6th grade Science

6th grade, the beginning of middle school, here is appropriate science topics and sub topics for this age, Feel free to use the printable for your own use.

Science practices and tools

Identify steps of the scientific method

Identify laboratory tools

Designing experiments

Identify control and experimental groups

Identify independent and dependent variables

Identify the experimental question

Identify questions that can be investigated with a set of materials

Understand an experimental protocol about plant growth

Understand an experimental protocol about diffusion

Understand an experimental protocol about evaporation

Engineering practices

Identify parts of the engineering-design process

Evaluate tests of engineering-design solutions

Use data from tests to compare engineering-design solutions

Explore the engineering-design process: going to the Moon!

Matter and mass

Calculate density

Understand conservation of matter using graphs

Atoms and molecules

What are atoms and chemical elements?

How are substances represented by chemical formulas and models?

Match chemical formulas to ball-and-stick models

Complete chemical formulas for ball-and-stick models

Describe the atomic composition of molecules

Classify elementary substances and compounds using chemical formulas

Identify elementary substances and compounds using chemical formulas

Sort elementary substances and compounds using chemical formulas

Classify elementary substances and compounds using models

Identify elementary substances and compounds using models

Sort elementary substances and compounds using models

Chemical reactions

Identify reactants and products

Count atoms and molecules in chemical reactions

Calculate amounts of reactants or products in chemical reactions

Describe energy changes in chemical reactions

Compare physical and chemical changes

Explore chemical structure and properties: soapmaking

Explore chemical structure and properties: food flavors

Velocity, acceleration, and forces

Calculate speed from time and distance

Calculate distance from speed and time

Calculate time from speed and distance

Calculate speed, distance, and time

Identify whether objects are accelerating

How does mass affect force and acceleration?

Predict forces using Newton’s third law

Balanced and unbalanced forces

Kinetic and potential energy

Identify changes in gravitational potential energy

Use tables and graphs to identify patterns about kinetic energy

Explore energy transformations: roller coaster ride

Explore energy transformations: bike ride

Thermal energy

Predict heat flow and temperature changes

How are temperature and mass related to thermal energy?

Compare thermal energy transfers

Particle motion and energy

How does particle motion affect temperature?

Particle motion and changes of state

How does particle motion affect gas pressure?

Identify how particle motion affects temperature and pressure

Waves

Compare amplitudes, wavelengths, and frequencies of waves

Compare energy of waves

Solutions

Compare concentrations of solutions

Diffusion across membranes

Classification and scientific names

Identify common and scientific names

Origins of scientific names

Use scientific names to classify organisms

Biochemistry

Structure and function: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids

Understanding the chemistry of cellular respiration

Cells

Understanding cells

Identify functions of plant cell parts

Identify functions of animal cell parts

Plant cell diagrams: label parts

Animal cell diagrams: label parts

Compare cells and cell parts

Anatomy and physiology

Body systems: circulation and respiration

Body systems: digestion

Body systems: removing waste

Body systems: perception and motion

Organization in the human body: the heart and the circulatory system

Science literacy: how does the nervous system produce phantom pain?

Genes to traits

Inherited and acquired traits: use evidence to support a statement

Genetics vocabulary: genotype and phenotype

Genetics vocabulary: dominant and recessive

Genetic variation in sexual reproduction

Complete and interpret Punnett squares

Use Punnett squares to calculate ratios of offspring types

Genes, proteins, and traits: understanding the genetic code

Describe the effects of gene mutations on organisms

How do genes and the environment affect plant growth?

Adaptations and natural selection

How can animal behaviors affect reproductive success? Identify evidence to support a claim

Introduction to natural selection

Calculate the percentages of traits in a population

Calculate the averages of traits in a population

Construct explanations of natural selection

Fossils

Compare fossils to modern organisms

Compare ages of fossils in a rock sequence

Plant reproduction

Flowering plant and conifer life cycles

Moss and fern life cycles

Photosynthesis

How do plants use and change energy?

Identify the photosynthetic organism

Ecosystems

Describe populations, communities, and ecosystems

Identify ecosystems

Describe ecosystems

Ecological interactions

How does matter move in food chains?

Interpret food webs

Use food chains to predict changes in populations

Classify symbiotic relationships

Investigate primary succession on a volcanic island

Conservation

Coral reef biodiversity and human uses: explore a problem

Coral reef biodiversity and human uses: evaluate solutions

Natural resources and human impacts

Evaluate claims about natural resource use: groundwater

Evaluate claims about natural resource use: fossil fuels

Rocks and minerals

Identify rocks and minerals

Classify rocks as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic

Label parts of rock cycle diagrams

Select parts of rock cycle diagrams

Plate tectonics

Label Earth layers

Label Earth features at tectonic plate boundaries

Describe tectonic plate boundaries around the world

Topographic maps

Select parts of a topographic map

Water cycle

Label parts of water cycle diagrams

Select parts of water cycle diagrams

Weather and climate

Weather and climate around the world

Weather or climate? Cite text

Use data to describe climates

Explore air masses

Identify and compare air masses

How do air masses form?

Climate change

The greenhouse effect

Natural hazards

Analyze natural hazard maps

Astronomy

Analyze models of the Earth-Sun-Moon system

Identify phases of the Moon

What causes the seasons on Earth?

Analyze data to compare properties of planets

Units and measurement

Choose customary units of distance, mass, and volume

Choose metric units of distance, mass, and volume

Estimate temperatures

Abbreviate length, speed, and acceleration units

Abbreviate temperature, mass, and volume units

Abbreviate force, energy, and electricity units

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