Life Science- Sept 18-22

Topic: What is Life?

Homework:
pg. 40 (1)- Due Wednesday, Sept 20th
pg. 57 (1)- Due Fri, Sept 22nd
Microscope Coloring- Due Monday, Sept 25th

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Life Science- Sept 11-15

Topic: Scientific Method

Bread Mold Lab Report – Due Monday, September 11th (see requirements below)

Scientific Method Test- Tuesday, September 12th

Bread Mold Lab Report Requirements

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- Sept 4-8

Topic: Life Science

Homework:
Conclusion Wkst.-
6A- Due Tues, Sept 5th
6B- Due Mon, Sept 4th
Scientific Method Review Wkst- Due Thurs, Sept 7th

Lab Report: Bread Mold Lab Report- Due Mon, Sept 11th (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- Week of Aug 9-11

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of an 6th grade life science student,
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 and 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? Cells
Second Quarter- Animal and Plant Body Systems
Third Quarter- Ecosystems, Populations and Communities
Fourth Quarter- Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms- Life Cycles, Cell Division,
Genetics, and DNA
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. 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 cagurcia@discoveryschool.edu.hn. 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!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Christina Agurcia