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Ms. Jessica M. Veliz, M.Ed.
Tomball Intermediate
6th grade Science 
(281)357-3075 ext: 4322
 
I Am….
by: Jessica M. Veliz
 
I am from McAllen, Texas.  I am from Jose Jesus and Virginia, two very 
similar people with one focus in their life together.  I am from a cozy home 
full of warmth and love with little room for disappointment.
The Friday evening scene of sleeping bags, pillows, and children staying up 
and watching family movies. The Saturday morning pancakes. The Sunday morning 
church trips and grandma’s house.  And the weeklong school days, library 
visits, family dinners and all the “Wait until your Dad gets home.”
I am from celebration of special events or just gathering of loved ones. 
Sharing hamburgers and hotdogs, fajita tacos  and yummm... Grandma's 
tamales.   
I am from trips to the zoo followed by picnics at the beach.
I am the Big Sister- always wanting to protect and shelter Liza. I am 
Marcy’s little sister always followed her every move. I am from tons of we 
love you, and we're proud of you. 
I am from spoiling Harley, who was always by my side, and Cruiser, who 
loves pushing my buttons! 
I am from the late nights at the football games, rootin’ for my 
team…. “Goooo Mustangs” and early mornings at the soccer field. I am from 
Barbie dolls to board games. I am from Navarro Elementary, Lamar Jr. High, 
Memorial High School, UT Pan Am, and Graduate School.
I am from the best day of my life, the day Braxton was born.
I am from those moments, past and present which have molded me. I am from a 
lifetime too full to condense into one poem because I am very blessed.
 

Upcoming Events:

Important Date:   Our Unit 2 test will be October 3rd.

Unit 2 Vocabulary:

Element, Pure substance , Chemical Symbol, Matter, Mass, Volume, Density, Chemical, Periodic Table, Atom, Metals, Nonmetals, Metalloids, Luster, Dull, Conductivity, Malleability, Brittle, Ductile, Semiconductor, Substance, Atmosphere, Meniscus

 Tested TEKS for Unit 2:

6.6(A) compare metals, nonmetals, and metalloids using physical properties such as luster, conductivity, or malleability;

6.6(B) calculate density to identify an unknown substance

6.5(A) know that an element is a pure substance represented by a chemical symbol and that a compound is a pure substance represented by a chemical formula

6.5(B) recognize that a limited number of the many known elements comprise the largest portion of solid Earth, living matter, oceans, and the atmosphere

 
 

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Currently... 10/15 - 10/18

Upcoming Events:

Important Date:   Our Unit 3 test will be October 17th.

 

Unit 2 Vocabulary that will be revisited on Unit 3:

Element, Pure substance, Chemical Symbol, Matter, Mass, Volume, Density, Chemical, Periodic Table, Atom, Substance,  Meniscus

 

Unit 3 Vocabulary:

chemical changes, physical changes, precipitate, atom, molecule, substance, element, compound, chemical reaction, temperature, chemical formula

 

 Tested TEKS for Unit 3:

6.5(A) know that an element is a pure substance represented by a chemical symbol and that a compound is a pure substance represented by a chemical formula

6.5(C) identify the formation of a new substance by using the evidence of a possible chemical change such as the production of gas, change in temperature, production of a precipitate, or color change.

 

Previous Teks revisited:

6.6(B) calculate density to identify an unknown substance

Week of 10/15-10/18

 

I hope students have had a restful and fun extra few days.  This is the list of upcoming events.  Please make sure that if a student was absent on Friday, that they come in the morning to make-up the quiz we had on Friday.  Students need to be studying for his or her Unit 3 test.  Valuable study tools are found in Google Classroom for the unit.

Monday-Student Holiday
Tuesday- Study --any work not completed in class--Quizizz due on Wednesday, 10/14 (found in Google Classroom)
Wednesday- Study -- any work not completed in class  [Quizizz-due]
Thursday- Unit 3 Exam: Changes in Matter
Information to help students study:

Unit 2 Vocabulary that will be revisited on Unit 3:  Element, Pure substance, Chemical Symbol, Matter, Mass, Volume, Density, Chemical, Periodic Table, Atom, Substance,  Meniscus

Unit 3 Vocabulary:  chemical changes, physical changes, precipitate, atom, molecule, substance, element, compound, chemical reaction, temperature, chemical formula

Tested TEKS for Unit 3:

6.5(A) know that an element is a pure substance represented by a chemical symbol and that a compound is a pure substance represented by a chemical formula  

Ex:  Iron is found on the periodic table and is a pure substance represented by the symbol, Fe.

Ex: H20 is made up of 2 pure substances.  The two pure substances or elements are Hydrogen and Oxygen.  H20 is represented by the chemical formula.

6.5(C) identify the formation of a new substance by using the evidence of a possible chemical change such as the production of gas, change in temperature, production of a precipitate, or color change.

Ex: A chemical change occurs when a new substance has been formed.  It is evident by CHOPG. C=color change, H=heat produced (temperature change), O= odor produced, P=precipitate, G=gas produced

Ex: A physical change occurs when a physical change has taken place, but NO new substance is formed. (paper tearing, ice melting, breaking something in two pieces, etc.)

Previous Teks revisited:

6.6(B) calculate density to identify an unknown substance

Given a mass of 100 grams and a volume of 20 mL, solve for density.

Density = mass/volume

Density = 100g/20mL

Density=5 g/mL

Friday- Analyzing our Unit 3 Exam, corrections, and identifying goals (strengths/weaknesses), identifying how we can grow academically from our data.

 

Test Friday, September 27th

I wanted to reach out to you regarding our unit 2 exam over physical properties being moved from October 3rd to September 27th.  The district has made some changes to the curriculum and split up unit 2 and 3 which is why it is in the student's best interest to move up the testing date.  Please make sure that your child is studying his or her INB and using Google Classroom resources to prepare for our test.  Also, please make sure you are checking Home Access Center for grades.  If you are unable to log in, please contact Karen Burns, our registrar. Students must log in to Google Classroom with their school account.  I have posted a video of how to access the Google Classroom in case you need assistance.  If you have accepted an invite to Google Classroom as a parent, you must sign in using your child's school account.

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Unit 2 Vocabulary:

Element, Pure substance, Chemical Symbol, Matter, Mass, Volume, Density, Chemical, Periodic Table, Atom, Metals, Nonmetals, Metalloids, Luster, Dull, Conductivity, Malleability, Brittle, Ductile, Semiconductor, Substance, Atmosphere, Meniscus

Tested TEKS for Unit 2:

6.6(A) compare metals, nonmetals, and metalloids using physical properties such as luster, conductivity, or malleability;

6.6(B) calculate density to identify an unknown substance

6.5(A) know that an element is a pure substance represented by a chemical symbol 

6.5(B) recognize that a limited number of the many known elements comprise the largest portion of solid Earth, living matter, oceans, and the atmosphere.  

Element Project Due Tomorrow!

Good Afternoon,  
 
 
   This is just a friendly reminder that our element project is due tomorrow, Sept. 19, 2019.  I sent an e-mail with the packet attached to it in case your child misplaced his/her copy.
 
  Reminders:
 
  Please subscribe to my edlio page-- I have added pictures of activities we have worked on in class!!!! 
 
   Please monitor your child's grades online.  If you need your username and password, please e-mail Karen Burns, our registrar.  
 
Density quiz is on Friday!  :-)

PTO Fundraiser News

Our PTO would like to share the following information:

Hi Tomball Intermediate PTO Friends and Family!

We are hosting a fundraiser with Boon Supply, which sells a curated collection of products across home, office, on-the-go and more. 40% of every purchase goes back to our fundraiser. Show online to support Tomball Intermediate PTO here. We would love your help!  

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NASA OPPORTUNITY!!!

Here is a neat opportunity for our students to engage with NASA naming the next Mars Rover.

Name The Next Mars Rover

 
After your student has written less than 150 word essay describing why their name for the rover should be used by NASA go to the link above to submit the essay.

Week of 9/16-9/20

Focus of the week:  Density 

6.6(B) calculate density to identify an unknown substance

We have been working on how to measure the volume and mass of objects.  Students need to be able to make the connection that mass has to do with measuring using a triple beam balance with the unit of grams. Students need to know how to calculate the mass reading a triple beam balance.
 
Volume is measured using water displacement with a graduated cylinder and is represented by the unit mL  In order to find the volume, students must do the following: 
1. measure the volume of the liquid in a graduated cylinder
2. drop the object that is needing to be measured into the graduated cylinder
3. measure the volume of the liquid after dropping in the object
4. subtract the volume of the two graduated cylinders--this will show how much water was displaced (volume of the object)
 
This week we will make the connection that if mass>volume, the object sinks; if mass<volume, the object floats.  Students will need to use the terms more dense (sink) or less dense (float) than water.
 
We will also begin calculating density using the formula: 
density = mass/volume
 
Students will have homework each night this week to help practice density.
Students will need to study each night the material from class and will have at least 1 problem to reinforce density if they do not finish in class.
 
Friday is our quiz over density.  

Metals, Nonmetals, Metalloids checkpoint

Tomorrow is our checkpoint!  Please make sure your child studies the notes over Metals, nonmetals, and metalloids!