6th Grade Science

Homework Calendar

Click on the + Google Calendar button in the lower right of the calendar above to add this to your personal Google calendar and create a master calendar of all homework assignments in one place! (Students, this is already done for you when you are in multiple Google Classrooms, but Parents, if you'd like One Homework Calendar to rule them all, that is how you can easily build it with only your child's specific teachers' calendars.)

Diversity of Life Unit

(From FOSS) Life has existed on Earth for a very, very long time, more than 3.5 billion years, in fact. Over the millennia, an amazing variety of life has evolved. From humble single-celled beginnings in water to incredibly complex and large multicellular organisms that exist in the widest range of habitats imaginable, the diversity of life that currently exists boggles the mind. You are ready to consider what it means to be a living organism. What are the characteristics that scientists use to define life? Are those characteristics hard and fast or are they flexible? Does something as outlandish as an archaea that lives in boiling hot springs or a virus that depends upon other life-forms to reproduce fit into your definition of life? You will consider these questions as you encounter life throughout this unit.  Your understanding of life will help you toward a more robust and informed response to the rapid loss of diversity on the Earth you will inherit.

CLICK HERE to see the Diversity of Life Unit DUKs (what your student should be able to Do, Understand, and Know by the end of this unit.

Earth History Unit

(From FOSS) Human beings have used Earth’s resources since prehistoric times. We made tools from stones. We mined raw materials to refine and manufacture into tools, utensils, shelters, ovens, and other useful items. We figured out how to extract precious metals from ores. We captured the energy of flowing streams behind dams and found numerous ways to put this power to use. We diverted water into channels for irrigation. And because it is human nature to try to explain everyday phenomena, we made up stories to explain how Earth was created. Through our study of earth history, you will become more confident in your ability to ask good questions and to recognize and use evidence from the rocks to come up with explanations of past environments. We'll begin by looking at the Grand Canyon to learn about the history of Earth and introduce you to the geologic history of a place.

Waves Unit

(From FOSS) The waves unit starts with the most concrete observations, those of physical properties of mechanical waves, and moves on to more abstract concepts, which enable students to develop a model of electromagnetic waves. Along the way we'll delve into engineering applications and real-life connections to waves that are part of our everyday life. Students finish this unit with a greater appreciation and understanding of modern communications technology and a solid foundation in the physics of waves.