7th Grade Life Science Blog 1415
6th Grade Earth Science Syllabus 2017-2018
Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:23 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
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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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:40 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
7th period science class took the final from 1:25 - 3:10.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:30 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We will not be meeting today due to Period 1 and 2 Semester 2 finals. I will see period 7 Life Science on Wednesday afternoon for the final. REMINDER: Bring your notes and assignments and a writing utensil to the final - that is all you will need.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015 10:17 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We talked about oddities of the plant world, epiphytes and carniverous plants. Homework: No homework REMINDER: Semester 2 finals next week. Period 7 Life Science on Wednesday from 1:30 - 3pm Period 8 Life Science on Thursday from 8:10am - 10:50am
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:16 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We dissected flowers! Homework: no homework
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:16 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We watched two short videos on seedless and seed plants. Then we dissected seeds! Homework: No homework
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:31 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We studied and dissected seeds today. Homework: No homework
Monday, May 18, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015 9:56 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We went over STI's and effects of early pregnancy. Students took a 10 point quiz on Reproduction. Homework: No homework
Friday, May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:03 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students watched a video on Human Development in the Uterus. Homework: No homework, but there will be a very straightforward quiz on the material we have covered this week on Monday.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:01 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We discussed Female Reproduction, Pregnancy and Birth today. Homework: No homework
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 1:54 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
7th graders met with Ms. Smith and Mr. Oz today to talk about growing into women and men and answering questions for the students. Homework: No homework
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:58 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We discussed male and female reproductive organs today. Students took notes and filled in diagrams. Homework: No homework
Monday, May 11, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015 10:14 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We began our Human Reproduction unit today. Our first topic was the Endocrine System. Homework: No homework
Friday, May 8, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015 1:06 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students worked on and finished their posters today. We will move on to Human Reproduction next week. Homework: No homework
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:37 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students worked on the Virus, Bacteria, Protist, Fungi posters today during class. These will be due at the end of class tomorrow. Homework: no homework
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:32 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students were in State Testing in the morning and listening to 8th grade speeches in the afternoon. Homework: No homework
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 3:02 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students worked on their Virus, Bacteria, Protist and Fungi Posters in class today. Homework: No homework REMINDER: The posters are due on Friday at the end of class!
Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015 11:21 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students were placed in groups of 4. They began to plan their Virus, Bacteria, Protist and Fungi posters. Homework: No homework
Friday, May 1, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015 10:58 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
We are learning about Fungi. Today Students are going to study and draw a variety of mushrooms. Homework: No homework
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:13 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students worked on Fungi Packets. Homework: Bring your Fungi packet, completed, tomorrow to turn in.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:10 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
The 7th grade was on a field trip all day.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:09 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students were in State Testing all day today. Homework: No homework REMINDER: Field trip to Cal Academy of Science tomorrow. Please remember to dress in layers and bring a bag lunch and drink.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015 11:13 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students watched video clips on the wide range of Protists. Homework: Make sure the Protist Guided Reading packet is ready to hand in on Thursday.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015 11:03 AM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students read about Protists and filled in a guided reading packet, which is due next Thursday. Homework: Make sure your Bacteria and Virus story is ready for Monday.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:01 PM -0700By: Julie Humphrey
Students brainstormed and then wrote stories comparing and contrasting Virus' and Bacteria - prompt sheets are attached. Homework: Make sure your story is ready to be handed in by Monday.[Image:LifeSciVirusBacStory.doc]
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