In 6th grade, science students focus on the earth sciences. Topics covered include
Plate tectonics and Earth’s structure: Plate tectonics explains important features of Earth’s surface and major geologic events.
Shaping of the Earth’s surface: Topography is reshaped by weathering of rock and soil and by the transportation and depositation of sediment.
Heat (thermal energy / physical science) : Heat moves in a predictable flow from warmer objects to cooler objects until all the objects are at the same temperature.
Energy in the Earth system: Many phenomena on Earth’s surface are affected by the transfer of energy through radiation and convection currents.
Ecology (life science): Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.
Resources: Sources of energy and materials differ in amounts, distribution, usefulness, and the time required for their formation.
Investigation and Experimentation: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful question and conducting careful investigations. To understand this concept and to address the content of the other three strand, students develop their own questions and perform investigations.
Glencoe, Focus on Earth Science
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