In Segment A of Science 6, students will learn how scientific inquiry can be used to answer certain questions, learning to define the criteria and constraints of a problem with precision to ensure a successful solution. Students will also learn how to apply relevant scientific principles and identify potential impacts on people. They will build understanding of how matter has observable physical properties and the potential to mix and form new materials, the three states of matter and how to measure them, and how to identify and differentiate between elements, compounds, and mixtures. They will learn about energy types and how it is transformed from one form to another, building an understanding that energy is neither created nor destroyed and transformation between forms often results in the loss of useable energy through the production of heat. Finally in this segment, students will be looking at motion, force, and simple machines, getting a brief overview of each of these concepts, and then moving into more depth as they progress through this course.

In Segment B of Science 6, students will investigate the traits of life and how they are classified, looking at different ways of grouping organisms based on traits. Students will investigate the systems and cycles of the Earth. Topics include biomes, wetlands, ecosystems, watersheds and cycles. Students will also learn about the Earth’s constantly changing surface. Topics include the natural forces within the earth and the constructive and destructive forces on its surface, concentrating on how landforms are created and changed by the natural forces. Finally, students will look at the various planets and how they are similar and different, and what is happening in the space situation.


ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours


The Nature of Science

  • Using Science
  • Tools of Science
  • Observations, Predictions, and Science
  • Experiments
  • Data Collection
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Modeling
  • Systems

Describing Matter

  • • Matter
    • Measuring Matter
    • Mass, Length, and Volume
    • Change of State
    • Atoms, Elements, and Compounds
    • Chemical and Physical Properties
    • Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures

Interactions of Matter

  • Energy
  • Energy Conversion
  • Heat
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Light and Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Nuclear Energy

Matter in Motion, Forces and Machines

  • Motion and Speed
  • Gravity
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Energy and Motion
  • Work
  • Simple Machines
  • Compound Machines


Characteristics of Life

  • Classification
  • Microscopes and Cells (characteristics of life)
  • Bacteria Kingdom
  • Protist Kingdom
  • Fungi Kingdom
  • Plant Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom

Earth as a Living System

  • Ecosystems and Their Interactions
  • Energy flow (food chains and webs)
  • Land Biomes
  • Aquatic Biomes (Freshwater and Marine)
  • Watersheds
  • Wetlands
  • Biogeochemical cycles

Earth’s Surface

  • Earth
  • Rocks
  • Rock Cycle
  • Minerals
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • The Atmosphere
  • Clouds

Beyond Earth

  • Earth
  • Rocks
  • Rock Cycle
  • Minerals
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • The Atmosphere
  • Clouds