Sixth grade begins the year learning about Lab Safety. We use the science lab at least once per unit and I am very strict about students following safety rules and procedures. We are also laying the foundation for how we will approach the study of science throughout the year. Lab investigtions and engineering challenges are worth as many points as the unit test, so that we can balance learning science with doing science.
We are studying the Next Generation Science Standards (which Kentucky adopted and now call "Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science"). The new standards emphasize science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts. Students also engage in the engineering design process.
Sixth grade units of study include: Matter, Motion, Motion in the Solar System, Earth's Processes, Weather, and Ecosystems.
The Science Resources for Students section of my webpage is an excellent place to begin if your child needs help with homework or in preparation for a quiz or test. There are several interactive links and fun activities to fuel curiousity and critical thinking!
If you are curious about the Next Generation Science Standards, please read the Parent Guide featured on my website. Although some schools are using commercial STEM Curriculum for science courses, KSD is developing its own K-12 Science/Engineering Curriculum (from the same NGSS standards) to fit the unique needs and learning styles of our students.