Syllabus

Mrs. Busch’s Sixth grade science syllabus

Science this year is very exciting! During first semester, we will be completing an AMSTI unit called Earth in Space.  The topics covered in this unit are:

PART 1—Sun-Earth-Moon System

(Earth as a Planet, Tracking shadows, Seasons, Lunar and Solar Phases and Eclipses)

COS 8.) Describe how Earth's rotation, Earth's axial tilt, and distance from the equator cause variations in the heating and cooling of various locations on Earth.

          9.) Identify the moon's phases.

PART 2—Solar System

(Designing a Scale Model, Craters, Surface Features and Gravity, Tides

COS 10.) Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies.
      11) Describe units used to measure distance in space, including astronomical units and light years

PART 3—Earth’s History as a Planet

(Asteroids, Comets, Meteoroids, Fossils, Space Technology)

COS 10.) Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies

COURSE OF STUDY ADD INS: BIOMES

 

COS 5) Describe layers of the oceanic hydrosphere, including the pelagic zone, benthic zone, abyssal zone, and intertidal zone.

          6.) Describe regions of the oceanic lithosphere, including the continental shelf, continental slope, and abyssal plain.

         7.) Describe Earth's biomes.

During second semester, we will be completing an AMSTI unit called Catastrophic Events. The topics covered in this unit are:

PART 1—Storms

(Earth’s surface, Air Current, Cloud formation, Ocean Currents)

COS 1.) Identify global patterns of atmospheric movement, including El Nio, the Gulf Stream, the jet stream, the Coriolis Effect, and global winds that influence local weather.

           3.) Describe water and carbon biogeochemical cycles and their effects on Earth.

PART 2—Earthquakes

(Earth shakes, Earthquake waves, Plotting earthquakes, Plate movement, Mapping the Ocean Floor)

COS   2.) Describe factors that cause changes to Earth's surface over time.
           4.) Explain the plate tectonic theory.

PART 3—Volcanoes

COS   2.) Describe factors that cause changes to Earth's surface over time.
           4.) Explain the plate tectonic theory

(Changes in the landscape, Rock formation, Effects of Ash fall)

Grading Procedures and Expectations:

Each student is required to keep a science notebook. We will be using folders with notebook paper inside the prongs, a new one for each part. In this notebook are the daily activities done in class. Students are usually given time in class to complete most assignments, however, if they do not, it is to be considered homework.

A Unit Assessment is given at the end of a unit. All students will be given study notes and questions for unit assessments. All tests are 100 points. Periodically, I will check notebooks to see if they are in order, titled, numbered, and complete. Each page in the folder is 10 points so the amount of points depends upon the number of items we have completed in the folder.

There will be one 100 point project per nine weeks (four total).  These will be assigned at least 2 weeks prior to the due date.  Each student will be given an instruction sheet and rubric on how the project will be graded on the day the project is assigned..

 

All assessment grades plus the class work/homework grades are added together. This number is divided by the number of grades taken for the 9 weeks.

 My email address is nicki_busch@ecboe.org .  I look forward to having your child in my class. I truly hope Sixth Grade Science will be a great experience!

Nicki H. Busch

Science Classroom Rules:

1. BE IN THE CLASSROOM AND SEATED; READY TO WORK WHEN THE TARDY BELL RINGS.

2. COME TO CLASS PREPARED WITH ACCELERATED READER BOOK, PAPER, FOLDER, AND PENCILS.

3. COMPLETE AND PLACE ALL ASSIGNMENTS IN SCIENCE NOTEBOOK.

4. RAISE HAND TO BE RECOGNIZED BEFORE SPEAKING.

5. WORK QUIETLY SO THAT OTHERS WILL NOT BE DISTURBED.

6. KEEP YOUR HANDS, FEET, AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF.

7. NO CHEWING GUM OR EATING CANDY, ETC. IN CLASS.