Next Generation Standards - Grade 6

    We will be following the WCSD Science Framework which applies the 5 E's of Inquiry-Based Science Learning.  Students will Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate aspects for everyday science learning.  In sixth grade, we utilize the Smithsonian STC program, which provides a terrific student-centered, hands-on learning experience.
    Units to be covered this year~
      Unit 1:            Investigating Energy, Force and Motion
                                 (Physical Science, Engineering & Technology Science)
      Unit 2:            Investigating Earth and Space Systems (Earth & Space Science)
      Unit 3:            Investigating the Living Environment (Life Science)

    Students will be able to investigate the nature of science and technology.

    1. Be able to summarize the steps of the scientific method.
    2. Be able to engage in the process of science that includes observing, questioning, predicting, hypothesizing, conducting investigations, analyzing data and communicating their findings in a variety of ways.
    3. Be able to define and describe what variables are (controlled, manipulated, dependent).
    4. Be able to design and develop a controlled study and use that model for an investigation.

    Students will be gain a better understanding of energy; its various forms, transformations and uses.  They will apply their knowledge of it to everyday life.

    1. Be able to differentiate between different forms of energy.
    2. Be able to know the application of potential, kinetic and mechanical energy through simple and complex machines.
    3. Be able to design a complex machine that will use a least one form of energy, and explain such energy transformations.
    4. Be able to demonstrate the law of conservation of energy through building a working model.
    5. Be able to investigate the properties of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism.


    Students will use and analyze physical and mathematical models to understand the Sun-Earth-Moon system.

    1. Be able to explain scale properties using the engineering design process.
    2. Be able to investigate and design models to explain lunar phases and seasons, and how the orbits of the Earth and Moon relate to the Gregorian calendar.                 
    3. Be able to analyze tide charts and connect them to moon phase data, as well as understanding the effects of gravity in the Sun-Earth-Moon system.
    4. Be able to use models to investigate how the arrangement of orbital planes in the space system creates circumstances for eclipses to occur.

    Students will build models and work with simulations to investigate ecosystems and how humans can impact the environment.

    1. Be able to identify the organization of ecosystems and the interaction of biotic and abiotic factors.
    2. Be able to model the flow of energy through an ecosystem to develop an understanding of energy transfer, trophic levels, food chains and food webs.
    3. Be able to carry out investigations to explore predation, competition, adaptations, defense strategies, and natural selection
    4. Be able to differentiate acids and bases, using qualitative and quantitative methods, and understand the impact of acid rain on our biosphere.
    5. Be able to plan and carry out an investigation to determine how human activities may alter an ecosystem, and then design a solution