Life Science- Sept 24-28

Topic: What is Life?

Lab: Microscope Lab

pg. 40 (1)- Due Tues, Sept 25th
Microscope Coloring- Due Wed, Sept 26th

Quiz: Microscope Quiz- Thurs, Sept 27th



Life Science- Sept 17-21

Topic: Scientific Method & What is Life?

Scientific Method Review Worksheet
Characteristics of Lions Brainstorm

Conclusion CER Worksheet- Part III- Due Wed, Sept 19th

Scientific Method Test- Thurs, Sept 20th

Lab Report:
Bread Mold Lab Report- Due Fri, Sept 21st (see requirements below)


Bread Mold Lab Report Requirements

40 points

This lab report may be handwritten or typed.   The front page should include your name and a title “Bread Mold Lab Report.”  Then it should continue with the report.  (There should not be a single title page.)  Each internal section should be titled.   Be sure to read over your report and correct grammar and spelling errors.  All information should be in sentence format (except for the table in the data section).  You will use your notes from class as a rough draft.

Observation:  Using qualitative observations, describe the bread mold observed in class.  These should be the observations made at the very beginning of this lab.  These are what cause you to ask your scientific question. (3 points)

Question:  What scientific question are you trying to answer in this lab? (3 points)

Hypothesis:  Using an “if… then” format, write a hypothesis, including the specific condition being tested and a possible, measureable result.  (6 points)

Control/Variable:  List the manipulated variable, responding variable, and all control factors in the experiment.  (4 points)

Procedure:  In a step by step format, with numbers to indicate each step (ex: Step 1… Step 2), write all instructions to complete your experiment.  (8 points)

Data:  In a table format, record all data taken from the lab.  Be sure to label the chart clearly and include all units (ex:  cm, grams).  (8 points)

Conclusion:  Using information from the data, refer back to the hypothesis stating if it was verified or falsified and why.  (8 points)

Life Science- Aug 3-7

Topic: Scientific Method

Bread Mold Lab
– Experimental Design
– Performing the experiment
– Data Tables
– Conclusion Writing

Conclusion CER Worksheet- Part I- Due Friday, September 7th
Conclusion CER Worksheet- Part II- Due Monday, September 10th

Life Science- Welcome to 6th Grade- Aug 6th-10th

Welcome to a great year of learning about the beautiful world that surrounds us!  I am excited for a new school year to begin and to join with you in educating your student about the wonders of the world.

My name is Christina Agurcia, and I am originally from Illinois.  I graduated from Lincoln Christian College with a BS in Bible, from Illinois State University with a BS in Biology, and from Adams State University MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  I am certified by the State of Illinois to teach a wide range of science subjects, including biology, chemistry, and physics.  As well, I have taken graduate education courses in zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, and AP Environmental Science.

I have 14 years of teaching experience in the secondary science classroom, and this will be my eleventh year at Discovery School.  Previously, I taught one year at a private school here in Tegucigalpa and three years at a public school in the United States of America.

This year in life science we will be using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), covering the following topics:

First Quarter-    Scientific Method      What is Life?           Ecosystems

Second Quarter- Science Fair    Populations and Communities

Third Quarter-  Cells      Animal and Plant Body Systems

Fourth Quarter-  Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms-
Life Cycles, Cell Division, Genetics, and DNA

This year the 6th grade will be participating in science fair.  The science fair project will be an interdisciplinary project that will be completed during the first semester.  Discovery’s Science Fair will be held on November 30th.

The science department divides a student’s grade into the following categories:

Homework/Classwork- 30%                Projects/Labs- 40%                   Tests/Quizzes- 30%

The following supplies needed for life science class are:

15 File Folders ; 3 Packets of Loose Leaf Paper ; 1 packet of notecards; Pens or Pencils            Colored Pencils; Ruler; Scissors; Eraser or Correction Fluid

I am looking forward to developing an excellent working relationship with you.  It is important that we keep in close contact about your student’s progress.  Each week I will be updating a blog and calendar, which will have information about the material being covered in class, student activities and homework, as well, as upcoming dates for projects and tests.  The blog is found at  As well, links for the blog are found on the school’s website under the secondary tab.  Students and parents should check the blog each Monday.

All classwork and homework are to be kept securely, using a metal fastener, in a unit portfolio.  If work is not presented in the unit portfolio, it will not earn a grade.  Homework, as listed in class and on the blog, is due by 8:00 AM on the day the assignment is due.  Students must bring their portfolio, including their work, to my classroom and place it in the bin.  Any work submitted after 8:00 AM will be considered late.  Only excused tardies and absences will be accepted as a reason for turning in work after 8:00 AM.    A student who does not have homework ready at 8:00 AM will be expected to complete that work at snack or lunch time, for 90% of the credit.  Assignments presented one day late are worth 90% of the credit, and assignments presented two days late are worth 80% of the credit.  After this point, no credit will be earned.

Classtime is valuable, and therefore, a student should attempt be at school as much as possible.  However, if a student is absent, he/she is responsible to complete all make-up work.  Make-up work can be found in the “make-up” folder for his or her class.  Any missed notes can be copied from a fellow student.  If a student missed a test/quiz/lab, she/he will need make an appointment to complete the work.  For excused absences, students are given one day to make-up work per each absent day.  For one or two day excused absences, the students should be prepared to take any pre-scheduled test or quiz and submit any large project upon returning to school. For a longer absence, the student will not be required to take a test or quiz on the first two days after returning to school.  For preplanned absences, a student is to notify the teacher in writing previous to the absence (at least 3 days).  The teacher will assign work, giving a schedule for work to be complete.  No credit will be given for unexcused absences or absences due to suspension.

If you need to contact me individually, the best way is through email.  My email address is  The office will also take messages for me.  If you would like to meet with me, I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

If your student has any concerns or does not understand a topic, please encourage him/her to see me.  I am available most days before school, during snack, and during lunch.

Thank you for entrusting me in joining you in the education of your student!


Christina S. Agurcia

Life Science- May 28-June 1

Topic: DNA


Biotechnology Reading
DNA – Who’s the Dolphin Daddy?

Section 4 Assessment Due Mon, May 28th

DNA Review- Due Tues, May 29th

Extra Credit: DNA Structure & Function Essay- Due Wed, May 30th

Test: DNA Test-Wed, May 30th



DNA – Who’s the Dolphin Daddy?
Biotechnology Reading

Homework: DNA Review- Due Monday, May 28th

Extra Credit:  DNA Structure & Function Essay- Due Tuesday, May 29th

Test: DNA Test- Tues, May 29th