Ms. Gina Paulson » Welcome to 6th Grade Earth Science!

Welcome to 6th Grade Earth Science!

Hello! Welcome scholars and their families to a new school year!
My name is Gina Paulson and I am super excited to join The ASK academy this year teaching 6th grade Earth Science. Although new to ASK, this school year marks nearly 17 years as a teacher and 3 years as an assistant, in all 20 years in education. My experience includes work at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, Groner K-8 School, and most recently Cielo Azul Elementary with Rio Rancho Public Schools.  
It was my time at Groner K-8, in Hillsboro, Oregon, that I strengthen and developed my love of teaching science. This amazing, tiny school became one of the first schools in their district to develop a STEAM program and I had the honor of being a part of the beginning stages working directly with the students and the community creating an agricultural based STEAM program that serves K-8th grade. This incredible school left an indelible mark on my heart and The ASK Academy reminds me a great deal of my dear old school. I look forward to developing new relationships here and I am excited to be here!
Science is a passion of mine and I am so lucky to witness your joy in observing, exploring, and learning all about the world around us. 



Science Week of October 18-21, 2021

Our focus this week is all about revisiting concepts and retaking your past 2 quizzes. Your grades can shift greatly if work is not submitted or does not meet requirements, so pay close attention to assignment details . 
  • My Element presentation time! All scholars will begin presenting their slide show on Monday. It's go time!  Check the rubric and rehearse your presentation.🗣
  • Density? What is it exactly? Mini demo and notes for our binder
  • Vocabulary Check #1 on Wednesday. Scholars will have their word collection checked for quantity and accuracy. 
  • Binder organization opportunity (due 10/27)
  • Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures revisited, notes for binder
  • Retake quiz opportunity this Thursday on Lesson 1 & Lesson 2, be prepared. 📖
* If you are at home learning, be sure to check Google Classroom for assignments. Monday will be presentations, so ensure your work is turned in please and study for your quiz retake on Thursday. Work on your science fair project too. 

Science week of October 11-14, 2021

SLATE Week has arrived! Slightly different schedule this week too. 👀               Monday & Tuesday in-person learning
   Wednesday & Thursday asynchronous learning
   Friday - conferences continue
  • Revisit Lesson 1 & 2 including concepts of density and how to solve for this. A retest for both lessons will be next week. 
  • Diving a little deeper into molecular bonds using the HONC 1234 rule. 
  • Asynchronous day on Wednesday and Thursday. Scholars will work on assignments in Google classroom and work on their science (RIA) projects. 
If you are at home, be sure to check Google Classroom and Savaas for access to your work. Email with any questions. 

Science Week of October 4-7, 2021

🎃 October is here! Fall is in the air and report cards have arrived. This week we will continue diving into the elements and wrapping up our lesson on measuring matter and our final project is unveiled this week. 
  • The Periodic Table focus continues...metals, metalloids, and nonmetals oh my! Notes in binder
  • More about atoms, the micro miracle of life! ⚛ Notes in binder
  • There might be a quiz....or two on Lesson 1 and 2. 👀 😉
  • The My Element project begins. Scholars are assigned an element, details in GC. 
  • Vocabulary focus continues. Are you reviewing your terms? Be sure to practice. 
If you are at home, be sure to check Google Classroom and Savaas for access to your work. Email with any questions. 

Science Week of September 27-30, 2021

End of Quarter 1 is October 1st, get all your work in before report cards by Friday. Bring your science binder this week and vocabulary cards. Lab book on Tuesday.
  • States of Matter- notes in binder. Clean out the previous unit, be sure to keep your plastic sheets, we will reuse these.  
  • Changes (phases) of matter. Lab book grade check on Tuesday. Bring your lab book, checking on Lab #1: Nuts & Bolts, and #2 is Molecule Models.
  • Vocabulary focus and measuring matter activity. Keep studying these words each night, memorize the terms. 
  • The Periodic Table of Elements- an introduction. 
If you are at home, assignments will be in Google Classroom and posted at the time of your class period. Continue to try to get this work done and submitted. If you have questions, email me directly. 

Science Week of September 20-23, 2021

It's a focus on work week! We have our special effects mini project, a rap up of our 2 labs from last week, and our science fair is in full action, it's go time!
  • Monday is work on your SFX project. Bring items for your set. Presentations are on Thursday. You will present your special effect and note the physical and chemical changes. 
  • Lesson 1 Review. Vocabulary Day - bring note cards/holder. 📝 Class time to work on your science fair proposal and unfinished labs from last week; Nuts & Bolts of Formulas and Molecule Models. 
  • Complete all work on Savass, Introduction to Matter and Lesson 1
  • Plus..... a Bonus points opportunity will be offered this week. 👀
* If you are at home, continue to work on as much of our work as you can. Check in each day, work on vocab, and review concepts. 

Science Week of September 13-16, 2021

Jumping into our Unit 2: Matter this week with a focus on atoms and molecules, vocabulary, building models, and a lab day! Ensure you are prepared for class by bringing the correct materials. 
  • Topic Launch: Quest Special Effect mini project with lab group (due 9/23)
  • Got your index card box ready? Vocabulary and science terminology study begins. Bring index card holder. 
  • Science Fair form time, select your project and fill it out. Dates and initial paperwork completed by 9/21
  • Lab Day - can bring lab coat and goggles. The Nuts & Bolts of Formulas. Must have lab book. 
  • Lesson 1: Describing and Classifying Matter. SEP Molecule Models
* Friday is open to scholars wanting to work on their science fair project or review of this week's content. 

Science Week of September 6-9, 2021

This week marks the end of our first unit and the beginning of a new unit on Matter.
  • Unit Test on Tuesday- bring your science binder and charged Chromebook. Any late work or grade improvements for this unit are due by Wednesday. 
  • Reflection time
  • Construct a new compendium, what did we learn and where are we heading?
  • Science Fair talk and planning. Items posted in GC.
  • New unit on Matter begins
  • Dig in to our science textbook and activities

Science Week of August 30- September 3, 2021

***UPDATE 8/31 @ 6:58 PM ***
- Thursday is a virtual setting. Class will meet via Google Meets (link in         Google Classroom) at your regularly schedule period. 
- The unit test is now moved to Tuesday, September 7, 2021. 
Busy week ahead with wrapping up assignments, studying for your unit test, and beginning our science fair chat. Be sure to study for your test, I will provide a study guide on Tuesday. 
  • Conclusions in science and how to publish; handouts and notes
  • Write a conclusion in science; Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning
  • Quiz on variables- check what you know
  • Science Binder check-in on Wednesday All components are expected to be completed and in order. Check Google Classroom for the list. No Lab book check-in this time. 
  • Design and experiment activity due Thursday
  • Unit test on Thursday - may utilize notes only
If you are at home, you will schedule a time to take your test when you return, continue to study and have all work completed. Work will be posted in Google Classroom. 

Science Week of August 23-26, 2021

This week we will focus on all the elements of a scientific experiment. Please be prepared by having your science binder with plastic covers ready. 
  • Elements of an Experiment; Controls, Constants, Variables, and more. 
  • Analyzing data- now, what? 
  • Special "selfie" science project practice. 
  • Research time; topic focused and vetting reliable sources
  • Time to bring it all together now...using the scientific method, design a testable experiment. 
* If you are unable to attend class, your work will be posted in Google Classroom with the materials I provide in class. 

Index card box
Happy Thursday to everyone! As we are now half way through our Scientific Method unit, I am asking that scholars bring/purchase one more item they will need as we progress through upcoming units, an index card box or similar container. We will be making flash cards for vocabulary and terms that will need to be memorized. We will also utilize the cards in class and I will grade for effort. The picture is an example of what I found at the dollar store. Please have this item ready by September 7, 2021. Thank you!

Science Week of August 16-19, 2021

Diving in this week with developing a testable hypothesis and the elements of an experiment. Bring your science binder everyday this week. 
  • Quantitative vs. Qualitative
  • Hypothesis: If...then
  • Lab Day on Wednesday *Need lab book and may bring lab coat/apron Topic: Scientific Measurement
  • Variables? Independent vs. Dependent
  • Control and Constants
  • Vocabulary Focus and Lab Safety mini posters. 
  • First binder and lab book check-in this Thursday. Check in Google Classroom for the complete list of what you should have prepared and how it will all be graded. 

Science Week of August 9-12, 2021

  • Monday- Pre-test on Unit 1: The Scientific Method (bring laptop)
  • Observation vs. Inferences
  • 20 Q's observation assignment (in GC & graded)
  • What makes a good question, a good question? That is a good question. 
  • Mini nature walk on Tuesday (bring lab book)
  • Our first Lab Day on Thursday! Must have lab composition book. May bring lab coat or apron. 

Science w/o August 2-5, 2021

  • Welcome! Introductions and procedures at ASK
  • Distribute textbook and lab journals
  • 10 Q's activity
  • The Element of Me activity (due 8/4)
  • Science PSA small group activity
  • The Compendium begins. (must have binder on Thursday)