•               Sylvan Hills Middle School 

                                             6th Grade Earth Science

                                             Dr. Smith-Worthy

                                                                                                                              School Crest

  •  Dr. Smith

    · Fayetteville State University-BS Elementary Education-BS Psychology

    · American InterContential University- MS Instructional Technology

    · Capella University- Ph.D & Ed.S Educational Leadership and Administration K-12

    · Gifted Endorsed since 2009

    · Certifications in Elementary Education, Middle School Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Leadership.

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  • Contact Information



    Telephone: 470-265-5521

    Room #1044

    Planning Period : 10:40-12:20


    Current Unit: Astronomy

    August 12 - October 31

    This unit requires understanding of how scientific theories of the solar system and universe have changed. This unit describes gravity as the force that shapes and drives the universe. Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. This unit also analyzes the objects found in our solar system including inner planets, outer planets, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids.

    Weekly Focus:

    Standard: S6E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.                                         

    1. Ask questions to determine changes in models of Earth’s position in the solar system, and origins of the universe as evidence that scientific theories change with the addition of new information.(Clarification statement: Students should consider Earth’s position in geocentric and heliocentric models and the Big Bang as it describes the formation of the universe.)       

    2. Develop a model to represent the position of the solar system in the Milky Way galaxy and in the known universe.


    SWBAT ask questions to determine the origins of the universe and changes in models of Earth’s position in the solar system IOT make claims supported by evidence that scientific theories change with the addition of new information.


    Read for 30 mins and study vocabulary words




    • The Big Bang Theory draws upon other theories to validate it. The theory explains the formation of the universe, not just the Milky Way Galaxy in which the Earth and solar system are located.  Gravity drives the formation of the universe and the circular shape of the planets and stars. 
    • The expansion of the universe is proven by the red shift. Students will be introduced to this principle as evidence.  If the expansion of the universe is reversed it means that the universe started off as one point that expanded (not exploded) out forming the universe.  Students only need to have a general understanding of this process.


    • The solar system is located in the Milky Way Galaxy and the Milky Way Galaxy is located in the Universe.


    • Scale, proportion, and quantity is key in students understanding the relative size and proximity of the universe, Milky Way galaxy, the solar system, and the Earth.


    • The geocentric and heliocentric models need to be compared and contrasted as well as evaluated from a historical perspective. Make sure that the development of these models are looked at from the persons responsible for proposing each model and the time period in which each model was promoted.  Ptolemy developed the geocentric model from work done by Greek astronomers.  Although we know that this model is inaccurate it helped explain the motion of objects in the sky.  There were several astronomers that promoted the heliocentric model.  Use the development of the heliocentric over time through multiple astronomers to promote the idea that models and theories are built upon the work of prior scientists.                 


                      Geocentric Model                                          Heliocentric Model


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    2019-2020 Science Syllabus

    Note to Parents:  I appreciate all of the at home support you do with your child.  In addition, please make sure they are prepared daily and attend class with the following materials:

     -(2) pencils, sharpener and eraser or (2) mechanical pencils with lead and eraser

    -(2) composition notebook

    -Pencil pouch with glue stick, colored pencils, scissors, and highlighters.

    ***Also please make sure you have access to Parent Portal to view your student's grade and stay updated with their assignments.  This is available to all parents. If you need access please see Ms. Parkmon.***

     This is a student-centered course where we spend time discovering and investigating Science concepts based on the critical-thinking and problem-solving rigor of the Georgia Standards of Excellence.  You will learn how each concept is important in everyday life. Students will work independently, in cooperative groups, with activities using manipulatives, and participate in classroom discussions. Technology is an integral part of communicating science and will be included as often as possible. The rigorous standards demand high quality performance of all students while making provisions for remediation. The objectives of this course is for students to become more confident about lifelong science skills, make connections to real-world applications, participate in problem-solving through group and individual investigations, and develop better communication skills. In this course, we will investigate the scientific concepts, rules and principals that are associated with the planet Earth as well as othe celestial bodies. Major units of study include: Astronomy, Earths' Landforms, Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth's Geologic History, Natural Resources, and Meteorology. 

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    Number of Assignments per each 9 week grading period



    9 - 18












    8 – 18 

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