• Laurel Park Middle School
    Course Title:  6th Grade Science
    Teacher:  Mrs. L. White       

    Contact Information:
        Laurel Park Middle School – 276-632-7216 (leave message)
        Email: lwhite@henry.k12.va.us
        Web site:  https://www.henry.k12.va.us/Domain/658

    Textbook:      Interactive Science – Virginia Grade 6
    Course Description:
    This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the physical and natural world around them. Upon completion, they will be able to describe characteristics and concepts related to general science.

    The sixth-grade standards continue to emphasize data analysis and experimentation. Methods are studied for testing the validity of predictions and conclusions. Scientific methodology, focusing on precision in stating hypotheses and defining dependent and independent variables, is strongly reinforced. The concept of change is explored through the study of transformations of energy and matter. The standards present an integrated focus on the role of the sun’s energy in the Earth’s systems, on water in the environment, on air and atmosphere, and on basic chemistry concepts. A more detailed understanding of the solar system and space exploration becomes a focus of instruction. Natural resource management, its relation to public policy, and cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies are introduced.

    The sixth-grade standards continue to focus on student growth in understanding the nature of science. This scientific view defines the idea that explanations of nature are developed and tested using observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes. The nature of science includes the concepts that scientific explanations are based on logical thinking; are subject to rules of evidence; are consistent with observational, inferential, and experimental evidence; are open to rational critique; and are subject to refinement and change with the addition of new scientific evidence. The nature of science includes the concept that science can provide explanations about nature, can predict potential consequences of actions, but cannot be used to answer all questions.
                    –  Scientific Investigation
                        Properties of Water
                        Space Systems
                        Earth, Moon and Sun
                        The Atmosphere
                        Weather Factors and Patterns
                        Watershed Systems
                        Energy and Conservation/Public Policy

    Grading System:
    Grades are point-based.
       Classwork/Homework count once.
       Test and Projects count twice.
              A+  = 100 – 97
              A    =   96 – 93
              A-   =   92 – 90
              B+  =   89 – 87
              B    =   86 – 83
              B-   =   82 – 80
              C+  =   79 – 77
              C    =   76 – 73
              C-   =   72 – 70
              D+  =    69 – 68
              D    =    67 – 66
              D-   =    65 – 60
              F     =  59 – 0

    If a Project is given, the grade will be counted as either a quiz grade or a test grade depending on the amount of work involved.  The assignment will usually begin in the classroom and completed at home. The assignment will be posted and assigned with a due date in advance.

    Notebook:  Students are required to keep an organized notebook.  A notebook grade will be given on neatness and completeness.  This grade will be counted as a classroom grade.
    Homework:  Homework will be assigned if classwork is not completed in class.  This will be a homework grade.
    Group Work:  Students will work cooperatively with other students on assignments and experiments.  They will get a class work grade individually on what they work on together.
    Makeup Work:  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed work on the day he/she returns to class.  The missed assignments are due within 3 days of the student’s return to class.  If the student misses group work or an experiment, I will give them the materials to simulate the assignment at home.
    Late Work:  Assignments are due on the assigned due date.  If the student turns in the assignment later, 5 points will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.
    Needed Supplies in class (everyday):
              Planner/Agenda                                                                                             Paper (I have some in my room.)
              iPad - charged                                                                                                 glue stick
              Textbook – Interactive Science – Virginia Grade 6                                     Pencil/Pen
              Composition book/3-ring binder/notebook                                                Colored Pencils / markers
              Reading Material (I have some in my room.)                                              Ear buds / headphones
              Hand-held sharpener (colored pencils) (I have some in my room.)         scissors (I have some in my room.)
              Highlighter (I have some in my room.)

    Planner/Agenda:  Students are required to have their planner in class each day to record assignments in, and to facilitate communication between school and home.

    Reading Material:  Students are required to have school appropriate reading material during reading time or when class work has been completed.