• 6th Grade Standards:

    Earth Science Systems

     

    Quarter 1

    1. Students will understand that the solar system is comprised of various objects that orbit the Sun and are classified based on their characteristics.
    2. Students will understand that the relative positions and motions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun can be used to explain observable effects such as seasons, eclipses, and Moon phases.

     

    Quarter 2

    1. Students will understand that water on Earth is distributed and circulated through oceans, glaciers, rivers, ground water, and the atmosphere.
    2. Students will understand that weather is a result of complex interactions of Earth's atmosphere, land, and water that are driven by energy from the Sun, and can be predicted and described though complex models.
    3. Students will understand that Earth has a variety of climates defined by average temperature, precipitation, humidity, air pressure, and wind that have changed over time in a particular location.

     

    Quarter 3

    1. Students will understand that complex interrelationships exist between Earth's structure and natural processes that, over time, are both constructive and destructive.
    2. Students will understand that major geologic events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mid-ocean ridges, and mountain formations are associated with plate boundaries and are attributed to plate motions.
    3. Students will understand that geologic time, history, and changing life forms are indicated by fossils and successive sedimentation, folding, faulting, and uplifting of layers of sedimentary rock.

     

    Quarter 4

    1. Students will understand that human activities can deliberately or inadvertently alter ecosystems and their resiliency.
    2. Students will understand that Earth's natural resources provide the foundation for human society's physical needs. Many natural resources are nonrenewable on human timescales, while other can be renewed or recycled.

     

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