Course Description

In fulfillment of Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for 6th grade science, this class covers several different types of science such as physical science, ecology, and climatology. The students will learn about what scientists do and the similarities and differences between theories and laws. After reviewing the steps of the scientific method the students will design and conduct a scientific experiment. Students will discover what matter and atoms are made of and will learn how to read the periodic table. The class reviews the topics of force and motion, including Newton’s laws of motion. The students will review the different types of energy and will learn about how energy is measured. Ecology is introduced to students as they learn about abiotic and biotic factors. The students will learn about how cells were discovered and will learn the basics of cell theory. Students will review major organ systems as they learn about how living things are organized. The students will learn about earth science, the water cycle, and the rock cycle. Finally, the students will learn about climate and how weather patterns are formed. They will also learn about the composition and function of the atmosphere.

Course Objectives

  • Plan and implement an investigation using the scientific method.
  • Collect, display and interpret data from a scientific investigation.
  • Identify and describe the relationship between force and motion.
  • Identify chemical and physical properties and classify matter based on these properties.
  • Understand and describe the relationship between matter and energy.
  • Explain the origin and path of energy and its importance to all life on earth.
  • Understand that traits are inherited and that traits can change over time.
  • Understand that organisms respond to external stimuli and identify these responses.
  • Know and identify the basic structure and components of the solar system, the earth’s atmosphere and the earth’s surface.

1- Course Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Understanding Plagiarism
3- Course Description
4- Course Links
5- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
6- MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
7- MLA Documentation updates
8- MLA Citation
9- MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Science Theory and Science in the World
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Scientific Inquiry
3- What is Science?
4- Who Are Scientists?
Essay: Scientist Research Project
5- What Do Scientists Do?
6- Scientific Laws and Theories
7- Examples of Scientific Laws and Theories
8- Lesson Review
Worksheet: Science and the World

3- The Scientific Method
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Scientific Method
3- Steps of the Scientific Method
4- Observations
5- Making Observations: Example
6- Asking Scientific Questions
7- Asking Scientific Questions Practice
8- Forming a Hypothesis
9- Forming a Hypothesis (continued)
Worksheet: Scientific Questions and Hypothesis
10- Designing an Experiment
11- Identifying and Controling Variables
12- Collecting and Working with Data
13- Validity and Sample Size
Essay: Testing a Hypothesis
14- Analyzing the Data
Assignment: Scientific Method Practice
15- Evaluating an Experiment
16- Lesson Review
Quiz: Scientific Method Quiz

4- The Scientific Method Project
1- Objectives
2- The Scientific Method Project
3- Project Guidelines
4- Scientific Methods Steps 1 and 2
Assignment: Scientific Method Steps 1 and 2
5- Scientific Method Step 3
Assignment: Scientific Method Step 3
6- Scientific Method Step 4
Assignment: Scientific Method Step 4
7- Scientific Method Step 5
8- Scientific Method Step 6
9- Scientific Method Step 7
Assignment: Scientific Method Steps 5-7

5- Matter, Atoms, and Elements
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- What is Matter?
3- What is Matter Made Of?
4- What Are Atoms Made Of?
5- The Electron Cloud Model
6- Elements
7- The Periodic Table of the Elements
8- The Periodic Table of the Elements Continued
Worksheet: Periodic Table of the Elements
9- Review and Quiz
Assignment: Matter, Atoms and Electrons Lesson Project

6- Force, Motion, and Acceleration
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Isaac Newton
3- Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion
Assignment: Isaac Newton Project
4- Force
5- Motion
6- Acceleration
Worksheet: Force, Motion, and Acceleration
7- Force, Motion, and Acceleration
Quiz: Force, Motion, and Acceleration
8- Newton’s First Law of Motion
9- Newton’s First Law of Motion (continued)
10- Newton’s Second Law of Motion
11- Newton’s Third Law of Motion
Quiz: Newton’s Laws of Motion
Assignment: Newton’s Laws of Motion
12- Review

7- Energy
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Introduction to Energy
Handout: Introduction to Energy
3- How is Energy Measured?
4- Units of Measurement
5- Kinetic and Potential Energy
6- Mechanical and Thermal Energy
7- Chemical and Electrical Energy
Assignment: Introduction to Energy
8- Energy and Heat Transfer
Worksheet: Heat Transfer
9- Review and Quiz
Quiz: Energy Lesson Quiz

8- Ecology: Organization in the Environment
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Environment
3- Ecology
4- Living and Non-Living
Quiz: Biotic or Abiotic?
5- Interactions with Abiotic Factors
6- Interactions With Biotic Factors
7- Organization of Organisms: Classification
Worksheet: Classification
8- Organization in the Environment
Quiz: Levels of Organization
Essay: Organization and Your Environment
9- Review and Quiz
Quiz: Ecology Lesson Quiz
10- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest

9- Cell Theory, Structure and Function
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Discorvery of Cells
3- Discorvery of Cells: Part 2
4- Cell Theory Part 1
5- Unicellular Organisms
Quiz: Mulitcellular or Unicellular?
Assignment: Infectious Agents Research
6- Cell Theory Part 2
7- Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes
Quiz: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes
8- Cell Theory Part 3
9- Characteristics of Living Things
10- Cells are Living Things
11- Cell Structure Overview
Handout: Define and Label Cells
Assignment: Define and Label Cells
12- Structure and Function
Quiz: Organelle Function
13- Review and Project
Assignment: Cell Project

10- Organization in Living Things
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Multicellular Review
3- Cells Work Together
4- Tissue Reflection
5- Tissues Work Together
6- Organs Work Together
7- Organ Systems Assignments
8- The Digestive System
Assignment: The Digestive System
9- The Respiratory System
Assignment: The Respiratory System
10- The Circulatory System
Assignment: The Circulatory System
11- The Lymphatic System
Assignment: The Lympatic and Endocrine System
12- The Skeletal System
Assignment: The Skeletal System
13- The Muscular System
Assignment: The Muscular System
14- The Nervous System
Assignment: The Nervous System
15- Organ Systems Work Together
16- Oranization of Cells Review
17- Review

11- Earth Science
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- Introduction to Earth Science
3- Branches of Earth Science
Worksheet: Branches of Earth Science
4- Branches of Earth Science (Continued)
Quiz: Branches of Earth Science
5- Geology: Layers of the Earth
6- Geology: Layers of the Earth (Continued)
7- The Water Cycle
Worksheet: Water Cycle
8- Review and Quiz
Quiz: Earth Science

12- The Rock Cycle
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- What Are Rocks?
3- Types of Rocks
4- Igneous Rocks
5- Sedimentary Rocks
6- Metamorphic Rock
7- The Rock Cycle
Essay: Rock Cycle Letter
8- Review and Quiz
Quiz: Rock Cycle

13- Climate and Weather
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- What is Climate?
3- History of Climate
4- Ice Ages
Worksheet: Climate and Ice Ages
5- What is Weather?
6- Air Pressure
7- Wind
Handout: What’s the Weather Chart
Assignment: Weather Lab
8- The Coriolis Force
9- Air Masses
10- Warm and Cold Fronts
Worksheet: Air Masses and Fronts
11- Being Prepared
12- Review and Quiz
Quiz: Climate and Weather

14- Atmosphere
1- Objectives and Vocabulary
2- What is the Atmosphere?
3- Composition of the Atmosphere
Quiz: Atmosphere Composition
4- Oxygen and Nitrogen
Assignment: Oxygen and Nitrogen
5- Structure of the Atmosphere
6- Review and Project
Assignment: Atmosphere Project
7- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test

15- Course Evaluation
Handout: Course Evalulation
Assignment: Course Evaluation