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Welcome to 6th Grade Earth Science!

Howdy! Welcome to Ms. Paulson's 6th Grade Earth Science Class! 
 
   Our Geology unit is underway and we have had so much fun exploring all the amazing rock samples you have been bringing in. We are also nearing the end of our school year as well, wrapping up our current unit and squeezing in Natural Hazards to round out our year.  Exciting science all around! 
 

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Science the week of May 16-19,2022

  Getting closer to the end scholars, the end of our unit and the end of our year.πŸ₯² This week we will focus on reviewing our Geology unit, preparing for the final on Thursday, and of course we fit in a zoo field trip! 
  • Review Day Schedule Mon &Wed: Review lessons with me followed by a review game for practice and additional independent study time. Bring your science binder everyday. 
  • Tuesday- Zoo Day! Continue to study...
  • SCIENCE FINAL is Thursday, May 19th. 
Reminder, if you have any work that is late, this is the week to get it in. There is no more time left to grade. Check in with me, again, as always, I can help. πŸ€—

Zoo Time!
   The time has arrived scholars...our zoo field trip! As we are exploring this amazing variety of incredible creatures, be on the lookout for rocks. No, really! Most of these animals are not native and their habitats at the zoo can only replicate their environment to a extent. Look for clues from the information provided at each exhibit and observe animal behaviors. 
* Details arriving soon via email. 

Science the week of May 9-12, 2022

    This week's message must begin with a huge, heartfelt, and humbled thank you to all the scholars, their families, and our Parent Committee for an amazing week during Teacher Appreciation Week. This teacher feels loved and recognized, thank you. 🫢 🀟
 
Science this week, is the wrapping up of our Geology unit and time is approaching for our final test. Stay on top of due dates this week as the year is nearly completed, focused on the quality and concept. Study time folks!
  • Day 2 of Seafloor Spreading & Continental Drift- complete notes and Pangaea Puzzle 🧩
  • Divergent, Convergent, and Transform... What did one tectonic plate say when it bumped into another? πŸ˜†
  • Binder check this Thursday friends, be ready. The completed list will post in Google Classroom. 
  • W.E.D. Checkpoint and retake of Rock Cycle Checkpoint opportunities, be ready. πŸ‘
*** Reminder, as the year winds down, it is a priority that you get your work in and ensure you are understanding the concepts. Check in with me please especially if you are absent or overwhelmed, I can help. πŸ€—

Science the week of May 2-5, 2022

Bit of a wacky schedule again this week folks, but no worries, we will continue to rock this unit. We will rock you! πŸ˜† Last round of state testing for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Another checkpoint again this week, be sure to study. 
  • Wrapping up W.E.D. this week with some more E and the rest of D. We will erode the details on Monday and deposit the notes as well. 
  • There a quite a few volcanoes in New Mexico and some are in our very own backyard. Time to explode, I mean explore some more detail on this for sure!  πŸŒ‹
  • Plus, the Continental Drift and Seafloor Spreading, oh my! So much going on with our little planet. 
**Are you referring back to your notes to study? Checking in with me to ensure you are understanding the work? The year is winding down and there will only be so many opportunities to submit your work to show what you learned. This includes the work you miss when absent. It is important to follow up on what you missed. 

Testing (iMSSA) Schedule May 3-4, 2022 πŸ’»

State Testing...last round.
  Check the schedule, all scholars begin their day in FC then follow your regular schedule the reminder of the day in 45 minute periods. 
  Please come to school prepared to take this assessment. Get plenty of sleep, eat a good breakfast, and bring your glasses (if you wear them). Have either a book or something you can work on that is not on the computer should you finish early. 

Last time for the year y'all, you got this! 😎

Science the week of April 25-28, 2022

Well, we are rocking and roiling through our Geology unit this week.😎 Some notes and 2 mini labs this week plus another checkpoint to see what you know. 
  • The Rock Cycle...no, it is not a setting on your washing machine but instead this amazing convection of gloriousness that make up our gorgeous planet.πŸͺ¨
  • Weathering and rocks, they go together likes birds of a feather. Le'ts explore all the incredible effects weathering has on our crust. 
  • Mini rock labs this week too! Plan for this on Wednesday and Thursday, bring your rocks you wish to share. 
If you are at home learning, be sure to check Google Classroom daily for your work and check in with me via email. Stay on top of your work if at all possible. 

Science the week of April 18-21, 2022 🐰🌏

Wacky schedule week, Part 2 continues...Monday, come to school 6th graders. Tuesday, stay home and work online (asynchronous). Then, Wednesday and Thursday are back to normal including support on Friday. Let's get rolling!
  • Let's go deeper into the layers of the Earth Day 2. There is a ton of activity below our feet, let's not take it for granite. πŸͺ¨
  • PSA (Public Service Announcement) time! Don't quarry...I'll rock you through it. 
  • 3 Rocks types!!!🀘Let's sort and examine some rocks. My rock collection isn't the best but it has sedimental value. 
  • Earth Day celebrations! We are celebrating a day early with a special scavenger hunt! Bring some sunblock and sunglasses, we are heading outside.🌏😎
* If you are at home learning, be sure to stay on top of your work and communicate via email on what you can accomplish or need support. Access your daily posting in Google Classroom. 

Science the week of April 11-14, 2022

Geology unit begins this week and we have an asynchronous day this Thursday. Plus, Earth Day is coming so we have little opportunities to celebrate starting this week. Let's roll!
  • Earth Day quilt activity and more!
  • Geology, let's study rocks and minerals. Beginning with the layers of the earth. 
  • Types of rocks...who knew there were so many? Bring your rocks to share! 
  • Async Thursday - assignment will be available in Google Classroom. 
**If you are at home learning, be sure to check Google Classroom everyday, as all work is there, email any questions. 

Science the week of April 4-7, 2022

   Time to wrap up our unit on Energy this week with some reflections, share our license plate assignment and the final test, on Wednesday. Look for the study guide posted in Google Classroom and continue to study from your science binder. This is also state testing week, class will be 45 minutes long, please check testing schedule posted. 
  • Wrap it up Monday and prepare for our test with some practice games. Study guide posted in Google Classroom 
  • Tuesday, part 1 on the final quiz, have your binder ready. 
  • Wednesday, license plate assignment due and part 2 of your final quiz. 
  • Thursday, reflection and closure day. Goodbye Energy, Hello Geology! 
* If you are at home, please call the school as it is testing week to report your absence. Check Google Classroom daily for your work. Email me if you have questions. 

Testing Schedule April 4-7, 2022

   It's that time of year folks, State Testing. Check the schedule, all scholars begin their day in FC then follow your regular schedule the reminder of the day in 45 minute periods. 
  Please come to school prepared to take this assessment. Get plenty of sleep, eat a good breakfast, and bring your glasses (if you wear them). Have either a book or something you can work on that is not on the computer should you finish early. 

Rock the test and do your best! You got this! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Science the week of March 28-31, 2022

🌱 Welcome back from a hopefully relaxing and wild weather of a Spring Break! I am excited to see signs of spring all around and a few pops of green coming through. Back to the grind this week with exploring chemical energy and energy conservation and of course the BIGGIE this week, our Energy presentations begin on Wednesday. 
  • Chemical energy is fascinating! How it is generated and captured is amazing! Let's go deep with a Q&A activity. 
  • The Law of Conservation of Energy Part 2...there is more to explore! 
  • Energy Presentations begin on Wednesday, be ready my friends! πŸ‘
  • Binder check on Thursday this week, check GC for the list (on Monday).
  • Plus, a fun assignment; Energy License Plates 
*If you are learning at home, please check your daily post in Google Classroom and communicate the work you are completing or need assistance in. Work with me during your time away so you are not overwhelmed when you return.πŸ˜‰

🌷 SPRING BREAK 🌼 Week of March 21-25, 2023

Relax, Rejuvenate, and Rehearse (your upcoming presentation on 3/30 πŸ˜‰) 
 
Enjoy your spring break! 

Science the week of March 14-18, 2022

SLATE WEEK has arrived! As you share all the exciting news of your quarter 3 progress, don't forget to share about your RIA project and current Energy project. You all got this, I have no doubt!
Also...adjusted schedule is as follows (*as of 3/13): 
 

Time

Wednesday

Thursday

8:00 AM

1st period

5th period

9:20 AM

2nd period

6th period

10:40 AM

3rd period

7th period

12:00 PM

Dismissal, no lunch

Dismissal, no lunch

  • Thermal Energy exploration: How does the hot get hot? What is this energy source all about and where, when, and how we use this source. Why does a rise in temperature causes atoms and molecules to move faster and collide with each other? Conduction, Convection, and Radiation 
  • Let's talk about oil πŸ›’ and natural gas this week. Where does it come from? Why do we need it? Why is our country do dependent on it for energy? β›½ Pros and cons, let's take a deeper look. 🀭
  • Lights, Camera, Action! πŸŽ₯ Brush up your acting chops, its Energy Conservation time for the inauguration of the FIRST EVER Energy Broadcast News. Delivering you accurate, up to date, and sometimes zany energy news produced, written, and directed by 6th graders at The ASK Academy. πŸ“Ί
**The usual message to those learning from home...check Google Classroom. I post our work there everyday. Email me if you have questions or need to set up a meet if needed. Stay ahead if you are up to it. 

Science the week of March 7-10, 2022

This week we continue to forge ahead with our energy unit exploring solar, Newton's 3rd law of motion, and all about coal. How is your research going for your campaign project? πŸ˜‰ Don't forget to sign up for SLATE conference too! It's next week, coming up quick. 
  • Newton's 3rd Law of Motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So what does this exactly mean? DAY 3 of exploring Newton's Laws
  • Coal, nonrenewable fossil fuel that is combusted and used to generate electricity. How much do we use? Pros and cons of utilizing this source as fuel. 
  • Solar energy baby! Another one of my favs! πŸŒ…πŸ•Ά  Powering toys, cars, homes, and large infrastructure all around the world since 1954. In 1954, Bell Labs developed the first silicon photovoltaic (PV) cell. Although solar energy had previously been captured and converted into usable energy through various methods,only after 1954 did solar energy begin to become a viable source of electricity to power devices over extended periods of time. This source is incredible! How do we obtain this energy? Is it safe? What is the cost and long term benefits of solar?
  • Our Energy campaign project launched last Thursday, have you selected your source to report on? Class time this Thursday and a review on Sound Energy.  *Details in Google Classroom. 
Reminder, if you are at home learning, be sure to check Google Classroom daily for access to the lessons and the work. Check Powerschool too! Contact me if you have questions or need to schedule a time. I will be at school on Friday 3/11 for scholar support, 8-10 AM. 

Science the week of February 28- March 3, 2022

Why, Hello there March!!πŸ€πŸŒ·I have missed you and look forward to the warmth of spring, blooming flowers, and time change. 😎 This week is our first full week, it's been awhile. End of Quarter 3 is this Friday, March 4th so be sure to check over all of your work and ensure you are understanding the concepts. 
  • Due to our snow day on 2/24, we are bumping sound energy to Monday! Yes!! SOUND! 🎧 πŸ”ŠBring your headphones for this immersive experience. This is one of my favorites! 
  • Newton's 2nd Law of Motion is explored with some mini activities and explore a bit more into the lives of Women in Physics in recognition of Women's History Month. 🎒 πŸ§‘β€πŸ”¬
  • Wind Energy on Wednesday. What exactly is wind? Where does it form and how do we collect energy from this source? LAB DAY: Build (team) an anemometer and monitor wind patterns.πŸƒ William Kamkwamba built the wind turbine in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, to save his village, so let's connect the science on how this works.🌬
  • Renewable and Nonrenewable Sources review plus we get a look at our final project details. *Energy types Quiz retake on Thursday, be ready. This is your assignment focus for the week and will be entered in Powerschool. 
**If you are at home learning, be sure to check Google Classroom daily for handouts and access to our lessons. The lab is one you can do at home, feel free to modify materials. Check in with me to ensure you are understanding the concepts.