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6th Grade Full Science Curriculum - Welcome to Scientific Discovery! (Ongoing)

Mrs. Victoria Laird, M.S.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(13)
Students will embark through a blend of engaging lessons, activities, and real-world applications covering the solar system, seasons, energy, particle motion, chemical reactions, gravity, ecosystems, and more!

Class experience

US Grade 6
All learning goals, lessons, and assessments are based on the National Next Generation Science Standards & Utah Science with Engineering Education Standards.

Structure & Function Within the Solar System: 
-Students will develop and use a model of the Sun-Earth-Moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the Sun and Moon, and seasons. 
- Students will Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity and inertia in orbital motions of objects in our solar system. 
- Students will use computational thinking to analyze data and determine the scale and properties of objects in the solar system. 

Energy Affects Matter: 
-Students will develop models to show that molecules are made of different kinds, proportions and quantities of atoms. 
-Students will develop a model to predict the effect of heat energy on states of matter and density. 
-Students will plan and carry out an investigation to determine the relationship between temperature, the amount of heat transferred, and the change of average particle motion in various types or amounts of matter. 
-Students will design an object, tool, or process that minimizes or maximizes heat energy transfer. Identify criteria and constraints, develop a prototype for iterative testing, analyze data from testing, and propose modifications for optimizing the design solution. 

Earth's Weather Patterns & Climate: 
-Students will develop a model to describe how the cycling of water through Earth's systems is driven by energy from the Sun, gravitational forces, and density.
-Students will investigate the interactions between air masses that cause changes in weather conditions.
-Students will collect and analyze weather data to provide evidence for how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure causing a change in weather. 
-Students will develop and use a model to show how unequal heating of Earth's systems cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. 
-Students will construct an explanation supported by evidence for the role of the natural greenhouse effect in Earth's energy balance, and how it enables life to exist on Earth. 

Stability & Change in Ecosystems: 
-Students will analyze data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations in an ecosystem.
-Students will ask questions to predict how changes in resource availability affects organisms in those ecosystems. 
-Students will construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. 
-Students will develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
-Students will construct an argument supported by evidence that the stability of populations is affected by changes to an ecosystem. 
-Students will evaluate competing design solutions for preserving ecosystem resources and biodiversity based on how well the solutions maintain stability within the ecosystem. 
I have a masters in Earth Science science and I have taught integrated science at the middle school level as well as high school Biology, Wildlife Biology, and Zoology.
During the last two years, I have worked as a Science Specialist for a large school district in Utah, supporting teachers and administration in science education. 
Homework Offered
Students may required to complete 20-30 min of homework, reading, activities, etc. per each live lesson (totaling about 1 hour per week). If needed, these will be assigned before the end of each live class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessments will be given as an indication of how well as student is learning the content and skills for the class and to help me continuously develop better curriculum. Students will be assigned a number on a proficiency scale* that lets the student, parent, and teacher know how the student is doing. Each assignment will have a rubric attached to it letting the student, parent, and teacher know the expectations for the assessment. Assessments may be multiple choice, free response, modeling, or many other types. Most assessments will be taken in class, but some may be at-home projects. Assessment retakes and/or revisions will be provided and encouraged. *See Grading Policy for our Proficiency Scale
Grades Offered
Grades will be provided by default to all learners. If students do not want their student graded or to not have access to their grades, please let me know. Grades allow students, parents, and myself to understand where the student is at in their learning. For each assignment or assessment, students will receive a "grade" according to the rubric below. 0 - The student demonstrates no evidence of learning. 1 - The student demonstrates a minimal understanding of the concept. 2 - The student demonstrates a partial understanding of the concept. 3 - The student demonstrates a complete understanding of the concept.
1 pencil with an eraser
1 notebook, lined
1 pack of colored pencils, colored pens, markers, or crayons
Climate Change and use of Natural Resources - We will be talking about how human action has changed the global climate. 

*If you would like your student to skip certain weeks due to concern over the topic of the week, please message me and reach out with any questions.
I will be referencing the Utah Science Curriculum Consortium's SEEd Storylines and 
Jordan School District's (Utah) open-source curriculum. Both are created by certified expert teachers. 
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(13)
Hi there! I'm an enthusiastic science teacher, committed to sparking curiosity and making learning enjoyable. From middle school to high school classrooms, even extending my reach to mentoring teachers in Utah, I've consistently striven to present... 
Group Class


1x per week
50 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-13
2-6 learners per class

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