Course Description

The 6th grade Earth Science curriculum builds on the natural curiosity of students. By connecting them to the beauty of geological history, the amazing landforms around the globe, the nature of the sea and air, and the newest discoveries about our universe, it gives students an opportunity to relate to their everyday world. 
The 6th grade Earth Science course also assists students in becoming life-long learners who grow in their understanding of the world. The nature of science includes the concepts that scientific explanations are: based on logical thinking; subject to rules of evidence; consistent with observational, inferential, and experimental evidence; open to rational critique; and subject to refinement and change with the addition of new scientific evidence. 
The nature of science includes the concept that it can provide explanations about nature and predict potential consequences of actions; however, it cannot be used to answer all questions. The 6th grade Earth Science course presents an integrated focus on the following topics: Science and Engineering Practices, Earth’s Systems, Weather in the Atmosphere,  Minerals and Rocks in the Geosphere, Plate Tectonics, Earth-Sun-Moon System, and Universe. Idaho Science Content Standards are the basis of this course.  

Textbook

Elevate Science by Pearson Education, Inc., ©2019, Earth Science

Instructional Philosophy

We believe all students have the opportunity to achieve the skills needed to succeed in this life. This includes being academic achievers, clear communicators, responsible citizens, complex thinkers, quality producers with the realization that learning is a lifelong process. It is our belief that students achieve self-esteem by experiencing successes and meeting educational challenges. Students should have the confidence to make choices.

Assessment and Grading Plan  

Projects will be graded using a standard rubric. A rubric will be provided to students before each project.
Grading Scale:  
A = 90-100% D = 60–69%
B = 80–89% F =    0–59%
C = 70–79%
I = Incomplete (must be satisfactorily completed in the given time limit)
Components of the Grade:  
Labs
Activities
Quizzes 
Summative Assessments
Projects
Write Tools Papers 
My grades are posted on Power School and are updated Monday of each week. 

Policy for Retaking Quizzes and Tests

Retest opportunities will be given to any student who has completed all required work. The grade received on the highest score will be the grade recorded.

Cheating

Cheating is a no tolerance offence. If you are caught cheating, a zero for that assignment, activity, lab, project, paper, quiz or summative assessment will be earned both by the person cheating and also by any person(s) that are helping them cheat.  Cheating will automatically deny a student’s opportunity to retake or redo that assignment, activity, lab, project, paper, quiz or summative assessment.

Lab Safety

Students will learn lab safety within the first few weeks of the first semester. If  lab safety is not followed and the act has the potential to cause injury, harm or damage; the student will be removed immediately from the lab activity in order to prevent any further potential danger or damage. This may result in loss of a grade. No retakes will be granted.

6th Grade Earth Science Course Overview


Science and Engineering Practices
Lesson 1 The Meaning of Science

Lesson 2 Science Processes

Lesson 3 Scientific Knowledge

Lesson 4 Tools of Science

Lesson 5 The Engineering and Design Process

Lesson 6 Lab Safety

Introduction to Earth’s Systems
Lesson 1 Matter and Energy in Earth’s System
Lesson 2 Surface Features in the Geosphere
Lesson 3 The Hydrosphere
Weather in the Atmosphere
Lesson 1 The Atmosphere Around You

Lesson 2 Water in the Atmosphere

Lesson 3 Air Masses

Lesson 4 Predicting Weather Change

Lesson 5 Severe Weather and Floods


Minerals and Rocks in the Geosphere

Lesson 1 Earth’s Interior

Lesson 2 Minerals

Lesson 3 Rocks

Lesson 4 Cycling of Rocks



Plate Tectonics

Lesson 1 Evidence of Plate Motions

Lesson 2 Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Surface

Lesson 3 Earthquakes and Tsunami Hazards

Lesson 4 Volcanoes and Earth’s Surface



Earth-Sun-Moon System

Lesson 1 Movement in Space

Lesson 2 Earth’s Movement in Space

Lesson 3 Phases and Eclipses



Solar System and the Universe

Lesson 1 Solar System Objects

Lesson 2 Learning About the Universe

Lesson 3 Stars

Lesson 4 Galaxies