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6th Grade Earth Science
Middle School         2017 - 2018
                                                       Periods 3 & 7          Room 222
                                   Julie Humphrey     Email: jhumphrey@oakarts.org
Message Phone: 510-873-8800

Course Description
The study of the Earth in 6th grade is based on understanding our world from the local level to the universe. This 4-quarter class will start with a study of Oakland and the Bay Area in the First quarter. Second quarter will focus on California. In the Third quarter, students will study earth-wide topics and in the Fourth quarter, they will learn about the universe. This class will have at least one hands-on learning experience each week.

Required Texts & Materials
We have found that students are more successful when they have the proper supplies available. Please make sure your student has the following items with them every day:
  • 2 pencils with erasers and a pencil sharpener
  • Inexpensive ear-buds to use when accessing a Chromebook
Students should also have the following items available, but these supplies should remain in their lockers unless requested for class:~~~~~~~~~~~
  • Roll of transparent Scotch tape
  • A folder with pockets to hold papers (or a section for Science in their binder)
  • Glue stick
  • Colored markers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
We will provide a Science textbook, hand-outs and a science journal for in-class use. We will try to make the texts and hand-outs accessible online.

Lab Fee Donation: This year we are requesting a lab fee donation of $20 per student. We believe that using inquiry and hands-on science is the best way to learn abstract concepts. The lab fee will allow us to purchase materials that support this type of learning. Please contact me individually if you are not able to provide the lab fee at this time.

Weekly Check-in: We encourage you to help your student keep track of their supplies and notebooks. Please go through their backpack with them once a week to locate important forms, missing homework, and to keep their papers correctly placed in their notebooks. Students should have a folder or notebook at home where they can keep older work that they may need to refer back to during the year. Thank you for your help with organizing!

California State Standards Covered
All academic courses are aligned with California State Standards, which are now called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). For a comprehensive listing of state standards, visit the California Department of Education website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssstandards.asp

Student Assessment
Homework                        15%
Participation                   10%
Class Work/Labs         35%
Quizzes                         20%
Tests                           20%

Class Expectations
Students will be assigned homework approximately once per week. Homework assignments will be posted on the teacherís website at
The homework will be due on the day after it is assigned. Any missing homework will become a zero on the studentís grade report. When students miss school due to an excused absence, they will be allowed one day make-up time for each day they were absent. A quiz will be given periodically to serve as a review of the current topic. Several times during the year, students will be assigned a longer project to work on at school and at home. In general, students will not have homework over the weekend.

Course Outline

What is Science?
California Climates
What is an Experiment?
Plate Tectonics
What is a Community?
Healthy Environments
Weathering and Soil Formation
Local Effects of Global Warming
Chemistry of Water Treatment
Basic Oceanography
Building & Building Materials
Our Solar System and Beyond
Minerals & Rocks

6th Grade Earth Science
        2017 - 2018 School Year

Ms. Humphrey

I have reviewed the entirety of this syllabus (2 pages) with my student and both my student and I understand all course policies.

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