Welcome to 6th Grade Science 2017-2018!!!  .    Your teacher:    Mr. Armin Antonio
“Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.” 
― Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dear Parents and students welcome to my classroom website.  Please scroll down the page to find out more about your science classroom.
   I can be reached at (253) 571-5023.  If you need to contact me you also email me at aantoni@tacoma.k12.wa.us.
I look forward to the science investigations and student discoveries as we engage in experiments, discussions, and scholarly pursuits.
New First Week of School Information to be up soon.  
First day of School will include a regular schedule building a classroom culture and beginning to revisit
science concepts, ideas, and current events.   
Weather Forecast Maps website click NOAA Forecast Maps
10/23/17  New Document Uploaded Questions for Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes in the Documents section for download. 
Links for classroom use:   1)   Weather and Climate Online book.  

 Username:  bakerms10   Password:  unicorn8    Select STUDENT LOGIN.  DO NOT CLICK ON "Create Student Account".
Once logged in. Click on Assignments.  You will see a play button then the title, Student Edition,  Understanding Weather and Climate, STC-Secondary.    This will open the Online E-Book.  I have found this site works better with Chrome and Firefox browsers.  I have not yet tried this on the Safari browser.  
Upper Left:   Damarcus at Curriculum Night demsontrating Madagascar Hissing Cockroach handling.
Upper Right:  Jace pointing out Weather events in a class sharing of why they occur there.
Lower Center:  Caleb sharing his thoughts on weather events and why they occur in that region of the world.
Update    The plant study guide is now on the "Documents" link.
9/17/2015  Period 1 students have finished an online pretest on variables.
Period 2, completed their pretest.
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Period 3 6th Grade Science Class.  This group finished their variables pre-test!
Period 4 students working with their microscopes. 10-1-2015.
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Photo:  Period 3 class: Using reading strategies to understand key points of expository writing as we 
begin our essays on Rare Diseases. 2013-14.
 Field Trip on board the Marine Science Vessel the Adventuress. 6th Grade Students engaged in marine science activities. 
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( Spring Field Trip 2013:  Marine Science onboard the Science Vessel: The Adventuress. 3 days total, All of Mr. Antonio's science classes participated.  Students examined water quality, plankton tows:  focusing on microscope work with zoo and phytoplankton,  ocean acidification, dissolved oxygen, marine mammals, invertebrates, surface water, Tall Ship technology, charting and navigation, watershed ecology, and Commencement Bay. )
Welcome to 6th Grade Science
Dear 6th grade students and families,
    Welcome to my classroom website.  The year has been a flurry of science activity!  New students, schedules, rotating schedules, lockers, classwork, new classmates, and so on.
As the month of September progresses I will add and post information about Science activities and the learning that takes place in room 1407. 
      Please read the following information below to get a sense and feel of what your child will be experiencing this academic year.  
If you need to contact me please check the email link: "contact".
If you need to speak with me call me at 253.571.5023.
Photos:  2012 onboard the My Girl MV conducting science experiments on a Puget Sound Marine Waters Field Trip facilitated and partnered with Foss Waterway and Seaport.  


Baker 6th Graders recycling waste vegetable oil (wvo ) in International Guest Speaker:  Shusei Yamada's

Mr. Yamada’s Biodiesel Convertor in the back of his Toyota Landcruiser. Mr. Yamada's visited our school in his international driving tour speaking about how people can use regular cooking oil to fuel and make biodiesel.  This event was filmed by a Japanese Television crew from NHK and was later filmed with our students recycling wvo that was converted to biodiesel.   Mr. Yamada went on to present his endeavor to Universities, High Schools, private businesses, and biodiesel advocates in the Canada, United States, European, African, and Asian Countries.  He successfully completed his international driving tour. 

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Students and Parents,   Greetings and welcome to Mr. Antonio's classroom website.

Here you will find information about science, language arts, student and class expecatations, as well as learning links, and classroom document downloads to name a few.   As the weeks progress I will be adding more updates to this site.  Thank you for taking the time to visit.

If you need to contact me please feel free to call or leave a message (253) 571-5023.
You can also email me on the left "contact me".  

Emailing Attachments:  Students -- You can email a word document or power point if your are working on it at home. 

Make sure to save your documents ending in a .ppt, .doc, or .docx for MS Office 2007 XP/Vista  2008 OS X.

Daily Schedule
(with exception on late start days)
Techer information
Science Classes: Period 2, 3, 4, & 5

Teacher:  Mr. Armin C. Antonio 
Subject:  6th Grade Science

The following images represent a (2011-12) study of study examining Climate Change through the eyes
of Indigenous Peoples from various parts of the globe:
First two:  Amazon River & Indigenous Tribes.
2nd row:  Kiribati and the rising sea levels.
3rd Row:  Navajo Map & Navajo Hoop Dancer.
4th & 5th row:   Taino of the Caribbean.
6th row:   Yup'Ik Eskimos with a whaling boat, walking across melting ice flows, and effects of permafrost melting.
7th  row: The Bambara of the Sub-Saharan Africa: Map, Home Dwellings, Classroom, and an open market.

OLYMPIA – March 1, 2012 – State Superintendent Randy Dorn today announced his approval of the applications for 12 “innovation plans” submitted by 11 Washington state schools and one district and recommended by their local educational service districts.

These applications are a result of E2SHB 1546, which took effect on July 22, 2011, and tasks the state superintendent “to create a process for creating innovative schools, with a priority on models focused on the arts, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (A-STEM) that partner with business, industry, and higher education to increase A-STEM pathways that use project-based or hands-on learning for elementary, middle, and high school students.” Schools and communities that are struggling to improve student academic outcomes and close the educational opportunity gap were especially encouraged to participate.

“I support teachers and administrators doing what it takes to make kids ready for a career or college,” Dorn said. “I strongly encourage schools to be bold and creative when finding solutions that work for kids.”

Innovation plans that were recommended by educational service districts and approved by Dorn include:

  • Riverpoint Academy, Mead School District
  • Toppenish High School, Toppenish School District
  • Vancouver School of STEM, Vancouver Public Schools
  • River HomeLink, Battle Ground Public Schools
  • Odyssey: The Essential School, Highline Public Schools
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • First Creek Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Baker Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Bryant Montessori, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Stewart Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Foss High School, Tacoma Public Schools
  • Three Rivers HomeLink/STEM-Link Program, Richland School District


Each innovation school and innovation zone must submit an annual report to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on their progress. To retain the designation of “innovative,” the school or zone must show progress over time in improving student achievement and success.

The approved plans will be implemented beginning in the 2012-13 school year.



Possible Themes for 2013-2014: 

Our Oceans: Global and International Issues facing Marine Life and what that Means for People.

Healthy Living in the 21st Century.

Global Interconnections and Community Building.

(previous year 2012-2013)  "Our Puget Sound: Surface Water & Rain Garden Impacts on Puget Sound Marine Life and Habitats."    

Class description (available for download on the left side tab under documents):  Welcome to 6th grade science!  6th grade continues the inquiry and hands-on learning students received in their elementary grades.  The 6th grade science course covers concepts in Life Science and Earth & Space Systems.  We currently use three district-adopted curricula, Diversity of Life, Human Body Systems, adn Planetary Science.  In addition students will be introduced to science lab skills such as measuring, observing, data-tracking, charting, graphing, hypothesizing, and designing.   

Additionally, throughout the year the students will be undertaking a service learning project entitled:  "Our Puget Sound: Surface Water & Rain Garden Impacts on Puget Sound Marine Life and Habitats."   Students will gain a sense marine ecology and marine stewardship through this service learning project with an overall aim in educating the Baker and Tacoma School District Learning Community. 

Classroom Materials:  

Science Experiment materials are provided by the school district.
Student Daily Materials:
1.  A section in Three Ring Binder for Science.
2.  Pencils:   To be used for completing class/ small group experiments; i.e. data tracking and observations.
3.  Pens:       To be used for creating data-tables.
4.  Composition Book:   2 (1 per semester).   for "lab investigative write ups".

Classroom Expectations: 
1.  Respect Yourself and Others in your behavior, and interactions with one another.
2.  Before the period starts get started on the beginning class activity to transition your mind for language arts or science. 
3.  Be prepared with your supplies and assignments (Pencils, Binder, Planner, and Science Notebook).
4.  Be positive in your work.
5.  Find Solutions when challenges arise. 

Student Management Plan:

Students will have the opportunity to redirect and manage their behaviors through student initiative and teacher guidance.    However when students continue in behaviors or actions that disrupts the learning of other students, the teacher’s instruction, or in self-distraction that is not related to the class work the student will then receive intervention consequences.  

1. Warning  -- 2nd Chance to change the non-learning behavior to learning behavior.
2.  Receive a Consequence.  (Green Slip/ Lunch Detention with Lunch in Classroom/ Time Out Seat for essay writing- To come up with a solution to the disruptive--off task behavior.) (Call or email parent)
3.  Office Referral  / or Parent Call Home/ Conference/ Meeting.  

Classroom Jobs:  Students build ownership in the classroom by volunteering for classroom jobs.  Students apply for jobs and are interviewed by a group of peers from their class during their lunch time:
Jobs available: 
1.  Announcer:  reads the Planner and Do Now information on the projector.
2.  AVTR (audio visual technical receptionist): Supervises use of digital projector and digtal camera remote control, manages the smart board, as well as computer related jobs.
3.  Planner Checker:  Marks a + in the day planner spot in students planners and tracks students who have not started.
4.  Do Now Checker:  Monitors classmates entry activity and keeps track of students who have not completed or started them, reminds students to start and reports procrastinating students to teacher.
5. Receptionist:  Answer the phone, passes out handouts, assists teacher with any minimal materals preparation, and helps with attendance entry.
6.  Behavior Lesson Monitor:  Announces Silent Time, Whispering Time, tells students to stand and pay attention if the student is off task, distracted, or socializing.

Academic Bio:
Professional Certificate, Pacfic Lutheran University -- 2007
Master In Teaching, MIT, The Evergreen State College -- 2002, K-8 Endorsement
(includes Science, Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Art)
Course Work Pre-MIT, Computer Science, Education Philosophy
Bachelor in Arts: Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College 1995.
Associates in Arts and Sciences, Olympic Community College 1992.
Central Kitsap School District:
High School Diploma,  Olympic High School, 1990.
Junior High Completion:  Fairview Jr. High School 1985 - 1987.
Tracyton Elementary:  1983-1984
Woodlands Elementary:  1981-1982
Esquire Hills Elementary:  1980- 1981

Reading & Recreation: Cultural Studies, Entomology, Biogeography, Marine Biology: Mollusks, Environmental Studies, Art -- mixed media, Design, Political Economy, Social Justice, Philososphy, and Comparative Literature to name a few.
Fitness:  Running, Walking, biking, Swiming and Weight lifting.
Additional:  automotive, black/white photography, cooking, surfing, and camping.
Music:  currently learning how to play drums, bass guitar, and turn tables.
Additional languages of interest:  Tagalog, French, German (recently) & Japanese.

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