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.