Science Open House Materials

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that tonight is Open House for Tracks 3 and 4. The evening starts at 6:30 in the gym. Your children will be bringing a copy of their schedule home with them today. If you’re coming to Open House, be sure to ask them for it. We hope you can make it!

If not, embedded below are the materials that I hope to be going over in my science classroom. You’ll find:

PowerPoint Presentation: This document includes just a few simple slides designed mostly to remind ME of the points I’m trying to make!

Matter Unit Overview Sheet: I’m planning on introducing parents to the Unit Overview sheets that we use in class to communicate key objectives to both parents and students in my session tonight. These overview sheets come home at the beginning of each unit and are used by students to track their mastery of important ideas. Tonight, I’ll be sharing the Unit Overview sheet for the unit we’re currently working on — Matter.

Matter Vocabulary Sheet: I’m also planning on introducing parents to the vocabulary sheets that students will get for each unit that we study. These vocabulary sheets are INCREDIBLY important primarily because the science end of grade exam is vocabulary-heavy. One of the best things that parents can do to support student learning and success at home is to drill students on the key vocabulary words for every unit that we study. Tonight, I’ll be sharing the Vocabulary Sheet for our current unit — Matter.

Grading Changes in Middle School: Easily the greatest struggle that parents and students have when coming to middle school is getting used to new grading expectations. The simple truth is that making As and Bs in middle school often requires more effort than making 3s and 4s did in elementary school because the definitions of accomplished work change between fifth and sixth grade. Tonight, I’ll be sharing a handout that details the differences between grading practices in elementary and middle school.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Handout_GradingChangesinMiddle School.docx