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Erica Valerie

Week of February 19

February 19, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Here’s our plan for this week:

 

 

Day In class homework
Tues *wrap up “Ways Ocean Water Moves” with ACE writing

*notes on “Ocean Currents & How They Form” and “density and deep currents “

 

none
Wed * finish Tuesday’s notes

* ACE summary of currents

*”Go With The Flow” Map

 

Finish “Go with the Flow” map

 

Thurs * master diagram of currents

*Currents Text reading & ACE

none
Fri *master diagram of currents

*pop quiz on currents

none

 

Families, also please do not forget STEAM Family Night on 3/1. You’ll also be able to view our STEAM Fair projects at this time in the gym! Also, our Goodwill Donations Drive is going on Saturday 3/10 from 9-1 in our school parking lot.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Valerie

6th Grade Science

Head Middle Magnet

(615) 329-8160 ext. 134

erica.valerie@mnps.org

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

 

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week of February 12

February 12, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Congratulations! STEAM Fair projects are in! Pfew! Now my works starts grading over 80 projects! I had almost a 100% completion rate on this project and that is very commendable! It takes a lot of organization and follow-through to complete these projects. Your children deserve a huge pat on the back.

 

Meanwhille, we have wrapped up our study of energy and are spending a few days on electricity. Here’s the plan:

 

Day In class homework
Mon *finish practice worksheet on “electricity”

*start electricity labs

Plan STEAM Presentation; make sure you know your date
Tues *electricity labs

*electricity review

*Start STEAM presentations

Study for Thursday’s test
Wed *review for unit test

*start Electricity PE due Tuesday

Study

PE due next Tuesday

Thurs *Energy & Electricity Test

*continue w/ Electricity PE

PE due next Tuesday
Fri *start Ocean Unit PE due next Tuesday

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Valerie

6th Grade Science

Head Middle Magnet

(615) 329-8160 ext. 134

erica.valerie@mnps.org

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

 

Week of February 5

 

Feb 5, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

STEAM Fair projects are due this Thursday! I look forward to seeing how your child has pulled together all their research!  Completed logbooks and display boards should be brought to school on Thursday during class.  I will review projects and students will present them over the next couple weeks in class.  Our school-wide STEAM Fair is set for 2/28.  The community is invited to view the projects on the 28th and March 1st in the gym.

 

Here’s the rest of our plan for this week:

 

Day In Class Homework
Mon * Notes & Reading on “Law of Conservation of Energy”

*Demonstration

*start in class project: “Rollercoaster Physics”

STEAM Fair project (final logbook and final display board) due Thursday
Tues *notes on 7 forms of energy

*practice worksheets

*continue on Rollercoaster project

STEAM Fair project (final logbook and final display board) due Thursday
Wed *energy conversions

*practice

*continue Rollercoaster project

STEAM Fair project (final logbook and final display board) due tomorrow
Thurs *Review of chapter 12

*STEAM Fair projects

None
Fri *notes on electricity

*circuits practice

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Have a great week!

 

Erica Valerie

Science

Head MMS

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

 

week of January 29

 

1/29/18

Dear Parents:

 

We are starting our unit on energy this week.  Students should be working on a few things at home:

 

  1. Weather Map Performance Event is due tomorrow, 1/29
  2. Meteorology Test is tomorrow, 1/29. Students have a study guide and should study from their ISN and pink playlist that lists all the objectives we have learned.
  3. STEAM Fair Project due 2/8. I will pass back logbooks tomorrow with my comments thus far.  The logbook and display board should be finalized by 2/8 to turn in.  Remember, display boards are available around town such as Walmart, Kroeger, Lowes, Dollar stores, craft stores.  We will start class presentations after 2/8.

 

Also, this Thursday I will offer an after-school help session for the STEAM Fair project from 3-3:30.  If your child is having difficulty with any step in the project and would like one-on-one help, this is the session for them!  If your child will stay that day, please email me back so I know to expect them.  If your child just has clarifying questions, please encourage them to see me before school at 7:45.

 

Here’s a look ahead:

 

Day Classwork Homework
Monday * Meteorology Unit Test (chapter 6 & 7)

* two STEAM Fair paragraphs: “abstract” AND “conclusion” OR “statement of need”

*Final Logbook & display board due February 8th

*finish two STEAM Fair paragraphs

Tuesday * Progress check on STEAM Fair

* Introduction to energy. Activity and note taking (Section 12.1 in TB) and rollercoaster diagram in “energy booklet”

*Final STEAM Project due 2/8

*finish “energy booklet”

Wednesday *practice with PE/KE in rotation activity

 

*Final STEAM Project due 2/8
Thursday *Lab (PE/KE)

*PE/KE Review

*Start Roller Coaster Physics Project

*Final STEAM Project due 2/8

* Finish PE/KE Review

*AFTER SCHOOL STEAM FAIR HELP SESSION (email me permission please)

 

Friday *Notes and practice on 7 forms of Energy * Final STEAM Project due 2/8

 

Have a great week!

 

Erica Valerie

6th grade science

Head MMS

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

 

 

week of January 8

January 8, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Here’s our plan for this week in science:

 

Day In class homework
Mon * review last week’s labs & summaries

* dew point lab

* Update vocabulary & “Humidity statements”

* Section 7.1 Review

* Step 3 STEAM Fair due Thursday. All data collection done by 1/18.; log book check on 1/18 also.

 

*finish Section 7.1 Review

 

Tues *notes on air masses

*Fronts Booklet

*Update vocabulary

* STEAM Project
Wed *Notes on pressure & weather

*Practice worksheet

*Update vocabulary

*STEAM Fair Update

* STEAM Project
Thurs *Notes on Weather Forecasting Tools

*Start weather forecasting, maps, symbols

*Step 4 and logbook check due next Thursday
Fri *weather forecasting

*quiz on vocabulary

*STEAM project

 

 

STEAM Project: Students should be working on their projects. If you have misplaced either the packet, which guides the work, or the master timeline, with all the deadlines and my suggestions, you may view/print them off my website:

 

https://sciencewithkids.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/steam-fair-2017-18/

 

All the data collection should be complete by the Thursday, 1/18. Log books will be checked for progress on the 18th as well.   You can also start thinking about purchasing a “science fair display board”. Each student needs one of these to present their projects and it is due February 1st. The boards will be available through school for $5 but they are also usually available cheaper around town, such as at Walmart, Lowes, Kroger, Dollar Store/Tree and craft stores.  If students have questions, they can see me before school and during homeroom.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Valerie

6th Grade Science

Head Middle Magnet

(615) 329-8160 ext. 134

erica.valerie@mnps.org

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

 

STEAM Fair 2017-18

Here are two documents to help with your project.

1. This is the timeline showing all the due dates and tips for completing your project:  MASTER TIMELINE – STEAM FAIR 2017-18

 

2.  This is the packet for the experiment option as a word document if you need to read part of it or print yourself a copy:

Engineering, Option A:  Engineering Packet 2017-18 STEAM fair

Experiment, Option B:  STEAM Packet Option B 2017-18

week of Dec 4

 

Dec 4, 2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

Here is the plan for next week. But first, some important dates coming up:

 

Monday, 12/4: students bring logbook to class so we can set it up for their projects

Thursday, 12/7: Step 1 of the STEAM Fair is due

Thursday, 12/7: Test on Chapter 6

Thursday, 12/14: Step 2 of the STEAM Fair is due

Thursday, 12/14: Semester Spiral Test (this is a review test of the semester using questions from previous tests and classwork. Because there is no new material on this test, there will be no retakes)

 

 

Day In class homework
Mon *finish “Global Winds”

*set up   log book

*Coriolis effect video & summary

*Step 1 of STEAM is due Thursday

*Chapter 6 test is Thursday

Tues *Solar Radiation Experiment Design assignment

*review for test

* finish study guide

* Step 1 due Thursday

Wed *escape room (test review game)

 

* test tomorrow

*Step 1 due tomorrow

Thurs *chapter 6 test *Step 2 of STEAM project due next Thursday
Fri * water cycle assignments

*humidity notes

 

*Step 2 of STEAM project due next Thursday

 

 

STEAM Project: All students should have approved projects by now and should be working out of their packets to complete Step 1. If students have questions, they can see me before school and during homeroom. Our timeline allows three weeks TOTAL in January for actually doing the experiment or building/testing a prototype. Some students may need longer than this to collect data if their projects are very involved. Please check with your child to see if their approved project will require them to get started over Winter break or not.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Valerie

6th Grade Science

Head Middle Magnet

(615) 329-8160 ext. 134

erica.valerie@mnps.org

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

 

week of December 11

 

12/11/17

 

Dear Parents:

 

Here’s our plan for the last week of the first semester in 6th grade science!

 

Day In class homework
Mon *wrap up Section 7.1 (finish humidity summary; finish guided reading worksheet; notes on clouds; review clouds) * STEAM Step 2 due Thursday (this should be done in the logbook AND turned in to me on separate notebook paper for me to grade)

* study & study guide due Wednesday

Tues *semester review * STEAM Step 2 due Thursday (this should be done in the logbook AND turned in to me on separate notebook paper for me to grade)

* study & study guide due Wednesday

Wed *go over study guide

*continue semester review

* STEAM Step 2 due Thursday (this should be done in the logbook AND turned in to me on separate notebook paper for me to grade)

* study for test!

Thurs *semester review test STEAM Step 3 due 1/11
Fri *Review Tests returned STEAM Step 3 due 1/11

 

Have a great week!

 

Mrs. Valerie

6th grade science

Head MMS

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

 

 

week of Nov 27

November 27, 2017

 

Dear Parents:

 

Here’s the plan for this week in 6th grade science!

Day In class Homework
Mon *finish notes on convection

*heat transfer review worksheet & convection current statements

*start convection current diagram

*Discuss STEAM Fair “final topic” page.

*final topic for STEAM Fair due Thursday, 11/30 (p. 6 of Engineering packet; p. 7 of experiment packet)

 

Tues *wrap up convection

*notes on greenhouse effect & climate change

*diagram and paragraph

 

*final topic due Thursday
Wed Climate change project *final topic due tomorrow
Thurs Climate change project

 

*Step 1 of STEAM Fair due next Thursday, 12/7.
Fri *notes on wind

*global wind worksheet

*Coriolis effect video & summary

*Step 1 of STEAM project due next Thursday

 

STEAM Fair: By now, your student should have returned their STEAM Fair letter to me with your signature on it stating whether they will do an engineering or science project. We spent last Tuesday in class developing projects and most students have their project idea. By this Thursday, 11/30, students turn in their “FINAL TOPIC”. This is page 6 in the engineering packet and page 7 in the experiment packet. Students should see me if they have questions. Students receive their packet after they turn in the “STEAM Fair letter” with your signature and several students have not yet returned their letters.  Please check with your student to see where they are with their project.  Thanks so much for your support!

Sincerely,

Erica Valerie

6th grade science

Head Middle Magnet

(615) 329-8160 ext 134

www.sciencewithkids.wordpress.com

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