• Earth/Physical Science

    Mrs. Mary Hollenbeck

    Email: mhollenbeck@remsencsd.org  

    6Th Grade Science Syllabus

    Brief Description of the Course:

    Scientifically proficient students are able to conduct multiple investigations, solve problems, design solutions and engage in discussions grounded in evidence that are driven by student-generated questions and have a range of possible outcomes.  Collectively, these learning experiences lead to a deep understanding of core scientific concepts.  Students will use multiple literacies to pose problems, carry out research and communicate findings using the language and thinking of the discipline.  Successful students value scientific inquiry and understand how science is relevant to their current and future lives.

    NYS Science Curriculum 
    Properties of Matter: How does the structure of matter affect the properties and uses of materials?
    •  6.1-Materials can be classified as pure substances or mixtures, depending on their chemical and physical properties. 
    •  6.3-Variations in the amount of the sun’s energy hitting the Earth’s surface affect daily and seasonal weather patterns.
    Matter and Energy in Ecosystems: How do matter and energy flow through ecosystems?
    • 6.2-An ecosystem is composed of all the populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact
    • 6.4-Water moving across and through earth materials carries with it the products of human activities.

    Energy in the Earth's Weather Systems: How do external and internal sources of energy affect the Earth's systems?

    • 6.3-Variations in the amount of the sun’s energy hitting the Earth’s surface affect daily and seasonal weather patterns.

    Minerals and Rocks: Identify formational environments of rocks, and observe changes that occur to rocks over time.

    • MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
    • MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
    1. Identify the physical properties of minerals and demonstrate how minerals can be tested for these different physical properties.
    2. Define basic features of the rock cycle. Describe the layers of the earth. Differentiate among the mechanisms by which heat is transferred through the Earth’s system.


    Course Topics:

    • Weather and Climate Systems
    • Rocks and Minerals
    • Matter and Its Interactions
    • Ecosystems and Their Interactions