Sixth Grade Science
Skills - 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Inquiry
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.
charts and graphs from data and observations dealing with investigation.
patterns in data.
- Inquiry Analysis and
information from data tables and graphs to answer scientific questions.
- Evaluate data,
claims, and personal knowledge through collaborative science discourse.
and defend findings of observations and investigations
conclusions from sets of data from multiple trials of a scientific
- Use multiple
sources of information to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of claims,
arguments, or data.
- Reflection and Social
- Evaluate the
strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, and data.
limitations in personal and scientific knowledge regarding science concepts.
- Identify the
need for evidence in making scientific decisions
scientific explanations based on current evidence and scientific principles.
scientific concepts through various illustrations, performances, models,
exhibits, and activities.
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
- 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
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.
State Science Grade Level Content Expectations for Sixth
District Science Department Chair