Fossils and Fossil Fuel
Changes in the Earth's Surface
For the rest of January and the beginning of February we will be looking at the changes in the Earth's surface. This will include erosion, weathering, and deposition. There are many lab activities that we will do with this topic. We will also be having a panel debate in which the students will have to choose countries to represent. Each country has a problem with erosion, and these panelists will be debating who should receive money for assistance. Check below for some of the labs and activities that we will do.
Below are some games and resources about weathering, erosion, and deposition. Check some of these out to help you understand these concepts we are learning about in class.
It's What is Inside that Matters!
We have learned about the inside layers of the earth in 6th grade, but one of the questions was why do we learn about these inner layers. These layers matter because they cause many of our earth's features. Mountains, volcanoes, and earth quakes are all caused by the shifting of plates inside of the earth. The video below is from The History Channel about the San Andreas Fault in California.
Look at the pictures above to see us test out our buildings if there were an earthquake. To the right is a video of us testing out our buildings.
Above are our pictures from Edible Science Day. We created the different plate boundaries with graham crackers and Oreos. The best part was eating our plate tectonic examples.
Layers of the Atmosphere
To Infinity and Beyond!
The 6th grade is currently learning about stars and the universe. With this unit we will create a timeline of the life cycle of a star, create art pieces of different galaxies, and other information about the universe. Click the picture of the Crab Nebula to find the class notes and pictures.
Making Drop Prints
The 6th grade just finished a lab report on Making Drop Prints. The students learned many things from doing this activity. We were practicing using the scientific method while also learning that the higher a drop of water falls, the wider the splash. Look at the pictures below of the students performing this experiment.
Mini Science Fair
The 6th graders are going to be starting on mini science fair projects. Click the picture to find out more about this project. The picture is of a good example of what a poster will look like.