Spring Break Announcements

This information will be posted in Google Classroom, Edlio, and an email blast. If you are signed up for all three I truly apologize for multiple messages.
The 6th grade PAP students were given a vocabulary list on Thursday 3-5-2020 that should be completed by the end of spring break. They will have time in class today to finish them. These are going to be the backbone of the upcoming unit and will be highly useful when they study.
cleavage, mineral, streak, luster, Mohs hardness scale, basalt, igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, cementation, compaction, deposition, organic rock, rock cycle, sediment, crystallization
The next test will be on March 26th which will be covering rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle.
Supplies we need:
If you have any large mineral samples we could surely use it for a day or two. We could also use any individually wrapped candy/treats for the lockbox activities that we do after the test on the 27th as well as the remaining two tests of the year. Obviously these are requests and no where near necessary, however your students work much harder when the boxes are loaded up with goodies.
As always if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to ask at any time. My email is For those who have not emailed me yet, I will reply generally within a few hours of your email whether it is a Tuesday or Sunday.

Earth Systems Presentation

Below you will find a post from Google classroom that has details about the upcoming project that is due on Thursday. Students will be given a few minutes each day to finish/submit their presentations that are due on Thursday. If you would like more details please do not hesitate to ask
Group Presentations
Each student needs to use each of the following terms-- Plate tectonics, fault lines, convergent boundaries, divergent boundaries, subduction zones, mountain building, earthquakes, mid ocean ridge, diverge, ocean basins, rift valleys, and trenches.
Your video will need to be a minimum of two minutes long--per student.
You will research, discuss, and explain what each specialty means, what we use the information for, and most importantly why the information is important.
Each student was given an article or two, research from Rice University, and will be given class time (about 10 minutes a day) to complete this activity. Each student will be graded on their two minute video, research, and level of organization.
Students are expected to complete this activity within 6 calendar days, with a total of 85 minutes to research, question, dig, create, and submit their final presentation.
There will be multiple daily grades that come from this. Friday's research, the actual presentation, and teamwork rubric.

Unit 7 Vocabulary

Please ensure that your students have these words/definitions in their INBs on Monday. They will have the list given to them on Monday.
Also please expect to see their test results coming home as well as in the online grade book.
Plate tectonics
fault lines
convergent boundaries
divergent boundaries
subduction zones
ocean basins
rift valleys
inner core
outer core
conduction currents
oceanic crust
continental crust

Test Date Change

After the administration team evaluated their calendar they concluded that they did not need me to substitute for them on Friday. This will allow us to test on Thursday and then have our enrichment of the lock boxes on Friday.
The test remains the same and covers the below listed materials
Terrestrial vs Jovian Planets
Effects of Gravity
Solar system order
Space craft history/uses
purpose/uses of space craft

Unit 6 Assessment

The Unit 6 Assessment will occur on January 30th and will cover the space TEKS.


6.8(B)  identify and describe the changes in position, direction, and speed of an object when acted upon by unbalanced forces

6.11(A) Describe the physical properties, locations, and movements of the Sun, planets, meteors, asteroids, and comets. 

6.11(C)  describe the history and future of space exploration, including the types of equipment and transportation needed for space travel.
Your students have plenty of material in their INBs to study from and will have much more before the test occurs.

Space Vocabulary Re-Post







Galilean Moons


Gas Giant

Asteroid Belt






Orbital Velocity





Solar System

Astronomical Unit

Escape Velocity

Dwarf planet



Oort Cloud

Kuiper Belt



Law of Universal Gravitation


Solar Wind

Solar Flare