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1Welcome to Mrs. Ferrari’s Classroom 6th Grade ScienceGVMS Back To School Night
2Education/Background B.S., Virginia TechM.S. Industrial Administration, Carnegie-MellonEducation Certifications: Teaching K – 8, Special Education K - 12, and Principal/Supervisor, Immaculata University4th and 6th Grade Teacher, 8 yearsK - 12 Science Supervisor/TOSA, 7 years
3Contact InformationPhone number:Best times to reach me:7:00-7:30 am (by phone)12:30-3:00 pm (by phone)(anytime)
4Web Page www.garnetvalleyschools.com/gvms/ferrark My web page is a work in progress. Throughout the year, I will post additional resources to help your students with different concepts we will cover.Current Resources:Science Course OverviewDiscipline PlanHomework PolicyScience Websites for 6th GradersThis power point presentation is currently posted on my web page for future reference
5Materials Needed (most students already have these materials) 2 inch binder with subject dividers and a section devoted to science (OR) 1 inch binder for science only (no dividers necessary)Pencils with erasersSheet protectors - 10Paper reinforcements –optional
6Grading System Point system Assignments weighted by points possibleStudent’s final grade is calculated by:Total points earned X 100Total points possible
7Homework Homework can be expected 2-3 times a week Students should be reviewing concepts discussed in class minutes per night/study hallLate homework will receive half credit during 1st two marking periods if handed in one day late
8Homework TipsWe take time at the beginning of each class to record homework assignments and reminders of upcoming project due dates or assessmentsStudents and parents can also verify HW and project due dates, as well as upcoming assessment dates, on Power School
9Extra Help Opportunities I am available to offer extra help, to clarify assignments, and to provide study help for quizzes/tests to students after school until 3:00.
10Students can earn points for the following assignments: Science GradesStudents can earn points for the following assignments:HomeworkClassworkQuizzesTestsLab InvestigationsNotebook ChecksProjectsExtra Credit
11Science Overview Science classes in 6th grade are not leveled Our curriculum is inquiry-basedWe use investigations from an STC kit, our science textbook series, and national science curriculaTextbooks and other reading materials support investigationsWe begin with mini-units on lab safety, the nature of science, and matter
122 Major Units of Study Catastrophic Events Tornadoes Hurricanes ThunderstormsEarthquakesVolcanoes
132 Major Units of Study Earth in Space Sun-Earth-Moon system Seasons Moon phasesEclipsesTidesPlanets
14Other Topics of StudyLab SafetyThe Scientific MethodMatter
15Science Textbooks Pearson: Earth’s Structure Pearson: Astronomy and Space ScienceNSRC Smithsonian Institution: STC Understanding Weather and Climate
16Student TextbooksStudents will have access to online versions of each of the 3 textbooks usedEach student will receive his/her own copy of the two Pearson textbooks. These texts are owned by each studentThe cost of a new book is around $30. Ordering information can be found on my website.
17Thank You!Thank you for coming tonight. I anticipate a great school year! Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.
18Welcome to Mrs. Ferrari’s Classroom 6th Grade Social StudiesGVMS Back To School Night
19Web Page www.garnetvalleyschools.com/gvms/ferrark My web page is a work in progress. Throughout the year, I will post additional resources to help your students with different concepts we will cover.Current Resources:Social Studies Course OverviewDiscipline PlanHomework PolicyThis power point presentation is currently posted on my web page for future reference
20Materials Needed (most students already have these materials) 2 inch binder with section devoted to Social Studies (OR) 1 inch binder just for Social StudiesPencils with erasers
21Grading System Point system Assignments weighted by points possibleStudent’s final grade is calculated by:Total points earned X 100Total points possible
22Social StudiesTwo Areas of Focus:GeographyAncient Civilizations
23Geography Topics Geographic Tools Physical Characteristics of Place Human Characteristics of Place
24Ancient Civilizations MesopotamiaEgyptGreeceRomeCivilizations of the Americas – The Aztec, The Maya, The Incas
25Social Studies Textbooks Pearson Prentice Hall: World Studies: Foundations of GeographyPearson: My World History: Early AgesOnline version of My World History is available to students
26Social Studies GradesStudents can earn points for the following assignments:ClassworkHomeworkQuizzesTestsProjectsExtra Credit
27Thank You!Thank you for coming tonight. I anticipate a great school year! Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.