Science Update

Dear Parents,

First, I wanted to say thank you again for sharing REMARKABLE kids with us. This week, we rolled up our sleeves and worked pretty darn hard and fast and your kids hung with me. They were positive and polite and happy and that’s incredibly cool to me. I appreciate them.

Second, here’s what’s happening in class:

(1). We have started our lithosphere unit. That unit introduces students to the constantly changing nature of the earth’s crust. Your kids should be able to tell you more about the tectonic plates that make up the surface of the earth. They should also be able to tell you more about the origins of earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes. Finally, they should be able to tell you a little about the three main types of rocks and how plate boundaries help in their formation.

(2). We are going to study earthquakes and soil this week. Earthquakes are important in our unit of study because they are the primary way that we learn more about the interior of the earth. Soil is important primarily because it provides us with plant growth — which is essential for both food production and for cleaning our air of dangerous levels of carbon. Students will learn more about how soils are formed, why they are important, and what they are made of.

(3). Once we are done with our study of earthquakes and soil, we will move on to our space unit — which is the final unit in our curriculum. The space unit covers two main concepts: How do the earth, moon and sun interact with each other to cause things like seasons and tides and what are the characteristics of habitable planets. Kids are always completely fascinated by the space unit, so that should be a lot of fun.

(4). REMEMBER THAT YOUR KIDS SHOULD BE STUDYING FOR THE EOG EXAM: The science End of Grade Exam is probably the hardest exam that your kids will take this year. That’s because it includes 35 fact driven questions that come from the entire year’s worth of instruction. Remembering 35 isolated facts from 7 different units is REALLY hard for sixth graders to do. To prepare, your students should be using the Brainpop EOG review sheet posted in Google Classroom. I think they should spend 30-40 minutes two or three times every week in order to be best prepared to succeed on that end of grade exam. Please ask your child how many times they have studied so far.

(5). To free up time for studying, I will not be giving any other homework between now and the end of the year. All work that we start in class will be finished in class. My hope is that this will help both you and your child to find time for studying for the EOG using Brainpop.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter