Requirements and Expectations
6th Grade Life Science
Southern Lehigh Intermediate School
These guidelines are meant to provide you with a head start to your
6th grade science experience. They will provide you with a basic
framework of what you can expect to encounter throughout this school
year and how to achieve success and enjoyment within each school day.
Everything from assessment options to grades to classroom rules has
1. Lab Work
a. We try to have at least one lab activity per week (individual or group)
During each lab period, some type of lab activity will be completed
using the scientific method. Many activities use equipment found in
the science classroom. However, there will be times that we will ask
students to bring in materials to be used for an activity/experiment.
c. There will usually be a follow up assignment to be completed either prior to the conclusion of class or for homework.
d. The point value for labs will vary.
2. Tests and Quizzes
Quizzes are given throughout the learning of each unit. They will
usually occur at least once every two weeks. Most quizzes will be
announced at least one day in advance but an occasional pop quiz is
also fair game.
b. The point values of quizzes will vary
dependent upon the type of quiz. Quizzes should be a fairly easy way
to boost your grade.
c. Tests will usually be given at the
conclusion of each unit. Tests will always be announced at least two
days in advance. The day before the test will be used as some type of
d. The point values for tests will vary dependent upon the material expected to be learned and understood.
a. Notebooks will be checked periodically with occasional checks yielding a grade.
Notebooks must be organized in a neat and orderly fashion and should
be divided into 3 sections: class notes, handouts, questions of the
*Notes must be neat! Keeping a neat notebook will benefit you
in your daily preparation as well as in studying for assessments. You
should put the date on each sheet you are given.
c. Any notebook checks yielding a grade will have a checklist provided prior to the date of the check.
4. Homework / Class Participation
Classroom participation is expected. This can come in many ways.
Asking questions, sharing relevant experiences, answering
teacher/student generated questions, and participating within a group
activity are all excellent ways to participate. By participating,
class will become more fun and interesting for everyone.
b. All homework assignments are to be completed for the next class unless you are told otherwise.
Projects will have individual requirements that will be discussed at the time the project is assigned.
Lab and Classroom Assignment Instructions
and classroom assignments are done throughout each week, during and
following lab activities. The assignments will vary, but the following
directions should always be used.
1. Use white lined paper or the paper set up for that lab.
2. Show all work for calculations.
*ALL WORK WILL BE HANDED IN OR YOU RECEIVE AN INCOMPLETE FOR THE MARKING PERIOD!
* Most daily assignments are 5 points each. A late assignment will be given partial credit.
Students who miss class for any reason (illness, band practice, doctor
appointment, assemblies, student council, suspension, appointments in
the office, going to the lavatory, etc.) MUST make up the work that
they miss. It is YOUR responsibility to find out what work was done
when YOU were not in class.
Science work will be made up as follows:
1. CLASS NOTES
can be copied from another reliable student in your section. Make sure
to ask your teacher for any handouts that you missed. Remember, these
papers may count as part of your notebook grade. If you wait three
weeks to ask the teacher for the papers there may not be any left.
2. TESTS or QUIZZES
you were present when the test or quiz was announced and when the
review sheets were distributed, you are expected to take the test or
quiz when you return to school. If you were out several days and did
not know that the test was announced and did not get the in-class work,
the teacher will allow time for you to prepare for the test or quiz and
set a date for the
3. LAB WORK
Lab work will
be made up by arranging a time with your teacher. In order to make up
a lab you must arrange this time in advance and come prepared with the
Hall Pass, Pencil, Science Notebook
*If you do not come prepared to make up the lab, you probably will not be permitted to complete your work.
4. CLASS PREPARATION
On time with a pencil or pen, paper, book, and notebook…whatever is needed for class.
will earn you 1 point each day throughout the marking period. Class
preparation will be computed as part of your overall grade! You could
earn approximately 45 points by coming to class prepared!
Basic Classroom Rules
1. You will come to class prepared and ready to learn.
(On time with a pencil, pen, paper, book, and notebook)
2. Raise your hand if you would like to participate (ask a question, respond to a question, etc.).
3. No candy or gum chewing.
4. Give your best effort.
*There may be a few other rules that differ from classroom to classroom.