Scientific Milestones

Pick one of these major scientific milestones to research and create a presentation on.

  • Cell theory
  • The Microscope
  • Lasers
  • Satellites
  • Sonar
  • Scuba
  • Underwater robotics
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS)
  • Cloning
  • Doppler radar

Research one of these topics and write a 6-8 sentence paragraph in the comments below detailing…

  • what this scientific discovery was
  • how it has impacted the world

Benchmark Review Games

Body System Review

http://www.softschools.com/science/human_body/diagram/

Photosynthesis Quiz

http://easyscienceforkids.com/fun-photosynthesis-quiz-free-interactive-online-quiz-games-for-kids/

Cell Review

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/health/anatomy/cell/index.htm

Water Cycle:

http://apps.southeastwater.com.au/games/education_kidsroom_wcactivity.asp

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/water-cycle.htm

http://www.discoverwater.org/blue-traveler/

 

 

The Zones of the Ocean

Click on the link below to complete research on the different zones of the ocean.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1198491 

Read the main article then click on the subtitles for more information. Be sure to complete your WSQ so we can write a poem for each zone!

Discussion questions.

1. Share a way you remember the different zones of the ocean.

2. What is the most interesting thing you learned about some of the animals that live in the different zones?

The Great Plastic Challenge!

We use plastic every day and often times when we are done using it, we throw it away.

But is plastic really throw away?

Our 6th grade scientists did some research and discovered that 80% of all plastic ends up in a landfill! Plastic does not biodegrade in so once it lands in a landfill it sits for thousands of years. However, the biggest landfill is not found on land, but found in the ocean. Located between California and Japan is an affected area of ocean twice the size of Texas!!! The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is trapped by the currents of the North pacific Gyre (swirling currents in the ocean) where it circles endlessly.

Once trapped in the currents the plastic photo-degrades and breaks apart into tiny pieces. On average, there are 6 pieces of plastic to every 1 plankton (think Plankton from Sponge Bob :). These pieces are incredibly hard to clean up and become bite size. They find their way into the mouths of many sea creatures. Eventually, our trash can end up in our bellies when we eat seafood from this area!!!!

But how much plastic can just one class use in a week?

It can’t be that much right?

Notice how much of the plastic in the pool comes from packaging and water bottles.

Day 1: Notice how much of the plastic in the pool comes from packaging and water bottles.

Day 2 Water and Gatorade bottles continue to add.

Day 2 Water and Gatorade bottles continue to add.

Day 3

Day 3 Plastic bags and plastic containers from birthday treats are added.

Day 4 The majority of our plastic came from food packaging from our favorite chips, deserts, and appetizers.

Day 4 The majority of our plastic came from food packaging from our favorite chips, deserts, and appetizers.

Day 5 The mound is spilling over!

Day 5 The mound is spilling over!

This is how much plastic will end up in a landfill or in the ocean from just one class for one week.

This is how much plastic will end up in a landfill or in the ocean from just one class for one week.

Where did all the plastic come from?!?!?!

All of our “trash” came from three main items: water bottles, food packaging, and plastic bags. 

Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

Water bottles

Water bottles

Food Packaging

Food Packaging

Discussion Questions:

What can you do to reduce the amount of plastic you use?

What is your plan to clean up the plastic mess in the ocean? How will you separate the plastic pieces from the plankton? How will you pay for your clean up?

What have you learned about the Pacific Garbage Patch?

For more information view these clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7rNYzSH-BA

Smoke + Fog = Smog

What are you breathing? Could it be smog?!?!?!

Click on the link below to see how weather conditions, population level, cars, trucks, and factories can contribute to the amount of smog in the air.

http://www.smogcity.com

 

After completing your worksheet please respond to the following questions in complete sentences and using proper grammar and academic langauge.

Discusssion Questions:

1. What factors (weather conditions, population level, cars, trucks, and factories) made the largest amount of smog?

2. What steps can you take to reduce smog levels?

3. Population can increase the amount of smog in the air. Would you be infavor of a rule that limits the amount of children a family can have to lower the amount of harmful gases produced each year. You must defend you answer and be convincing!

 

 

 

The Great Plastic Challenge

Did you know that there is a floating garbage dumb in the ocean twice the size of Texas!?!?! Most of this debris is small bits of plastic about the size of your finger nail.

We often see plastic as throw away but the reality is that all the plastic that has been created is still in the world. Plastic either ends up in a land fill where it stays burried or ends up in the ocean where photodegrades into tiny pieces that finds it’s way into the bellies of fish and possibly even our bellies… Dun dun duh!!!!

The Great Plastic Challenge:

I have challenged my class to collect all the plastic that we throw away for a week. This is the amount of plastic we have thrown away in just one day.

Day 1

Plastic 1

 

What can we do!?!?!?!

Educate the public!!! Using the sites below collect information on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and create a poster educating other students about this issue. State 5-10 facts about the garbage patch. Also, state what they can do to help and limit the amount of plastic in the ocean.

These posters will be hung on the walls throughout the school, so make them excellent!!! The top 5 will be displayed on my blog for the world to see!!!

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/great-pacific-garbage-patch.htm

http://sfenvironmentkids.org/water/The%20Pacific%20Garbage%20Patch%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

http://www.greenbang.com/10-things-you-should-know-about-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch_21885.html

http://ecologycenter.org/plastics/

 

Transpiration

Ms. Byars woke up to find a plastic bag wrapped around her favorite rosemary bush! As she examened the bag closer she saw that little water droplets appeared in the bag.

WHERE DID THE DROPLETS COME FROM?!?!?!

Using the words xylem, stomata, roots, and stem pretend you are a water molecule and going through this crazy process of transpiration. USE EVIDENCE BASED TERMS TO SOUND SOPHISTICATED.

For bonus points explain some of the results of transpiration. ( There are five results, use your notes!!!)

When finished you can

A) go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/methuselah/photosynthesis.html# AND CLICK on launch objective then CLICK ON “the cycle” THEN READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! Do not ask Ms. Byars for help unless you A) asked three before me B) READ ALL DIRECTIONS!!!!

OR

B) you may visit other blogs and comment