Grade 6: Week 1 Overview

Dr. Merritt

Hello Grade 6 TASIS science students. Dr. Merritt has been busy preparing this week’s lesson overview for you. Please understand that all of your TASIS teachers are working very hard to get their lessons online with only a VERY short amount of time to do so!

Dr. Merritt will update this post throughout the week, so that you can always come here see the most comprehensive, up-to-date overview of this week’s Grade 6 science lessons.

Once you go to our Google Classroom, which is where ALL weekly assignments will be kept, you will quickly notice that Dr. Merritt is using file naming codes to help you keep organized. For example, all files belonging to “Week 1” begin with W1 at the start of their file name. Lesson files are always numbered to correspond to specific days, For example, all L1 files belong to Monday’s lesson, all L2 files belong to Tuesday’s lesson, all L3 files belong to Wednesday’s lesson, and all L4 files belong to Thursday. Lesson activities are always named in the order you are expected to do them: A0, A1, A2, etc. A complete file name thus has three parts. For example, “W1.L1.A0” is a Week 1 (W1) assignment occurring on Monday (L1) and, if it is the first activity (A) listed among activities (A0, A1, A2), it is the one you should do first.

Dr. Merritt requests that you do this week’s activities in the order listed under each Lesson shown below. If you have a printer at home, you might even consider printing out this post and crossing your assignments off as you complete them. All assignments should be accessed through our Google Classroom.

Don’t forget, Dr. M will be available to answer your questions during each lesson, as if we were still going to school. On those days that we don’t schedule an all-class Zoom meeting, Dr. M will be available for one-to-one Zoom conversations, which you can request by sending him an email (brett.merritt “at” tasis.ch). Also, don’t forget to keep using Veracross, which will always list all assignments and their due dates, as well as Grade 6 “This week in science!” page which, as you can now see if you look to the right of this page, has been renamed “Week 1 – Distance Learning.”

OK, so here is the Grade 6 science plan for Week 1 (so far!)…

Lesson 1 – Monday

  1. Complete Assignment W1.L1.A0 (Weekly Survey). Available now!
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L1.A1 (Solubility Investigation Results). This is a ‘read-only’ assignment. In other words, there is nothing to write, answer, and/or submit. Available @ 08:00 on Monday morning.
  3. Complete Assignment W1.L1.A2 (Solubility Graph Instructions), which requires you to a) make a line graph using an online graphing program, b) download your line graph to your device as a PDF (or JPEG) file, and c) upload your line graph file to our Google Classroom according to the instructions provided. Available @ 08:00 on Monday morning.

Lesson 2 – Tuesday

  1. Class meeting at 08:00 on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt will post a Zoom invitation with all of the necessary meeting information (codes, numbers, links, etc.) to the Google Classroom Stream.
    • In this meeting, we will not only talk a bit about Monday’s lesson, but also the different ways you can get help/assistance/support from your teacher throughout the week. We will also get ready to tackle Assignment W1.L2.A1, a hands-on investigation which is described below.
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L2.A1 (Eggsperiment Method & Results).
    • This assignment requires you to perform an investigation at home AND enter your results into a single, shared document already contained within our Google Classroom. Available @ 12:01 on Tuesday morning.

Lesson 3 – Wednesday

  1. Class meeting at 08:00 on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt will post a Zoom invitation with all of the necessary meeting information (codes, numbers, links, etc.) to the Google Classroom (look in the Stream) and will put it in the A period Google Hangout a minute or two before the meeting begins.
    • In this meeting, we will talk about your Eggsperiment results. What was the mass of your egg? What was the volume of your egg? What was the density of your egg? How many grams of salt did you have to add in order to get your egg to float?
    • We will also get ready to tackle Assignment W1.L3.A1, which is described below.
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L3.A1 (Eggsperiment Data Transformation).
    • This assignment requires you to take data assigned to you from the class data table and re-present it in the form of a graph/chart using Create a Graph. Available @ 12:01 on Wednesday morning.

Lesson 4 – Thursday

  1. Class meeting at 08:00 on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt will post a Zoom invitation with all of the necessary meeting information (codes, numbers, links, etc.) to the Google Classroom (look in the Stream) and will put it in the A period Google Hangout a minute or two before the meeting begins.
    • In this meeting, we will talk about your Eggsperiment Data Transformation (the bar graph) and get ready to tackle Assignment W1.L4.A1, which is described below.
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L4.A1 (Exploration #1).
    • This assignment requires you to use the Exploration #1 template in our Google Classroom and make a list of all the ‘seasonings’ (dried herbs and spices) found in your house/home. Available on Thursday morning.

Oh, and one more thing: Expect total chaos this week; everything orderly will then be an unexpected surprise. 😉

About Doc Bretto

Equal parts teacher, naturalist, teacher educator, and education researcher, I have a Ph.D. in science education and nourish my soul with a steady diet of anthropology, history, and philosophy--but also with photography, gastronomy, fußball/football, and freeriding in the European Alps.
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