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Science TCSD Pacing Guide-Grade 6 September

Grade 6 Science

Scientific Reading and Scientific Method

Close Reading of Scientific Articles.

How to Write Article Summaries.

What is the Scientific Method?

How, and Why, to Use Scientific Method?

Steps of the Scientific Method.

What are Variables?

Types of Variables.


Measurement and Graphing

What is Measurement?

What is Estimation?

What is Precision?

What is Accuracy?

How to Use Rounding.

Precision and Number of Digitis.

Using Significant Numbers.

What are, and How to Use, GPS Systems.

SI Units, the International System for Measurement.

Prefixes Used with SI Units

Measuring Length.

Measuring Volume.

Measuring Mass.

Measuring Temperature.

Measuring Time.

Calculating Rates.


Astronomy:  Solar System and Milky Way Galaxy

Theories of the Universe:

What is the Geocentric Theory?

What is the Heliocentric Theory?

What is the Solar System?

What is a Planet?

Categories of Planets:  Terrestrial vs Jovian (Gaseous)

Planet Characteristics.

What is a Dwarf Planet?

How do Planets Move?

What is Meant by A Day? A Year?

Rotation vs Revolution

What is an Orbit?

Ellipses and Eccentricity.

What is our Sun?

What are Stars?

How do Stars Form?

How are Stars Classified?

Other Objects in the Solar System:

What are Comets, Asteroids and Meteroids?

How are Distances Measured in Space?

What is a Light Year, an Astronomical Unit?

What is a Galaxy?

Types of Galaxies: Spiral, Elliptical, Irregular galaxies.

What are Clusters?

Where in the Universe Are We?



Atomic Theory

Parts of the Atom

Models of the Atom

Elements and the Periodic Table

Atomic Number and Atomic Mass

What are Molecules?

What are Sub-Atomic Forces?

Electromagnetic Force, Strong Force, Weak Force, and Gravity

States of Matter

Physical and Chemical Properties

Solids, Liquids and Gases

Viscosity of Liquids

Kinetic Molecular Theory, Energy of Phase Changes

Melting, Freezing, Boiling, Evaporation, Condensation, Sublimation, Deposition




Heat Energy

Heat versus Temperature

Temperature Scales

Insulators and Conductors

Heat Transfers

Conduction, Convection, Radiation

Thermal Expansion



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