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South Dakota Standards for Sixth Grade Science

SD.6.E. Earth/Space Science: Students will analyze the composition, formative processes, and history of the universe, solar system, and Earth.

6.E.1. Analyze the various structures and processes of the Earth system.

6.E.1.1. Students are able to describe how the spheres (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) of the Earth interact.
6.E.1.2. Students are able to examine the role of water on the Earth.
6.E.1.3. Students are able to explain processes involved in the formation of the Earth's structure.
6.E.1.4. Students interpret topographic and digital maps to identify surface features.
6.E.1.5. Students explain the formation of different rock types and their characteristics.

6.E.2. Analyze essential principles and ideas about the composition and structure of the universe.

6.E.2.1. Students are able to identify the organization and relative scale of the solar system.
6.E.2.2. Students understand origins and age of the universe
6.E.2.3. Students explain the association of time measurement with celestial motions.

SD.6.L. Life Science: Students will describe structures and attributes of living things, processes of life, and interaction with each other and the environment.

6.L.1. Understand the fundamental structures, functions, classifications, and mechanisms found in living things.

6.L.1.1. Students are able to illustrate the difference between plant and animal cells.
6.L.1.2. Students identify basic cell organelles and their functions.
6.L.1.3. Students recognize cells as the building blocks of living things.
6.L.1.4. Students are able to explain the importance and scientific use of a classification system.
6.L.1.5. Students are able to explain kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species
6.L.1.6. Students are able to explain kingdom classification system (monera, protista, plantae, fungi, animalia)

6.L.2. Analyze various patterns and products of natural and induced biological change.

6.L.2.1. Students investigate the lineage of organisms to predict traits and features.
6.L.2.2. Students describe the difference between a hybrid and a purebred trait.

6.L.3. Analyze how organisms are linked to one another and the environment.

6.L.3.1. Students model cycles in ecosystems.
6.L.3.2. Students describe the relationship between characteristics of biomes and the organisms that live there.
6.L.3.3. Students describe how organisms adapt to biotic and abiotic factors in a biome.

SD.6.N. Nature of Science: Students will explore, evaluate, and communicate personal and scientific investigations to understand the nature of science.

6.N.1. Understand the nature and origin of scientific knowledge.

6.N.1.1. Recognize scientific knowledge as not merely a set of static facts, but is dynamic and affords the best current explanations.

6.N.2. Apply the skills necessary to conduct scientific investigations.

6.N.2.2. Students Conduct systematic scientific investigations.

SD.6.P. Physical Science: Students will use appropriate scientific models to describe and quantify the nature and interactions of matter and energy.

6.P.1. Describe structures and properties of, and changes in, matter

6.N.1.5. Students are able to describe phase changes in matter differentiating between the particle motion in solids, liquids, and gases.
6.P.1.1. Students are able to identify the subatomic particles that make up atoms.
6.P.1.2. Students are able to classify matter based on physical and chemical properties.
6.P.1.3. Students compare and contrast compounds and elements.
6.P.1.4. Students use the Periodic Table as a tool to describe elements.

6.P.2. Analyze forces, their forms, and their effects on motions.

6.P.2.1. Students are able to describe how push/pull forces acting on an object produce motion.
6.P.2.2. Students demonstrate how all forces have magnitude and direction.
6.P.2.3. Students know and understand Newton's Laws of Motion

6.P.3. Analyze interactions of energy and matter.

6.P.3.1. Students are able to identify types of energy transformations.
6.P.3.2. Students explain basic principles of electricity and magnetism including static, current, circuits, and magnetic fields.
6.P.3.3. Students investigate the properties of light (electromagnetic spectrum).
6.P.3.4. Students illustrate sunlight to chemical (photosynthesis).

SD.6.S. Science, Technology, Environment, and Society: Students will identify and evaluate the relationships and ethical implications of science upon technology, environment, and society.

6.S.2. Analyze the relationships/interactions among science, technology, environment, and society.

6.S.2.1. Students are able, given a scenario, to identify the problem(s) of human activity on the local, regional, or global environment.

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