• Sixth Grade Science

    Overview

    Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ skills of inquiry and interpretation using hands-on experiences introduced in the first unit of study, The Nature of Science.

    Instructional Philosophy

    The sixth grade science program focuses on an introduction to the life and physical sciences. Through a variety of “hands-on/ minds-on” activities, students will have the opportunity to develop their skills of analysis, inquiry and scientific design. Higher level thinking skills are developed throughout the curriculum.

    Knowledge and Skill Objectives

    The course is designed to prepare students to explain in their own words, both accurately and with appropriate depth, the most important ideas about our physical setting and our living environment. Through this curriculum, students will be able to do the following:

    ·         Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

    ·         Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information, using appropriate technologies.

    ·         Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.

    ·         Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

    SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE:

    QUARTER 1

    •      THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

    •      LIFE STRUCTURE AND CLASSIFICATION

    •      CELLS

         QUARTER 2

    •      NATURAL RESOURCES AND OUR ENVIRONMENT

    •      ECOLOGY/INTERACTIONS OF LIFE

    •      MATTER

    •      REVIEW OF QUARTER 1 & QUARTER 2 MATERIAL

    •      MIDTERM

    QUARTER 3

    •      STRUCTURE OF MATTER

    •      STATES OF MATTER

    •      INTRODUCTION AND WRITING OF SCIENCE RESEARCH PAPER

    QUARTER 4

    •      CHEMICAL/PHYSICAL PROPERTIES AND CHANGES

    •      FORCES AND MOTION

    •      REVIEW OF QUARTER 3 & QUARTER 4 MATERIAL

    •      FINAL EXAM

    Grading policy

    Assessments: 90% (Tests, quizzes, projects, written assignments)
    Homework: 10%

    Final average:

    Final averages are not calculated for students in grade 6. Each quarterly grade is treated as a separate grade.

    Resources:

    New York Science. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Glencoe

    Science: An Introduction to the Life, Earth and Physical Science. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Glencoe