6th Grade Science

           

           

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The left column states the SOL, the middle column provides a website that addresses the SOL, and the right column lists downloadable activities for your students.

6.1      6.2      6.3      6.4      6.5      6.6      6.7      6.8      6.9

Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic

6.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which:

a) observations are made involving fine discrimination between similar objects and organisms    
b) a classification system is developed based on multiple attributes    
c) precise and approximate measurements are recorded    
d) scale models are used to estimate distance, volume, and quantity    
e) hypotheses are stated in ways that identify the independent (manipulated) and dependent (responding) variables    
f) a method is devised to test the validity of predictions and inferences ●  BrainPop- Scientific Method
●  Scientific Method Lab
●  Boil Water in Shockwave
 
g)  one variable is manipulated over time, using many repeated trials ●   
h) data are collected, recorded, analyzed, and reported using appropriate metric measurement    
i)  graphical representation (graphs, charts, and diagrams) ●  Using a Bar Graph Quiz
●  Using a Line Graph Quiz 
●  Grouping & Classifying Materials  activity, fact sheet, & quiz
 
 
j) models are designed to explain a sequence    
k)  an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced.
●  Self-Check Quiz- What is Science?
 
Force, Motion, and Energy

6.2 The student will investigate and understand basic sources of energy, their origins, transformations, and uses. Key concepts include:

a) potential and kinetic energy    
b) the role of the sun in the formation of most energy sources on Earth ●   
c) nonrenewable energy sources (fossil fuels including petroleum, natural gas, and coal) ●  Energy Resources & Energy Transfer  study & test    
d) renewable energy sources (wood, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, and solar) ●  Energy Resources & Energy Transfer  study & test   ●  Alternative Energy WebQuest
e) energy transformations (heat/light to mechanical, chemical, and electrical energy).    
Force, Motion, and Energy

6.3 The student will investigate and understand the role of solar energy in driving most natural processes within the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and on the Earth’s surface. Key concepts include:

a) the Earth’s energy budget ●  The Greenhouse Effect  PhET Simulations- under: Heat & Thermo  
b) the role of radiation and convection in the distribution of energy    
c) the motion of the atmosphere and the oceans    
d) cloud formation    
e) the role of heat energy in weather-related phenomena including thunderstorms and hurricanes.    
Matter

6.4 The student will investigate and understand that all matter is made up of atoms. Key concepts include:

a) atoms are made up of electrons, protons, and neutrons   All About Atoms from Jefferson lab  
b) atoms of any element are alike but are different from atoms of other elements    
c) elements may be represented by chemical symbols    
d) two or more atoms may be chemically combined    
e) compounds may be represented by chemical formulas    
f) chemical equations can be used to model chemical changes    
g) a limited number of elements comprise the largest portion of the solid Earth, living matter, the oceans, and the atmosphere.    
Matter - Water

6.5 The student will investigate and understand the unique properties and characteristics of water and its roles in the natural and human-made environment. Key concepts include:

a) water as the universal solvent    
b) the properties of water in all three states    
c) the action of water in physical and chemical weathering    
d) the ability of large bodies of water to store heat and moderate climate    
e) the origin and occurrence of water on Earth    
f) the importance of water for agriculture, power generation, and public health    
g) the importance of protecting and maintaining water resources.   EPA Student site
 
 
Weather

6.6 The student will investigate and understand the properties of air and the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere. Key concepts include:

a) air as a mixture of gaseous elements and compounds   Gases Around Us  Interactive with quiz
 
 
b) air pressure, temperature, and humidity  
 
 
c) how the atmosphere changes with altitude   Drag- Parachute from the Stratosphere
●  The Atmosphere
d) natural and human-caused changes to the atmosphere   Grow Your Own Tornado
 Planet Slayer  save or slay the planet
 
e) the relationship of atmospheric measures and weather conditions   Interactive Weather Maker  
f) basic information from weather maps including fronts, systems, and basic measurements     Weather Watch from scholastic.com
●  Fronts Activity   
●  Predicting Weather   Directions
g) the importance of protecting and maintaining air quality.    
Living Systems

6.7 The student will investigate and understand the natural processes and human interactions that affect watershed systems. Key concepts include:

a) the health of ecosystems and the abiotic factors of a watershed    
b) the location and structure of Virginia’s regional watershed systems    
c) divides, tributaries, river systems, and river and stream processes    
d) wetlands    
e) estuaries    
f) major conservation, health, and safety issues associated with watersheds    
g) water monitoring and analysis using field equipment including hand-held technology.    

Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems

6.8 The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. Key concepts include:

a) The sun, moon, Earth, other planets and their moons, meteors, asteroids, and comets   The Earth & Beyond  study & test
  kidsastronomy.com  Solar System facts
  Solar System Facts  Animated tutorial about the Solar system.
  Virtual Solar System Datastore  Information about the planets and moons
  Brain Pop  Movie about the Solar System from Glencoe
  Earth, Sun, and Moon  Interactive Earth & moon orbits with a quiz
 
b) Relative size of and distance between planets   Build a Model Solar System  Scale calculator
  http://www.solarsystem.org.uk/model2.html Scale model of the solar system
 
c) The role of gravity
  Interactive Gravity Modeler Interactive solar system gravity simulator
  Gravity Launch Game Manipulate the thrust and launch angle and use the gravitional pull of the Earth and moon to hit targets.
 
d) Revolution and rotation  Model of Earth's yearly revolution around the sun Animation of Earth's revolution with the months labeled.
  Quia Quiz  7 Multiple choice question quiz on rotation and revolution.  
 
e) The mechanics of day and night and the phases of the moon  Lunar Phases Interactive A highly interactive simulation, includes a quiz and some activities.  Possibly best for higher level students
 Lunar Cycle Challenge Game Drag moons to correct phases
 Printable Calendar and Phases Print the pages and glue the phases onto the correct day of the month.
  Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures Find the phase of the moon for any date.
  Complete Sun and Mon Data for One Day Moonrise/set, sunrise/set for any location and date.
 Moon Phases Animate this link or enter a number from the table and hit Enter.
●   Examine the phases of the moon from Earth and space Animation and explanation of the phases of the moon with two views.
●  Quia Quiz Game. Put the moon phases in order.
●  Phases of the Moon  Moon phases online quiz
●  Moon Phases Interactive Lab 2 activities and quiz
●  Day & Night Quiz
●  Eclipse of the Moon
 
f) The unique properties of Earth as a planet  http://www.solarviews.com//eng/earth.htm  Information on Planet Earth.
 Sun-Earth-Moon System Quiz 1 Covers 6.8 d-h
    Sun-Earth-Moon System Quiz 2
    Sun-Earth-Moon System Quiz 3
 
g) The relationship of the Earth’s tilt and the seasons  Seasons Interactive A highly interactive simulation, includes a quiz and some activities.  Possibly best for higher level students
 Seasons Reasons Explanation of why we have seasons.
 Sun Angle Lab
 Reasons For The Seasons- Battleship Game
 Earth Movement Animation  GeoScience Animations
 Earth Movement Animation 2  
 Vernal Equinox Quiz
 
h) The cause of tides  Brain Pop Movie on Tides from Glencoe   
i) The history and technology of space exploration. ●  Moon Exploration Timeline
 History of Space Exploration Timeline and directions
Resources

6.9 The student will investigate and understand public policy decisions relating to the environment. Key concepts include:

a) management of renewable resources (water, air, soil, plant life, animal life)  SEPUP's Car Comparison
 Planet Slayer  save or slay the planet
 Scottish Water Education 3 Different Games :)
 
b) management of nonrenewable resources (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, mineral resources) ●  Energy Resources & Energy Transfer  study & test  
 MPG Marathon  
 
 
c) the mitigation of land-use and environmental hazards through preventive measures    
d) cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies.    

Assessments

Quia 6th Grade SOL Science

 
     

Miscellaneous Science

Virtual Knee Surgery MedMyst- Medical Mysteries on the Web Open Heart
  Bet The Farm Zoom - Travel To a Star and Back to Earth
GO, Motion Madness: Choose the Winner Strange Matter- Discover the secrets of everyday stuff RU Revising Science
Science VIEW LHS Interactive Showcase The Mission - A great scientific adventure! PhET Simulations
     

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Sixth Grade Science Standards of Learning

Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic

6.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which:

a) observations are made involving fine discrimination between similar objects and organisms

b) a classification system is developed based on multiple attributes

c) precise and approximate measurements are recorded

d) scale models are used to estimate distance, volume, and quantity

e) hypotheses are stated in ways that identify the independent (manipulated) and dependent (responding) variables

f) a method is devised to test the validity of predictions and inferences

g) one variable is manipulated over time, using many repeated trials

h) data are collected, recorded, analyzed, and reported using appropriate metric measurements; i) data are organized and communicated through graphical representation (graphs, charts, and diagrams);

j) models are designed to explain a sequence

k) an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced

Force, Motion, and Energy

6.2 The student will investigate and understand basic sources of energy, their origins, transformations, and uses. Key concepts include:

a) potential and kinetic energy

b) the role of the sun in the formation of most energy sources on Earth

c) nonrenewable energy sources (fossil fuels including petroleum, natural gas, and coal)

d) renewable energy sources (wood, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, and solar)

e) energy transformations (heat/light to mechanical, chemical, and electrical energy)

6.3 The student will investigate and understand the role of solar energy in driving most natural processes within the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and on the Earth’s surface. Key concepts include:

a) the Earth’s energy budget

b) the role of radiation and convection in the distribution of energy

c) the motion of the atmosphere and the oceans

d) cloud formation

e) the role of heat energy in weather-related phenomena including thunderstorms and hurricanes.

Matter

6.4 The student will investigate and understand that all matter is made up of atoms. Key concepts include:

a) atoms are made up of electrons, protons, and neutrons

b) atoms of any element are alike but are different from atoms of other elements

c) elements may be represented by chemical symbols

d) two or more atoms may be chemically combined

e) compounds may be represented by chemical formulas

f) chemical equations can be used to model chemical changes

g) a limited number of elements comprise the largest portion of the solid Earth, living matter, the oceans, and the atmosphere.

6.5 The student will investigate and understand the unique properties and characteristics of water and its roles in the natural and human-made environment. Key concepts include:

a) water as the universal solvent

b) the properties of water in all three states

c) the action of water in physical and chemical weathering

d) the ability of large bodies of water to store heat and moderate climate

e) the origin and occurrence of water on Earth

f) the importance of water for agriculture, power generation, and public health

g) the importance of protecting and maintaining water resources

6.6 The student will investigate and understand the properties of air and the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere. Key concepts include:

a) air as a mixture of gaseous elements and compounds

b) air pressure, temperature, and humidity

c) how the atmosphere changes with altitude

d) natural and human-caused changes to the atmosphere

e) the relationship of atmospheric measures and weather conditions

f) basic information from weather maps including fronts, systems, and basic measurements

g) the importance of protecting and maintaining air quality

Living Systems

6.7 The student will investigate and understand the natural processes and human interactions that affect watershed systems. Key concepts include:

a) the health of ecosystems and the abiotic factors of a watershed

b) the location and structure of Virginia’s regional watershed systems

c) divides, tributaries, river systems, and river and stream processes

d) wetlands

e) estuaries

f) major conservation, health, and safety issues associated with watersheds

g) water monitoring and analysis using field equipment including hand-held technology

Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems

6.8 The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. Key concepts include:

a) the sun, moon, Earth, other planets and their moons, meteors, asteroids, and comets

b) relative size of and distance between planets

c) the role of gravity

d) revolution and rotation

e) the mechanics of day and night and the phases of the moon

f) the unique properties of Earth as a planet

g) the relationship of the Earth’s tilt and the seasons

h) the cause of tides

i) the history and technology of space exploration

Resources

6.9 The student will investigate and understand public policy decisions relating to the environment.  Key concepts include:

a) management of renewable resources (water, air, soil, plant life, animal life)

b) management of nonrenewable resources (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, mineral resources)

c) the mitigation of land-use and environmental hazards through preventive measures

d) cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies

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