Nevada Standards 6th Grade Science Activities
Printable Sixth Grade Science Worksheets and Study Guides.
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NV.CC.RST.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Craft and Structure
RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, 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
RST.6-8.7. 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, or table).
RST.6-8.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
NV.CC.WHST.6-8. Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Production and Distribution of Writing
WHST.6-8.4. 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
WHST.6-8.7. 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
WHST.6-8.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
WHST.6-8.2(f) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
NV.E.8.A. Atmospheric Processes and the Water Cycle (Earth and Space Science Unifying Concept A): Students understand the relationship between the Earth's atmosphere, topography, weather and climate.
E.8.A.1. Sun's Energy: Students know seasons are caused by variations in the amounts of the Sun's energy reaching Earth's surface due to the planet's axial tilt. E/S
E.8.A.2. Sun's Energy: Students know how the processes involved in the water cycle affect climatic patterns. E/S
E.8.A.3. Weather: Students know the properties that make water an essential component of the earth system. E/S
E.8.A.4. Weather: Students understand the composition of Earth's atmosphere, emphasizing the role of the atmosphere in Earth's weather and climate. I/S
E.8.A.5. Weather: Students know the difference between local weather and regional climate. I/S
E.8.A.6. Weather: Students know topography and patterns of global and local atmospheric movement influence local weather which occurs primarily in the lower atmosphere. E/S
NV.E.8.B. Solar System and Universe (Earth and Space Science Unifying Concept B): Students understand characteristics of our solar system that is part of the Milky Way galaxy.
E.8.B.1. Components of the Universe: Students know the universe contains many billions of galaxies, and each galaxy contains many billions of stars. W/L
E.8.B.2. Components of the Universe: Students know the solar system includes a great variety of planetary moons, asteroids, and comets. I/S
E.8.B.3. Components of the Universe: Students know characteristics of the planets in our solar system. I/S
E.8.B.4. Components of the Universe: Students know Earth is part of a solar system located within the Milky Way Galaxy. E/S
E.8.B.5. Formation of Universe: Students know the Sun is many thousands of times closer to Earth than any other star, and billions of times closer than the far end of the Milky Way Galaxy. W/L
E.8.B.6. Formation of Universe: Students know the Sun is a medium-sized star located in the Milky Way Galaxy, part of which can be seen as a glowing band of light spanning the clear night sky. W/L
E.8.B.7. Celestial Motion: Students know regular and predictable motions of Earth around the Sun and the Moon around the Earth explain such phenomena as the day, the year, phases of the Moon, and eclipses. E/S
NV.E.8.C. Earth's Composition and Structure (Earth and Space Science Unifying Concept C): Students understand that landforms result from a combination of constructive and destructive processes.
E.8.C.1. Geologic Processes: Students know sedimentary rocks and fossils provide evidence for changing environments and the constancy of geologic processes. E/S
E.8.C.2. Geologic Processes: Students know rocks at Earth's surface weather, forming sediments that are buried, then compacted, heated and often recrystallized into new rock. E/S
E.8.C.3. Geologic Processes: Students know Earth is composed of a crust (both continental and oceanic); hot convecting mantle; and dense, a metallic core. E/S
E.8.C.4. Geologic Processes: Students know the very slow movement of large crustal plates result in geological events. E/S
E.8.C.5. Geologic Processes: Students know how geologic processes account for state and regional topography. E/S
E.8.C.6. Earth's Composition and Resources: Students know minerals have different properties and different distributions according to how they form. E/S
E.8.C.7. Earth's Composition and Resources: Students know the characteristics, abundances, and location of renewable and nonrenewable resources found in Nevada. E/S
E.8.C.8. Earth's Composition and Resources: Students know soils have properties, such as color, texture, and water retention, and provide nutrients for life according to how they form. E/S
NV.L.8.A. Heredity (Life Science Unifying Concept A): Students understand the role of genetic information in the continuation of a species.
L.8.A.1. DNA: Students know heredity is the passage of genetic instructions from one generation to the next generation. E/S
L.8.A.2. DNA: Students know changes in genes of eggs and sperm can cause changes in inherited characteristics. E/S
L.8.A.3. Predicting: Students know organisms can be bred for specific characteristics. I/L
NV.L.8.B. Structure of Life (Life Science Unifying Concept B): Students understand that living things are composed of cells, which are specialized in multicellular organisms to perform a variety of life functions.
L.8.B.1. Cells: Students know all organisms are composed of cells, which are the fundamental units of life. E/S
L.8.B.2. Cells: Students know cells grow, divide, and take in nutrients which they use to provide energy for cell functions. E/S
L.8.B.3. Cells: Students know some organisms are made of just one cell and that multicellular organisms can consist of thousands to millions of cells working together. E/S
L.8.B.4. Disease: Students know cells combine to form tissues that combine to form organs and organ systems that are specialized to perform life functions. E/S
L.8.B.5. Disease: Students know disease can result from defects in body systems or from damage caused by infection. E/S
NV.L.8.C. Organisms and Their Environment (Life Science Unifying Concept C): Students understand how living and non-living components of ecosystems interact.
L.8.C.1. Cycles: Students know how matter and energy are transferred through food webs in an ecosystem. E/S
L.8.C.2. Cycles: Students know how to characterize organisms in any ecosystem by their functions. E/S
L.8.C.3. Ecosystems: Students will evaluate how changes in environments can be beneficial or harmful. E/S
NV.L.8.D. Diversity of Life (Life Science Unifying Concept D): Students understand that life forms change over time, contributing to the variety of organisms found on the Earth.
L.8.D.1. Evolution: Students know species can be identified and classified based upon their characteristics. (8.8.6) E/S
L.8.D.2. Natural Selection: Students know fossils provide evidence of how life and environmental conditions have changed throughout geologic time. E/S
L.8.D.3. Natural Selection: Students know an organism's behavior is based on both experience and on the species' evolutionary history. E/S
NV.N.8.A. Scientific Inquiry (Nature of Science Unifying Concept A): Students understand that scientific knowledge requires critical consideration of verifiable evidence obtained from inquiry and appropriate investigations.
N.8.A.2. Record-keeping: Students know how to critically evaluate information to distinguish between fact and opinion. E/S
N.8.A.3. Accuracy: Students know different explanations can be given for the same evidence. E/S
N.8.A.4. Safe Experimentation: Students know how to design and conduct a controlled experiment. E/L
N.8.A.5. Safe Experimentation: Students know how to use appropriate technology and laboratory procedures safely for observing, measuring, recording, and analyzing data. E/L
N.8.A.6. Models: Students know scientific inquiry includes evaluating results of scientific investigations, experiments, observations, theoretical and mathematical models, and explanations proposed by other scientists. E/S
N.8.A.7. Models: Students know there are multiple methods for organizing items and information. E/S
NV.N.8.B. Science, Technology, and Society (Nature of Science Unifying Concept B): Students understand the interactions of science and society in an ever-changing world.
N.8.B.1. Risks and Benefits: Students understand that consequences of technologies can cause resource depletion and environmental degradation, but technology can also increase resource availability, mitigate environmental degradation, and make new resources economical.
N.8.B.2. Collaboration: Students know scientific knowledge is revised through a process of incorporating new evidence gained through on-going investigation and collaborative discussion. E/S
NV.P.8.A. Matter (Physical Science Unifying Concept A): Students understand the properties and changes of properties in matter.
P.8.A.1. Properties of Matter: Students know particles are arranged differently in solids, liquids, and gases of the same substance. E/S
P.8.A.2. Properties of Matter: Students know elements can be arranged in the periodic table which shows repeating patterns that group elements with similar properties. E/S
P.8.A.4. Mixtures and Compounds: Students know atoms often combine to form molecules, and that compounds form when two or more different kinds of atoms chemically bond. E/S
P.8.A.6. Atomic Structure: Students know matter is made up of tiny particles called atoms. E/S
P.8.A.7. Atomic Structure: Students know the characteristics of electrons, protons, and neutrons. E/S
P.8.A.8. Atomic Structure: Students know substances containing only one kind of atom are elements which cannot be broken into smaller pieces by normal laboratory processes. E/S
NV.P.8.B. Forces and Motion (Physical Science Unifying Concept B): Students understand that position and motion of an object result from the net effect of the different forces acting on it.
P.8.B.2. Forces: Students know electric currents can produce magnetic forces and magnets can cause electric currents. E/S
P.8.B.3. Forces: Students know every object exerts gravitational force on every other object, and the magnitude of this force depends on the mass of the objects and their distance from one another. I/S
NV.P.8.C. Energy (Physical Science Unifying Concept C): Students understand transfer of energy.
P.8.C.1. Waves: Students know visible light is a narrow band within the electromagnetic spectrum. I/S
P.8.C.2. Waves: Students know vibrations (e.g., sounds, earthquakes) move at different speeds in different materials, have different wavelengths, and set up wave-like disturbances that spread away from the source uniformly. E/S
P.8.C.4. Forms and Uses of Energy: Students know energy cannot be created or destroyed, in a chemical or physical reaction, but only changed from one form to another. E/S
P.8.C.5. Forms and Uses of Energy: Students know heat energy flows from warmer materials or regions to cooler ones through conduction, convection, and radiation. E/S
P.8.C.6. Electricity: Students know electrical circuits provide a means of transferring electrical energy to produce heat, light, sound, and chemical changes. I/S
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