General 6th Grade Science Information

  • General 6th Grade Science Information
About 6th Grade Science Class
Quarter Grade Determination:
  • 80% - Tests, Quizzes, Long term projects
  • 20% - Homework, Classwork, Labs, Notebook, Short term assignments (Science in the News)
End of the Year Final Grade Determination:
  • Each quarter grade averaged equally
Sixth Grade - Science - Curriculum

The 6th grade Science program reflects PA and National Standards in Science and Technology. Units such as Weather, Cell Biology and Disease, Energy, and Land, Water, and Human Interaction are studied through a hands approach using state-of-the-art resources such as  SEPUP. Relevant technology is integrated throughout the curriculum, such as laptops, internet sites, microscopes, etc.


SEPUP (The Science Education for Public Understanding Program) began in 1987 at The University of California - Berkeley as a not-for-profit project to develop hands-on materials and innovative science curricula for use in 6-12 education. Issue-oriented science forms the core of SEPUP's curriculum materials. Every unit uses personal and societal issues to provide thematic continuity for student investigations and observations.

Units of Exploration

  1. Cell Biology and Disease
  2. Land, Water, and Human Interaction
  3. Weather
  4. Energy
What will you need for Science class?
  • Dry erase marker
  • 3 ring binder (1 inch is fine): for notes, handouts, etc.
  • Dividers
  • Loose leaf paper for binder
  • Folder


  • Pencil case
  • Sharpened pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pencil erase caps
  • Colored pencils
  • Dry erase markers
  • Highlighters
  • Scotch tape
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Sticky-notes
  • Scissors
  • Pocket folder (to travel to & from school with homework and important papers).

*Please be sure that all notebooks, textbooks and 3 ring binders are clearly marked with the subject and the student’s full name.*

Class Rules and Expectations
As a student in my class, you will be expected to:

1) Respect yourself, others, and property.

2) Always be prepared and on time.

3) Use appropriate voice volume and language.
4) Follow directions.

Absences: If a student misses a class they are expected to see me to find out what information, assignments, or homework they have missed.  A"what did I miss" tray will be in my room with assignments and homework that students may have missed due to an absence.  It is the student's responsibility to check this if they are absent.   A student has as many days as they are absent to turn in their homework.

Homework Policy

Assignments and Assessments: You should expect to have meaningful extensions (homework) from this class throughout the week. The extensions will be designed to help you master the concepts taught in class.Homework should be completed on time to receive full credit. Late homework will be penalized as per HMS Handbook. If you are absent from class, you will have up to the number of days absent to turn in the assignment(s) that you missed,unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please check the website to access homework. It is your responsibility to show me late or missed work at an appropriate time. Grades are based on daily work, tests and quizzes, projects, and class performance/participation.

If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz, you are responsible for arranging time to do a make-up test/quiz. You have up to the number of days you were absent to make up a test or quiz before losing points. Extenuating circumstances are considered if presented. 
Discipline Policy

Strike One:       Verbal warning.
Strike Two:       Phone call or email home.
Strike Three:     Teacher in school detention.              


Appropriate Use of Materials:  During class students will be required to follow all classroom directions.  Any misuse of materials or failure to follow instructions will result in immediate dismissal from the classroom.

Academic Dishonesty: If you are caught cheating on a test or assignment, you will receive a zero on that test or assignment.
Important Terms for the WHOLE Year
  • Observation - is any description or measurement gathered by senses
  • Data: Data is a collection of facts, such as values or measurements. It can be numbers, words, measurements, observations or even just descriptions of things. There can be qualitative data and quantitative data.  
  • Qualitative Data - data that measures a quality (descriptions)
  • Quantitative Data - data that measures an amount, usually represented by numbers.
  • Opinion - is a personal belief, not necessarily supported by facts.
  • Evidence - is the information that is gained by direct observation or from reliable sources which can be used to formulate ideas about the natural world to help us make decisions.
  • Metric System - Measuring system used by scientists and most countries other than the U.S. and the U.K.
    • Milliliters (mL) - The common unit for measuring volume. Measurement on graduated cylinder.
    • Centimeters (cm)- The common unit for measuring distance.
    • Celsius: The common unit for measuring temperature
  • Transparency
    • Opaque – can’t see through
    • Translucent – see through, but letters are blurry 
    • Transparent – can see through clearly
  • Variable: A variable is an object, event, idea, feeling, time period, or any other type of category you are trying to measure. There are two types of variables-independent and dependent. (Independent variable) causes a change in (Dependent Variable) and it isn't possible that (Dependent Variable) could cause a change in (Independent Variable).
    • Independent Variable: An independent variable is exactly what it sounds like. It is a variable that stands alone and isn't changed by the other variables you are trying to measure.
      • For example, someone's age might be an independent variable. Other factors (such as what they eat, how much they go to school, how much television they watch) aren't going to change a person's age. In fact, when you are looking for some kind of relationship between variables you are trying to see if the independent variable causes some kind of change in the other variables, or dependent variables.
    • Dependent Variable: Just like an independent variable, a dependent variable is exactly what it sounds like. It is something that depends on other factors.
      • For example, a test score could be a dependent variable because it could change depending on several factors such as how much you studied, how much sleep you got the night before you took the test, or even how hungry you were when you took it. Usually when you are looking for a relationship between two things you are trying to find out what makes the dependent variable change the way it does.
  • Control Group: A control group in a scientific experiment is a group separated from the rest of the experiment where the independent variable being tested cannot influence the results. This isolates the independent variable's effects on the experiment and can help rule out alternate explanations of the experimental results.


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