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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

 Curriculum

Science - Grade 6

 

Meteorology

 

The learner will be able to compare earth's ancient atmosphere to present atmosphere.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe formation of ozone shield.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe characteristics of 4 main layers of atmosphere.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why ozone is important to life on Earth.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe Earth's magnetic field.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe Van Allen radiation belts.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain what causes auroras.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe weather:  watches, warnings and advisories.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to give the tornado safety rules.

 

The learner will be able to dissect the development of storms.

 

  

 

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Oceanography: Freshwater Systems

 

The learner will be able to describe the water cycle.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify surface sources of fresh water.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define watershed.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify sources of fresh water under the surface of Earth.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain differences in wells.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define permeability.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how fresh water forms caverns.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate underground water to the water cycle.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list ways of protecting fresh water.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the Earth's major oceans.

 

  

 

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Astronomy: Earth and Moon

 

The learner will be able to relate rotation & revolution to day, night, & seasons.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how the tilt of Earth’s axis affects seasons and length of daylight.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the Earth's magnetosphere & Van Allen belts.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe major features of the moon.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define apogee, perigee, ascending and descending nodes.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate moon's revolution to observed phases.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare & contrast solar and lunar eclipses.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate gravitational attraction to tides.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to predict moon rise & set time for the different phases.

 

The learner will be able to explain how the sun & planets formed.

 

  

 

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Oceanography: Geology

 

The learner will be able to compare different types of plate boundaries.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe major features on the ocean floor.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify motions of the oceans and their effects.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate ocean floor spreading to continental drift.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss theory of plate tectonics.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how ocean floor rocks can be younger than continental rocks.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe major lithospheric plates.

 

  

 

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Astronomy: Solar System

 

The learner will be able to describe the nebular theory.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why inner & outer planets differ.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss ancient & modern theories about shape of solar system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare heliocentric & geocentric.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare revolution & rotation.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe main components of solar system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe main characteristics of planets, moons, asteroids, meteoroids, comets.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to contrast meteoroids, meteor, & meteorites.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss major astronomers' most important contributions to study of solar system.

 

  

 

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Scientific Method

 

The learner will be able to explain what is meant by a fact.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to contrast theory and law.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the main branches of Earth science.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the steps in the scientific method.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how a hypothesis is developed.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the importance of constants, variable, and control in an experiment.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain importance of an international system of measurement.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify metric measures.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to develop a scientific experiment.

 

  

 

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Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies

 

The learner will be able to identify different kinds of star groups.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe characteristics of nebulae & star clusters.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe how a spectroscope works.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how star motion is detected by Doppler effect.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate Big Bang theory to concept of open and closed universe.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe size and brightness of stars.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify main sequence stars using Hertzsprung and Russell diagram.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why stars shine.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how star distance is measured.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify layers of the sun's atmosphere.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe storms that occur on the sun's surface.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe life cycle of stars.

 

  

 

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