08.29.2019 – Thursday –
Hi Science and Math students. Today we reviewed the grading policy where we have most of the credit (fifty percent) coming from weekly tests and quizzes. We’ve been together in class for a week now and I waited until now to review the grading policy, as I like getting into routines and teaching right away. In math and science we touched on area and perimeter. One thing about sixth grade is that many of us have come from different schools and different science subjects may have been gone into more deeply in some places than others so we’re all getting up to speed on these things together! Enjoy the ride through middle school J
I. Math: Area, Perimeter, and Volume -
A. Students were given regular prisms, cylinders, and spheres and were asked to share and look at page 126 from their binder reminders and apply the formula for determining volume. It was an introduction to using volume formula.
B. For Pi students were asked to use 3.14. When Pi is involved in the formula you know you’re dealing with a circle. (Cylinder or sphere today.)
C. First period was given a few extra challenges to attempt this evening. (First four on either side of the paper only.) We didn’t get quite that far in third period.
II. Science: Elements and life.
A. Students are arriving at Taylor with a range of knowledge on the Periodic Table and elements. While we get into chemistry in depth in seventh and eighth grade, we do introduce the concepts of atoms, elements, and compounds.
B. The Periodic Table of Elements list the 92 naturally occurring elements plus other that have been produced in labs. We gave a quick introduction to C, H, O, N, Ca, and P.
C. Plants make their own food through PHOTOSYNTHESIS.
D. Photosynthesis takes water and carbon dioxide and makes sugar while releasing oxygen.
E. Science LAB: Observation and inference. “Form follows function.” Students were asked to observe, draw, and make a rubbing of various leaf samples.
1. Why do you think a leaf has the shape it does?
2. What was the approximate area of the leaf in centimeters squared?
3. Name at least five things that look similar to the veins in a leaf. Example: It looks like a map of a river system.
III. STEAM: Engineering
A. A very brief video clip on building skyscrapers.
B. Students were asked to answer a few questions on their paper skyscraper build.
1. Why might we want to build high?
2. How do available materials limit how high we can build?
3. What force is constantly trying to pull down structures?
4. Why is it important to build using a plan?