Course Info

6th Grade Earth Science

Course Info

Welcome to Earth Science with Mrs. Wilson! This information is to help you be successful in Earth Science. I hope as we we all get settled in, you will view this as our class. I want you to be responsible for your learning, and I will promise to provide an environment that is fun and engage but also a challenge. Please read the information below carefully and make sure you understand it. If you have any questions, please let me know. When you have finished reading, you will click on the link to fill out the form indicating you have read the information.

Contact Info:


Science tutoring is available 8:15-8:50 every Thursday morning. All sixth grade science teachers will hold tutoring together. This way, you’ll still be able to get assistance even if I am not available. During morning tutoring, you will also have the opportunity for re-teaching and re-testing of material. Please make sure you have your agenda signed by me the day before a tutoring session so we can be prepared to meet with you.


All supplies are required. Please be sure to bring them with you to class every day (except for the composition notebook and science fair display board. Please bring those on days indicated in class).

  • Colored Pencils (not markers)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Blue or Black Pens (Please do not write in other colors)
  • Mead 5-star 3-Subject Notebook – we’ll be using these all year, and this brand seems to hold up the best – plus it will make gluing in full sized paper much easier. If you choose a different brand, please make sure it is the larger size notebook so you do not have to cut pages to fit.
  • One tape roll to refill our tape dispensers (we will be using a lot of tape this year!)
  • Composition notebook (for science fair project)
  • Science fair project display board – tri-fold (for science fair project – we will not be using the boards until November, but it may be cheaper to buy this now)
  • Flash Drive (you only need one for all of your classes)

Optional Supplies:

If you are able to provide any of  the following supplies for the classroom, it would be much appreciated!

  • Box of Tissues
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Regular sized post it notes (3″ x 3″) and/or mini post it notes (1″ x 2″)
  • Colored copy paper and white copy paper
  • Gently used books (fiction and science nonfiction) for our class library

Course Goals:

  • Content Goal: Learn our Earth Science Standards and show growth in your science knowledge over the school year.
  • Habits of Mind Goal: Become a creative thinker and scientific problem solver by learning how to ask and find out the answers to good questions. Learn to look at the world in new ways.
  • Collaborative Goal: Become better at working together with others to achieve a common goal. Also, become an important individual in our classroom community.
  • Metacognitive Goal: Learn more about yourself and how you learn in order to help you become a better learner. Metacognition has to do with thinking about thinking.


You will have a weekly and monthly homework assignment. Each week you will complete a reflection on your blog answering a specific prompt. We will discuss this more in class when we set up our blog portfolios. Each month you will have an assignment in your Exploration Journal. We will be creating our Exploration Journals together in class.

Additionally, I expect you to spend about 15 minutes every night reviewing your notes and science materials. This will help you prepare for upcoming tests and assessments. You should not wait until the night before a test to study! Also, if you do not complete a classwork assignment during class, you will need to complete it at home.

We may occasionally have additional homework assignments as well in addition to the ones described above.


We will be completing a variety of projects this year. I will give you more information about the specific projects as we reach them. Some projects you will be able to complete in class, other projects you will need to spend time working on at home. You will have both big and small projects. I think projects are a great way for you to show me what you have learned.

One big project we will be completing this year is a science fair project. We will be doing this during the first semester. I will help you through every step of the way, and we will be walking through the steps together usually on Fridays. Science fair projects will be judged, and qualifying projects will have the opportunity to be part of the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair in February.

Web Based Portfolios:

I am very excited about our web based portfolios this year. We began using them as a part of our class two years ago, and it is fun to interact with each other online as well as to connect with other students, teachers, and scientists around the world. Each student will have his/her own blog to record and reference your learning throughout the year. We will also be using other interesting sites to hone our 21st skills. Please see the Portfolio Info page for more information. We will set up our portfolios together in class. Also, you will be able to use your web portfolio throughout your middle school career.


This is a science class, and we will be completing a variety of labs and activities. It is important that you follow our lab safety rules. You will also need to have a lab safety contract signed and on file with me. We will also be learning about lab report formats during some of our labs.


If you are absent from class, please check the class web site for information on what you missed. You can print out handouts or find them in our notebook file when you return. Please speak your class’s CATO for additional information about what took place in class. You have two days for each day absent to make up any missing work.


Grading Scale:

  • 90-100: A
  • 80-89: B
  • 74-79: C
  • 70-73: D
  • 0-69: U

Grading Weights:

  • Classwork: 40%
  • Summative Assessments: 50% (Tests, major projects, and performance assessments)
  • Final Exam: 10%

Classroom Community:

I think it is important that you look at this as our class. As an important member of our class community, what can you do to make learning easier for both yourself and those around you?

Be Kinder than is Necessary!

It really can be that easy! Also, please remember that we are following the school wide discipline plan. I have outline that information below:

Classroom Expectation

  1. Be on time to class with all of your materials, and be prepared to work.
  2. Follow directions the first time given.
  3. Wait to be recognized before speaking.
  4. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  5. Follow all county and school rules and policies.


  1. Warning
  2. Isolation (10 minutes)
  3. Detention and Parent Contact
  4. Referral
  5. Severe Clause (any person who jeopardizes the safety of others will be removed from the classroom).


Stay tuned for exciting information about our class and school rewards.

Class Jobs:

We will have a few class job positions available this year. These jobs are completely optional. However, if you would like to have a class job, you can apply for one of the open positions. You will serve in your position for one quarter with the option to reapply for additional quarters. More information about class jobs and the application will be available soon.


If you have any questions about this course, please contact me via email or phone. You can find my contact information above.


Once you have read all of the information, and you fully understand it, please fill out this form with a parent or guardian to indicate your understanding. I am looking forward to our adventures together as we learn Earth science!

Janelle Wilson

August 2012


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