Hello Students! My name is Mr. Samora and I am your science instructor. I was born in Washington DC and raised in Durham, NC. I received a BSc in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University. I also completed graduate courses at North Carolina Central University and Concordia University. Previously, I worked at a cardiovascular research laboratory in North Carolina Central University. We experimented with rats and mice to investigate the role of diet in hypertension. When I wasn’t in the lab, I also taught introductory science courses/labs to undergraduate students. Soon after that, I got an opportunity to teach middle and high school science in the Fujian province of China… and now I’m in Gainesville!

Sixth grade Science consists of a full year study of Earth Science. Students explore their world by participating in a variety of activities that require them to utilize science process skills. Students also apply reading skills to science texts and practice mathematical concepts. The following is a summary of what students will come to understand.

Practice and Nature of Science and Engineering: students will understand that science is a way of knowing about the world through scientific inquiry using multiple skills to design and conduct investigations through current technology. Students will also understand interactions between science, engineering and technology.
Matter: students will understand the structure of matter and its characteristics, including chemical and physical changes, elements, particle theory of matter, mixtures and pure substances.
Astronomy: students will understand Earth’s position and its interaction in the solar system and its place in the universe, including the Sun, Moon, rotation and seasons.
Geology: students will understand the patterns of change and constancy in the Earth and its history, including plate tectonics, weathering and erosion of landforms, minerals, rocks and rock layers.
Meteorology: students will understand the patterns of change and constancy in the Earth’s atmosphere and climate, including composition and structure, wind systems and ocean currents, energy transfer, moisture content, weather patterns and predictions.

Grading and Assignments

Your grade will be based on the following:
15% Labs & Assignments
30% Quizzes & Projects (Group & Individual)
25% Assessments
15% Semester Exam
15% Participation

We will be using your student textbook quite often as a reference in class. You will be asked to read ahead before each class, and take notes on important topics as you read. This will allow us to JUMP right into a discussion or demonstration. For 6th graders a reading guide will be provided. We will have a vocabulary list at the beginning of every chapter. Make sure you know the meaning of these words both for class participation and for tests. We will have quizzes and tests, but we will also be doing group and individual projects that will make learning science FUN!! All work is to be kept in your science binder and it is expected that you will keep your binder neat and organized so you can easily find items you need for assignments and studying for tests.

Materials for Each Class:
One composition notebook and folder exclusive to science
Pencil/pen
Textbook
Completed assignments

Concepts/Skills to Maintain
*Characteristics of Science
*Records investigations clearly and accurately
*Uses scientific tools
*Interprets graphs, tables, and charts
*Writes clearly
*Uses proper units
*Organizes data into graphs, tables, and charts
*Analyzes scientific data via calculations and inference
*Recognizes the importance of explaining data with precision and accuracy
*Uses technology
*Asks quality questions
*Uses safety techniques
*Uses models

******Class participation points will include coming to class prepared and doing your assigned reading. If you are still having difficulty understanding an assignment or concept, come see me AHEAD of the due date for more help. I am available from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, Monday-Thursday. Also, you can email to
srugumamu@millhopper.com.