WELCOME! to Ms. Crane’s 6th grade SCIENCE wiki!
WELCOME to Riverdale Middle School an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, home of the WOLVES! Our first day of school will mark the beginning of a yearlong journey through PHYSICAL SCIENCE! With inquiry at the core, the Middle Years Program (MYP) sciences framework aims to guide students to independently and collaboratively investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation. The MYP sciences curriculum must explore the connections between science and everyday life. As they investigate real examples of science applications, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment. Six graders will become better thinkers, doers, and communicators. This will occur through inquiry-based investigations, rigorous academic projects and activities, and integrated technology skills.
What you can expect from me: I will always believe in you, and challenge you to do your best. Communication! I will let you know where you are, where you need to be, and support you as your journey towards your academic goals. I will work to make sure the lessons are relevant, creative, meaningful, rigorous, informative, and positive (and of course fun – but that is easy, SCIENCE is THE COOLEST SUBJECT!) for you.
Please pay your $5.00 lab fee. Please bring your supplies so class may run smoothly and we can focus on learning.
Students need sharpened pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpener, scotch tape and looseleaf paper to be ready to learn in class.
Students need to bring their science textbook each class.
SUPPLIES: (These are ESSENTIAL!) Have them in class EVERYDAY!
- PENS, SHARPENED PENCILS, & PENCIL SHARPENER
- Clear scotch tape (keep on you)
- GREEN 3 prong PLASTIC FOLDER with pockets (replace when damaged)
- ENDLESS SUPPLY of LOOSELEAF (1 pack for the school year)
- One 4 oz Elmer’s glue bottle turned in to the teacher (lab)
Period 1: 2 boxes of wet wipes
Period 2: 1 pack of looseleaf & two rolls of scotch tape
Period 4: 24 pack of crayons & a pack of markers & 1 pair of scissors
Period 5: 1 box of Kleenex, 1 roll of paper towels, & 4 dry erase markers
Period 6: 1 box of large ziploc bags & 1 box of small ziploc bags
Period 7: 1 pack of pencils & 1 pack of 300 index cards
Click on the Edmodo link below and get even more information that will help you learn!
You are a student. Create a login using group code 5mq6qe.
Username should be your name so I know who I am talking with. :-0
CLICK YOUR TEXTBOOK BELOW TO LINK TO THE ONLINE TEXTBOOK
Bellwork should include:
(this helps me identify the entry)
Question & Answer
incomplete or missing does not count as an entry
If the student is absent, they must make-up their bellwork
Bellwork is worth a test grade.
Students should be READING: Unit 2 lessons 1, 2, & 3
Students should know their Unit 1 vocabulary and studying their Unit 2 vocabulary
HONORS SCIENCE FAIR DUE DATES ARE BELOW: DUE: 10/27 & 10/28 signed verification slip & 3 TYPED science fair titles
SCIENCE FAIR IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS. HONORS IS MANDATORY FOR THEIR HONOR CREDIT. ANY NON-HONORS STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO DO A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT FOR EXTRA CREDIT.
10/20 & 10/21 Classwork: folder page 43 States of Matter Diagram
10/13 & 10/14 Third Formative assessment study guide (test Monday 10/17) 3-formative-study-guide
9/27 & 9/28 Students need to finish folder pages 30 & 32 started in class. page 30 is 8 definitions with a picture or examples for each, from Unit 2 vocabulary on page 31, page 32 we started together physical properties concept map from notes on folder page 33
Please check your child’s folder, Any classwork not finished in class, must be finished for homework. Participation grades are marked in their folder. Example: F on notes, this grade can be made up, the student just has to do the work and show me.
Click on the picture below to link to science fair resources
Disappearing Water Trick Folder page10 observation & inference
Students know the answer to this one… Observation both graduated cylinders are filled with a clear liquid. One ice cube floats and one ice cube sinks. The inference is the clear liquid is a different substance. The graduated cylinder with the sinking ice cube actually has rubbing alcohol in it and the density of the ice cube is greater than the rubbing alcohol, this is why it sinks. The ice cubes density is less than the other clear liquid, water, this is why it floats. The students also experienced the rubbing alcohol on their hand and the quick evaporation left a sensation. In the process of evaporation there is a loss of heat, this is why their hand feels colder. Later we will get into endothermic & exothermic reactions and discuss more about heat being gained or lost.
The burning piece of paper heat the molecules of air in the bottle and cause the molecules to move far away from each other. Some of the heated molecules actually escape out past the egg that is resting on the mouth of the bottle (that’s why the egg or water balloon wiggles on top of the bottle). When the flame goes out, the molecules of air in the bottle cool down and move closer together, making room for new air molecules. This is what scientists refer to as a partial vacuum. Normally, the air outside the bottle would come rushing in to fill the bottle. However, that egg is in the way! The pressure of the air molecules outside the bottle is so great that it literally “pushes” the egg into the bottle. :-)
And yes! I got the egg out of the bottle too! Put your mouth over the mouth of the bottle and forcefully blow air into the bottle. The egg should pop back out of the bottle right into your mouth! Yuck!! Can it get any cooler than that?
Carbon dioxide is a gas that we interact with every day. For instance, CO2 enables plants to perform photosynthesis, you exhale CO2 when you breathe, and CO2 can extinguish fire. You probably knew all those facts, but did you know that you can get really science-y and extremely creative when putting out flames with CO2? It’s as simple as pouring the gas onto fire. Pouring? You better believe it!
How Does It Work?
Most flames require oxygen, fuel, and sufficient heat to ignite and stay lit. These three components of fire are referred to as the fire triangle or combustion triangle. Removal of any of the three components will cause the flame to extinguish or “go out.”
The secret to extinguishing fire is the removal of one of the three components. In CO2 Fire Extinguisher experiment, that lies in the bubbling mixture in the container. The baking soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate) is a base. The vinegar, or acetic acid, is a weak acid. When baking soda and vinegar are combined, the immediate acid-base reaction creates carbonic acid. Carbonic acid is unstable and decomposes into carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The bubbling that you see inside of the container is the production of the CO2 gas. When you “pour out” the container, you’re exposing the flame to concentrated CO2 gas. The lack of oxygen extinguishes the flame.
How can you possible pour a gas? The air that we breathe is comprised largely of nitrogen gas, a very light gas. The CO2 that was created inside of the cylinder is much heavier and, therefore, able to be poured like a liquid, out of the container. It’s all about the density!
Students need to take make-up tests at lunch. Please remember!
Please! Students should have a book to read when they finish testing to provide a quiet testing environment for the rest of the testing students.
What is the difference between a summative and formative assessment? The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark. This would be Unit Tests, Final Projects, or Exams. The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. Formative assessments should be small chunks of knowledge over a short period of time, given daily or weekly. This is different from a Unit Test that may test over 5 weeks worth of concepts spent on a Unit.
10/24 Monday 4th formative assessment test focus on Unit 2 lesson 3 states of matter
10/17 Monday 3rd formative assessment test 3-formative-study-guide
10/11 & 10/12 BELLWORK DUE 14 entries A, 13 entries B, 12 entries C, 11 entries D, 10 entries 0.5 F, anything less 0.1 F Entries must be labeled BELLWORK and DATE. Student must have complete question AND answer to count as an entry for a test grade.
CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING TO OPEN ATTACHMENT:
UNIT 2: Matter and Its Properties
UNIT 1: Building a Better Scientist