Collierville Middle School
Mrs. Baker’s 6thGrade STEM Class
Course Description: The STEM curriculum comes from Project Lead the Way, and students have online access to this website with materials, assignments, and resources. First semester is Design and Modeling. In this unit we will look at What is Engineering, Engineering Careers, What is Technology, Introduction to the Design Process, Modeling and Statistical Analysis, and a Design Challenge. The second semester is Energy and the Environment. In that unit we will cover Investigating Energy, Sustainable Energy, and Making an Impact.
Homework: Homework will rarely be assigned, but when it is students will be given at least 2 days to complete these assignments. Written homework assignments should usually take no more than 10 minutes each night to complete. Assessments are usually announced a few days in advance. Study guides will be provided for tests and students will be provided with notes, or handouts that will assist in studying for quizzes.
Classwork: We will incorporate a variety of learning activities throughout the year in order to fully engage all learners. We will do a number of hands-on projects to strengthen understanding. Each weekend the next week's agenda will be e-mailed to students via Schoology.
Binders/Quad-Ruled Notebook: Students are expected to keep a binder with the handouts they are given. There is no textbook. The quad-ruled notebook is the students’ official “Engineering Notebook” they will use to sketch designs and show their work. Also, using the binder allows students to essentially create their own textbook that they are allowed to write on, highlight, and add notes which assists them in being more active readers. The binder promotes organization skills that are so important during the transition to middle school. We will use fewer paper copies as we move through the year, and these items will then be placed on Schoology. Students will still need to keep their binder as certain items will still be used, and a binder check will be counted as a grade for each unit.
Tests/Quizzes: Students will take occasional quizzes on vocabulary and content specific information. Quizzes assist us in understanding if students are grasping the ideas that are covered in class as we build knowledge. Projects will count as a test grade. There will be very few tests in this class.
Parents and students can check Powerschool to monitor grades and progress. However, this class will not have a grade printed on the report card. Instead, each quarter’s final average will count as a test grade in his or her science class.
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