Scope and Sequence of 6th Grade Earth Science

2015 - 2016

Topics may be covered in a different order than they appear below.



I.  Science Practices
A.  Classroom procedures, grading, jobs, and expectations
B.  How to read science texts and articles
C.  Safety in laboratory science
      1.  Sponge Bob Safety challenge
           a.  Safety lab: Bob the Bear
       2.  Select one of these activities to do
D.  Scientific method - pages 4 & 5
E.  Controlled experiments
F.  Metric Measurement - page 3
G.  Density: a key science concept
       1.  Song
       2.  Activities
       3.  Graphic
H. Prepare for Earth Science Week
I.  Writing in Science - Lab reports
     1. Reference
K.  Graphing Stories (complete 4)
      a.  Science & math interact
      b.  Use this handout.

II. Weather

A.  What is climate? (Resource)
B.  Weather resources
       1.  Daily Weather Log
            a.  Weather Map Challenge
        2.  Weather Vocabulary
              a.  Rubric for Vocabulary
              b.  Part 1
              c.  Part 2 
         3.  Quiz - menu project
C.  How is weather affected by and predicted by the stars and planets?
       1.  Earth Moon System
D. Layers of the atmosphere
E.  Temperature and pressure changes with altitude.
F.  Global and local wind patterns
      1.  (Convection & The Coriolis Effect),
      2.  The  belts in which winds occur.
      3.  Global winds in real time!
G. Air Pressure and its relationship to wind formation
     1.   Class work:  We'll do some of these experiments with convection, wind, and temperature: lab 1, lab 2, lab 3, lab 4, and lab 5.
     2.  More weather experiments - some will be done as labs in class.
     3.  Student activities
H. Pollution, its causes and effects
I. Humidity, dew point, condensation, cloud formation, cloud types and a review of the water cycle.
    1.  Cloud poster
     2. Review daily precipitation for your assigned city, create a data table for your assigned city.
J.  The Earth's magnetic field
     1.  How does it affect weather?
K.  Radiation, conduction and convection.
L. Putting it all together: reading weather maps, weather forecast, weather symbols, fronts, and masses.
M.  Weather forecasting: how is it done?
      1. What are the essential components?
      2.  Use this document.
      3.  Webquest: Your Forecasting Future
      4.  Weather Teams
      5.  WeatherHead
N.  Hurricanes
      1.  Bingo
      2. Learning math through hurricanes
      3. Lab - hurricanes
O.  Iditarod and the Weather
      1.  Wind-chill, Fahrenheit, and Celsius
P.  Dispel four of these meteorlogical misconceptions . (These will be completed in class, and resources will be provided.)

III. Earthquakes, Volcnoes and Topography

A. Skills required to study movement within, and on the Earth's surface.
B.  Layers based on physical and chemical properties.
      1.  Map of NJ geologic history
       2.  PDF copy of the map
C.  Seismology
      1.  New techniques
D.  Plate tectonics, folding, faulting and the forces that cause these actions
      1.   Dynamic Earth
      2.  Building Scientific Knowledge:                                        
             a.  the story of Plate Tectonics
             b.  Plate Tectonics simulation.
             c.  Map of tectonic plates.
             d.  Puzzline Plates lab
      3.  Interactives - Dynamic Earth
      4.  Flip of the magnetic field
E.  Mountain formation.
F.  Earthquake portfolio of activities: detection, location, measurement, and prediction (study guide for quiz)
       1.  Earthquake in the classrooom.
            a.  Earthquake waves
       2.  Extra credit activity - print out and bring in your certificate to obtain credit.
       3.  Determine the Epicenter
       4.  Build an earthquake-proof structure.
       5.  Sample activities
       6. Japan: Application article
G.  Volcanism: types, eruptions, magma compostion, impact, surface changes resulting from, and prediction.
          1.  Data gathering worksheet
          2.  Interactive Volcano Homework
          3.  Volcanoes: types, lava, & eruptions
H. History and evidence for plate tectonics
     1.  Geologic time
     2.  Animations of Pangaea and change
J.  Topography
     1.   USGS
     2.   USGS Map Mysteries
     3.   Understandidng Topographic Maps
     4.   National Geographic
     5.   Basics of Topography
K.  References for many activities
L.  More and varied resources
M. Earth resources
N. Earth References

IV.  Rocks and the Rock Cycle

A.  Do rocks remain the same?
B.  Rock references
C.  Igneous Rocks
      1.  More igneous rocks
D.   What is a geode?
E.  Famous Rock Scavenger Hunt
F.  The Stone-faced Boy
G.  Name that Rock - self quiz
H.  Build a rock
I.    Build crystals
J.   Rockology
K.  Rocks4u
L.  Smithsonian rocks
M. Crayon Rock Cycle
     1. Labs that simulate processes in the rock cycle 1  2  3
N. How are rocks and minerals used by scientists?
O. The Gold Rush
P.  Rocks and Minerals in our lives
Q. Virtual Mineral Identification
R. GeoMan's Mineral ID site
S. Know-Whin Investment Corporation
T. Dr Hill's Virtual Mineral ID Lab
U. Crystalline Structure
V.  Rock and Mineral Ancestry ppt pdf
W. Cookie Dig - finding "fossils"
X.  Play the "Strike it Rich" Game
Y.  Competition: Who can come up with the most unique ways we use rocks and minerals?
     1.  Visit this museum
     2.  Rock Cycle - Crayons 1 & 2
Z.  Earth Patterns

VI.  Earth's water

A.  NOAA - ocean research
      1.  Ocean ecosystems.
           a.  Water links Earth & Life
           b.  How do humans impact it?
       2.  Deep Sea Benthic Bioluminescence
       3.  Ocean bottom trawling
B.  Ocean currents - what drives them?
C.  Water Cycle  Interactive
D.  Water Science Activities
E. Properties of salt and fresh water. (here too.)
     1.  Does seawater freeze?
     2.  Coastal vs inland temperatures.
F.  Temperature, density, & salinity
G. Ocean currents and wind
H.  Go with the Flow!
I.    Water Table
J.   What is an aquifer?
    1.  Build your own aquifer
    2.  Here is another view.
K. How do aquifers & the water table interrelate?
L.  Engineering Applications
VII. Final Exam

A.  Study Guide
      1.  Topics covered
      2.  Vocabulary
      3.  Skills
      4.  2015 Dates
            a.  TBD
      5. The more effort you put into your review, the better your will do!
      6.  Next Year

Soaring higher, digging deeper in Earth Science

A. High School ES References
B.  Climate - NGSS
C.  Virtual Field Work
F.  Changing Climate, Changing Culture

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