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6th Grade Science


Magnolia Intermediate School

Instructor:  Miss Phelps

Room B-8

Email Address:

Phone: 530-268-2815 


Our Integrated Science approach includes six specific topics: Redwoods, Tidal Biology, Cells, Body Systems, Energy and Weather. Each topic will use a science inquiry approach. These strategies include, experiencing scientific phenomena, using prior knowledge to learn new information, lab experiences, using visuals to communicate, organize and reinforce learning, developing reading strategies and comprehension proficiency, and learning by using study strategies. Science lab investigations will allow students to synthesize and evaluate the conclusions they draw from the investigations.



Redwoods                                                  Ecological roles                 

Tidal Biology                                              Oceans

Weather and Climate                               Earth’s Atmosphere

Thermal Energy and Heat                       Energy and Matter in Ecosystems

Cells                                                        Body Systems



  1. Be on time to class.
  2. Be prepared with your work, textbook, binder, pencils and paper.
  3. Work neatly.
  4. First and last name at the top of all work, the period, the date, labeled with the assignment’s page numbers and problems.
  5. Write your assignments down daily in your agenda.
  6. Participate in class.
  7. Be respectful of the learning environment and safety rules for conducting experiments.
  8. Have a positive attitude!

Classroom Procedures:

Students will record notes and learn academic vocabulary for the topics outlined above and use them for improving comprehension and studying for assessments.

Students will conduct experiments safely and participate cooperatively in groups to reinforce understanding concepts.

Students will be required to further investigate topics covered in class and present orally.


Materials Needed:

1/2 inch binder (provided for you!) I have binders that stay in the classroom!

Single Folder with pockets (for papers to get to/from home safely).





Chapter Tests and Quizzes:

Formative assessments containing concepts being taught will be administered throughout each chapter or unit to check for student understanding and achievement. Summative assessments are administered after every chapter or unit of study. If students fall below 80% accuracy, intervention will occur immediately to get students back on track.


Grading:  Homework/Classwork/Participation (In-class and Online): 50%

                  Labs/Tests/Quizzes: 50%


Homework not turned in when due will be accepted up to one week late for partial credit. A zero means the assignment was not turned in. 


Absent Work: Students will be responsible for getting their missed assignments and will have 1 week to turn it in for credit.


I encourage you to visit our school website and use the Student Resources section to access Power School Grades online. You can quickly assess your child’s progress. I usually put in grades as often as possible. Your child’s password will be passed out in their homeroom or you may get it from the office.


“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” -Unknown



I look forward to an INCREDIBLE year! Go Rattlers!

- Miss Phelps

Google Classroom and emails are the main tool for communication with students.
- It will be VERY important that you check your student/parent emails!