Click below to see a video about the scaled solar system projects the 6th grade completed.
scaled solar system video
SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE
We will be investigating gravity on Earth and in the solar system. Students will complete an activity to determine which objects fall to the ground first when dropped at the same time. They will be given a baseball, golf ball, ping pong ball, whiffle ball, feather, plastic golf ball, and a golf ball sized whiffle ball. They will decide which objects to compare, make predictions, and then drop them from a chair and videotape them in slow motion to determine which lands first. The data will be recorded and then students will look for and explain any patterns they observe. Ultimately, they will determine that more mass does not make an object land first, it is how the object is affected by the air that matters.
We will then discuss what gravity is and how it works. The relationship between mass, gravity and weight will be investigated when students predict their mass and weight on the other planets and them use a computer simulation to find their mass and weight on those planets.
We will end with a simulation that will lead students to determine the two factors, distance and mass, that affect the strength of a gravitational force on an object. The role of inertia when studying gravity will also be demonstrated with some video clips.
The assignments for the week will be posted on PowerSchool. Please keep in mind that the assignments that I post are based on my plans for the week. Plans are subject to change, and therefore the dates that assignments are due may change. Your child’s assignment book should be the most accurate location for assignments and due dates. The assignments are listed ahead of time on PowerSchool so that you can get an idea of what we are doing.
January 8--quiz on scale, gravity and planets
Safety and Class Policies
Use the links below to access the Science Class Policies and the Safety Guidelines.
Title: Science, Level Red
Publisher: Glencoe (McGraw Hill)
Copyright date: 2008
Click to access online resources
The online resources are STILL available (quizzes, videos, etc) but the online version of the textbook is NO longer available.