6th Grade Science

Extra help is available before school and during recess. Students should make arrangements for specific days due to meetings and lunch coverage. 

MAY: Almost there! Students are hard at work finishing up their Meteorology project for Weather and have also started researching the Universe and planets. Even though we only have a few weeks of school left, our energetic sixth graders are asking for one final project! 

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APRIL: After celebrating Easter and the Risen Lord, students will enjoy a week off. Before and after the holiday week, students will be working on their Weather Unit and are preparing a Power Point to show what they have learned. There's talk that we may end this unit by taping a Meteorology Weather Report using their research.
 
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MARCH: Students will beginning testing their
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eather instruments. Students are looking forward to good weather so they can go outside and test their instruments.


FEBRUARY: Students began work on wind and weather this month and have been investigating and creating weather instruments to make a mini-weather lab before heading off to a week of rest and relaxation. Enjoy the Winter Break!


Thanks to all of our students at OLMS for their hard work on the Mercy Contraption. What an amazing accomplishment. It was great to see our students applying science concepts, helping with the design, and working as a team. Congratulations on a job well done.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK BEGINS JANUARY 28 - invite your family and friends to visit Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville to see the wonderful programs available that "challenge each student intellectually, motivate each student in the pursuit of academic excellence, and prepare each student for further educational opportunities."    (OLM School Philosophy)


JANUARY: Students are completing the unit on Oceanography this month and will begin a unit on the Atmosphere. Students are looking forward to using the Discovery Room to investigate chemical reactions and Polymers and Non-Newtonian fluids.


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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME BACK!
Thank you to everyone for your wishes for a healthy and happy New Year and wonderful gifts.
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DECEMBER: Students began investigating the Earth's oceans and the ocean floor. Students discussed technology utilized to explore the ocean floor and will learn about the density of the ocean, the Continental Margin and Deep-Ocean Basin as well as features of the ocean floor. Students will participate in a lab activity to understand the concept of density,.

NOVEMBER:
An exciting trip to Philadelphia, PA has been planned for November 3.  Our 6th grade students just completed a Unit on Earth's water and will begin a unit on Oceanography featuring Ocean Waves and Ocean Currents.
     Students will complete their Pumpkin Lab and utilize the data they collected during October and will incorporate Math by graphing the data.
 
October: Anyone for S'mores?  Our 6th grade students designed solar boxes and were able to cool s'mores outside. Everyone enjoyed the tasting part of the design challenge. Students will be discussing redesigns for improvement and possible changes to our ingredients. We're looking forward to more tasting parties. Congratulations on a successful design challenge.

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SEPTEMBER: Our 6th g
rade students began the school year by diving into our Unit on Water and its properties. Our first lab involved the property of cohesion and students will investigate whether surface tension is affected by temperature. They are beginning to use the Scientific Method and will learn to research our topics to enhance their work in class. We will be moving on to the structure of a water molecule and why it looks like Mickey Mouse!


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Welcome to another exciting year of learning. We’ll be collaborating with each other to analyze new concepts and exploring these concepts further through exciting labs. Challenges await you in our new Discovery Room that has been stocked with STEAM materials that will peak your curiosity and allow you to improve your problem solving skills. Look forward to a year of Science FUN!

              SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017


     A solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun in the sky. The total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017 and the path it will take stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. The event will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
CAUTION: REMEMBER NOT TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE ECLIPSE WITHOUT SOLAR VIEWING GLASSES. SUNGLASSES ARE NOT TO BE USED IN PLACE OF THESE SOLAR VIEWING GLASSES.
     Check out the website Space.com for information on when, where and how to see the solar eclipse safely.
     NASA has a website dedicated to the eclipse. Check it out at eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.


                   
                           SUMMER SCIENCE
School may be out but you can still study Science by doing experiments and STEAM challenges. Since we just celebrated the 4th of July, you can duplicate the colors of the fireworks in this experiment.

                                 FIREWORKS IN A JAR

MATERIALS:
1 clear jar (like a mayonnaise or mason jar)
warm water
plastic disposable plate or a pie pan (should have a rim so oil won't spill out)
different colors of food coloring
4-tablespoons of cooking oil (Canola, Mazola, etc.)
fork

PROCEDURE:
1. Fill the jar 3/4 of the way with warm water.
2. Put 4-tablespoons of oil in the pie pan or plastic plate.
3. Carefully put drops of different colors of food coloring in the oil in the pie plate or plastic plate. (It should look like dots of color. You should have about 10-12 drops.)
4. Gently use the fork to break up the dots of food coloring. (This should now look like small particles in the oil.)
5. GENTLY pour the oil and food coloring mixture into the jar. GENTLY! (It helps if you have someone help you and tilts the jar of water so you can gently introduce the oil mixture.)

WHAT HAPPENS? You should see the food coloring slowly sink out of the oil and into the water. When this happens, it will expand and begin to mix with the other colors.

WHY THIS HAPPENS - Food coloring dissolves in water but not oil. Since the oil is less dense than water, it will float on top of the water. The food coloring drops will begin to sink because they are heavier than the oil. Once they sink into the water they begin dissolving in the water. This will look like a tiny explosion of color. ENJOY!