Science in Grade 6

In their first year of middle school, students focus on the following concepts and ideas:

Units of Study

Essential Questions

Harnessing Human Energy

How is it possible to charge electrical devices when the power is out?

Thermal Energy

How can we minimize or maximize the transfer of heat?

Populations and Resources

Why do populations change size in an ecosystem?

Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

How do all the organisms in an ecosystem get the resources they need to release energy?

Weather Patterns

Why do some rainstorms have more rain than others?

Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate

What determines the air temperature of a location on Earth?

Earth’s Changing Climate

Why is the ice on Earth’s surface melting?