Simplified Guide to Moon Phases Project – Due Nov. 14 (gives more time!)

Create a presentation that teaches why the lunar phases change.  (Easiest solution is to use Google Slides linked to student D6 email.

Should be 10 – 12 slides (minimum 2 slides per group member, list name on slides)

Show/Explain 8 major phases of the moon

Groups no more than 4; can work independently if choose to

Evidence can include:  journal entries, photos, drawings, news article, video all of phases.  Be sure to include time of sighting (AM or PM) and direction of sun and moon!  (Critical for the explanation).

Add color, sound, creativity, model, etc.

Due date extended to Nov. 14!  Presentations on Nov. 14, 15, & 16.

Helpful websites:


Prezi not working in classrooms – Please choose Google Slides

Update…  We’ve tried to log in to Prezi, but student settings are not allowing probably due to link to Youtube.  We will instead use Google Slides which is shareable and linked to their drive.  Sorry for the change!

Moon Rise & Moon Set Info

Recent Test Grades and Moving On

I talked with students today about the importance of focusing on learning every day in the Science classroom, about taking a few moments often, daily?, to study what we’ve learned.  I talked about students slowing down when taking a test (they had 53 minutes, and many finished in 15 minutes) to think about all of the answers (in a multiple choice test) and to choose the best one.  It might be interesting to know, that students were also allowed to check their answers during the last 5 minutes of the test using their Science Journals (which I told them to bring) and the majority of students chose not to use these.  (By the way, about 10 % of the students scored 100%.)

First test scores help students understand the types of questions to be prepared for (also, many questions were similar to Bellringer questions and closely discussed in class) – I always try to get kids very ready for tests, but some of this is a skill that kids need to develop (which, I believe, is what sixth grade is for), and to be more ready and focused in future learning.  Also, I told kids to keep in perspective the total number of (data) points that will make up the final grade.  (We’ve still got about 500 points to go, so one test score is not the only indicator for the final grade .) Although, some of you saw otherwise for a few hours today.  Again, sorry for the Synergy mix up on my part. 

Finally, extra credit is student directed and can take many forms.  I can offer up to 10 points to each student, and no more than 2% of the final grade (and all regularly assigned work must be turned in).  I suggested to one student to look up information about Alpha Centauri, our next closest star, and to present that information to the class.  There will also be an opportunity to earn extra credit in our upcoming Moon Phases Project which we will launch on Tuesday.

I hope this allays some concerns, and puts us on to current learning so we don’t get bogged down still studying the sun – although it will keep on shining!


Alison Richards 🙂

Moon Phase Project Begins Next Week!

Please photograph full moon today if possible for upcoming project.  Moonrise in Medford today at 7:11 PM

To photograph moon, be sure to have an object within the frame near the moon, examples a tree, roof line, bird,  plane, street light; hold keys “near” moon in photo frame.  Save pictures.  More info to follow.  Please do not send them to my email!  🙂

Links for Mini-mini-mini Research Report

“Land on Pluto”

Pick one planet.  Find 10 facts.

Choice 1: Poster (1 or 2 pictures, neat, colorful, title or slogan, 8 facts as bullet points)

Choice 2: Mini-Report (be sure to use own words) cite sources

Choice 3:  Letter from the planet describing it as if you are there.  2 – 3 paragraphs.  Make is sound exciting.

choice 4:  Cinquain.  (I have the form, should have 8 facts (will fit into format)

Choice 5:  List ten facts as short points (make bullet point look like the planet!)

May type or use computer graphics, or own drawings.  May hand write.  Glue to page 8.

Grading:  Science 8-10 facts (20 points)

Artistic Expression (5 points)

Extra Credit:  (based on going above and beyond! up to 5 points)



Welcome back to school!

Sometimes nature “takes my breath away” – maybe it was the smoke, but it sure made the sunset gorgeous last week!

Organelles in the Cytoplasm – PBSLearningMedia

Grape leaf cells 100X (thank you for the picture ~ Ani!)

A little fun before our test today…

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