Camden-Rockport Middle School

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Science
Grade 6
 
Description:

COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: Earth Science

LENGTH OF TIME: Full Year (60/65 minutes every other day)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory earth science course for 6th grade students. The following units will be covered:

  • Geology: Students start the year looking at elements, minerals and rocks, how they are formed, and how the formation determines the physical features of the rocks and minerals.

  • The Dynamic Earth: Students explore and examine earth processes such as plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

  • Astronomy: The middle of the year is focused on astronomy topics such as our solar system, universe evolution, beyond our solar system, life and death of stars, and manned space flight.

  • Forces And Motion/ Rocketry: Exploration of the contact and non-contact forces and Newton's Three Laws of Motion are studied.  (Grade 6 only)

  • The Environment: Students explore environmental topics related to our Maine environment as well as today's global climate change issues.  (Grade 8 only)

ESSENTIAL OUTCOMES:

REPORTING STANDARD: Scientific Content - Earth and Space

  1. Students will understand the difference between elements, minerals, and rocks and how to classify rocks.

  2. Students will understand how rocks and minerals form and change over time.

  3. Students will be able to explain how plate movements keep the earth in constant flux.

  4. Students will understand basic short and long term events that change the earth.

  5. Students will understand the composition and relationships within our solar system.

  6. Students will understand the current scientific explanation of how the universe was formed and how our solar system was created.

  7. Students will understand why global climate change is occurring.

REPORTING STANDARD: Scientific inquiry, lab and equipment skills

  1. Students will explain how to design an experiment including the stages of problem identification, experimental design and implementation, including the use of charts and graphs to evaluate and communicate findings.

  2. Students will follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments and technical tasks.

  3. Students will compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations and multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same subject.

REPORTING STANDARD: Reading and Writing

  1. Students will write arguments and informative/explanatory essays or constructed responses based on scientific content, supported by specific evidence based on informational texts.

  2. Students will produce clear and coherent writings that exhibit organization, attention to audience, and evidence of editing.

  3. Students will conduct short research projects using multiple print and digital resources, taking concise and relevant notes, and citing resources correctly.

  4. Students will present information making use of available technologies.

  5. Students will be able to evaluate a text by:

  • Summarizing the central ideas

  • Identifying supporting details

  • Evaluating the point of view, structure, and validity

  1. Students will understand content-specific vocabulary.

  2. Students will understand the connection between a text and visual information (charts, graphs, maps, etc.).

KEY VOCABULARY:

Astronomy

Focus

Outer core

Atmosphere

Galaxy

Plate tectonics

Carbon dioxide

Geology

Recycle

Carbon footprint

Global climate change

Renewable resources

Convergent boundaries

Global warming

Sedimentary rocks

Crust

Igneous rocks

Seismic waves

Divergent boundaries

Inner core

Solar system

Earthquakes

Light year

Solstice

Eclipse

Lithosphere

The rock cycle

Epicenter

Mantle

Tsunamis

Equinox

Metamorphic rocks

Universe

Erosion

Non-renewable

Volcanoes

EVIDENCE/ASSESSMENTS:

Student journals

Lab reports

Tests

Quizzes

Lab tests

Individual projects

Group projects

Oral and written presentations

TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:

Individual handouts

Prentice Hall book - Inside The Earth

Prentice Hall book - Astronomy

Internet sites

Brad LaRoche's portaportal

Tops Rocks and Minerals

Tops Planets and Stars

Tops Plants

Classroom available texts and magazines

Revised 8/12

 

 
Outcomes: