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THE DISTRICT OFFICE SUMMER HOURS ARE
MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Science 6
Instructor: Mrs. Perricone   
Class Description:
This class emphasizes questioning, research, problem solving and experimenting to understand the Colorado Science Standards and to prepare students not only to complete experiments on their own but to succeed when they leave my classroom. We will focus on relating earth science content, including human impact on the world, to current issues and student interests.

Specifically, we will be doing monthly challenges to work on problem solving and teamwork skills.  We will also be developing a growth mindset, taking risks and learning from mistakes and failures. 


Personal Expectations:  
In our class we will be using the Four Agreements to be our best selves every day. 

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: 
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak bad about yourself or to gossip about others. 

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is based on their own experiences. 
 When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment and regret.

Announcements
If you missed 5/15-5/19
If you missed 5/8-5/12
If you missed 5/1- 5/5
If you missed 4/24- 4/28
If you missed 410- 4/14
Rock Cycle Vocabulary Terms
Vocab terms from 4/3

Erosion
Weathering
Cementation
Deposition
Intrusive Rock (ig)
Extrusive Rock (ig)
Foliated (meta)
Non-foliated (meta)
If you missed 4/3-4/7
If you missed 3/27-3/31
3/20-3/24
If you missed 3/13- 3/16
If you missed 3/6-3/10
If you missed 2/27-3/3
If you missed 2/21-2/23
If you missed 2/13 - 2/17
If you missed 1/30- 2/3
If you Missed 1/23-1/27
If you missed 1/16-1/20
If you missed 1/5-1/13
12/19/16 Monday's class
MAPS TESTING for 6th grade Science Class today!
12/15/16 Thursday's class
Ecology Food Web Quiz day!

Finish your project and display for students to see.

Projects due today!
12/13/16 Tuesdays class
Second to last day on zoo project.

Today you should be done (or very close) your 3-d model or drawing of your enclosure and getting all information for you informational display!

Ecology Quiz and project due next class period!!!
12/9/16 Friday's class
Day two of zoo project!

Today you should be done your habitat research (page 1) and your habitat sketch (page 2) to stay on our time management timeline.
12/7/16 Wednesday's class Zoo Project begins!
Link for research:

Animal Research http://lib.colostate.edu/wildlife/atoz.php
Biomes Research http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/

Today we will review what we saw at the zoo and begin our Zoo Habitat Construction Project.

If you were absent please get the Adaptations Notes from Ecology Folder or from a classmate and see Mrs. Perricone AT LUNCH to make up the Project Day 1 information!


12/1/16 Thursday's Class
Field Trip Money is Due TODAY!

Today in class we practiced identifying the organisms in a food web and labeled what type of organism it was (producer, primary consumer and so on).

Then as a class student's investigated organisms found in an ecosystem and arranged them to show how energy moves from one organism to another.

If you were absent please turn in field trip money ASAP!
11/29/16 Tuesday's class
Today students will take notes, using a note catcher, on Ecology and food webs. Students will investigate how energy moves through a food web. Then, we will complete a food web activity to see how energy starts in the producers and travels up the food chain.

If you were absent please copy or print the Ecology Notes.
11/18/16 Friday's class
Today we will complete a Biome Color Coding Activity and make observations about the location of each biome. Then students will use the internet to research specific information about each biome's climate, plant life, and animal life.

If you were absent complete the Biome Coloring Activity and the Biome Research Worksheet.
11/16/16 Wednesday's class
Today in class we started with brainstorming what we already know about the 6 biomes (Desert, Tundra, Rainforest and so on).

We then took notes on Biomes and made observations of each biome in a video clip.

If you were absent get the Biome Note sheet and copy the notes from a classmate.
11/14/16 Monday's class
Today we took our Water Cycle Quiz and finished the Children's books.

If you were absent you must come in to take the quiz within one week of returning to school. If not, it will go into the grade book as a missing assignment.

Also, please finish your Water Cycle book using the brainstorming worksheet provided.
11/10/16 Thursday's class
Today students will use their Water Cycle Book Brainstorming sheet to start writing and illustrating their books in class.
Books will be due at the end of class today!

If you missed class you must finish and illustrate your Water Cycle Children's book. Turn it into the Late Work bin when you come back to class.
11/8/16 Tuesday's class
After seeing the water cycle in real life, students will complete their vocabulary sheet on the following vocabulary words: Water Cycle, Evaporation, Transpiration, Condensation, Hydrology, Precipitation, Atmosphere, and Temperature.

After showing Perricone their vocabulary for an effort grade, students will begin to brainstorm ideas for their Water Cycle Children's Book.

If you were absent please print the vocabulary boxes and complete for the vocabulary terms above. Also complete the Water Cycle Book Brainstorm Page.
11/4/16 Friday's class
Today we will observe how water changes as it travels around the Earth in the video "Planet Earth From Pole to Pole".

Students will observe how the sun's energy changes the state of matter from solid ice, to liquid water to water vapor gas.

If you were absent please see Mrs. Perricone at lunch to fill out your Worksheet from our documentary today.
11/2/16 Wendesday's Class
New Unit Starts today!

Today we will start our new unit by taking notes on the Water Cycle using the Water Cycle Notes and Picture Worksheets.

Then we will watch a video that illustrates the water cycle and complete some review activities.

If you were absent please print the water cycle notes, the water cycle worksheet, and the crossword. Complete and turn in worksheet and the crossword!
10/31/16 Happy Halloween
Today we completed some science based Halloween activities.

If you were absent there is nothing to make up today!
10/26/16 Wednesday's class
Today we will use the scientific method and our science skills to investigate claims of ghosts and hauntings. We will specifically look at two case studied, The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado) and the St. Augustine Lighthouse (Florida).

If you were absent (you missed a great class!!) and there is nothing to make up!
10/24/16 Start of Quarter 2
Today is Quiz Day on the States of Matter and Density.

If you were absent you must come in at LUNCH to take your quiz ASAP!!!

If you have not come in with in one week of your absence, the quiz will be marked Missing in the grade book.
10/20/16 Thursday's class
Today in class we are applying our knowledge of air density to a real world example. We will start class by reviewing density of each state of matter then discuss the trends in gases (as it relates to temperature and elevation). After learning how gases behave we will watch a documentary on climbing Mt. Everest and learn the impact of low air density on the human body.

If you were absent today there is nothing to make up!
10/18/16 Tuesday's class
Today we learned about the density of objects. We compared the density of solids, liquids and gases and practiced calculating the density with out density practice problems.

Lastly, we looked at how we can use our knowledge of a substances density by applying it to a real world problem.

If you were absent today please print off the density notes and density practice problems. Come in during your next available lunch to review Density Notes with me.
10/14/16 Friday's class
Happy Friday!

Today in class we will be reviewing States of Matter before we move onto our Density section of this unit. We will start our review by teaming up and playing our review game, Kahoot. Then students will review the vocabulary from this unit by completing a Frayer Vocab Sheet for each vocabulary term. Finally students will complete a crossword to see if they know their vocabulary terms and what they mean.

If you were absent, print off the States of Matter Crossword and complete! Turn into Late Work box when you return.

Quiz on the States of Matter and Density on the 24th!
10/12/16 Wednesday's class
Today, we are investigating the different laws of gases. We will use a virtual lab to look at how gases change when we increase and decrease their temperature and their volume.

Once done the lab, students will review the gas laws with the Gas Laws Worksheet.


If you were absent today, please print the Gas Laws Worksheet. Complete and turn into the late work bin when you return.
10/10/16 Monday's class
Today in science, students created and then observed an unknown substance and had to categorize it as a solid, liquid or a gas. Each student had to use evidence from their lab experiment to support their answer.

Today was an In Class Lab only. If you were absent there is nothing to make up!
10/6/16 Thursday's class
Today we will be reviewing the characteristics and atomic structure of solids, liquids, and gases. We are going to make a study tool to help us review and then do book research.

If you were absent today, please print the book research from the States of Matter Folder. Get a book and complete during the next lunch you are back at school.
Tuesday 10/4/16 New Unit Starts Today!
Today we have started our new unit on States of Matter and Density. Any assignments, notes, handouts and homework will be in the States of Matter/Density folder.

We started our new unit today by investigating the different states of matter in an introduction lab experiment. After completing the lab activity, students took notes on the different states of matter and how the particles change when you go from one to another (a solid to a liquid or liquid to a gas).

If you were absent today, please print the States of Matter Notes out (from the States of Matter Folder) and read over them before next class. There is also a copy of the notes in the Absent notebook in the classroom.
Friday 9/30/16
Today in class we worked together to find the parts of the scientific method in a real life scenario. As we wrap up our scientific method unit, students will apply what they have learned and see how it is used in a real world application. We will be watching clips of Apollo 13 to identify steps or skills used in experiments.

If you were absent there is nothing to make up today.

Reminder:
Now that our unit is over, all missing work is due on October 3rd!
Friday 9/30/16
Today in class we worked together to find the parts of the scientific method in a real life scenario. As we wrap up our scientific method unit, students will apply what they have learned and see how it is used in a real world application. We will be watching clips of Apollo 13 to identify steps or skills used in experiments.

If you were absent there is nothing to make up today.

Reminder:
Now that our unit is over, all missing work is due on October 3rd!
9/28/16
To wrap up our scientific method unit, students will be working on their own to complete a heart rate lab. We will start class learning how to find our pulse and calculate beats per minute. Then, students will pick 3 exercises to test their heart rate and complete their lab experiment.

If you are absent today please download and complete the Heart Rate Lab at home and turn into the inbox.
9/26/16
In class today, 6th grade science students will be combining their observation and conclusion writing skills to solve a forensic murder case.

If you are absent today there is nothing to make up.
9/22/16
Today 6th grade science students reviewed the scientific method then took the quiz. We finished class by looking at the rest of our crime scenes, with our table groups, and wrote our Claim Evidence Reasoning conclusions in our science notebook.

If you were absent please come in during lunch or after school take the quiz. You must come in within one week of being back to school.
9/20/16
Last class we worked on our observation skills, today we are going to use those observations to write conclusions about what is happening. We started by taking Claim Evidence Reasoning Notes.

We practiced looking at an image, writing a claim statement of what we think is going on, supported that claim with evidence from the image.

Finally, in groups students looked at crime scene photos and wrote conclusions (Claim Evidence Reasoning) on what happened, supporting their position with evidence.

If you were absent print the Claim Evidence Reasoning Notes from the Scientific Method Folder
9/15/16
Today in class students reviewed all the activities we have done in learning the scientific method: We took notes, practiced with examples (such as Bubba's truck experiment, the plant experiment, sponge bob examples), completed labs, had homework review, and went deeper into the scientific method vocabulary.

After looking at all the activities we identified the skills we are going to be using to complete experiments (measurements and observations).

Finally we took notes on the types of observations and practiced making observations as a class.

If you were absent please copy the Observation Notes from a classmate.
9/13/16
Today in class we started to review the scientific method vocabvulary by completing a 4-square vocabulary worksheet.

Then after showing Mrs. Perricone their completed sheets for an effort grade, students started on their last scientific method review with Sponge Bob Experiments.

If you were absent please get the Sponge Bob Experiments from the Scientific Method Folder, turn it into the inbox when done!
9/9/16
Nothing to make up today!
9/7/16
Today in class students will be reviewing the steps of the scientific method again. After looking at student's homework we needed more practice so we will be starting class reviewing the parts of an experiment.

Then we will put it all together by completing a senses lab experiment where students will test the quickness of their reflexes based on which sense is being used.

If you were absent please get the Scientific Method Ant Practice Problem.
9/2/16
Last class, students learned the steps of the scientific method, or how we complete an experiment. Today, we will be learning how to take accurate measurements for experiments.

If you were absent today please get the worksheet called:
- Metric System Measurement

Get the completed notes from the absent notebook (in the classroom) and copy onto your blank notes sheet.
- Measurement Practice Worksheet (Homework)
Complete the measurements and turn into Mrs. Perricone next class
8/31/16
Today in class, students will be wrapping up our invention project and then starting on our Scientific Method Unit.
First, to wrap up our invention project students will review the design cycle, fill out peer evaluations and then write a reflection describing the process they went through in this challenge.
Then, to transition to the Scientific Method we will start with a BIG question: How is an experiment different from an invention?
After we brainstorm ideas, we will take notes on the steps of the scientific method (used to test ideas in an experiment).
Finally, after we go over notes and use examples to help explain the steps, students will practice on their own. There will be homework tonight: Scientific Method Practice Problems!

If you were absent:
  • Please print off and review the Notes on the Scientific Method and Graphing found in the Scientific Method/Measurement Folder
  • Print off the Scientific Method Practice Problems Homework also in that folder.
  • Fill out the Peer Evaluation and Reflection for Invention Project! (also in absent notebook)
8/29/16
Today 8th grade students will be taking their Fall Science MAPS test to get their baseline scores. Later in the year both in the winter and spring, students will take the test again to see how they have grown in their understanding of science6

If you were absent please come see Mrs. Perricone AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to make up your MAPS test.
8/25/16
Today in class we reviewed the steps of the design cycle that have already been completed. (Problem and plan a solution). Next, students will move into the creation stage and use class time to complete the construction for their wheelchair carrier. While building, students will have the opportunity to test their inventions on students' wheelchairs. By the end of class students should be done with construction,

If you were absent today please talk with your group about what you missed on Day 2 of the invention project.
8/23/16

Today in science, students will be learning about the Design Cycle and using this process to create and test an invention.

We will start class out reviewing the routines and expectations from last week. Then Mrs. Perricone will introduce what an invention is by playing a few video clips.
Students will then make observations on the Design Cycle and compare it to the scientific method. Finally the class will be introduced to the invention challenge (building a carrier for wheelchair bound students), split up into groups and begin to design their invention.

Next class they will build their invention, test it and revise.

If you were absent please print the Design Cycle worksheet in the General Science Folder. Please come see Perricone at lunch to see get the alternative assignment for our "Carrier Invention
8/19/16
Today in 6th grade science, students worked on developing a growth mindset to persevere through challenges. We started by reviewing the 4 agreements from last class and discussed how those relate to our own lives. Students shared how these agreements can start to change our thinking.
Then, Mrs. Perricone shared the phrases she heard from students during our science challenge and as a class students came up with a way to change the statements to be positive and help us push through and try.


Next, we practiced using the growth mindset by completing some harder science challenges. Finally we discussed and shared 3 strategies to help us when we get stuck,

If you were absent please copy the mindset notes and strategy notes that have been scanned into the folder "General Science"
8/17/16
Today in class we will be learning and practicing class routines and expectations. We will start out going over the 4 Agreements, a way to improve ourselves every day. Then Mrs. Perricone will discuss how to enter the classroom, what to do when absent and how to turn in papers. After learning everyone's name students will use problem solving skills to solve a science challenge.

If you were absent please get the 6th grade Syllabus, Parent Survey and 4 Agreements handout from the General Science Folder.
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