoms, they determine what’s wrong with Allison.


Tuesday, November 25th

We finished the size and scale of the universe unit today.  Student took the size and scale of the Universe unit final assessment.
Honors Science – Students watched MythBusters - Hidden Nasties.


Monday, November 24th

Tomorrow students will be taking the size and scale unit assessment.  We reviewed for the test with a quick overview of what was learned (review).  Students also watched Galaxies and the Expanding Universe.
Honors Science – Students conducted a microorganisms lab - How Sugar Affects YeastStudents grew yeast in one flask that had sugar and one that had no sugar and compared their results.


Thursday, November 20th

Students read a Read Student Background Information on size and scale and completed a worksheet. They also completed a worksheet – Complete Extraterrestrial ExcursionsStudents calculated how long, traveling a 25,000 mph, it would take to travel to various Solar System locations.
Honors Science – Students completed a microorganisms lab - A Yeastly FeastStudents gave yeast eight different foods and recorded how the yeast grew.


Wednesday, November 19th

Students completed a size and scale activity - How Big, How Far, How Old(cards)  Students were given cards with astronomical pictures.  They were told to take seven cards and determine the order of distance from nearest to farthest; they took seven different cards and had to determine size from smallest to largest; they took seven different cards and had to determine age from newest to oldest.
Honors Science – Students did two microorganisms activities.  The first was the Microbe Mystery BoxEach box contained different foods.  Students had to identify which microorganism helped to make the food.  The second was How Does Temperature Affect the Growth of Yeast?  Students grew yeast in two different containers with water and different temperatures, one hot and the other cold.  They determined how the temperature affect the growth of yeast.


Tuesday, November 18th

We began today with a size and scale of the Solar System Quiz.  Students made a Galaxy Venn Diagram using fact sheet.  Using the same fact sheet, students made a galaxy layered book.  They took the book home to study before the unit final exam.
Honors Science – Students worked on a website, the Microbe Zoo and completed a worksheet.


Friday, November 14th

Students completed a Solar System size and scale activity – Solar System on a BeadStudents, using a piece of string and a bead for each planet, made a scale model of the Solar System showing how far apart the planets are.
Honors Science – Students took a microorganisms quiz.  They also completed two worksheets.  The first, Microorganisms Overview gave students a look at what characteristics an organism must have to be alive.  The second, Microorganisms Group Characteristics introduced them to bacteria, fungi, and protozoans.


Thursday, November 13th

Students completed the Solar System scale activity - Solar System by Halves. Students took a strip of adding machine tape and, following instructions, folded parts of the tape in half and placed a planet sticker at the correct spot.  When done, they have a model of the Solar System showing how far apart the planets are.  They also completed a scale of the universe worksheet - Know Your Galactic AddressThey put together their galactic address beginning with the seat in the classroom and ending with our galactic supercluster. 
Honors Science – We finished the Microorganisms Lecture.


Wednesday, November 12th

There wasn’t enough time yesterday to finish the Stars, Light Years, and the Milky Way DVD.  We finished it today.  We began a Solar System Scale activity - Solar System by Halves.
Honors Science – We continued the Microorganisms Lecture.


Tuesday, November 11th

I spent the day at the District Office in SmartBoard training.  The substitute showed two DVDs – Cosmic Voyage and Stars, Light Years, and the Milky Way. 
Honors Science – Students watched Understanding Bacteria.

Monday, November 10th

We began our size and scale of the universe unit today.  There was the introductory Size and Scale Lecture. Then student watched Bill Nye – Outer Space.

Honors Science – We began our microorganisms unit with the Microorganisms Lecture.


Wednesday, November 5th

Students completed a gravity lab – Staying Up While Falling DownThis lab activity demonstrated why planets closer to the Sun move faster and those farther away move slower. They worked on the Gravity Explorations. Students determined their weight on other worlds.
Honors Science – We reviewed for the Seasons end-of-unit assessment.


Tuesday, November 4th

Students completed two gravity labs.  The first, Attraction of Objects of Different Masses in Space. Students were given magnets with different pulls.  They moved the magnet towards a metal ball and recorded how close it was when it pulled the ball.  The more powerful the magnet, the farther away it would attract the ball.  The second, Orbital Period: Time of RevolutionStudents twirled a washer on a string of different lengths.  The shorter the length, the faster it moved.  The longer the length, the slower it moved.  This demonstrated why planets close to the Sun revolve so fast and those farther away revolve slower.
Honors Science – Students completed the Making a Sun Clock.  They made a Sun clock and observed it over a half-hour.  Students completed a seasons review worksheet – Reasons for the Seasons.


Monday, November 3rd

Students completed two gravity labs today.  Both labs were similar to Galileo’s experiment throwing two different objects with different weights.  The first was Gravity on Earth. Students dropped five balls of different sizes.  They timed how long it took each ball to hit the ground.  The second lab was Free Falling. Students dropped four film canisters with one, two, three, and four washers in the canisters.  They compared how long it took each canister to hit the ground.
Honors Science – Students had a seasons quiz. They completed a seasons review worksheet What Do You Know?


Thursday, October 30th

Students watched Science Court - Gravity and completed a DVD worksheet.  Students then read a gravity article and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science – Students completed a worksheet - Light and Latitude Across Continents (data sheet).  They received a data sheet with two unknown cities and they had to determine whether the city was in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.  They used sunrise data throughout the year to determine the location of the city.


Wednesday, October 29th

Students watched Bill Nye - Gravity and completed a DVD worksheet. They began watching Science Court - Gravity.
Honors Science – Students completed a seasons lab – The Shadow KnowsStudents shined a flashlight and three angles and measured the length of a piece of straw at each angle.  They also completed a seasons worksheet – Sunrise, Sunset. This worksheet looked at the change in daylight hours throughout the year in Salt Lake City.


Tuesday, October 28th

Students took two pre-tests today.  The first was the seasons unit pre-test.  Then, they took the gravity unit pre-test.  Once those were finished, students received the gravity unit lecture and notes.
Honors Science – Students completed a seasons lab - Tracking the Movement of Shadows Over TimeA straw was placed upright outside.  Students measured the angle of the shadow every five minutes for 30 minutes.


Monday, October 27th

Today the Clark Planetarium’s AstroVan was at our school.  Students learned about why the Moon has phases throughout the month.  They also learned about the size and scale of the universe.


Friday, October 24th

We completed the asteroids, comets, and meteors unit today.  Students took the unit final assessment.  Tuesday we will begin the gravity unit.
Honors Science – Students completed two seasons lab, Why Is Summer Hot?  and Catching Some Rays. Both labs had to be done outside, and today was a perfect day for the labs.  Both labs consisted of students placing thermometers at different angles and comparing temperatures. 


Thursday, October 23rd

Tomorrow students will be taking the asteroids, comets, and meteors unit final assessment.  Today, we reviewed.  First, students read and highlighted information on pgs. 48-49 of the 6th Grade Science Guide.  Then, students watched a number of short video clips to reinforce concepts: How Are Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors Different,  A Shooting Star, Asteroid Closely Passes Earth, Asteroid Collision, How a Comet’s Coma Forms, Meteor Showers, and the Geminid Meteor Shower.
Honors Science – Students completed two seasons labs.  Both showed how the sun’s angle affects whether we get direct or indirect sunlight.  The labs were:   Sun's Height Above the Horizon and Seasons Four Times a Year.


Wednesday, October 22nd

We began class with an Asteroid, Comet, and Meteor Quiz.  Students then read an article, Cool, Curious Comet.  They completed a worksheet.
Honors Science – Students completed a seasons lab – Why Angle Changes IntensityStudents shined a flashlight at four different angles and determined how much of the graph paper was covered.  This demonstrated how the larger the angle, the smaller area covered by the light.  The smaller the angle, the larger area covered by the light.  This demonstrated direct and indirect sunlight.


Tuesday, October 21st

Student made a three-layer review book.  One define meteoroid, meteor, and meteorite.  The second identified the parts of a comet.  We will be taking the end of unit test on Friday.
Honors Science – Students completed a size and scale of the Solar System activity – Distance Between the PlanetsUsing sheets of toilet paper, they laid out the position of each planet based on its distance from the Sun.


Wednesday, October 15th

Today we began with an asteroid, comet, meteor review quiz.  Students then completed a reading and a worksheet comparing comets and asteroids (Comets vs. Asteroids).
Honors Science – We began the seasons unit with the seasons lecture and notes.


Tuesday, October 14th

I was at SmartBoard training at the District Office today.  The substitute showed students Ride the Comet DVD and completed a DVD worksheet.


Monday, October 13th

Students read an article, The Adventure is Waiting. They completed a worksheet as well.
Honors Science – Each group was assigned an observatory (both on Earth and in space).  They were given information about the observatory and they put together a presentation for the class on their assigned observatory.


Wednesday, October 8th; Thursday, October 9th; Friday, October 10th

Here’s what we’ve done over the last three days.


Students watched Bill Nye – Comets and Asteroids and completed a DVD worksheet
Honors Science – Student completed a heat lab – Surface Color and Effect on Temperature Change. Students take two cups, one white and one covered with black paper.  They shine a heat lamp on the two cups for 25 minutes and record temperatures.  This activity is a demonstration of heat transfer by radiation.


Students read an article, Comets Myths, Facts, and Legends and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science – Review activities for the heat unit assessment.


Students completed a meteor lab – Meteorites and Meteorwrongs. Students are given four rocks and conduct tests to determine which rock was the meteorite.
Honors Science – Students completed the heat unit assessment.


Tuesday, October 7th

Today, students took a short Asteroid, Comet, and Meteor quiz. After the quiz, they completed the Meteor/Comet Worksheet - Falling Star. This consisted of reading an article about meteors and comets and then completing a worksheet.
Honors Science – Students did an electromagnetic spectrum Reading and WorksheetThey completed an electromagnetic lab – Wavelength and Energy. In this activity, students shook a rope simulating the amount of energy behind the waves and recorded their observations.


Monday, October 6th

Today we began our asteroids, comets, and meteors unit with the introductory lecture.  Students took notes and completed a comets graphic organizer.
Honors Science – Students had the electromagnetic radiation lecture (notes). We also began watching Bill Nye Waves.


Friday, October 3rd

We completed the Planet unit today.  Students took the unit final assessment.
Honors Science – Students complete a radiation lab Best AbsorberStudents used the same three test tubes from best emitter.  This time they put them in a test tube holder, and using a heat lamp, shined the heat on the test tubes for 20 minutes.  They had to determine which test tube absorbed heat the best.


Thursday, October 2nd

We completed the review for the test tomorrow.  Student read and article and completed a worksheet about Venus and Uranus – Venus and Uranus - the Strange TwinsThis article discusses why Venus is upside down and rotates backwards and Uranus is on its side and also rotates backwards.  Student completed a Solar System worksheet - Problem Solving - The Solar System.
Honors Science – Students completed a radiation lab, Best Emitter. Student covered three test tubes with white paper, black paper, and aluminum foil.  They filled them with hot water and placed stoppers in the test tube.  They let them sit for twenty minutes.  They checked their temperature at ten and twenty minutes.  The test tube with the lowest temperature best emitted heat energy.


Wednesday, October 1st

Students continued completing Solar System review assignments.  They worked on a second Solar System Data Sheet worksheet (data sheet). Once again, they were given facts and had to use the data sheet to identify the correct planet.  They were also given a series of riddles and identified the correct planet (Solar System Riddles).
Honors Science – Students did two heat convection labs.  The first, When Hot Meets Cold, demonstrated convection using two baby food jars, one filled with hot water and one filled with cold water.  They were placed in a container filled with room temperature water.  They punched a hole through an aluminum foil cover and watched how hot water rose to the top and cold water fell to the bottom.  The second lab, Water Wars demonstrated convection using test tubes.  Two test tubes were partially filled with hot and cold water.  Hot and cold water was dribbled into the opposite test tube and students observed how hot water in cold water rose to the top and cold water in hot water dropped to the bottom.


Tuesday, September 30th

Students completed a Solar System vocabulary quiz. Students completed a Solar System Data worksheet as a review activity.  Students had to use the Solar System Data Sheet to find the answers on the worksheet.  We also watch The Sun and the Inner Planets (the video below is similar to the one watched in class).
Honors Science – Students completed two insulation labs.  The first was Keeping Cool (Keeping Cool worksheet). Students took four pop cans, filled it with cold water, placed the can in four cups.  Three of the cups had insulation (packing peanuts, tissue paper, and bubble wrap).  The fourth cup had no insulation.  Students had to determine the best insulator.  The second lab was Chill Out.  Students placed bubble wrap around one cup and used another cup with no insulation.  They had to determine how effective air is as an insulator.


Monday, September 29th

Students will be taking the Planets end of unit test on Friday.  This week we will be reviewing, preparing students for the test.  Today students worked on the Can You Planet worksheet.  Students had to classify planets based on information given on the worksheet.
Honors Science – There was a presentation about Newton's First Law of Motion. It basically states an object at rest remains at rest and an object in motion will remain in motion, in a straight line, unless acted upon by another force.  Students also completed a lab activity - Move It, Sir Isaac.


Friday, September 26th

We reviewed the characteristics of inner and outer planets. Students were then given two criss-cross puzzle as well as a word search using the unit vocabulary.
Honors Science – It was a much calmer day today!  Students completed two conduction labs – Water, Balloon, and Candle and Why Do Plastic and Metal Beads Feel Different.  In the first activity, students filled a balloon with water and held it in a candle flame.  Instead of bursting, nothing happens to the balloon.  What occurs is the heat is conducted away from the rubber on the balloon and into the water.  It never gets hot enough to burst the balloon.  In the second activities, students put a cup with copper beads and a cup with plastic beads in the refrigerator for twenty minutes.  They should have found the copper beads were colder.


Thursday, September 25th

We’re at the point in the Solar System unit that I need to know which students will need interventions to help them better understand the unit concepts.  To do this, I gave a quiz.  Students who scored below a 3-level proficiency will be brought in during SOAR time to review the concepts they need to understand.  We also discussed the concepts of rotation and revolution.  Students need to understand these concepts for not only the Solar System unit, but also the Phases of the Moon and Seasons units.
Honors Science – We had an interesting day today!  The alcohol lamps did not work on Tuesday when we tried them for the Who's the Conductor, the Sequel lab activity.  I decided to try the activity again, using small butane torches.  

I have used these before, so I had no concerns.  Instead of a lab activity, one of the butane torches apparently sprung a leak and the butane spewed out, catching the torch on fire.  The first was quickly put out, and no one was hurt.  I told them they learned that science is not always boring!  Now we’ll have to come up with a plan C for the activity!


Tuesday, September 23rd

Vocabulary is an important part of science.  Students need to understand the vocabulary being used in both the class, activities, and SAGE testing.  Today, students made a Solar System Vocabulary Graphic OrganizerThe completed graphic organizer was glued in the science workbook.
Honors Science – Students were scheduled to complete two heat conduction labs.  The first was Who's the Conductor?  Students placed hot water into a plastic, glass, paper, and Styrofoam cups.  They also placed hot water in an empty soup can.  After five minutes, they touched the side of each container to determine which were heat conductors and which were insulators.
Heat Lab (Conduction) - Who's the Conductor, the SequelStudents were supposed to heat up water and place five rods of different materials in the hot water.  Unfortunately, the alcohol lamp heaters did not work properly.  We will have to re-do the lab activity at a later date.


Monday, September 22nd

Students continued working in their workbooks.  Student working in Workbook II worked on the following assignments:  Wish You Were HerePlanet Wanted Poster, and Solar System Trading Cards, To complete the first assignment, students, using a 4x6 index card, designed a postcard that gave information about a planet; to complete the second assignment, students made a wanted poster for a planet they select.  They draw a picture of the planet and provide information about that planet.  For the final assignment, students make a trading card for each of the planets.  Student working in Workbook  III worked on the following assignments:  History of Saturn Discovery (cards) and Saturn System Scavenger Hunt (support material).  For the first assignment, student were given cards with scientists or space probes that have added to our knowledge about Saturn.   The assignment required the student to match the accomplishment to the scientist.  To complete the second assignment, students used supporting material to determine facts about the Saturn system.
Honors Science – Students completed a constellations assignment.  Students were given a fact sheet about five constellations (Aquila, the eagle; Cygnus the swan; Lyra the lyre; Ursa Major, the big bear (big dipper); Ursa Minor, the little bear (little dipper).  Using the fact sheet, students completed a worksheet. A quiz was given to the students after completing the assignment.


Friday, September 19th

Students watched Traveler’s Guide to the Planets – Jupiter and completed a DVD worksheet.
Honors Science – Students received the Heat lecture and took notes during the lecture.


Thursday, September 18th

Today students watched the DVD Traveler's Guide to the Planets and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science – Students finished their Seasons Graphic Organizers. (Notes)


Wednesday, September 17th

Students continued working on the Planets Workbook assignments – Workbook I - pgs. 4-13; Workbook II - pgs. 5-10; Workbook III - pgs. 5-10 (Star Witness News - Mars Up Close and PersonalStar Witness News - No Spring Picnic on Neptune).
Honors Science – Students worked on making Seasons Graphic Organizers. (Notes)


Tuesday, September 16th

Students began working on their Solar System workbooks.  Student who are working in Workbook I pre-tested at low proficiency.  The assignments are more basic, giving them the basics they need to improve their proficiency; students who are working in Workbook II pre-tested at mid proficiency.  The assignments are more advanced, requiring most of the basic knowledge required for the unit.  Students who are working on Workbook III pre-tested a full proficiency.  The assignments in the workbook require higher level thinking and analysis, requiring students to apply their current knowledge.  To begin, all students read Kids Discover Magazine Planets and completed a worksheet (workbook pgs. 1-4). Students working in Workbook II and III completed the Classifying the Planets worksheet (pgs. 4-5 in Workbook II & III).  This assignment gave them three different categories to use to classify the planets.
Honors Science – Students made models demonstrating Earth's rotation and Earth's revolution around the Sun. They also watched Bill Nye - Earth's Seasons.


Monday, September 15th

In science, students were given the Grade Six Science book.  This is a workbook that has been put together by the State Science curriculum specialists.  This book was purchased using 6th grade student fees paid this year.  This is each student’s book.  They will use it for reading, identifying key vocabulary, and taking notes as we go along.
Students watched Traveler's Guide to the Planets - Venus & Mercury and completed a DVD worksheet.

Honors Science – Students began learning about why we have seasons.  They watched Science Court - Seasons.  They completed a seasons lab - Demonstrating Earth's Movement Around the SunThis activity showed how the position of the Earth and Sun affected heat energy we receive from the Sun.


Friday, September 12th

We finished the scientific method unit today.  Students took the unit final assessment.
In science, we began our Solar System unit.  Students watched How the Solar System Works and completed a worksheet.
The honors science class began the heat unit.  Students watched Bill Nye – Heat.


Thursday, September 11th

Today we finished up the scientific method unit’s lab activities.  Student completed a lab, Gobstoppers Student filled a plate with water and placed four different gobstoppers in the water.  They observed it for twenty minutes.  Students saw that, as the Gobstopper dissolved, the colored water formed a triangle-shape, leaving four triangle-shaped areas in the water.  They also saw that the color of the Gobstoppers changed over time.
The final lab was the Cookie Lab. Students were given three different brands of chocolate chip cookies.  They were to weigh and measure the cookies.  They also had a series of characteristics they used to classify the cookie (on a 1 to 3 rating).  They then were given the brand of cookie and the cost.  Using their data, they determine which cookies is the best bargain.


Wednesday, September 10th

Students completed a scientific method lab today – Racing Against FrictionStudents took a Hot Wheels car and ran it down a cardboard track.  There were four tracks; one was made of felt, one was made of construction paper, one was made of coarse sandpaper, and one track with nothing.  They timed how long it took the car to finish each track (3 times).  Using that information, they determined which track allowed the car to travel the fastest.


Tuesday, September 9th

Today the class had a substitute teacher.  I spent the day at the District Office in SmartBoard training.  Students watched an excellent DVD about moons in the Solar System, 95 Worlds and Counting.  They also completed a worksheet while watching the DVD.



Monday, September 8th

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Hours worked on a scientific method lab - Marshmallow Puff Tube. The three classes made a mess and had problems cleaning it up.  Because of the time I had to spend cleaning up during my prep hour, I decided to stop doing the activity.  5th & 6th Hours watched - MythBusters - Helium Football.


Friday, September 5th

In preparation for the scientific method final assessment, students completed a Tables and Graphing quiz. The look of this quiz is similar to the final assessment.  This helps prepare students for the test.
Students completed a Solar System pre-test. This year, the District is having teachers develop SLOs (student learning objectives).  I have personally selected the Solar System unit as the one I will develop SLOs for.  It begins with outlining the major concepts.  For this unit, they are:
  • Explain characteristics of the planets in the Solar System.
  • Explain characteristics of comets, meteors (meteoroids and meteorites as well), and asteroids.

Based on the results of the quiz, I categorized student scores into three groups:  proficient, mid-proficiency, and low-proficiency.  The ultimate goal is to raise proficiency in the two concepts to a class level of 80%. 
Students completed the last two graphing assignments: Nova Scotia Guide worksheet and Summer Olympics worksheet.  On Monday, we will begin our scientific method experiments.


Thursday, September 4th

Students watched MythBusters – Confederate Rocket.  The MythBusters tested a myth the Confederate Army launched a rocket almost four miles at ships.  Students completed a DVD worksheet


Tuesday, September 2nd and Wednesday, September 3rd

Tuesday, students worked on two graphing worksheets.  The first was Going for the Gold, Using a table, students answer questions about Olympic medals awarded to different countries.
They also completed A Look at the Planets worksheet.  Using a table with data about the planets, students answered questions about the planets.
Students began working on How Does Your Garden Grow and Ice Cream Sales worksheets.  The first worksheet, How Does Your Garden Grow, gave students numbers of plants planted.  Using the table, students had to determine how many of each type of plant was planted, which colors, etc.  The Ice Cream Sales worksheet listed different types of ice cream sold on three different days.  As with the Garden Grow worksheet, students had to add and subtract data to answer the questions.

Wednesday, students began with a Scientific Method Quiz. I will use the results to identify areas where students need some re-teaching of concepts.  They completed the How Does Your Garden Grow and the Ice Cream Sales worksheets. Students began working on Nova Scotia Guide and Summer Olympics worksheets.


Friday, August 29th

Students worked on two scientific method assignments.  The first dealt with the difference between an observation and an inference.  An observation is something you actually see.  An inference is when you come to a conclusion without all the facts based on your experiences.  Using two pictures of a Dinosaur Scene and they determined if statements were examples of an observation or and inference.
They second worksheet dealt with quantitative and qualitative observations.  A quantitative observation is one that can be measured (length, width, distance, age, etc.).  A qualitative observation is more like an opinion (that smells nice, I don’t like pizza, etc.).  They completed a Quantitative and Qualitative Observations worksheet identifying which of ten statements are quantitative or qualitative statements.


Thursday, August 28th

Students worked on two scientific method worksheets, Introduction to the Scientific Method and Can You Spot the Scientific Method (click here for a copy of the assignments).

The first worksheet gives students an example of a scientific experiment and they answer six questions about the example.

The second assignment gives students a statement and they determine which part of the scientific method is represented by that statement.


Wednesday, August 27th

Today, students watched a lab equipment safety DVD and completed a video worksheet.


Tuesday, August 26th

Welcome back to school!

Today was a quiet day.  I reviewed class rules and information about how things work in my classroom.  Student received the disclosure statement.  We also began discussing the scientific method.


Friday, May 30th

Today was the last day of school.  I'll be back the end of August.


Thursday, May 29th

Students watched MythBusters - Green Hornet Special.  Today classes were shorter because of an award assembly in the afternoon.
Honors Science - Students launched their bottle rockets with the eggs.  Students had mixed success with their eggs.


Tuesday, May 27th & Wednesday, May 28th

Yesterday, students watched The Universe - Ride the   Comet and completed a DVD worksheet.  Today they watched Mythbusters – Ancient Death Ray.
Honors Science – The last two days, students having been building another bottle rocket.  Their assignment is to launch their rocket carrying an egg and recover the egg without it being broken.  Most finished their rockets today.  We will launch tomorrow.


Friday, May 23rd

Today students watched 95 Worlds and Counting and completed a DVD worksheet.  This is a new worksheet I put together to better emphasize topics we study in our Solar System unit.
Honors Science – Students successfully launched bottle rockets.


Thursday, May 22nd

Students finished the graphing activities started yesterday.  They also took a graphing quiz.
Honors Science – Students began working on their bottle rockets.


Wednesday, May 21st

Today we completed three graphing activities, Sleepy Habits, Movie attendance, and World Population.  There were three different graphs:  a line graph, a bar graph, and a pie chart.


Tuesday, May 20th

Today we did graphing activities.  We started with a short lecture and notes.  Then students worked on two activities.  The first activity consisted of looking at two tables and answering questions about the table.  The second activity consisted of answering questions about one table and one line graph.


Friday, May 16th

Today, students looked at prepared slides of protozoans, fungi, algae, and bacteria.  Their assignment was to draw a picture of what they saw through the microscope and write a description of what they saw.


Thursday, May 15th

We began working with microscopes.  Students completed Identifying Mystery SlidesStudents were given four slides, observed them, and determined what they were.  The first slide was table salt.  The second slide was white sugar.  The third slide was sand.  The fourth slide was a piece of meteorite.
Honors Science – We finished Pizza Box Solar Oven activities.  Students made hot dogs and biscuits.  The hot dogs warmed up but we didn’t have enough time to fully bake the biscuits. 


Tuesday, May 13th

Students did a microorganisms activity, What's Wrong With Allison? (click here and go to page 42 for more information).  Students are given some facts about Allison and, using a symptoms table and a series of questions, they identify Allison’s illness.
Honors Science – Students made s’mores in their Pizza Box Solar Ovens.


Monday, May 12th

Students worked the Attackers & Defenders Crossword puzzle (see pg. 41 - clues).  This is a microorganisms activity.
Honors Science – Students made Pizza Box Solar Ovens.


Thursday, May 8th

Today students had a day off.  They earned it by working hard over the last month to six weeks preparing for SAGE testing.


Tuesday, May 6th & Wednesday, May 7th

Students completed the required SAGE testing.


Monday, May 5th

Today was the final review for the SAGE test tomorrow and Wednesday.  We went through three PowerPoint games, Deal or No Deal, Jeopardy and Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader.


Friday, May 2nd

We reviewed for the SAGE test on Tuesday.  We watched Bill Nye - Comets and Meteors and completed a worksheet and Science Court - Seasons and completed a worksheet.


Thursday, May 1st

Today, students completed a sound worksheet - Animal Challenge. Students hear sound made by six different animals.  They had to determine if the animal was large or small based on the pitch and identify if the pitch was high or low.  The sound lab was Plucker UpStudents placed a string at the bottom of a cup.  It’s held in by tying the string around a paper clip.  They pluck the string and adjust the string’s length using their fingers.  The final sound lab was Party LineThis was the old telephone game.  Students connect three or more cups and talk over them. 
These activities demonstrated vibrations and pitch.


Wednesday, April 30th

Today, all five classes completed sound labs.  The first was Tuning Fork Observations Students compared two different sized tuning forks (the larger one had the lower pitch; the smaller one had the higher pitch).  The placed a tuning fork on their desks and placed their ear on the desk.  They were able to hear the tuning fork through the solid desk.  The final activity was to place the tuning fork in water.  The next lab was Straw SoundsStudents made kazoos using straws.  This demonstrates vibration and sound.  The final lab was Making a Bee Hummer (click here for more information).


Tuesday, April 29th

We began our final unit today, the principles of sound.  We began with the sound lecture. Students watched What is Sound and completed a worksheet.
Honor's Science - Students completed two refraction labs.  The first was The Incredible Reappearing PennyStudent place a penny in a bowl.  They move to a position where they can’t see the penny.  Water is slowly poured into the bowl, and, through refraction, the penny reappears.  The other refraction lab was It's Bent.  This is a two-part activity.  The first part explores the question Does the amount of water affect refraction?  Students fill four cups with different amounts of water, place a straw in each cup, and observe the results.  The other part explored the question Does the thickness of the liquid affect refraction?  Students have a cup full of water, cooking oil, shampoo, and corn syrup.  A straw is placed in each cup and students observe the result.


Monday, April 28th

Student completed two refraction labs.  The first was The Incredible Reappearing PennyStudent place a penny in a bowl.  They move to a position where they can’t see the penny.  Water is slowly poured into the bowl, and, through refraction, the penny reappears.  The other refraction lab was It's Bent.  This is a two-part activity.  The first part explores the question Does the amount of water affect refraction?  Students fill four cups with different amounts of water, place a straw in each cup, and observe the results.  The other part explored the question Does the thickness of the liquid affect refraction?  Students have a cup full of water, cooking oil, shampoo, and corn syrup.  A straw is placed in each cup and students observe the result.
Honor's Science – Students completed two reflection labs.  The first was It's a ReflectionUsing a protractor, mirror, and laser pointer, students shine the laser at different angles.  This demonstrates that the angles are equal.  The other was Experimenting With ReflectionStudents set up a target.  They then take three mirrors and bounce the laser off the three mirrors to hit the target.  Then, two groups got together and repeated the process, only they had to use six mirrors.


Friday, April 25th

Students completed light labs today.  The first was It's a Reflection. Using a protractor, mirror, and laser pointer, students bounced the laser off a mirror at different angles.  The laser would bounce off at the same angle.  This demonstrates the law of reflection The second lab was Experimenting with ReflectionStudents set up a target and arrange three mirrors in a way they can bounce the laser off each mirror and hit the target.  The final lab was Why is the Sky Blue. Students placed twelve drops of milk in a jar of water.  They shine a flashlight through it.  The light in the water takes on a bluish tint.  This demonstrates how the sky is blue because blue light is reflected off of molecules and particles in the atmosphere.
Honors Science – Students completed light labs.  The first was Paddle Colors. They took colored paddles, put two together, and shined light through them.  They identified the color the two paddles made.  The next lab was Adding ColorsStudents combined the three primary colors of light (red, blue, and green) to see what colors they form.  The final lab was Primary ColorsStudents shined (one at a time) white, red, blue, and green light on red, blue, green, and white construction paper to see what colors were produced.


Wednesday, April 23rd & Thursday, April 24th

Wednesday, students began working on a light worksheet - Decoding Secret MessagesStudents color pictures based on a color key.  Then, using a red and green filter, they “decode” the word or picture.  Students finished the assignment today.  Students also watched Bill Nye – Light & Optics.
Honor's Science – Wednesday, students completed two convection labs – Foiled Again and When Hot Meets ColdFoiled again had students make a paper spiral and attached it to a stick.  They lit a candle and held the spiral over the flame.  Rising hot air makes the spiral turn.  When hot meets cold demonstrated that, in tap water, hot water rises and cold-water falls to the bottom.  Students see this using colored water – red for hot and blue for cold.  Today, students completed a Conduction/Convection Quiz. We had the Light Lecture and students watched Bill Nye - Light & Color.


Tuesday, April 22nd

Students worked on light labs.  The first was Adding Colors. Students combine red light with green light and blue light and see the results.  The second lab was Primary ColorsStudents shine white light, red light, blue light, and green light on a white sheet of paper, a blue sheet of paper, a green sheet of paper, and a red sheet of paper and see the results.  They began Decoding Secret Messages. Students color five pictures according to a key.  After they are done, they will use a red and green filter to identify the word or picture.
Honor's Science – Students worked on heat labs.  The first was the Ice Cube RaceStudents placed an ice cube in an empty cup and a cup with room temperature water to see which melts first.  (The ice cube in the water does because water is a conductor and air is an insulator.)  The next lab was the Water Balloon and Candle. Students place a water balloon in a candle flame and observe what happens.  (Water conducts the heat from the rubber balloon, so the balloon does not pop.)  The final lab was Who's the Conductor. Students place warm water in a metal can, Styrofoam cup, paper cup, plastic cup, and glass cup.  They identify which were conductors and which were insulators.


Monday, April 21st

Students watched Bill Nye – Light & Color and completed a DVD worksheet.  They also took a short principles of light quiz.
Students completed a light & color lab - Paddle Color.  Using six different colored paddles, they held two together and shined a light through them.  They recorded the color they saw.  They did this for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Honor's Science – We began the heat unit with the Heat lecture. After the lecture, students watched Bill Nye - Heat.

Bill Nye - Light and Color

Bill Nye - Heat
Eureka - Conduction
Eureka - Convection
Eureka - Radiation


Thursday, April 17th

We completed the heat unit today.  Students took the heat unit assessment.  Tomorrow, we begin our light unit.
Honors Science – Today we had the Great Utah ShakeOut. We simulated an earthquake and what we would do if there was an earthquake.  This took up about half the class time.  That meant we did not have time for students to take the microorganisms unit assessment.  We will take that tomorrow.  For the remainder of the time, we watched Mythbusters.


Tuesday, April 15th & Wednesday, April 16th

Tuesday, students completed an activity that demonstrates the movement of heat goes from the hot object to the colder object ( Where is Heat Coming From and Where is It Going?).  They reviewed heat transfer by completing the Heat Transfer Scenes assignment.  Today, we reviewed for the heat unit assessment Thursday.
Honor's Science – Tuesday, students read Kids Discover Microbes and completed a worksheet assignment.  Today we reviewed for the microorganisms, part II unit assessment.


Monday, April 14th

Classes were shortened today because students walked to the high school and watched our school’s play, Aladdin.  Students completed a vocabulary review activity, Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles.
Honor's Science – Students completed two assignments.  The first was What's My Diagnosis?  Students are given symptoms of seven patients.  They used a classification key to diagnose the disease.  The also completed the Microorganisms Timeline. The timeline consisted of identifying when key developments in our knowledge of microorganisms occurred.


Wednesday, April 9th & Thursday, April 10th

Yesterday, students took a conduction/convection quiz to see what they know and understand about heat transfer.  They completed a convection lab – Water Wars. They placed red colored hot water in test tube filled with cold water and blue colored cold water in a test tube filled with hot water.  This demonstrated convection. The hot water (in cold water) moved to the top of the test tube.  The cold water (in the hot water) dropped to the bottom.
Honor's Science – Student completed the Microorganisms Final, Part I.
Student completed a radiation heat transfer lab, Surface Color and Effect on Temperature Change.  Student covered one cup in black construction paper and used one white cup.  They shined a light on the two cups for twenty-five minutes, checking the temperature every five minutes.  This demonstrated the black covered cup absorbed more heat.
Honors Science – Students completed a microorganisms activity - Microbe Mystery BoxStudents identified which foods were made using microorganisms.  They then started working on a Disease Wanted Poster.


Tuesday, April 8th

Students completed two convection labs today.
Convection Lab - Foiled AgainStudents cut out a spiral using foil.  They attached it to a string and hung on a dowel.  They light a candle under the spiral.  The spiral moves because the hot air is rising.
Convection Lab - When Hot Meets Cold. Students fill a container with tap water.  They take two jars, fill one with hot water (colored red) and the other with cold water (colored blue).  They cover the jars with foil and place it in the container.  A hole is punched in the foil.  The hot water rises to the top and the cold water falls to the bottom.
Honor's Science – Students made two graphic organizers.  The first was a four-door graphic organizer containing data about microorganisms.  The other was a three-tab organizer with information about the amoeba, euglena, and paramecium (Microbe Graphic Organizers).


Monday, April 7th

With core testing in a month, we are beginning to do review assignments.  Students completed a Meteoroid/Meteor/Meteorite Review assignment.  They also took a Heat Conduction quiz. Students watched Bill Nye - Energy.
Honor's Science – Students worked on a microbe review worksheet. I hope to give them the first part of the Microorganisms Test on Wednesday.


Tuesday, April 1st

Students completed two conduction labs.  The first was Why Do Plastic and Metal Feel Different? Students were given a cup with plastic beads and a cup with copper beads.  They placed a thermometer in each cup and measured the temperature.  They put their cups in the refrigerator for ten minutes.  At the end of that time, they checked the temperature.  They found that the copper beads were the coldest because metal beads are conductors.
The second lab was Heat Conduction With Water, Balloon, and Candle. Students lit a candle and held a water balloon in the candle’s flame.  The balloon did not pop nor the rubber melt.  This is because the water in the balloon is a conductor of heat.  It pulls the heat away from the rubber, so the rubber holds the water in the balloon.
Honor's Science – Students completed a microorganisms lab - A Yeastly Feast. Students used nine different “foods” to see how the yeast would grow.  At the end of twenty minutes, they identify which “foods” will help yeast grow.

There is no school the next three days for spring break.


Monday, March 31st

Students conducted two conduction labs.  The lab activity How Can You Have an Ice Cube Race? had students fill one cup with tap water and place an ice cube in the cup.  They also placed an ice cube in an empty cup.  They observed it until the first one melted (the ice cube in water).  This demonstrated water is a good conductor and air is a good insulator.
The second lab activity was Who's the Conductor?  Students placed hot water in a paper cup, glass, plastic cup, metal plan and a Styrofoam cup.  After a few minutes, they touched the cup to determine if heat was conducted through the object.
Honor's Science – Students completed a microorganisms lab - The Yeast of Our WorriesThey placed five drops of two different types of cleaning fluid in yeast.  They observed its growth over thirty minutes to determine how the cleaning fluid affected the growth of yeast.