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Last modified Feb 26

Life Science

  • 6th Grade
I graduated from Northland College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Natural Resources and Biology. I spent many years as a fisheries technician studying various fish species on Lake Superior and on the rivers of Interior Alaska. I went back to school and graduated with a Masters of Science in Teaching and Education from Colorado State University.
Taylor Lepak

Hello scientists and proud parents!

Stay Updated!

To help accommodate and reach my students more effectively, I use You will be able to find extra resources, notes, study guides and announcements on this site. Any questions could potentially be answered here. To make sure the site works smoothly, make sure your student is signed into their Google account through the school.

Classroom Activities:

Our fourth unit is beginning to discuss the Six Kingdoms and Classifications. We will then continue into the classifications and talk about Bacteria, Fungi, Protists and Plants. This unit will take us up to Spring Break, with a short lab after Spring Break. After Spring Break, we will begin our Animal Kingdom unit.

If you have any questions about this unit, please feel free to email me.

IB Assessments:

During IB units, students will be graded on the 0-8 level scale. PowerSchool will reflect the percent earned, not overall points, matching with the overall average level descriptor the students fit for that criterion given the evidence they provided in their assessments. Criterion for Sciences, as well as the strands for each criterion students are assessed on, can be found in the link below.

Sciences Assessment Criteria Performance Descriptors


  • Review notes daily
  • Keep an eye on Google Classroom.
  • Keep updated with note guides
  • Socratic Seminar Reflection Essay (February 28th)
  • Plants Quiz (March 5th)
  • Kingdom Animalia Branching Tree (Tentatively March 27th)
  • Invertebrate Quiz (Tentatively April 1st)

Reminder: I can only guarantee timely email responses between 7:00am-4pm. Students, after confirming with parents, please give 12+ hours in advance on coming in for extra time to ensure I can meet you.

My Goal:

My goal is to build life-long learners and help develop students’ healthy study habits. One way I do this is to, when the students don’t have a specific assignment, to have their assignment be to review their notes. With that being said, make sure your student is up to date in their note packets. Notes are always posted on Classroom if your student would like to catch up or work ahead.

Daily Class Supplies:

  • 3 – ring binder with up to date note packet
  • Pen/pencil

If your child has a file folder or a pocket folder, that is fine.

Wish List: There are multiple supplies we use often in our science classes. Those supplies are listed below. Any donations are greatly appreciated. This link goes to my Amazon wish list for classroom supplies. 

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper Plates
  • Dixie Cups
  • Balloons