Welcome to 6th Grade Science!

We are so excited to have you as part of the Hornet Nation!  
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DISTANCE LEARNING:
Every week, I will be sending an email with a PowerPoint and video for your student to read or listen to.  The video is the PowerPoint being read to your student.  The PowerPoint and video will also be posted here.  As your student goes through this information, they should write down at least 3 things that they learned as well as any questions that they may have.  

Students are encouraged to be engaged in science from 11:25 - 12:10 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I will host a Zoom meeting (provided via email to you and your student) to review the PowerPoint and answer any questions.  I am also available in "real-time" from 12:10 - 12:55 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays during my office hours.  Email me at wilhelra@pwcs.edu and I will respond as soon as possible.  If you email me outside of office hours, please allow me 24 hours to respond.  

Week 10/11
Continuing Learning

Wednesday at 11:50 a Zoom meeting will be held (link sent via email) to express my appreciation for you for this school year.  I have enjoyed getting to know you and watching you grow as both a student and person.  Please join me so I can say "see you later" as well as provide resources for you to utilize over the summer.

Work from our virtual learning will remain here on the class webpage over the summer.  Feel free to complete the PowerPoints and Nearpod lessons when it is convenient for you.  There are also choice boards and additional resources for you to utilize.  Please see that information below.

Please remember that there is a locker pick-up this week.  If you have any school-owned items such as library books, instruments, fundraising items, money, etc. feel free to bring those as well.  Sixth graders may come to the school today (Monday, June 8th) from 11:15 am - 2:00 pm.  If that does not work for you, you may come Wednesday, June 10th, or Thursday, June 11th from 11:15 am - 2:00 pm.  Please stay in your car when you arrive and follow the directions of the staff members there.  Please adhere to social distancing guidelines while at the school

Week 9:  June 3/4
Properties of Water

From 11:25 - 11:50 on Wednesday your student should read or watch the Properties of Water PowerPoint.  The goal is to take notes as they read/watch the PowerPoint and write down any questions.

Properties of Water PowerPoint
Reading of the Properties of Water PowerPoint

Wednesday at 11:50 a Zoom meeting will be held (link sent via email)  to answer questions from the PowerPoint.  If you are unable to attend the Zoom and have questions, you may email them to me.

On Thursday there will not be a Zoom meeting.  The goal is to complete the Nearpod on Properties of Water.  You can access the Nearpod with a phone, tablet, or computer.  Please go to nearpod.com, enter the code WMGDU, and your first and last name.

Nearpod Code:  WMGDU (Properties of Water)

 
Week 8:  May 27/28
Water

From 11:25 - 11:50 on Wednesday your student should read or watch the Solids, Liquids, Gases PowerPoint.  The goal is to take notes as they read/watch the PowerPoint and write down any questions.

Solids, Liquids, Gases PowerPoint
Reading of the Solids, Liquids, and Gases PowerPoint


Wednesday at 11:50 a Zoom meeting will be held (link sent via email)  to answer questions from the PowerPoint.  If you are unable to attend the Zoom and have questions, you may email them to me.

On Thursday there will not be a Zoom meeting.  The goal is to complete the Nearpod on Solids, Liquids, and Gases.  You can access the Nearpod with a phone, tablet, or computer.  Please go to nearpod.com, enter the code FKTHS, and your first and last name.

Nearpod Code:  FKTHS (Solids, Liquids, and Gases)


Week 6:  May 20/21
Matter Application and Review
Review the information that has been learned during our Matter unit.  You can use the PowerPoint presentations to refresh your memory.

During class time on Wednesday and Thursday, your student should complete three activities from the Choice Board.  The Choice Board has activities that will assist in learning and applying what has been reviewed for our Matter unit.

Matter Choice Board
 
At 11:30 on Wednesday I will be going over the Choice Board on Zoom.  I am also available to answer questions about the PowerPoint.  If your student cannot attend and has questions, please send me an email.  


Week 5:  May 13/14
Chemical Bonding
From 11:25 - 11:50 on Wednesday your student should read or watch the Chemical Bonding PowerPoint.  The goal is to take notes as they read/watch the PowerPoint and write down any questions.

Chemical Bonding PowerPoint
Reading of Chemical Bonding PowerPoint

Wednesday at 11:50 a Zoom meeting will be held (link sent via email)  to answer questions from the PowerPoint.  If you are unable to attend the Zoom and have questions, you may email them to me.

On Thursday there will not be a Zoom meeting.  The goal is to complete the Nearpod on Chemical Bonding.  You can access the Nearpod with a phone, tablet, or computer.  Please go to nearpod.com, enter the code RMENY, and your first and last name.

Nearpod Code:  RMENY (Chemical Bonding)


Week 4:  May 6/7
Elements, Molecules, and Compounds
Due to some personal matters, Mrs. Marshall will be your point of contact this week.   I apologize for the inconvenience.  

This week, you will read or watch the Elements, Molecules, and Compounds PowerPoint.  The goal is to take notes as they read/watch the PowerPoint and write down any questions.

Elements, Compounds, and Molecules PowerPoint
Reading of Elements, Molecules, and Compounds PowerPoint

There is also a Nearpod for you to complete on Elements, Molecules, and Compounds.  You can access Nearpod with a phone, tablet, or computer.  Please go to nearpod.com, enter the code GZWJM, and your first and last name. 

Nearpod Code:  GZWJM (Elements, Molecules, and Compounds)


Week 3:  April 29/30
Matter

From 11:25 - 11:50 on Wednesday your student should read or watch the Matter PowerPoint.  The goal is to take notes as they read/watch the PowerPoint and write down any questions.

Atoms PowerPoint
Reading of Atoms PowerPoint


Wednesday at 11:50 a Zoom meeting will be held (link sent via email)  to answer questions from the PowerPoint.  If you are unable to attend the Zoom and have questions, you may email them to me or you may write them on this document and I will answer them below.

On Thursday there will not be a Zoom meeting.  The goal is for you to complete a Nearpod lesson during our designated instruction time (11:25 - 12:10 pm).  You can access Nearpod with a phone, tablet, or computer.  Please go to nearpod.com, enter the code AOSTE, and your first and last name.  I will be available to answer questions from 11:25 - 12:55 pm on Thursday.

Nearpod Code: AOSTE (Atoms)

Week 2:  April 22/23
Scientific Investigations

This week we are using the same PowerPoint as last week (see Week 1).  Review the information on the PowerPoint so you can complete activities on the Scientific Method. 

During class time on Wednesday and Thursday, your student should complete three activities from the Choice Board.  The Choice Board has activities that will assist in learning and applying the Scientific Method.

Scientific Method Choice Board


At 11:30 on Wednesday I will be going over the Choice Board on Zoom.  I am also available to answer questions about the PowerPoint.  If your student cannot attend and has questions, please send me an email.  

Week 1:  April 15/16
Scientific Investigations

From 11:25 - 11:50 on Wednesday your student should read or watch the Scientific Method PowerPoint.  The goal is to take notes as they read/watch the PowerPoint and write down any questions.

Scientific Method PowerPoint
Reading of Scientific Method PowerPoint  

Wednesday at 11:50 a Zoom meeting will be held (link sent via email) to go over distance learning expectations, answer questions, and go over Zoom expectations.

Thursday at 11:30 a Zoom meeting will be held (link sent via email) to answer questions from the PowerPoint and play a Gimkit on the Scientific Method.  If you are unable to attend the Zoom and have questions, you may email them to me or you may write them on this document and I will answer them below.

Questions Students Had:
1. What is the difference between independent, dependent, and constant variables?  
In an experiment, you are testing a hypothesis.  To test that hypothesis you need to have an independent variable - an independent variable is what I change.  For example, if your hypothesis is: If a plant is watered then it will grow more.  Your independent variable would be whether or not you give your plant water.  One plant you would give water to and the other you would not (that is the change you made).  The dependent variable is what you are observing based on what you changed.  For this example, you would be observing the growth of the plants.  The constant variable is what you are keeping the same throughout the experiment.  In this example, you would use the same type of plant, the same type of soil, the same amount of soil, place it in the same area so it receives the same amount of sunlight, etc.

2. What are the steps of the scientific method?
Six Major Steps: Observation/Question, Research, Make a Hypothesis, Experiment, Record and Analyze Data, and Conclusion (Communicate Your Findings).

3. What is the difference between an observation, inference, and prediction?
An observation is using your five senses (I see, I smell, I hear, It feels like, It tastes like, etc.).  An inference is more of an education guess based on an observation and your prior knowledge (The girl is crying so she must be sad).  A prediction is using observation and your prior knowledge to make an educated guess about the future (I think it will rain because the clouds are dark and dark clouds normally bring rain).

 EXTRA DIGITAL LEARNING:

The sixth-grade science team has created online lessons to support your student while they are at home during the closure.  Below are five Nearpod lessons for your student to access with a phone, tablet, or computer.  This is a familiar site for them.

They will need to go to nearpod.com and enter the following codes to access the lessons:
SOHMX (Clouds)
HKZVW (Measures of Weather)
UGNEZ (Severe Weather)
ZWEDV (Wind and Weather Fronts)
UJQAG (Water Cycle Review)

After they enter the individual code, they will need to use their given first and last name in order for me to track their progress.  

Click here for Videos for Review!  This Word Document has videos that could be used as a means of review.  The videos are separated by unit.  Please note that prior to the closure, we were beginning our weather unit.  Feel free to reference this FLMS 6th Grade Science Calendar that outlines when and what we covered this school year.

My priority for your students is to be happy, healthy, and able to enjoy quality time with you and your family.  The resources that have been provide are to assist in continuing their learning.


We even have some Science Experiments to Do at Home!  They use items that can be found at home.  Be sure to do them with the permission of your parent/guardian and clean up after yourself!

I am here for you always! 

Love and miss you all,
Ms. Wilhelm


Here are some other links to continue learning:

Code with the International Space Station Docking Simulation by following this link.

Chris Hadfield's YouTube offers a GREAT look at what it is like to live on the International Space Station. He goes over everything from brushing his teeth, to eating, to the science on board. He's very informative and funny. Great for all ages!

 

This is a downloadable booklet that includes puzzles, space facts, learning about space ship parts, engineering, etc.

This is a STEM lab on Ice Age Mammals. It is a LARGE printable pdf, with lots of fossil pictures from the New York Museum. Great for all ages!