Solar Ovens Project

Student (groups of 3 or 4) will be building & testing solar ovens the week of June 5th.  Please start collecting the following items:

  • shoe box (or something similar in size)
  • aluminum foil
  • black paper
  • masking tape/duct tape/packaging tape (scotch tape is not strong enough)
  • plastic wrap, or plastic sheets (please tape edges for safety before bringing to school)
  • Any cutting needs to be done at home with adult supervision/help
  • shelving, etc. is helpful
  • hot pad/oven mitt
  • dutch oven, covered pan, or baking bags to keep food “clean” while heating
  • For smores:  marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers (most can be purchased from the dollar store).  Keep sealed & in lockers until use on Thursday, June 8.

There is not space in the classroom to store supplies, until that week.  Food should be kept in lockers sealed to keep out ants!


Thank you for your support!

Alison Richards

6th Grade Science

Scenic Middle School

Test make-ups

If students wish to improve grade to C-, he/she must meet with me during Ac. Lab to go over the test, and retake some of the questions.  No later than 05/16.

See calendar for upcoming assignments!

Trimester II late work due NOW

Due to the large volume of late work from students, please, all late work is due NOW, and no later than by Tuesday, March 7th, in order to have time to grade and enter into Synergy.  Thank you.

Phet Simulations – Density Lab

Density Lab & Report due Tuesday, 1/31

Density Lab and Report:  Due Tuesday, 01/31/17


Describe the materials used and procedure.  Also, give some examples of the density you calculated, the density table information that relates, and why your cube’s density was slightly different. 


Describe the difficulties and fun parts of the lab.


Explain how density helps us to identify objects (and be sure to say something about the atom and how this relates to the object’s density.



Min. 15 sentences: 25 points

Detailed information that includes some data discussion: 10 points

Neat, preferred typed or in ink with correct spelling, punctuation & grammar: 10

Data attached to back with staple:  50 points

Title page:  5 pts.


Total points:  100 points

Mass, Volume, Density

We are exploring properties of matter.  Today students became familiar using a triple beam balance to get the masses of several objects.  I told them they all “graduated” on using the triple beams successfully.  Next week, we will be using our skills to determine the density of 9 different blocks and determining their identity based on our measurements, calculations, and density charts.  Be sure to ask your kids about this lab (next week)!  It is usually very popular.

Atom Exploration

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