SCIENCE and DISCOVERY
Mrs. Preston's Class
HMMS Mission Statement:
Head Middle Magnet School will create a culture in which the academics and social foundation of all students are built and fostered beyond district and state expectations.
"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
~ Albert Einstein
In order to make our classroom a comfortable and encouraging learning environment, we have a clear set of policies and expectations.
Class Rules and Procedures
Class Supplies (and wish list)
1" Binder, any color, with two inside pockets, 8-tab dividers is a bonus
ear buds or headphones
a supply of pencils every day
a supply of notebook paper
colored pencils (a set of 12 is fine! but we do use them all the time!)
pencil pouch (with your name on it!!!!) to carry supplies
pocket pencil sharpener
Classroom Wish List
kleenex (always need more of this!)
The grading scale for METRO Nashville schools is:
F below 70%
While You Were Out
If you have an excused absence, you have as many days as you were absent to make up the work. For example, if you were absent one day, you have one day turn in make up work.
Here’s how to get your make up work:
(1) When you return to class, please see the “Pass Out” basket for your class period on the materials counter. Each day the make up work is updated.
(2) When you know what the work is, look in the filing trays to pick up the worksheets for the days you were absent.
(3) Write “ABSENT” on the top of each assignment and place it in the “Turn In” box for your class period, also on the materials counter.
Homework in science class is always purposeful and will be one of three kinds: (1) “Practice” is very important in cementing what was taught in class. Without enough practice, kids quickly forget new material. These assignments generally should take 5-10 minutes. (2) “Preparation” ensures kids are ready to participate the next day in class. These may be brainstorming or reflection assignments and should also only take 5-10 minutes. (3) “Projects” are completed over several days and require in-depth application of material we’ve learned. These are assigned infrequently or at the end of a unit.
Practice assignments are often a “mind map”. This is a highly visual form of organizing notes. Students generally take their class notes and rewrite them in the form of a draft “mind map”. Each day, they add a little more to the draft mind map from class notes. Before a test, students rewrite their draft “mind map” into a final version. This then serves as a summary of learning and a study guide. Both the draft and final “mind maps” are turned in for homework.
Homework: Mind Maps
Students are frequently asked to make “mind maps” from their class notes as homework. This is a way for students to rework and review what they have just learned in class. To really learn and remember new material, the brain needs to work with it six times on average. Mind maps are a highly individualized way of reworking information because everyone thinks of unique ways of categorizing and rewriting their notes. Mind maps help the brain remember information because they help the learner rework the new material into a colorful picture format that the brain easily “sees”.
We have practiced mind maps in class and students have been shown good examples. An example of mind map for students to refer to has been put in their Skills tab of their notebook.
Instructions for making a mind map are:
(1) come up with your own categories in which to group and organize your class notes.
(2) rewrite ALL of your notes into the mindmap. ALL of your notes.
(3) Be sure you are including the details from your notes (e.g., defintions & examples)
(4) Use color
Mind maps should NOT take a lot of time to make. For homework, students add to them each day from their class notes. Sometimes, it will take a week before a mind map is complete. That final product should be excellent evidence that the student has really worked with the material.
In science, we will be learning a lot of new content at a fast pace. Students need the detailed practice mindmaps offer.
Here are some excellent examples that show the level of effort that is expected from my students:
Retake Policy in Science
1. After each Test or Quiz, students will scan their tests for a score. There will be a time limit for every quiz or test.
2. If you make a 70 or lower you must get your quiz or test signed. The signature will allow you to do a retake. This must be turned in the next day.
3. If you make above a 70 but you still would like a retake you must also get your quiz or test signed. This must also be turned in the next day.
4. It is then your responsibility to study the material missed or get additional assistance during tutoring times before the next scheduled retake.
We will not use retake tickets in my class. Once your signed test is turned in, you may retake your test in class during work time.
Online Learning Resources
Below is a list of the branches of science we study in 6th grade. Under each category are links to videos online to help you review or go into more depth to learn the material.
Scientific MethodsFlocabulary/Scientific Method Galileo Mini Biography Limits On Our Knowledge Neil deGrasse Tyson: Science is in our DNAEngineering Design ProcessPBS Design Squad Challenges Design Squad Moving Target Challenge CNN 3D PrintingEnergySkatepark Simulation Potential and Kinetic EnergyDesignSquadClassical Music Compilation for StudyingEnergy on Brainpop EcologySymbiosis Study Jam PBS/Nature: Symbiosis Sharks and Turtles PBS/Nature Symbiosis Sharks & Fishermen PBS/Nature Symbiosis Sharks & Others The Coywolf BBC Wolves in Yellowstone Misconceptions about Photosynthesis Carbon Cycle Carbon Cycle & Global Warming Nitrogen Cycle Video on Earth’s BiomesOceanographyNBC/Great Pacific Garbage Patch Disney/EAC in Finding NemoMeteorologyHurricanes & Tornadoes Study Jams/Air Masses & FrontsElectromagnetismUsing Electromagnetism to Explore SpaceAstronomyOne Universe?
State of Tennessee 6th Grade Science Standards
Each week, notes from our lessons will appear here.
6th grade Science Practice Test
Helpful Articles, Books and Resources
Lisa Preston, MAT
6th Grade Science
Head Middle Magnet Prep of Math & Science
1830 Jo Johnston Ave.
Nashville TN 37203
Mrs. Preston's Class