• 6th Grade Earth and Space Science Syllabus

    Dr. Sarah Prevallet

    Classroom 105


    I am so happy to have you in my class this year!  We will explore topics from the core of the Earth to the outer reaches of space, and everything in between.  We will travel back in time and make predictions about the future.  We will run labs and use evidence to make conclusions.  We will be challenged and have fun this year.  I cannot wait to get started.


    Course Description:


    This course focuses on three core ideas of Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Place in the Universe, Earth’s Systems, and Earth and Human Activity (ALSDE, 2015). In this course, students will be encouraged to make inquiries regarding Earth and Space Science and relate them to the world around them. Some areas of study include geologic processes, human impact on the environment, the composition of Earth’s core, objects of the solar system, and changes in human population based on Earth’s systems. Students will utilize laboratory experiments and inquiry activities to deepen their understanding of the concept.





    Course Objectives:

    Students completing the Earth and Space Science class will have an appreciation for the scale of both geological time and the vastness of space.  Students will be able to design well controlled experiments and use their data to make evidence-based conclusions. Students will be able to identify areas of human impact on the Earth’s systems.




    Classroom Expectations:

    Classroom Expectations: Discovery 6th grade science students are expected to be amazing PANTHERS- Prepared, Attentive, Nice, Timely, Helpful, Engaged, Responsible, Safe.


    Consequences for rules violations: The first-time students struggle to be good PANTHERS they will be reminded of the classroom expectations.  Students that repeatedly struggle to be good PANTHERS will be given a “Behavior Note” and parents will be contacted to arrange a detention. Students that have egregious violations of the student code of conduct or repeated classroom disruptions will be referred to the administration for counseling and additional consequences.

    Classroom Procedures:

    - Entering the Classroom: Students will walk in an orderly manner into the classroom, collect their notebook from the table by the door, and take their assigned seat. Students will read the information board for the day and begin work on the Bell Work Assignment.

    - Need Materials: Students should have a pencil with them every day.  Before class starts students should have pencils sharpened and ready to learn amazing things. If for some reason you do not have a pencil you are responsible for taking one from the pencil cup by the door. During class students may not leave their seats to throw away papers, sharpen pencils, or get pencils.  Take care of your business before the bell rings.

    - Need Restroom: Only students experiencing an emergency will be allowed to leave for the restroom.  Students will need to sign-out legibly and completely on the sign-out sheet and take a restroom pass. If this privilege is abused then parents will be contacted to discuss a plan to maximize student learning in the classroom.

    - Technology: We will rarely, if ever, use cell phones in the classroom.  They should not be visible during the lesson or disrupt the lesson by making noise.  Please silence them and put them in a secure location where they will not distract you. We will periodically use online simulations to model scientific processes.  When we do this we will use chromebook carts.

    - Leaving the classroom: 5-10mins from the end of class students will be given a short summative assessment called an “Exit Ticket”.  When the bell rings students will walk in an orderly manner towards the door. Place their “Exit Ticket” in the bin for their class and their notebooks in the bin for their class on their way out of the classroom.

    Requests for accommodations for this course or any school event are welcomed from students and parents.

    Concerning laptop utilization:                                                                                                                                           

    1. Student laptops should not be hard wired to the network or have print capabilities.

    2. Use of discs, flash drives, jump drives, or other USB devices will not be allowed on Madison City computers.

    3. Neither the teacher, nor the school is responsible for broken, stolen, or lost laptops. 

    4. Laptops and other electronic devices will be used at the individual discretion of the teacher. 



    Grading Policy:

    - Grade distributions: 60% of the grade is comprised of major projects, quizzes, and tests.  40% of the grade is comprised of classwork, exit tickets, and notebook checks.

    - Make-up work policy: No credit for unexcused absences. Make sure all absences are excused because only work from excused absences can be made-up. You have three days from your return to school to arrange make-up work timelines. I strongly encourage the student to make these arrangements instead of the parents. Taking ownership of your education and learning will help you succeed in the future.

    - The grading scale is as follows:  A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (65-69), and F (below 65).



    Make-up Test Policy:

    Missing work that is the result of an excused absence is entered into the grade book as a zero (This will appear as an “M” or “M/100.00” in iNOW. The M notes missing work) until the makeup work has been completed. Makeup is done by appointment outside of regular class time.

    Materials and Supplies Needed:

     Students need a composition notebook (remains in the classroom) and pencil.


    Communication/ Resources:



    Google Classroom Code: s1ry9a

    Remind 101 Code: @sprevall to the number 81010 OR remind.com/join/sprevall


    Course Outline:

    Unit One: Science Skills & Processes

    Unit Two: Our Changing Land

    Unit Three: Rocks & Rock Fossil Record

    Unit Four: Tectonic Plates

    Unit Five: Earthquakes & Volcanoes

    Unit Six: Weather & Climate

    Unit Seven: SEM System

    Unit Eight: Planetary Systems