Science Curriculum – Grade 6

The sixth-grade curriculum includes an integrated approach to science and provides students exposure to earth science and physical sciences. Through a series of laboratory activities students investigate their environment.

The topics and problems in the sixth-grade program lend themselves to the development of basic principles of the physical  sciences. Data, for the most part, point to specific conclusions. Skills are developed for handling data, designing experiments, and interpreting results, as well as for manipulating standard laboratory equipment.

The sixth-grade curriculum covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Science- processes and experimental design, laboratory equipment, data collection and graphing
  • Physical Science: Introduction to the properties of matter (mass and volume) and density
  • Astronomy- Earth Motions, Moon Motions, Solar System and Celestial Objects, structure of universe and solar system
  • Topics in Earth Science – Weathering/Erosion/Deposition processes and features, Rocks and Minerals, Plate Tectonics/Volcanoes / Earthquakes  and associated land features of plate motion, Geologic History of Earth, Layers of and structure of Earth

VOCABULARY– PHYSICAL SCIENCE

  • anomaly    
  • area    
  • average    
  • asteroids    
  • balance    
  • best fit slope    
  • buoyancy    
  • Celsius    
  • centimeter    
  • cm2 (area)    
  • cm3 ( volume)    
  • consensus    
  • contour lines
  • outer and inner core of Earth    
  • convection cells    
  • cubic centimeter    
  • data    
  • density    
  • determine deposition    
  • displaced    
  • displaced volume    
  • diagonal     economics    
  •  engineering    
  • elevation    
  • erosion    
  • experiment explanation    
  • extrapolate    
  • faults    
  • feasibility    
  • fossils    
  • graduated cylinder    
  • gram    
  • graphing    
  • gravity    
  • horizontal axis    
  • human error    
  • hypothesis      
  • igneous      
  • independent variable      
  • instrument error    
  • interface    
  •  inference    
  • interpolate      
  • interpretation    
  • investigation    
  • latitude    
  • longitude      
  • linear measurement    
  • maneuver    
  • mass    
  • mantle    
  • metamorphic    
  • magma    
  • metric measurement    
  • metric ruler vs. yard stick    
  • milliliter    
  • ml    
  • observe    
  • origin    
  • pattern    
  • phenomenon    
  • prediction    
  • properties    
  • plate tectonics    
  • quantity
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