Welcome to Science
Great Place to Start! Wikipedia
Hour of Code
Announcing the BMMS STEM Fair!Wednesday 2/5/2014
Interested in completing a project? Visit our website for more information or talk to me in class. I am offering extra credit to all of my students that complete a project. Please submit all proposals by 1/3/2014.Link to STEM Fair Website
Ms. Boeckl's Science Website
Link to your online textbook
Don't forget to use your login and password. I placed a sticker with each students' information on the inside cover of their agenda book.
Login to Edmodo
What we did in class today;
12/13- Hour of Code- Every student in the school was given the opportunity try an hour of code. The program is a national push to expose young students to the opportunities that computer programing has to offer. Students explored different aspects of computer coding through games and tutorials created by some of the top minds and corporations in the business; MIT, Apple, and Microsoft. Visit their site at code.org
12/12- Test on Rock Cycle and Fossil Records.
12/11- Review Day. Students played a game of Jeopardy to review for their test tomorrow.
12/10- No School Snow Day again =(
12/9- No School Snow Day =)
12/6- We finished our fossil unit by exploring how each fossil is dated in sedimentary rock layers.
12/5- Fossil Lab Continued
12/4- Fossil Lab- Students had the opportunity to look at fossils from the time periods they were researching under our stereoscopes, and perform a little research about each sample.
12/3- Geologic Time Scales continued- The planning process took longer than we originally planned so we will present tomorrow.
12/2- Geologic Time Scales- We divided into small groups and drew a time period out of a hat. Each group became the expert about their time period and will present a short three minute skit about the Earth during that point in time.
11/26- Parent Teacher Conference Day- Short class, but we had time to introduce the BMMS STEM Fair in February. Look for more information to next week.
11/25- Parent Teacher Conference Day- In class we rounded out the rock cycle.
11/22- Igneous Phase- The last stop on our tour of the rock cycle. Our samples were completely melted and the students chose whether to cool their rocks quickly (extrusive), or slowly (intrusive). The rock are made of the same materials but end up completely different. Today was also the Turkey Trot and the Fall Fling so classes were a little shorter than normal.
11/21- Metamorphic Phase- Our sedimentary rocks were gently heated, in a warm granite sandwich, and squeezed in a vice to add our pressure. Our rocks emerged as metamorphic. Some of our samples even have foliations in them due to how the samples were prepared.
11/20- Sedimentary Phase- We prepared our sediments through the processes of erosion and deposition. Our sediments ended up at the bottom of the "Burleigh River", to be slowely buried, and compacted into a sedimentary rock. Principals of super-position and relative dating were also explored.
11/19- Weathering Phase- We started our Rock cycle by taking a piece of "crayolanite" and weathering it into sediments. Weathering is a long and tedious process, just like in the real rock cycle.
11/18- Rock Cycle Pre-Lab. We read and researched what we will be doing the rest of the week for our Rock Cycle Lab. Instructions and safety procedures were highlighted.
11/15- Quiz on "Text Features". Students were able to use the notes they created during the quiz. The idea is for them to see the link between reading strategies and quiz questions. Students that used the strategies we learned this week did very well on today's quiz.
11/14- We used Inspiration to turn our webs into outlines and printed them for tomorrow's quiz.
11/13- Continued Inspiration Activity.
11/12- We focused on a different reading strategy of using text features to determine the most important information on a page. Students used the program Inspiration to create webs of what they thought was the most important information in each section of the chapter.
11/11- This week we are focusing on study skills and how to read a science textbook. We discussed different strategies to use while reading including pre-reading strategies like reading the Self-check, vocabulary, and visuals, before reading the text. Students started to take notes on what they read by asnwering the pre-reading questions as they read. Reading a science textbook is not like reading a literature, and they should be approached in different ways. We will be highlighting the differences and introducing study skills all week.
Dear Parent/Guardian and Student:
Welcome to sixth grade science at Burleigh Manor. The sixth grade science program focuses on Earth Science. Major topics include: lab safety and scientific measurement, weather, geology, ecology, and astronomy. In addition students will also be developing skills necessary to be successful in not only this science class, but future classes as well.
NOTEBOOK: Each student should use a small 3-ring binder as their science notebook. Students will be required to bring their notebook to class every day unless otherwise instructed. In general, students will not be able to use materials in their notebook during quizzes or tests, but should use notebook material to help review for tests or quizzes. Periodically I will have notebook checks or quizzes to check notebook organization. These will be worth points towards a students overall grade.
TEXTBOOK: Students will be issued a science textbook. It is very important to keep the textbook covered at all times. There will be a lot of reading assigned from the textbook. Students do not normally need to bring their textbook to class every day but should bring them if assigned. A webbased edition of the textbook is available online. Students will be given a login and a password to access the publishers website. Damaged or lost textbooks will result in a fine being assessed to the student.
HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned. All BMMS students are given a homework assignment book to be used for all classes. Students are required to copy their homework assignment from the board each day. Science homework will include: written assignments, finishing classwork, reading, and studying for tests and quizzes. I will check completed written assignments the day they are due. I will review the written assignments in class and students will have the opportunity to correct their work at that time. After being collected, homework will be graded for accuracy, being on time, and completeness. In general, written homework that was completed on time will receive full credit. Homework completed late will earn ½ credit at most. Students are responsible for getting and making up any homework missed during absences. A reasonable amount of time will be allowed for students to make up missed homework.
TESTS AND QUIZZES: Each unit will end with a test or quest (small test). There will also be quizzes and mini quizzes during units, some unannounced. These will be designed to make sure students are keeping up on their science work and that they are learning the material. Hopefully this will help students be better prepared for the end of quarter assessments.
LAB AND GROUP WORK: Labs and group activities are an important part of the science program. Safety is very important in science class and students will be expected to follow established safety rules and procedures. Each student will be required to sign a safety contract and pass a science safety test before participating in labs. Safety rules will be enforced. Violations may mean losing lab privileges for a determined period of time, and/or receiving partial credit or no credit for a lab. A student not following safety rules and procedures endangers not only him/herself but others in the class. Assignments missed because of improper safety practices cannot be made up and may result in the lowering of a students overall grade because of the missed points.
GRADING: Grading will be based on a point system. Each assignment I grade will have a certain point value. All assignments will be posted to Teacherease.
90-100% of possible points = A
80-89% of possible points = B
70-79% of possible points = C
60-69% of possible points = D
less than 60% of possible points = E
LATE WORK: All work must be completed on time!
Homework that is one day late will lose 50% of the grade. All other assignments will lose 10% for each school day after the assignment is due. If you know that you will not be able to hand in an assignment in on time, please talk to me as soon as possible. Before the due date I can be very flexible. After the due date it is late.
I will not accept for credit any assignments more than 2 weeks past due or after the end of the quarter. Please see the school system calendar for these dates and please feel free to contact me regarding any special circumstances.
MAKE-UP WORK: Students are responsible for making up all work missed when they are absent. It is the students responsibility to check for missed assignments. In general for every day missed the student has that many days to complete the assignments.
Parents, you may access my school web page through yourclasspage.com, and your childs grade through Teacher Ease. I update my school web page at least once a week so please check it weekly if possible for class updates and current homework assignments. You may also sign up to be notified when my web page changes by clicking on the Be notified icon at the top of the page. Feel free to contact me during the school year by note, phone call, or email if you have a question or concern. The school phone number is 410-313-2507. Email is the quickest way of reaching me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also email me directly from my school web page by clicking on the email me icon at the top of the page. Thank you in advance for your attention and support.
Mr. McGurl and Miss Boeckl
I'm so excited to start the year here at Burleigh Manor! I keep hearing such great things about all of the students and staff. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you as we have a great time learning about our Earth in Mr. McGurl's class!