The sixth grade science program helps students construct specific meaning through a combination of research and investigation. Students bring both prior knowledge and curiosity to the topics being studied and communicate and reason by observing, hypothesizing, creating experiments, recording results, and delivering presentations.
Sixth grade students begin the year studying the solar system and go on to study electricity, Newton's laws, and simple machines. Students' understandings of these topics are consolidated and, along with investigations of energy transfer, gear ratios, friction, and the employment of precise measurement, contribute to the ability to construct solar cars. The project allows students to design, test, and refine their vehicles for their greatest efficiency and speed. The sixth grade year in science culminates with the study of water.
Sixth grade students will:
- explore a wide variety of scientific topics through hands-on projects and investigations
- learn how to ask and answer both specific and general questions
- observe carefully and take helpful notes
- make hypotheses, listen appreciatively to others' conjectures, and engage in effective communication
- provide evidence for thinking
- add to the body of scientific knowledge that they possess
- research and communicate effectively, being able to identify and connect important information
- experiment and use results of any experiments to modify current conjectures and future designs
- apply mathematics to scientific concepts
- learn and apply components of formal lab observations, recording, and procedures