Class Info

Mr. Kerr                                                                  Syllabus 2017-2018

Bryant Middle School

6th Grade: Science & Geography

e-mail:           blog:


Supplies Needed:

Black/Blue Pens                                                            Checking Pens

Pencils                                                                             Highlighters

Markers, Colored Pencils and/or Crayons               Ruler

Loose Leaf Paper                                                           Spiral Notebook (for notes)

Reading Book on-hand


*I do have lots of supplies and will freely give them out, however having your own supplies and taking care of them is being responsible.


Text Books:  

Hart, Diane (2011) Geography Alive! Teachers’ Curriculum Institute

Holt Science & Technology (2005) Earth’s Changing Surface, Holt, Rinehart & Winston

Holt Science & Technology (2005) Forces, Motion & Energy, Holt, Rinehart & Winston

Holt Science & Technology (2005) Inside the Restless Earth, Holt, Rinehart & Winston

Holt Science & Technology (2005) Environmental Science, Holt, Rinehart & Winston


Homework & Late Policy

All Homework will be collected and could possibly be checked the very next day.  If a student does not turn in his or her homework by the end of the day then 25% will be taken off for every day it is late. Remember some credit is better than no credit.



The best way to communicate to me is via e-mail expect a response within 24 hours (except on weekends).  My e-mail is  I will have a Science Blog; go to it at least two times a week.  I will try to be available before or after school for any conferences or meetings, but that is not always possible.  I do ask that you either e-mail me ahead of time or call the office to be certain what days and times I am free.  I also do not usually leave school until after 3:30 PM, therefore any student who needs extra help or has questions may see me then or in the AM.  For some students I will have them check-in and check-out with me during the week to make sure they are staying focus, organized and keeping up on their school work.  Look on my blog for Power Points, Study Guides, Project Guidelines, important dates, etc.  For the Remind App go to the website for 6th grade geography and the website for 6th grade science… this is super easy, put your cell phone in, wait for a four digit confirmation code, enter, then select student or parent.  It is recommended that all parents and/or students should join.  I then can send you reminder text messages throughout the school year which will be helpful.  You do NOT need to download the app.


Proper Heading & No-Name Policy:

I have a “No-Name-Area” for papers that do not have a names on them, however if students do not seek them out they will remain there and be listed as a zero on the online grading site. I will not take the time to play detective.  After students claim their paper you will miss one point for not having their name on a paper.  All classwork and homework must have a proper heading on it which includes full name, date, class and period. (an example will be shown)


Absent Policy:

When a student is absent more than one day then parents may request homework from me; just e-mail me.  If a student misses one day and that day is a test day then that student must take his or her test the next day because he or she was present for the review (which is always the day before a test).  If the student misses more than one day a make-up time must be rescheduled with the teacher and done within five days of the student’s day of return.  I do not pass back tests until ALL students have taken them. It is important to note that I will never have a test scheduled for Mondays.  Also, all absent work will be a zero on the online grading site until made up.  There will be an area in my classroom where I place absent work.  Students are expected to pick-up their own work.



Participating in class and helping to create a positive environment for everyone in the classroom is expected.  Students are to participate to the best of their abilities.  If any concerns arise that may involve disciplinary action and/or consequences, please keep the following in mind:


You may receive a non-verbal or a verbal cue from me at first. If the behavior continues, you may receive a “focus” card. This card is my last warning that comes without further administrative action. The focus card will remain on your table until the end of the period.  If there is a third incident, final consequences are at my discretion.  These may include:

  • Sincere apology to teacher and/or classmates
  • Think Sheet
  • Stay after school for 10 minutes
  • Phone call and/or e-mail home
  • Disciplinary referral
  • Schedule a meeting with parents
  • Removal of preferred classroom privileges
  • Added classwork


If I am disciplining a fellow student, do not look at or acknowledge that student in any way.  Continue about your business.  You wouldn’t want other students looking at you if you were in trouble, so don’t look at the others in the same situation.  I will try very hard not to embarrass anyone and always consider your feelings.  I expect you to do the same for me.


Beyond the classroom polices listed above, ALL students are expected to strive to live to the highest standard of conduct promoted by the school.  This includes reviewing and following the rules and polices found within the student handbook.  I want you always to be kind, respectful and be responsible.  I expect you to communicate, by raising your hand, waiting your turn, not interrupting and speak clearly.  Before you speak, THINK…


  1. – is it True?
  2. – is it Helpful?
  3. – is it Inspiring?
  4. – is it Necessary?
  5. – is it Kind?


“Be the change you wish to see in the world” –Mahatma Gandhi


 6th Grade Geography Major Topics:

  • Tools of Geography
  • Landforms
  • Natural Resources & the Environmental Challenges
  • Maps
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Longitude & Latitude
  • Weather vs. Climate
  • Time Zones
  • Population
  • Different Governments
  • Culture
  • The Unites States & Canada
  • Latin America & Mexico
  • Middle America
  • South America
  • Europe and Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • Africa
  • Southwest & Central Asia
  • History


6th Grade Science Major Topics:

  • Interactions of Living Things
  • Cycles in Nature
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy Resources
  • Environmental Problems and Solutions
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Fossils
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanoes & Earthquakes
  • Matter
  • Motion
  • Newton’s Law of Motion
  • Force
  • Gravity
  • Work & Simple Machines
  • Power
  • Heat & Temperature
  • Mapping the Earth’s Surface
  • Weathering vs. Erosion


ALL 6th grade students will be responsible for one 7-10 minute science experiment (similar to a show-in-tell) to the entire class within the school year with a typed lab report. *See Guidelines (calendar will be posted).

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