This year's sixth graders will focus their science learning in four areas. Our units for the year are:
Sixth graders deepen their understanding of energy in its multiple forms through investigations into kinetic and potential energy and begin to understand the scientific reasoning that energy is not created or destroyed. Students explore changes in states of matter that mass is conserved during changes in states.
The Planet Rock
The Planet Rock unit explores the rock cycle, weathering and glacier movement and leads to a study of soil and a comparison of soil samples.
Earth: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Sixth graders gain an understanding of the Earth’s history and future through the study of plate tectonics and major geological events. They build their knowledge from the unit, Planet Rock to include tectonic movement, layers of the Earth, the magnetic properties of the Earth, and how rocks, rock layers, and fossils tell the history of the Earth.
Energy in an Ecosystem
Students explore ecosystems with relation to the energy flow in a balanced ecosystem and the roles organisms play to maintain the balance. They investigate patterns of relationships, predict changes in populations, and examine populations, communities and ecosystems to apply their knowledge to the Great Lakes region.
These units were designed by Battle Creek Mathematics and Science Center. They are are heavily based on the scientific method so the emphasis is on laboratory learning over book learning. Though literature is a part of the program students will not have book resources. It is important that students are in school and very focused on the tasks at hand so that they can have the best learning experience possible.
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