Pauline Hall
Laura M. Lee

Sixth Grade Science - Course Expectations

Overview

Welcome to 6th grade Science. Are you ready to become effective scientific investigators by discovering answers to questions like: Why isn’t your towel safe from the water when you leave it sitting on the beach all day? Why can’t we visit the T. Rex in the 20th century? Why might crabs disappear from restaurant menus? How do roller coasters stay on their tracks? Throughout the year you will use inquiry skills inquiry skills to discover the answers to these questions and much more through our theme “Living in the Natural World.”

Materials

In addition to the supplies listed in the Back-To-School letter from FOMS, each student will need a composition book.

Units of Study

  1. Ecosystems and the Chesapeake Bay - Understanding ecosystems (populations, abiotic factors, connection to human populations) using the Chesapeake Bay as a model
  2. Diversity and Adaptations - Explore similarities and differences among organisms and investigate how species change over time
  3. Motion, Forces, and Energy - Investigate energy, and examine the basic concepts that describe motion including Newton's Laws of Motion
  4. Celestial Patterns and Time - Interactions of the Sun, Moon and Earth and how these patterns are used to measure time and change

Types of Assessments

Pre-assessments, Formative assessments, Summative assessments and Final assessments may include some of the following:

  • tests and quizzes              
  • lab activities/investigations     
  • use of technology
  • class work and homework
  • projects (individual & group)
  • safety assessment
  • keeping a science journal
  • reading and writing explorations
  • lab reports
  • lab activities/investigations
  • presentations
  • research explorations
  • making and using models
  • entrance & exit cards
  • Inquiry project
  • warmups
  • dissection