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Sixth Grade Science

Scientific Process Skills - 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Inquiry     
Students will

  • Generate scientific questions based on observations, investigations, and research.
  • Design and conduct scientific investigations.
  • Use tools and equipment (e.g., microscopes, spring scales, stop watches, models, thermometers, PH meters) appropriate to scientific investigations.
  • Use metric measurement devices in scientific investigations.
  • Construct charts and graphs from data and observations dealing with investigation.
  • Identify patterns in data.
  • Inquiry Analysis and Communication  
Students will

  • Analyze information from data tables and graphs to answer scientific questions.
  • Evaluate data, claims, and personal knowledge through collaborative science discourse.
  • Communicate and defend findings of observations and investigations
  • Draw conclusions from sets of data from multiple trials of a scientific investigation.
  • Use multiple sources of information to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, or data.
  • Reflection and Social Implications 
Students will

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, and data.
  • Describe limitations in personal and scientific knowledge regarding science concepts.
  • Identify the need for evidence in making scientific decisions
  • Evaluate scientific explanations based on current evidence and scientific principles.
  • Demonstrate scientific concepts through various illustrations, performances, models, exhibits, and activities.
  • Design solutions to scientific problems using technology.
  • Describe the effect humans and other organisms have on the balance of the natural world.
  • Describe what science and technology can and cannot reasonably contribute to society.
  • Describe how science and technology have advanced because of the contributions of many people throughout history and across cultures.

Sixth Grade Specific Science Curriculum Concepts

Earth Science: Key Science Content Concepts

Position and Motion of Objects in the Sky

  • The sun is the central and largest body in the solar system.
  • The sun’s warming of the Earth and tilt of the Earth on its axis has an important connection to the seasons.
  • Earth’s motion is the basis for measuring time.
  • Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns around the sun.
  • The sun, stars and constellations appear to move in predictable patterns across the sky.
  • Gravity is the force that keeps the planets in orbit around the sun and without it, planets would continue in a straight path.

Composition, Properties and Changes of the Earth       

  • Earth materials have properties that make the materials useful.
  • Earth materials and the surface of the Earth change gradually and rapidly.
  • The Earth has magnetic properties.

Fluid Earth Systems and Human Activities   

  • The sun is the major source of energy for phenomenon on Earth.
  • The sun’s warming relates to weather, climate and the water cycle.
  • Human interaction and use of natural resources affects the environment.
  • The Earth’s atmosphere is a mixture of gases and water vapor.

Other Resources

State Science Grade Level Content Expectations for Sixth Grade 

Amy Deller-Antieau
District Science Department Chair