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6th Grade Science Syllabus

6th Grade Science Syllabus 2019-2020


Class Requirements:

Students are required to keep a science journal. The journal will contain instructional outcomes, essential questions, notes, observations, data, sketches, lab sheets, and vocabulary words. The science journal should be kept up-to-date, well-organized, and brought to class daily.


A science textbook will be required for some units of study. These will be available through the school library. During those units of study, the textbook should be brought to class each day.


Students are required to track and reflect upon their understanding of the classroom instructional outcomes and the Next Generation Science Standards. A tracking sheet will be given to students for each unit of study.


Students are required to use digital sources of information for researching information, completing lessons, labs, and assessments, and staying organized. This requires using Google Classroom and our district webpage.


Academic Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated using standards-based grading. Their understanding of the standards will be evaluated on a four point scale (4-Mastering Standards, 3-Meeting Standards, 2-Approaching Standards, 1-Attempting Standards).


Non-academic Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated on their responsibility, respect, and their work ethic. Non-academic evaluation will done using a four point scale (4-Consistently, 3-Usually, 2-Sometimes, 1-Rarely).


The evaluation of responsibility and respect will be based on the following criteria: accepts responsibility, comes to class on time and prepared to learn, and shows respect for themselves, others, school property and instructional time.


The evaluation of effort will be based on the following criteria: shows determination, perseverance, a growth mindset, completes assignments on time to the best of their ability, and use class time wisely.



6th Grade Academic Topics and Standards:


Trimester 1 (September - December)

Topic: Weather and Climate

Understands and applies concepts of weather and climate (air masses, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, water cycle, global and regional climates).

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
  • MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
  • MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.

Trimester 2 (January - March)

Topic: Earth and Human Activity

Understands and applies concepts of earth science and the effect of human activities on Earth's systems. (natural resources, climate change, catastrophic events).

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

Trimester 3 (April - June)

Topic: Astronomy

Understands and applies concepts of space systems (day and night, seasons, lunar phases, planetary motions, gravity, electromagnetic spectrum).

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.
  • MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
  • MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.