Grade 6 Science Syllabus

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Russell O. Brackman Middle School

Grade 6 Science - Syllabus

Course Information

Teacher Information

Grade 6 Science

Name(s): Erin Connors

Full Year

Phone: 609-698-5880 x. 4123

Class Location: Room #N-222


Teacher Website:

Course Description:

Students in middle school will continue to develop their understanding of the three disciplinary core ideas in the Earth and Space Sciences. The middle school performance expectations in Earth and Space Science build on the elementary school ideas and skills and allow middle school students to explain more in-depth phenomena central not only to the earth and space sciences, but to life and physical sciences as well. These performance expectations blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge to explain ideas across the science disciplines. While the performance expectations shown in middle school Earth and Space Science couple particular practices with specific disciplinary core ideas, instructional decisions should include use of many practices that lead to the performance expectations. Content explored in grade 6 with include space, matter/energy, water, and atmosphere/weather.

Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete Grade 6 Science will be competent in the following areas:

  • Students will be able to understand the ways that human activities impacts Earth’s other systems.

  • Students will be able to use many different practices to understand the significant and complex issues surrounding human uses of land, energy, mineral, and water resources and the resulting impacts of their development.

  • Students will be able to explore crosscutting concepts of patterns, cause and effect, and stability and change are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in asking questions, developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions and engaging in argument; and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

Course Texts / Online Resources

Students will have 3 consumable textbooks to keep this year.  Their textbooks may stay at home, as I have a class set to use.  Books used (in order) include:

Science Fusions: Space Science Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

Science Fusions: Matter and Energy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

Science Fusions: Earth’s Water and Atmosphere Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

Username: firstnamelastname (ex erinconnors)

Password: School ID # (Do not add the zero in the beginning of the number)

Required Materials

1" 3-ring binder for Science only


Pocket Folder (for HW-  to be taken home daily)


Crayons/Markers/ Colored Pencils for HOME USE

Attendance Policy

Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.  The Barnegat Township School District expects students to be responsible and exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences.  Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that they complete any/all work missed due to absences.

Course Topic Outline

Please find a list of the units for this course:

Content Area: Science

Course Title: Grade 6 Science

Grade Level: 6

Unit 1: Space

9 weeks

Unit 2: Matter & Energy

9 weeks

Unit 3: Water

9 weeks

Unit 4: Atmosphere & Weather

9 weeks

Student Grades

The grading system for this course is based on the category weights listed in each department’s policy.  For this course, those weights are listed below. Each marking period, students will have a minimum of three (3) Major Assessments and five (5) Minor Assessments (explained below).  Homework is graded for completion, and Class Participation is assessed using the district rubric.

Major Assessments

50% of marking period grade

Minor Assessments

30% of marking period grade

Class Participation

10% of marking period grade


10% of marking period grade

Class Participation Rubric

Meets or Exceeds


100 - 93

The student:

  • ensures that the class is a community of respect;  

  • consistently arrives prepared for class;

  • voluntarily participates on a consistent basis;

  • consistently remains focused and on task;

  • initiates and sustains discussion;

  • evaluates and responds to peer points;

  • consistently demonstrates leadership in collaborative activities.

Approaches Expectations

92 - 85

The student:

  • recognizes the class as a community of respect;

  • usually arrives prepared for class;

  • willingly participates on a regular basis;  

  • remains focused and on-task on a regular basis;  

  • contributes to discussion on a regular basis;

  • listens to and responds to peer points;

  • contributes to collaborative activities on a consistent basis.

Does Not Meet Expectations

84 - 70

The student:

  • fails to recognize the class as a community of respect;

  • frequently arrives unprepared for class;

  • rarely participates, even when called upon;

  • lacks focus and rarely remains on task;

  • rarely engages in discussion;

  • reacts to peer points rather than responds;

  • rarely engages in collaborative activities.

  • Examples of Major Assessments include items that are summative in nature, such as: tests, projects, Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) responses, large lab activities or any other type of assessment used to capture evidence of learning at the culmination of a unit of study.   

  • Examples of Minor Assessments include items that are formative in nature, such as: quizzes, lab assignments, do now  journals, exit tickets, webquests, stations or any other type of assessment that is diagnostic in nature and used to guide instruction and provide ongoing feedback to students.  

  • Note: grades for individual assignments are entered into Genesis for the marking period in which the assignment is assigned and collected, and not a subsequent marking period.   

  • Extra Credit will only be available for assignments that have been approved ahead of time by the teacher and department supervisor.  

  • In this course, it is expected that students will submit only their best work, and teachers reserve the right not to accept work that is substantially below what a student is capable of producing.  

Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

The Barnegat Township School District places a strong emphasis on students’ integrity, and the district will not tolerate instances of academic dishonesty.  Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort.  Both are considered serious offenses and are subject to consequences described in the Student Handbook and Board Policy #5701.

Classroom Expectations

  1. All school rules and policies apply to this class.  

  2. The teacher and students will work together for a respectful, safe classroom.

  3. Students will come to class on time, prepared, and ready to learn.

  4. Students will actively participate in class discussions and other activities in order to enhance their learning experiences.

  5. Cell phones, iPods, or any other personal electronic devices are prohibited in class at any time.

Extra Help and Support

Students that need additional assistance in grade 6 science are welcome to meet with their teacher during Period 8 core enrichment period, lunch period 7 (with a pass), or through the ASA (After School Assistance program.  Occasionally, students will require additional help to master the content and skills in this course. If you need additional help, there are a variety of options for you, including:

  • Before/after school help sessions with your teacher

  • Peer tutoring from NHS / NJHS students

  • Free online tutoring with Brainfuse (available from the Barnegat Library website)

As your teacher, I am committed to your success.   If you need help, please ask!

I have read and understand the syllabus for Grade 6 Science.  

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