Sixth Grade Science

Sixth Grade Science


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.


I. The Nature of Science

II. The Living Environment: Life Science

1. Life’s Structure and Classification

2. Diversity and Adaptations

3. Ecology / Interactions of Life

III. The Physical Setting: Physical Science

1. States and Structure of Matter

2. Chemical and Physical Properties

3. Forces and Motion

4. Electricity and Magnetism

5. Energy and Energy Resources

6. Thermal Energy

IV. Earth Science: Nature resources and the Environment

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.


New York Science. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Glencoe

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