•               Sylvan Hills Middle School 

                                             6th Grade Earth Science

                                             Dr. Smith-Worthy

                                                                                                                              School Crest

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  •  Dr. Smith
    Credentials

    · 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

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    Smithts@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Telephone: 470-265-5521

    Room #1044

    Planning Period : 10:40-12:20

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    Current Unit: Meterology

    January 6-March 

    This unit students will investigate the interaction of atmospheric conditions and the effects of these conditions on weather and climate.  Students will analyze the layers of the Earth in the first lesson progression.  This analysis is a precursor to evaluating climate change in Unit 5.  In the second lesson progression students will evaluate the transfer of heat from the Sun to the Earth.  The foundational knowledge from Unit 1: Astronomy will provide students with an understanding of the importance of the Sun as the heat source for the Earth.  Students will then evaluate and compare the rate of heat transfer on air, land, and water.  Students will also describe the mechanisms of heat transfer via conduction, convection, and radiation.  Finally in the last progression, students will relate weather and climate to the layers of the Earth, transfer of heat, air pressure, and moisture.  Students will synthesize this relationship to explain weather events and fronts.

    Weekly Focus:

    Georgia Standards of Excellence:

    S6E4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.

    a.      Analyze and interpret data to compare and contrast the composition of Earth’s atmospheric layers (including the ozone layer) and greenhouse gases. (Clarification statement: Earth’s atmospheric layers include the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere.)

    b.      Plan and carry out an investigation to demonstrate how energy from the sun transfers heat to air, land and water at different rates. (Clarification statement: Heat transfer should include the processes of conduction, convection, and radiation.)

    c.       Develop a model demonstrating the interaction between unequal heating and the rotation of the Earth that causes local and global wind systems.

    d.      Construct an explanation of the relationship between air pressure, weather fronts, and air masses and meteorological events such as tornados and thunderstorms.

    e.       Analyze and interpret weather data to explain the effects of moisture evaporating from the ocean on weather patterns and weather events such as hurricanes.

     

    Objective:

    SWBAT analyze and interpret data to compare and contrast the composition of Earth’s atmospheric layers and greenhouse gases IOT develop and use a model that includes the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere.

    SWBAT compare and contrast conduction, convection, and radiation IOT plan and carry out an investigation to demonstrate how energy from the sun transfers heat to air, land, and water at different rates.

    SWBAT analyze the causes of local and global wind systems IOT develop a model demonstrating the interaction between unequal heating and the rotation of the Earth.

     SWBAT construct an explanation of the relationship between air pressure, weather fronts, and air masses IOT predict weather patterns and meteorological events by reading weather maps and utilizing weather tools. 

    SWBAT explain how moisture evaporating from the oceans affects the weather patterns IOT analyze and interpret weather data to predict events such as hurricanes.

    Homework:

    Read for 30 mins and study vocabulary words

    hw

     

     

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  • Important Information

     

    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. 

    Grading Scales:

     

     

    Weight

    Number of Assignments per each 9 week grading period

    Classwork/Participation

    30%

    9 - 18

    Tests

    25%

    1-2

    Quizzes

    15%

    3-4

    Projects

    20%

    1-2

    Homework

    10%

    8 – 18 

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