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CLASSROOM OVERVIEW AND CURRICULUM

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW AND CURRICULUM ...*This will be periodically updated as I have moved from 8th grade to 6th grade :-)
 Science

OVERVIEW
Mr. Chulik
 
             Mr. Chulik's science provides students with activity/lab-centered study of  science with emphasis on problem-solving, laboratory skills, and study skills.  The latest course content is listed far below.

            As I believe that students learn best by doing, I will try to include as many hands-on activities in my teaching as possible.  Hands-on projects that will be considered for completion this year include: building atoms with cereal, egg drop, motion machine, sensor labs, experimental design project, 'Toys in Space', and SUPER HERO SCIENCE, just to name a few.

           
            Points are earned through each of the following:

            1.  Completed homework and worksheets
            2.  Activities and experiments
            3.  Quizzes (No pop quizzes)
            4.  Tests
            5.  Projects
            6.  Extra credit (learning centers/science related topics)

     Homework tasks will be assigned nearly every day, but assignments will vary.  Students may not have a specific assignment per say, but may have a long-term project that may be due shortly.  Students need to be aware that these long-term projects are considered homework!  It would be advantageous for the students to work on extra credit activities when they do not have any required homework. Tests may be a variety of multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, essays, etc. Reading assignments/homework questions should require no more than 30 minutes, usually far less.  Other assignments might include bringing in items from home (lids, jars, buttons, or other assorted good junk), or performing simple activities and observations. 

     If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to make up any missed work. I will have every assignment posted on the board in the front of the room, on GRADEBOOK (Formerly PROGRESSBOOK), and on a calendar in the front of the room. Please know GRADEBOOK should not take the place of students responsibly copying down their nightly assignments. If there is a long term absence, I will definitely work with the student to accommodate!

Students are expected to bring the following materials EACH CLASS DAY.

            Textbook
            Pen or pencil            
    Notebook        

 

Disciplinary Plan 

Rules
Be on time.

Show respect at all times (to students and teachers) 
No excessive talking.
No candy. Gum is allowed as long as it is not a distraction.
Stay on task. 

Rewards
Verbal praise

Respect from teacher and classmates
Call/note to parents

Consequences
Polite reminder
Detention
Call to parents
Time out
Consequence determined by vice principal/principal 

 6th GRADE COURSE OF STUDY FOR SCIENCE WILL BE FORTHCOMING: SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THIS IS THE MOST RECENT . It is subject to change as we re-write the curriculum as a district. 

6th GRADE ‘I CAN STATEMENTS’ AND LEARNING TARGETS 

 
                THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Essential Understanding: How do we prove something?

I CAN LIST THE IMPORTANT SAFETY RULES IN A SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION

I CAN IDENTIFY THE VARIABLES IN A LAB

I CAN COLLECT AND ANALYZE DATA FROM AN INVESTIGATION

I CAN GENERATE A GRAPH THAT SUMMARIZES A SET OF DATA

I CAN DRAW A CONCLUSION BASED ON A SET OF DATA

I CAN DESIGN AN INVESTIGATION THAT WILL ANSWER A GIVEN PROBLEM

MEASUREMENT

Essential Understanding: How do we describe stuff?

I CAN EXPLAIN WHAT A PHYSICAL PROPERTY IS

I CAN MEASURE THE DIMENSIONS, MASS, AND VOLUME, OF AN OBJECT

I CAN EXPLAIN WHAT DENSITY IS AND HOW TO FIND IT

I CAN INVESTIGATE THE DENSITY OF A SUBSTANCE

I CAN CREATE AN INVESTIGATION TO IDENTIFY A SUBSTANCE BASED ON ITS PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

MATTER

Essential Understanding: How can we change stuff?

I CAN CLASSIFY THE PROPERTIES OF A SUBSTANCE AS EITHER PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL

I CAN IDENTIFY PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL CHANGES

I CAN CREATE AN INVESTIGATION TO IDENTIFY A SUBSTANCE BASED ON ITS PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

I CAN DESCRIBE SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, AND GASES

I CAN EXPLAIN WHAT CAUSES A SUBSTANCE TO CHANGE PHASE

I CAN INVESTIGATE THE AMOUNT OF MATTER BEFORE AND AFTER A CHEMICAL CHANGE

GEOLOGY

Essential Understanding: What makes up the Earth?

I CAN DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MINERALS

I CAN IDENTIFY A MINERAL BASED ON ITS CHARACTERISTICS

I CAN EXPLAIN HOW EACH TYPE OF ROCK IS FORMED AND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH TYPE

I CAN IDENTIFY A ROCK BASED ON ITS CHARACTERISTICS

I CAN DRAW A DIAGRAM THAT ILLUSTRATES THE ROCK CYCLE

I CAN EXPLAIN HOW SOIL IS FORMED

I CAN DESCRIBE HOW MINERALS, ROCKS, AND SOIL ARE USED IN SOCIETY

CELLS

Essential Understanding: How are we similar to an amoeba?

I CAN USE A MICROSCOPE TO SEE OBJECTS UNDER LOW AND MEDIUM POWER

I CAN IDENTIFY THE INTERNAL STRUCTURES OF A PLANT AND ANIMAL CELL

I CAN EXPLAIN THE FUNCTION OF THE STRUCTURES IN A PLANT AND ANIMAL CELL

I CAN CLASSIFY A CELL AS EITHER A PLANT CELL OR AN ANIMAL CELL

I CAN DESIGN A MODEL OF A CELL

I CAN IDENTIFY THE ORGANIZATION OF CELLS

ENERGY

Essential Understanding: Why do some objects have more energy than others?

I CAN DEFINE ENERGY AND EXPLAIN ITS USES

I CAN EXPLAIN KINETIC AND POTENTIAL ENERGY AND GIVE EXAMPLES

I CAN DESCRIBE THE TYPE OF ENERGY AN OBJECT HAS DUE TO ITS MOTION OR POSITION

I CAN CLASSIFY A TYPE OF ENERGY AS KINETIC OR POTENTIAL

I CAN DEMONSTRATE HOW AN OBJECT’S ENERGY CAN CHANGE FROM POTENTIAL TO KINETIC AND BACK

I CAN DESIGN A MACHINE THAT WILL CONVERT POTENTIAL TO KINETIC ENERGY IN A WAY THAT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES A TASK LIKE FLIPPING A SWITCH

MOTION

Essential Understanding: How do we know if we are moving?

I CAN MEASURE THE DISTANCE AN OBJECT TRAVELS

I CAN DESCRIBE THE MOTION OF AN OBJECT

I CAN COMPARE THE MOTION OF AN OBJECT FROM SEVERAL REFERENCE POINTS

I CAN CALCULATE THE SPEED OF AN OBJECT

I CAN GRAPH THE MOTION OF AN OBJECT

I CAN HYPOTHESIZE ABOUT THE MOTION OF AN OBJECT BASED ON A GRAPH OF TIME AND DISTANCE

ATOMS

Essential Understanding: What is stuff made of?

I CAN DESCRIBE MATTER AND EXPLAIN ITS COMPOSITION

I CAN IDENTIFY THE PARTS OF AN ATOM

I CAN DESCRIBE THE PROPERTIES OF THE PROTON, NEUTRON, AND ELECTRON

I CAN EXPLAIN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ATOMS, ELEMENTS, AND COMPOUNDS

I CAN INVESTIGATE HOW VARIOUS ATOMS OR COMPOUNDS CAN BE COMBINED OR MIXED