Assignments and Homework Policy
Students will work on a variety of tasks that range from
discussion and reading assignments to hands-on activities,laboratory investigations,
and State Science Work Samples. For some students the work will be completed
in class, others will find that they need to finish the assignment at
home. Students also have the option of revising and editing some assignments
that are already graded (lab reports, for example).
Student Folders are graded every two or three weeks. Reading
assignments, vocabulary, and other worksheets are worth 5 points Lab reports
are worth 10 points and projects and work samples are worth 20 points.
Students are asked think of their folders as "portfolios" of
their best work.
Other Course Titles
Forest and Stream Ecology
Earth, Moon and Stars
LEAP 6th Grade Science
here to find the Oregon State Standards for Science Education
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Welcome to the incredible World Of Plants! A place where
the light of the sun starts each day in a blaze of energy. A place where
a rainbow of colors dance in leaves and flowers and capture and hold our
eye. And a place where seeds drift and travel on the wind seeking fertile
ground to start life anew.
In the World of Plants we will begin with the microscope, observing algae,
molds, yeasts, and plant cell types. Students will then study leaves,
photosynthesis, and plant growth. An exciting part of this class is growing
your own flowers and vegetables, germinating seeds and growing them to
planting size in cold frames. We will also take walks around the neighborhood,
learning to identify many kinds of trees and flowers, studying both native
and invasive species. Most days involve some kind of lab or hands-on activity,
which makes for an engaging experience. Lab explorations are guided by
the Elements of Inquiry: learning how to form scientific questions, design
investigations, collect and present data, and finally to critically analyze
their data and draw reasonable conclusions.
This course is designed for students to meet or exceed Oregon State Standards
in Life Science, while also addressing their needs to successfully submit
Work Samples in the Elements of Inquiry.