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6th Grade Science

The sixth grade program follows-up, reinforces and enhances information learned in previous grades. The ultimate goal of the sixth grade science program is to prepare the students to be critical observers, analytical thinkers, and active and concerned citizens who are aware of their surroundings and their global environment. Sixth graders acquire knowledge and practical skills related to science through experimentation and discovery. Life Science and Earth Science are a special focus.

In the sixth grade students are introduced to the basic concepts of life science, Earth science, and physical science. Sixth grade students learn to unify concepts and processes in science, understand that science is a method of inquiry, appreciate the interrelatedness of science and technology, and become aware of the history and nature of science. Students apply science process skills, and their reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

We examine the Living Planet by taking a closer look at ecosystems and their interactions. The oceans cover a large percentage of the Earth and we examine the organisms that live in them. There is also a great deal of debate about changes in the weather patterns on Earth due to global warming. We examine weather and discuss the impact weather has on all of us.science
In August 2006, the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union determined that Pluto was no longer a planet. This was an issue that was debated for years and leads to interesting discussions as the students learn about cycles in Earth and space. The students learn the basic concepts about the Earth’s crust, the rock cycle, and the solar system.

Sixth grade students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of matter and energy so that they are prepared for more complex concepts in the 7th grade chemistry unit. The physical sciences are explored through discussions and experiments focusing on force, motion, machines, and work.
General skills such as, outlining a lesson or chapter, using appropriate vocabulary, writing in science, keeping abreast of current events in science, and using technology to enhance the science classroom learning experience are also developed and emphasized.