Minnesota Standards 6th Grade Science Activities
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MN.6.1. The Nature of Science and Engineering
6.1.2. The Practice of Engineering
18.104.22.168. The student will understand that engineers create, develop and manufacture machines, structures, processes and systems that impact society and may make humans more productive.
22.214.171.124.4. Explain the importance of learning from past failures, in order to inform future designs of similar products or systems.
6.1.3. Interactions Among Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Society
126.96.36.199. The student will understand that designed and natural systems exist in the world. These systems consist of components that act within the system and interact with other systems.
188.8.131.52.1. Describe a system in terms of its subsystems and parts, as well as its inputs, processes and outputs.
184.108.40.206.2. Distinguish between open and closed systems.
220.127.116.11. The student will understand that current and emerging technologies have enabled humans to develop and use models to understand and communicate how natural and designed systems work and interact.
18.104.22.168.1. Determine and use appropriate safe procedures, tools, measurements, graphs and mathematical analyses to describe and investigate natural and designed systems in a physical science context.
22.214.171.124.2. Demonstrate the conversion of units within the Systeme Internationale (SI, or metric) and estimate the magnitude of common objects and quantities using metric units.
MN.6.13. Reading Benchmarks: Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6-12
Craft and Structure
126.96.36.199. Determine the meaning of symbols, equations, graphical representations, tabular representations, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
188.8.131.52. Compare and integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, table, map).
184.108.40.206. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
MN.6.14. Writing Benchmarks: Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6-12
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
220.127.116.11. 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
18.104.22.168. Write informative/explanatory texts, as they apply to each discipline and reporting format, including the narration of historical events, of scientific procedures/ experiments, or description of technical processes.
22.214.171.124.f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
MN.6.2. Physical Science
126.96.36.199. The student will understand that substances can undergo physical changes which do not change the composition or the total mass of the substance in a closed system.
188.8.131.52.3. Use the relationship between heat and the motion and arrangement of particles in solids, liquids and gases to explain melting, freezing, boiling and evaporation.
184.108.40.206. The student will understand that the motion of an object can be described in terms of position, direction and speed.
220.127.116.11.1. Measure and calculate the speed of an object that is traveling in a straight line.
18.104.22.168.2. Graph an object's position as a function of time and an object's speed as a function of time for an object traveling in a straight line and use the graphs to describe the object's motion.
22.214.171.124. The student will understand that forces have magnitude and direction and govern the motion of objects.
126.96.36.199.1. Recognize that when the forces acting on an object are balanced, the object remains at rest or continues to move at a constant speed in a straight line, and that unbalanced forces cause a change in the speed or direction of the motion of an object.
188.8.131.52.2. Identify the forces acting on an object and describe how the sum of the forces affects the motion of the object.
184.108.40.206.3. Recognize that some forces between objects act when the objects are in direct contact and others, such as magnetic, electrical and gravitational forces can act from a distance.
220.127.116.11.4. Distinguish between mass and weight.
18.104.22.168. The student will understand that waves involve the transfer of energy without the transfer of matter.
22.214.171.124.1. Describe properties of waves, including speed, wavelength, frequency and amplitude.
126.96.36.199.2. Explain how the vibration of particles in air and other materials results in the transfer of energy through sound waves.
188.8.131.52.3. Use wave properties of light to explain reflection, refraction and the color spectrum.
184.108.40.206. The student will understand that energy can be transformed within a system or transferred to other systems or the environment.
220.127.116.11.1. Differentiate between kinetic and potential energy and analyze situations where kinetic energy is converted to potential energy and vice versa.
18.104.22.168.2. Trace the changes of energy forms, including thermal, electrical, chemical, mechanical or others as energy is used in devices.
22.214.171.124.3. Describe how energy is transferred in conduction, convection and radiation.
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