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Back to School Night 2012 - 2013. Westwood Regional Middle School Mrs. Balducci Sixth Grade Science Room 22. Course Description. Sixth grade students develop scientific literacy through an activity-oriented science program . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Back to School Night

Back to School Night2012 - 2013Westwood Regional Middle SchoolMrs. BalducciSixth Grade Science Room 22Course DescriptionSixth grade students develop scientific literacy through an activity-oriented science program.Science is an active way of learning about the world around us which we acquire through the process of inquiry. Asking and answering questions is the basis of inquiry.

Course DescriptionStudents will seek knowledge through inquiry skills such as:Being able to observe - Interpret data Infer - Form a hypothesisClassify - Use variablesMeasure - ExperimentUse numbers - Make ModelsCommunicate - Define based on observationsPredict

CurriculumEarth ScienceFirst half of the yearPhysical ScienceSecond half of the year

Topics of StudyUnit C Observing the SkyChapter 5 The Earth-Moon System The Tools of Astronomers Earth and the Sun The Moon in Motion

Topics of StudyUnit C Observing the SkyChapter 6 The Solar System & Beyond The Inner and Outer Solar System Stars and Galaxies

Topics of StudyUnit D The Restless EarthChapter 7 Earths Moving Crust Moving Plates Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Topics of StudyUnit D The Restless EarthChapter 8 How Earth Changes Over Time Erosion and Deposition The Rock Cycle

Topics of StudyUnit E Interactions of Matter &EnergyChapter 9 Properties and Changes of Matter Physical Properties of Matter Elements and AtomsChemical Changes

Topics of StudyUnit E Interactions of Matter & EnergyChapter 10 Heat Energy Temperature and Heat Sources of Energy

Topics of StudyUnit E Interactions of Matter & EnergyChapter 11 Electricity and Magnetism Static Electricity Circuits Electromagnets

Topics of StudyUnit F Motion, Work, & MachinesChapter 12 Objects in Motion Speed and Distance Forces and Motion Acceleration and Momentum

Topics of StudyUnit F Motion, Work, & MachinesChapter 13 Work and Machines Energy and Work

TextbookMacmillan McGraw-HillScience

How your childs grade is determinedAssessments

60%Labs

20%Homework

15%Participation

5%AssessmentsTests are announced approximately one week in advance. The amount of material presented in this course cannot be mastered in a single night; therefore, it is strongly recommended that students start studying well before the date of the test. Students who are absent must make arrangements with me to make up a missed test as soon as possible.

HomeworkHomework is an important tool to reinforce concepts learned in class.It will be assigned approximately 3-4 nights a week. If your child is absent from class, the assignments will be posted on my teacher website.

Homework is graded as follows++

100%+

85%

78%-

72%- -

67%0

0 Class activitiesHands-on group labsInteractive SmartBoard activitiesVisual aides such as:VideosAnimations/Simulations PowerPoint presentations Note taking skillsExtra HelpExtra help is offered in science by appointment. Your child should make every effort to make arrangements with me if needed. I am available for extra help after school and during academic support lab.

Teacher Websitehttp://www.wwrsd.org/Page/3362Homework is posted weeklyTextbook link with chapter summaries and the glossaryHelpful science topic linksContact informationStudent ContractScience current events

Thank you for your support during the 2012-2013 school year!