Miss Lucente's Science Class
6th Grade Science
Miss Lisa Lucente
Phone Number (330 938-4335)
This year we will be covering a wide variety of interesting subjects that will help build a strong foundation in science. The emphasis will be on creating an atmosphere where inquiry based thinking and the scientific process are utilized. We will begin the year with the “Becoming a Scientist” unit. This unit involves students conducting field and laboratory investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, making informed decisions, and using tools such as beakers, test tubes, and spring scales to collect, analyze, and record information. Students also use computers and information technology tools to support scientific investigations. Just as Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes solves a mystery, we will be using problem solving skills to understand how the world works around us. Additional units throughout the year will include earth and space, physical and life science.
Textbook: Science Explorer: Prentice Hall
Students need to come to class everyday prepared and ready to succeed. It is important that they have all the tools they will need to function in math and science each day. The following is a list of materials students need to have for class:
- Enthusiasm for learning
- 2-inch 3-ring binder (Plastic Cover)
- Pencils & Erasers
Please note the following:
I will NOT lend pencils, erasers, or paper out during class.
Remember to keep a fresh stock for yourself.
Weekly Science Activities:
- Labs will be completed to enhance students’ understanding of concepts presented in class. Teacher-led and student-led labs are both an important part of Inquiry Based science learning. Inquiry based labs allow students to question and find answers on their own. Many times in Science it is finding out “what doesn’t work” that helps us discover “what does work”!
- Readings and assignments from our textbook and other information to help facilitate learning for all students in the classroom.
- Team study and tournaments to review and prepare for tests/quizzes.
- Video material related to topics
- Homework (Web Assignments, etc.)
- Computer Lab assignments
- Students will write in their science notebook to further explore science experiences
- Quizzes, Tests, Reviews and Special Projects
Safety in the Science Classroom is Critical
- Consistent misbehavior or unsafe actions in a lab can result in a loss of lab privileges.
- Should you no longer be able to participate in a lab, you are expected to complete a writing assignment related to the lab.
- Lab privileges will be reinstated once you are able to prove you can work safely and cooperatively in a lab.
Be safe. Early in the year, students will be instructed in safe laboratory practice. Parents will be asked to discuss safety concerns with their students and return the Safety Contract with their signature. Students must score a 90% or better on the safety exam to be allowed to perform laboratory investigations. Students will be removed from the lab if horseplay, dangerous behavior, or failure to follow safe procedures is observed. A parent conference will be scheduled for behavior that is not respectful of others before permission to return to lab activities is granted.
I expect QUALITY work at all times. This means restating questions and writing complete sentences when asked to explain your thinking. Writing “I do not understand” does not excuse the student from the assignment or being responsible for the material. Instead, a question about the work should be written.
Your Science grade for each nine weeks is based on a Total Points System. It is imperative that you complete and turn in assignments. LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BUT PENALIZED. Please make sure your name is on every paper. Check over your work before turning it into the tray or to the teacher. Careless mistakes can cost you points!! Grades will come from homework, class work, lab sheets, journals, video question sheets, tests, quizzes, special projects/products, participation with group and individual projects and presentations. Rubrics will be given to students to explain project grades and expectations. Students are given many opportunities to maintain good grades. I set up each and every student for success!!
100% - 93% = A
92% - 85% = B
84%-75% = C
74%-65% = D
Below 65% = F
Homework/ Class Work
I give homework to reinforce the lesson that is being taught, usually about 2-3 times a week. On days there is no written homework, students should review and prepare study materials for the next test. Students are expected to correct any wrong answers on all graded assignments and to keep them in their Science binder when returned. The students should also copy the daily agenda into their assignment notebook during the first five minutes of class. Homework will sometimes be graded by me or self-checked by the student. Homework is given on an as-needed basis to follow up and reinforce concepts that have been presented in class.
Late Work Policy
Our job as parents and teachers is to make sure our children are learning responsibility!! My philosophy on late work can be compared to not paying a utility bill or taxes on time. If adults have the electricity shut off for not paying a bill, it doesn’t mean that they will NEVER get electricity back, but that they will have to pay a penalty and be inconvenienced until the power is turned back on. Even if a person does not pay taxes on time, the responsibility does not go away. The taxes (homework/assignment) still must be taken care of, and you get some credit for it when it is. Therefore my late work policy is as follows: Homework and minor self-checked assignments, will be marked “on time” only at the beginning of the period. Unfinished homework is not accepted. (If you are turning it in late, it needs to be COMPLETE!!)
- To be regarded as on time, work must be completed by the beginning of the class on the day it is due.
- I understand that unexpected circumstances occur. Therefore I will allow students 2 OOPS PASSES per NINE WEEKS per SUBJECT which allows students to turn in a homework assignment ONE DAY later with NO penalty. This pass must be turned in when I come around to check homework.
- After TWO OOPS PASSES have been used, any homework not turned in the day it is due (by the time I check it in class) is considered late and will be penalized. I will then start deducting points.
- If you are absent when the assignment was given, you have a day per each day you were absent to makeup the assignment.
- Long term assignments (assignments made at least two weeks in advance) are due the day of your return from an absence.
Absent Policy (excused absences only)
Students have one day per day absent to complete and turn in all make up work (Example: if Colin is absent on Tuesday, then his make-up work is due on Thursday. I have found that if students are responsible and get their classwork and homework upon their return they are a more successful student and much happier!! Make-up work is to be placed in the correct tray and marked with the words “MAKE-UP” work and dates absent. Any work students missed while absent will be on the “While You Were Out” bulletin board. Each day a student is absent will have a sheet detailing what work needs to be turned in and completed. It is the student’s responsibility to check the “While You Were Out” bulletin board, and take all of their make-up work. Part of growing up is learning RESPONSIBILITY. Copies of daily handouts & assignments are placed in the EXTRAS tray. It is the student’s responsibility to copy any missed notes from a classmate (buddy/partner). If a student is absent the day a major project or presentation is due, students are required to turn in the project or present immediately upon returning. If there is going to be a prolonged absence due to family trip, please let me know in advance so I can get work together.
The planner is used for keeping track of assignments and other tasks. Students are issued a planner on the first day of school (they are pretty cool). Each day the science assignment, found on the board, needs to be written in the appropriate section of the planner (there are spots for other classes too). There’s no way a sixth grade student will remember at 2:55pm what the assignment was, unless it is in that planner. Using a planner will help students become more organized as they use it to remember what homework they have in each class, project due dates, etc.
Classroom Expectations (The Bill of Rights)
The classroom Bill of Rights is simple. “The teacher has the right to teach and students have the right to learn. Everyone will respect these rights.” Simply put, any actions that interfere with teaching and learning are unacceptable. Students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as well as these classroom expectations:
- BE PUNCTUAL. Have materials out, have pencils sharpened, and be seated. If there is an assignment on the board, write it down as soon as possible.
- BE PREPARED. Bring all materials to class for each day. If you need to borrow a pencil or paper, do so before class begins.
- BE RESPECTFUL. The “Golden Rule” is my motto: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Follow all class and school rules. Do not talk while I am teaching or giving instructions. If you have something to share, wait until you are acknowledged and then share. When doing class work, work quietly and be mindful of others. Take care of classroom materials.
- BE RESPONSIBLE. Do all your class work and turn it in on time. If you are absent, be sure to check with a math/science buddy or the assignment board to learn what you missed and complete any assignments by the timeline given.
- BE ORGANIZED. Know where your materials are. Know what you need to do. Present your work legible and neatly.
- BE AN ACHIEVER. Do your best in everything. Try your hardest. Aim for success. Get involved and ask questions.
Survival Tips For Our Class!!
- Follow our class rules at all times: DO WHAT’S RIGHT!
- Respect yourself, each other, and the teacher.
- Always use a PENCIL unless specifically told otherwise. Mathematicians and scientists need to be able to make mistakes!
- Keep your binder organized and up-to-date. It is very difficult to be prepared for class if you are not organized. Make sure you arrive to class on time!
- Communicate any needs, concerns, or problems directly to your teacher. I'm ALWAYS available to listen and try to help you in any way possible.
- Manage your time when long term projects or assignments are given. You know your schedule, so gauge your time accordingly! Take advantage of the few minutes (if time permits) you are given in class to begin your homework. Remember 10 minutes at school is like 30 minutes at home!! You already have your books ready and material is fresh on your mind. No distractions! Plus, if you have a question, I am here to answer the question and assist you!
- Be a good team member and classmate: Participate, give ideas, and listen to one another! Communication takes talking to one another and listening to others!!