Mrs. Spriggs' Science Blog - ARCHIVE

Content on this page pertains to school years PRIOR to the 2016-17 school year. It is available to teachers for historical reference but does not provide guidance to parents/students for the current school year.

Week of May 23

posted May 23, 2016, 8:07 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 23, 2016, 8:07 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will finish Unit 4, Exploring Space.  This unit's big idea is people develop and use technology to explore and study space.


Monday: Review Unit 4
Tuesday: Unit 4 Test
Wednesday: End of year party.  Students will be given choices of fun activities to attend in the morning.  After lunch will be MS team building.
Thursday: Last day of school. Students will attend each class for a short time.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach your children this year.  They have taught me many new things about earth science and the fun we can have while learning.
May you all have a refreshing, fun, and restful summer!  See you next year in the new building!!



Week of May 16

posted May 17, 2016, 8:14 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 17, 2016, 8:14 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will continue Unit 4, Exploring Space.  This unit's big idea is people develop and use technology to explore and study space.


Monday:Watch original Cosmos series on Mars exploration.
Tuesday: Complete a Prezi on how space exploration for Mars has changed in 30 years.
Wednesday:Work on Prezi
Thursday: Share Prezi with class
Friday: Quiz on Unit 4, space technology and exploration
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily. 

All missing assignments for Space Science Unit 3 and 4 are due this Friday, May 20.

Week of May 9

posted May 9, 2016, 8:09 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 9, 2016, 8:09 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will finish Unit 3, The Earth-Moon-Sun System.  This unit's big idea is Earth and the moon move in predictable ways and have predictable effects on each other as they orbit the sun.

On Wednesday we will begin Unit 4, Exploring Space.  This unit's big idea is people develop and use technology to explore and study space.


Monday:Check homework. Review Unit 3. Watch Mercury transit across the sun on NASA's website.
Tuesday: Unit 3 Test
Wednesday:What is electromagnetic radiation?
Thursday:How is electromagnetic radiation observed?
Friday: I will be gone today and Monday due to my son's high school graduation.  Please remind your child to be respectful to the sub.
           Watch original Cosmos series on Mars exploration.  Next week students will research how space exploration has changed in 30 years.
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily. 

All missing assignments for Space Science Unit 3 and 4 are due on May 20.

Week of May 2

posted May 2, 2016, 7:55 PM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated May 2, 2016, 7:55 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will continue Unit 3, The Earth-Moon-Sun System.  This unit's big idea is Earth and the moon move in predictable ways and have predictable effects on each other as they orbit the sun.


Monday: Phases of the moon
Tuesday: Eclipses
Wednesday: What causes tides. No 4th period due to bowling.
Thursday: What causes tides. No 3rd period due to The Talk. Please see Mr.Cochran's email below.
Friday: No School due to staff development.
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily. All missing assignments for Space Science Unit 3 and 4 are due on May 20.

Attention 6th grade parents,


On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the 6th grade students will be interacting with Kaiser Physicians, Dr. Chris Marchioni and Dr. Eric Christiansen. Both Dr. Marchioni and Dr. Christiansen are on the Advisory Board for Healthy Learning Paths. 

Healthy Learning Paths is a non-profit organization located in Westminster. Their stated mission is to empower children and families to lead healthy lives through their Be Well, Learn Well® Program.  The Be Well, Learn Well Program takes health experts out of the traditional Dr.'s office and sends them into classrooms to teach students health skills. The Program they have taught to our 6th grade students for the past eight school years is The Science of the Human Body, Brain, and EmotionsThe content covers basic human reproduction and anatomy and is based on 6th grade Colorado academic standards for Health Education. 

The students will be brought together for a short introduction and then split into two groups. Dr. Marchioni will be leading the female class, Dr. Christiansen will be leading the male class. We appreciate your support and partnership in engaging with your student around the questions he/she may have after the presentation.

I apologize that this information is coming to you so late; we made a mistake with not getting paper copies of the permission out to you in a more timely fashion. This email will serve as notice of the presentation and if wish to opt your child out of this presentation, please email Mr. Cochran and we will have an alternate activity for your child. No action is needed if your child is going to participate. As always, I am happy to answer any and all questions you may have. 

Thanks!

Josh 

Week of April 25

posted Apr 25, 2016, 7:58 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 7:58 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will finish Space Science Unit 2.  This unit's big idea is planets and a variety of other bodies form a system of objects orbiting the sun. On Wednesday we will begin Unit 3, The Earth-Moon-Sun System.  This unit's big idea is Earth and the moon move in predictable ways and have predictable effects on each other as they orbit the sun.


Monday: Review for the test tomorrow.  Here is a video series students can use for review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t099KIWVVs
Tuesday: Test on Unit 2
Wednesday: Earth's rotation and revolution lab
Thursday: Seasons Model lab
Friday: No class due to choice field trip.
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

You have the power to be a superhero! Join us as we WALK to raise our goal or $10,000 in the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 27th to support our three students and two teachers living with type 1 diabetes!

Your donations towards our Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes stays right here in Colorado to support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sweet Pea for kids ages 5-10 years old and Camp Colorado for kids ages 9-17 years old living with type 1 diabetes. Campers can enjoy traditional camp activities, while being surrounded by health professionals who provide continuous medical supervision. Campers learn how to manage their own diabetes-care, while interacting with counselors who may have diabetes and serve as positive role models. They meet friends who understand what it's like to be a person living with diabetes and have fun at summer camp - just like any other kid! Every dollar you donate helps to send a Colorado kid to diabetes camp!


Donate directly on our webpage:

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/Stargate2016


Here’s how it works: By MONDAY, APRIL 25TH turn in your envelope to your Homeroom teacher or Advisory, totaling online contributions as well as any enclosed cash/checks (payable to American Diabetes Association). The homeroom, advisory group, or staff group with the highest fundraising will receive a LUNCH PARTY, provided by our friends at the ADA.


Then, on April 27th, be sure to join us (along with your fellow students, parents and friends) for a Pep Assembly at 12:30pm, followed by the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Also – the first 300 students or staff members to donate $25 or more get a T-shirt to wear on the Walk! 


For questions, please reach out to Mrs. Pecosky, Teacher Sponsor (deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org) or Adrian Miller, Parent Champion (amillers@comcast.net). Thank you for making an impact here in our community and for supporting Camp Colorado and Camp Sweet Pea!

 

Week of April 18

posted Apr 18, 2016, 7:53 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 7:56 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will continue Space Science Unit 2.  This unit's big idea is planets and a variety of other bodies form a system of objects orbiting the sun.

Monday: Check homework. In class assignment on the gas giants.
Tuesday: Finish assignment on the gas giants.
Wednesday: Check homework. Orbits of comets lab
Thursday: In class assignment on small bodies in the solar system.
Friday: Check homework.Finish assignment on small bodies.

The test over Unit 2 will be next Tuesday, April 26.
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

You have the power to be a superhero! Join us as we WALK to raise our goal or $10,000 in the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 27th to support our three students and two teachers living with type 1 diabetes!

Your donations towards our Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes stays right here in Colorado to support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sweet Pea for kids ages 5-10 years old and Camp Colorado for kids ages 9-17 years old living with type 1 diabetes. Campers can enjoy traditional camp activities, while being surrounded by health professionals who provide continuous medical supervision. Campers learn how to manage their own diabetes-care, while interacting with counselors who may have diabetes and serve as positive role models. They meet friends who understand what it's like to be a person living with diabetes and have fun at summer camp - just like any other kid! Every dollar you donate helps to send a Colorado kid to diabetes camp!


Donate directly on our webpage:

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/Stargate2016


Here’s how it works: By MONDAY, APRIL 25TH turn in your envelope to your Homeroom teacher or Advisory, totaling online contributions as well as any enclosed cash/checks (payable to American Diabetes Association). The homeroom, advisory group, or staff group with the highest fundraising will receive a LUNCH PARTY, provided by our friends at the ADA.


Then, on April 27th, be sure to join us (along with your fellow students, parents and friends) for a Pep Assembly at 12:30pm, followed by the Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Also – the first 300 students or staff members to donate $25 or more get a T-shirt to wear on the Walk! 


For questions, please reach out to Mrs. Pecosky, Teacher Sponsor (deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org) or Adrian Miller, Parent Champion (amillers@comcast.net). Thank you for making an impact here in our community and for supporting Camp Colorado and Camp Sweet Pea!

 

Week of April 11

posted Apr 11, 2016, 8:17 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 8:17 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will continue Space Science Unit 2.  This unit's big idea is planets and a variety of other bodies form a system of objects orbiting the sun.
Monday: Create a model of the sun
Tuesday: Finish model of the sun and present to class
Wednesday: Check homework.Terrestrial planets activity
Thursday: Finish terrestrial planets activity
Friday: Check homework. Outer planets activity
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.


Week of March 28

posted Mar 28, 2016, 8:49 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Mar 28, 2016, 8:49 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

PARCC testing schedule:
March 28: 6th grade math 1, 1:45-3:05 (Students will have only Period 6 in the morning.)
March 29: 6th grade math 2, 1:45-3:05(Students will have only Period 3 in the morning.)
March 30: 6th grade math 3, 11:45-1:15 (Students will have only Period 5 in the morning.They will have lunch from 11:00-11:40 this day.)
The schedule will be adjusted these days to a block schedule so that students are not always missing 6th period. Please plan appointments around testing times.  Thank you!

This week we will continue Space Science Unit 2.  This unit's big idea is planets and a variety of other bodies form a system of objects orbiting the sun.
Monday: No science due to PARCC testing
Tuesday: Check homework. Complete posters on early models of the solar system.  Cosmos Episode 3
Wednesday: No science due to PARCC testing
Thursday: What is gravity, Kepler's laws, and the law of universal gravitation?
Friday: Check homework. How did the solar system form?
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

Week of March 21

posted Mar 21, 2016, 1:35 PM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 1:35 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

PARCC testing schedule:
March 28: 6th grade math 1, 1:45-3:05 (Students will have only Period 6 in the morning.)
March 29: 6th grade math 2, 1:45-3:05(Students will have only Period 3 in the morning.)
March 30: 6th grade math 3, 11:45-1:15 (Students will have only Period 5 in the morning.They will have lunch from 11:00-11:40 this day.)
The schedule will be adjusted these days to a block schedule so that students are not always missing 6th period. Please plan appointments around testing times.  Thank you!

This week we will continue Space Science Unit 1.  This unit's big idea is the sun is one of billions of stars in one of billions of galaxies in the universe.
Monday:Period 3-The Age of Stars activity. Watch Cosmos Episode 8 
            Period 4-Teacher candidate: The life cycle of stars
Tuesday: Nuclear Fusion of stars activity
Wednesday: Unit 1 comprehension
Thursday: Begin Unit 2.  Work on posters of early models of the solar system.
Friday: Finish posters and present.
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

Week of March 14

posted Mar 14, 2016, 7:26 AM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Mar 14, 2016, 7:26 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

PARCC testing schedule:
March 14: 6th grade literacy 1, 1:15-3:05 (Students will have only Period 3 in the morning.)
March 15: 6th grade literacy 2, 1:15-3:05(Students will have only Period 5 in the morning.)
March 16: 6th grade literacy 3, 11:45-1:15 (Students will have only Period 4 in the morning.They will have lunch from 11:00-11:40 this day.)
March 28: 6th grade math 1, 1:45-3:05 (Students will have only Period 6 in the morning.)
March 29: 6th grade math 2, 1:45-3:05(Students will have only Period 3 in the morning.)
March 30: 6th grade math 3, 11:45-1:15 (Students will have only Period 5 in the morning.They will have lunch from 11:00-11:40 this day.)
The schedule will be adjusted these days to a block schedule so that students are not always missing 6th period. Please plan appointments around testing times.  Thank you!

This week we will continue Space Science Unit 1.  This unit's big idea is the sun is one of billions of stars in one of billions of galaxies in the universe.
Monday: Period 3: Finish Schoolyard Solar System lab.  Watch Episode 1 of Cosmos. No Period 4 due to PARCC testing.
Tuesday: No Science due to PARCC testing.
Wednesday: Period 4: Finish Schoolyard Solar System lab.  Watch Episode 1 of Cosmos.  No Period 3 due to PARCC testing.
Thursday: Star Life Cycle flip book
Friday: Watch Cosmos Episode 4.
 
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.

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