Welcome to 6th grade science! I have been teaching middle school science for over twelve years (6 in Herkimer, New York, and 6 here in Collierville, Tennessee) and I am excited to be teaching again at Collierville Middle School! Go Dragons!
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Course Description: During this school year, students will be exploring and investigating many different areas of science focusing on physical science, earth science, and life science. Students will learn about the engineering design process, energy and energy transfer, circulation in earth’s air and oceans, weather and climate, interactions of living things, earth’s biomes and ecosystems, earth’s resources, and our human impact on the environment. In order to master these disciplinary core ideas, students will be focusing on several science and engineering practices, such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in arguments from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.
Student skills are assessed using a variety of methods, including work in class and work to be competed at home during remote days.
Due to social distancing guidelines, students will not be participating in traditional science labs, as we will not be working in small groups and we will not be sharing community supplies. When possible, students will use virtual labs or teacher demonstrations to help master scientific skills. We can still work as part of a team, even from a distance!
Weekly plans will be posted to Schoology under "updates" by Friday afternoon. Please know that these plans are subject to change, and I will do my best to send follow-up updates if there are significant changes.
Textbook: We will be using an online textbook that students may access through their iPads using our ThinkCentral app within ClassLink. The textbook can also be accessed by clicking HERE.
Contact: Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can make this a fantastic year!