Syllabus and Supplies

Supplies needed for science:

A spiral notebook

Ear buds





You will find my class syllabus below:


6th Grade Science-Clarkson


Dear students and parents,

Welcome back!  I am excited to be your teacher and my hopes are you will work hard and become better than you were before you started 6th grade.  Effort is the one thing you can control.  Decide today that you will try even when it is difficult. 


Objective: You will be challenged to become active learners and sensemaking scientists by observing, questioning, listening, thinking, exploring, comparing, critiquing, explaining, and analyzing. 

Grading policy:

  • Instructional Tasks (50% Teaching Assessment Tasks): may include instructional tasks such as daily work, quizzes, teaching tasks and problem/project based learning activities.
  • Assessment Tasks (50% Performance and/or Assessment Tasks): Assessments may include summative unit tests, essays, performance assessments, constructed response tasks and problem/project based learning activities.

How you can check your child’s grades and assignments:

Google Classroom codes: (These are posted on CANVAS as well)

3rd block:  g4dc04j

4th block : 6xxwvmn

5th block: tignkva

7th block : upghido


If you do not already have a username and password, you will be getting one the first few weeks of school.  Please check this regularly to see if your child is turning in homework and completing assignments. With this tool, you have access to your child’s progress at any time.  As a parent, it is your responsibility to keep informed of your child’s progress by regularly checking Powerschool.


How you can reach me:

My primary mode of communication is email. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at Clarkson_[email protected]. I will always respond within 24 hours.  If you have not heard back from me in 24 hours, please call me at 423-498-6800.


1st Quarter

Week 1-3:Properties and

sources of energy

Week 4-5:Kinetic and

potential energy

Week 6:Kinetic energy,

mass,and speed

Week 7-9:Energy transfer-


conduction, and


2nd Quarter

Week 1:Convection patterns

Week 2:Ocean currents

Week 3:Convection,

geology, and heat


Week 4-5:Weather conditions

and storms

Week 6-7:Weather data

Week 8-9:Climate data and

biome patterns


3rd Quarter


Week 1-2: Populations

Week 3-4:Relationships

Week 5-6:Food web and

energy pyramid

Week 7:Auditory and



Week 8-9:Biodiversity


4th Quarter

Week 1-2:Renewable/



Week 3-4:Human impact &


Week 5-6: Review for state testing

Week 7-9: End of year Projects/yearly summations


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me anytime. I look forward to a productive year!


Melanie Clarkson ([email protected])

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