Science Curriculum Choices
Our 6th grade curriculum options support viable instructional experience that integrate life, physical and earth/space science. The program options include: Green Ninja and Amplify Science.
Please review the 6th grade pilot summaries below a then fill out the feedback form.
Green Ninja uses real-world problems to create hands-on, immersive learning experiences that promote data analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. This unit helps students develop skills in asking scientific questions to better understand the causes of our changing climate. Specifically, students:
- Examine how natural processes and human activities influence temperatures on Earth by playing a game called Carbon Command.
- Improve on their skills analyzing and obtaining information from both line graphs and pie charts.
- Explore and ask questions about various patterns and data in everyday life to begin explaining how Earth’s temperature is changing.
- Analyze climate data to draw conclusions about Earth’s rising temperatures.
- Read articles about factors affecting climate change and begin to understand the Greenhouse Effect.
- Gain knowledge on heat transfer to design a more energy-efficient home.
- Study rising CO2 levels by acting out a play and by investigating climate data and analyzing graphs.
The unit concludes with a culminating activity in which students design, build, and test a climate-friendly home.
To access Green Ninja’s unit materials for a deeper look at the unit, please click here.
Students, acting as forensic meteorologists, investigate severe rainstorms in a fictional town called Galetown. Specifically, students:
- Investigate how water vapor, temperature, energy transfer, and wind can lead to severe rainstorms.
- Discover that the creation of a lake near Galetown has contributed to the severity of the storms by doing a hands-on activity about condensation, reading an article about clouds, completing activities in the Weather Patterns Simulation, and building models of air parcels using plastic bags.
- Use physical models, a digital simulation, and hands-on activities as well as information gathered from data and science texts, students will investigate how a warm weather rainstorm can be generated.
- From their investigations throughout the unit, students will learn about how differences in the amount of water vapor, temperature, and air pressure can affect the amount of rain.
The unit concludes with a Science Seminar (a group discussion in which students make sense of evidence and discuss which claims are best supported), in which students verbally explain the factors that cause a rainstorm, and which factors in combination can make a rainstorm more or less severe.
Students are also assessed with an End-of-Unit Assessment, consisting of 25 multiple choice questions and two written responses.
To access Amplify’s unit materials for a deeper look at the unit, please click here.
To get a deeper look at the curriculum materials from the unit of study being piloted, please click here (same as above).