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6th Grade Science Syllabus

6th Grade Science Syllabus



Instructor: Abbie Kilgore, Annette True, Rachel Hayes          

Phone: 423-378-2450


Planning Time: 11:00 -12:20 (please call 378-2435 to schedule conferences)

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Course Description: During this school year, students will be exploring and investigating many different areas of science including the scientific method, earth and space science, heat and energy, electricity, atmosphere and weather, and some concepts related to biology. The course will be divided into 10 basic units with technology, engineering, inquiry, and design integrated throughout the course.

   To supplement these units, students will be participating in science labs as well as projects/presentations throughout the course. You can expect at least one lab/project to be assigned each six-week grading period. Students will participate in a lab safety course within the first two days of school and will need a lab safety contract signed by a parent/guardian before they are allowed to conduct any labs.  


Textbook: The textbook we will be using this year is titled: Holt Science & Technology. We usually use the book in class and do not check them out to students unless necessary.

Canvas: Kingsport City School system has implemented a new program called Canvas. This is an internet-based learning system and secure social network that enables schools to implement a successful online academic program.  Canvas equips schools to host online courses to make them more interactive.  It provides an easy-to-use interface for students and parents to use at home.  You may find the link to Canvas on the Kingsport City Schools page under “Students”.


Course Outline:

This is a rough outline and is subject to date changes as the year progresses.



Module 0 – Lab Safety

August 7 - 11

Module 1 - Scientific Inquiry

August 14 - September 15

Module 2 - Engineering and Design

September 18 - October 6

Module 3 –Moon

October 9 - November 3

Module 4 – Seasons

November 3 - November 22

Module 5 –  Universe

November 27 - December 22

Module 6 –  Types of Energy

January 9 - January 26

Module 7 – Heat Transfer

January 29 - February 16

Module 8 - Electricity

February 19 - March 2

Module 9 - Oceans

March 5 - March 16

Module 10 – Weather

March 19 - March 23

Module 11 – Ecology

April 2 - April 13

Module 12 – Biomes

April 16 - April 20













You may access a course calendar on Canvas. You may access the directions to view the Canvas course calendar by visiting this link:


Standards - 6th grade science standards -

Canvas - parent directions to access Canvas

Assignment Books: Students will be given agenda/assignment books the first day of school. They should develop the habit of filling these out daily at the beginning of science class each day.  This book should contain the most current information and are another means of communication between home and school.  Please be sure to ask to see the assignment book every day.


Science Journals: Students are required to bring in one 100 sheet composition book (please no binders or spiral notebooks) to use as their journal. These will be used extensively throughout the year. Students may choose to store them in the classroom or take them home. However, they should have them each day for class, and they will be checked periodically.


Grading Requirements:

50% Tests

30% Quizzes and Projects

20% Classwork, Journals, and Labs

Assessments/Evaluations: Students will engage in a variety of activities including tests, projects, quizzes, in-class assignments, homework, and labs. Some assessments will consist of rigorous reading and writing activities that require students to use higher order thinking skills. Most of the tests are “cumulative” in nature meaning that they include previously learned skills as well as the information we have just finished studying. For example, the Ch. 2 exam may also include a few concepts from Ch. 1. Performance-based evaluations will also be given at various times throughout the course.


Tutoring/Extra Help. Afternoon tutoring times are M-F 2:45—3:10 pm in the JSMS library unless otherwise posted.


Field Trips- Throughout the year we make take field trips that pertain to our Science curriculum. Individual students’ participation in field trip activities is at the principal’s/teacher’s discretion. Academic, behavior/discipline, and school attendance issues may affect eligibility to participate in field trips.




It is an honor and pleasure to be your science teacher this year. I am excited about what the coming school year has in store. It is my hope that you will find this course and my instruction both intriguing and captivating. We have a lot of information to cover and it will be challenging, but by working together, we can overcome and have fun learning along the way! If you need anything or have questions regarding any of the information found on this syllabus, please feel free to contact me.   I’m looking forward to getting to know you and to a great school year!



Mrs. Abbie Kilgore, Mrs. Annette True, Mrs. Rachel Hayes






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