Indiana Standards 6th Grade Science Activities
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IN.CS. Content Standards
6.1. Physical Science
6.1.1. Understand that the properties and behavior of matter can be explained by a model that depicts particles representing atoms or molecules in motion.
6.1.2. Explain the properties of solids, liquids and gases using drawings and models that represent matter as particles in motion whose state can be represented by the relative positions and movement of the particles.
6.1.3. Using a model in which matter is composed of particles in motion, investigate that when substances undergo a change in state, mass is conserved.
6.1.4. Recognize that objects in motion have kinetic energy and objects at rest have potential energy.
6.1.5. Describe with examples that potential energy exists in several different forms (e.g., gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy and chemical potential energy).
6.1.6. Compare and contrast potential and kinetic energy and how they can be transformed from one form to another.
6.1.7. Explain that energy may be manifested as heat, light, electricity, mechanical motion, and sound and is often associated with chemical reactions.
6.2. Earth and Space Science
6.2.1. Describe and model how the position, size and relative motions of the earth, moon and sun cause day and night, solar and lunar eclipses, and phases of the moon.
6.2.2. Recognize that gravity is a force that keeps celestial bodies in regular and predictable motion, holds objects to earth’s surface and is responsible for tides.
6.2.3. Understand that the sun, an average star where nuclear reactions occur, is the central and largest body in the solar system.
6.2.4. With regard to their size, composition, distance from sun, surface features and ability to support life, compare and contrast the planets of the solar system with one another and with asteroids and comets.
6.2.5. Demonstrate that the seasons in both hemispheres are the result of the inclination of the earth on its axis, which causes changes in sunlight intensity and length of day.
6.3. Life Science
6.3.1. Describe specific relationships (i.e., predator and prey, consumer and producer, and parasite and host) between organisms and determine whether these relationships are competitive or mutually beneficial.
6.3.4. Recognize that plants use energy from the sun to make sugar (i.e., glucose) by the process of photosynthesis.
6.3.5. Describe how all animals, including humans, meet their energy needs by consuming other organisms, breaking down their structures, and using the materials to grow and function.
6.3.6. Recognize that food provides the energy for the work that cells do and is a source of the molecular building blocks that can be incorporated into a cell’s structure or stored for later use.
6.4. Science, Engineering and Technology
6.4.1. Understand how to apply potential or kinetic energy to power a simple device.
6.4.2. Construct a simple device that uses potential or kinetic energy to perform work.
6.4.3. Describe the transfer of energy amongst energy interactions.
IN.PS. Process Standards
PS.1. The Nature of Science: Students gain scientific knowledge by observing the natural and constructed world, performing and evaluating investigations, and communicating their findings. These principles should guide student work and be integrated into the curriculum along with the content standards on a daily basis.
PS.1.1. Make predictions and develop testable questions based on research and prior knowledge.
PS.1.10. Compare the results of an experiment with the prediction.
PS.1.11. Communicate findings through oral and written reports by using graphs, charts maps and models.
PS.1.2. Plan and carry out investigation—often over a period of several class lessons—as a class, in small groups or independently.
PS.1.3. Collect quantitative data with appropriate tools or technologies and use appropriate units to label numerical data.
PS.1.4. Incorporate variables that can be changed, measured or controlled.
PS.1.8. Analyze data, using appropriate mathematical manipulation as required, and use it to identify patterns. Make inferences based on these patterns.
IN.RS.6-8. Reading for Literacy in Science
Craft and Structure
6-8.RS.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases a they are used in a specific scientific context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
6-8.RS.7. Integrate quantitative information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
6-8.RS.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
IN.WS.6-8. Writing for Literacy in Science
Production and Distribution of Writing
6-8.WS.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
6-8.WS.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Text Types and Purposes
6-8.WS.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including scientific procedures/experiments.
6-8.WS.2.f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the explanation or information presented.
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