Mr. Burnham's Grade 6 Science

SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

Our school year begins with a series of observations aimed at honing this inquiry skill. Students learn to differentiate between qualitative and quantitative observations as they begin the process of questioning, creating hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting data, and analyzing results. Emphasis is placed on predicting how the manipulated (independent) variable will affect the responding (dependent) variable. Students discover the importance of keeping other variables constant in order to make the experiment a fair test. In addition to creating well documented repeatable experiments, students practice writing conclusions in order to fully communicate their learning to a larger group.

Monarch Links:

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2012/update082312.html

http://www.monarchwatch.org/

UV Links:

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/understanding-uva-and-uvb

http://www.healthunit.org/sunsafety/uv.htm

Electromagnetic Spectrum:

http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/01_intro.html

Observation & Experimentation Review (Rags to Riches Game):

Observation and Experimentation Review
http://www.quia.com/rr/835990.html

Variables-Observation-Experimentation Review 2015
http://www.quia.com/quiz/5475356.html

OVERLOOK FARM FIELD TRIP:

How to light a campfire

http://boyslife.org/outdoors/1327/trail-tips-build-a-fire/

http://www.metroparent.com/daily/family-activities/camping/build-campfire-tips-teach-kids/

http://www.smokeybear.com/build-campfire.asp

GEOLOGY

Students develop an understanding of how the earth has changed and how it continues to change in our geology unit. Students will also examine real life topics related to land use and how our choices affect the environment. We focus our learning on many specific areas related to geology including Earth structure, plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and soil formation.

Sediment Deposition Animation

http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es0604/es0604page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization

Sediment Flow Animation

http://highered.mheducation.com/olcweb/cgi/pluginpop.cgi?it=swf::640::480::/sites/dl/free/0072402466/30425/10_14.swf::Fig.%2010.14%20-%20Modes%20of%20Sediment%20Transport

River Erosion

 https://creeklife.com/blog/how-erosion-affects-rivers

Formation of Erosional Features like Mesas

https://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/rockpark/

How Caves Form Interactive

https://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/assets/swf/1/how-caves-form/how-caves-form.swf

Grand Canyon Video

http://cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.earthsys.nautiloid/the-grand-canyon-evidence-of-earths-past/

How the Grand Canyon Was Formed

http://www.neok12.com/video/Rivers/zX594c5002047a766c6f706b.htm

Erosion Pictures & Explanations

http://cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/ess05_img_erosion/

Plate Boundary Links:

http://sepuplhs.org/middle/iaes/students/simulations/SEPUP_Plate_simulation.swf

http://www.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/elearning/module04swf.swf

"Father of Geology" Nicolas Steno

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/steno.html

Wesleyan CT Geology

http://www.wesleyan.edu/ctgeology/

Yale CT Geology

http://yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1995/5/95.05.01.x.html

Plate Tectonics Theory

Continental Drift

http://www.geo.cornell.edu/hawaii/220/PRI/PRI_PT_contdrift.html

Plate Tectonics Vocabulary Practice
http://www.quia.com/jg/2594769.html

Mapping Earthquakes & Volcanoes

 Plate Tectonics Webquest Link

http://www.moorlandschool.co.uk/earth/magnetism.htm

http://www.oregon.gov/DSL/SSNERR/docs/EFS/EFS26platetect.pdf?ga=t

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/understanding.html

http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es0904/es0904page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization

Mount St. Helens & Volcano Links:

Interview with Scientist on the Scene

Financial Impacts

Causes & Types

MSH Still Highly Dangerous 30 Years Later (National Geographic)

USGS MSH Volcano Hazards

Effects & Volcano Types

MSH 30th Anniversary Pictures

NOVA Video - MSH Back from the Dead

Volcano Types

More Volcano Types

Mount St Helens National Monument

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/msh/impact.html

http://www.livescience.com/6450-mount-st-helens-recovering-30-years.html

Effect on Local City

Observe an animation of volcanism along a rift zone:
http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es0903/es0903page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization

Observe an animation of volcanism at a subduction zone:

http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es0902/es0902page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization

Observe animation showing growth of a continent:

http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es0808/es0808page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization

Earth Structure

http://www.ngkids.co.uk/science-and-nature/structure-of-the-earth

Learner.org 

Harcourt Education

Boardworks

 

Hot Spots

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/hotspots.html

East Africa's Great Rift Valley

http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/rift/rvwhatisriftvalley.html

http://geology.com/articles/east-africa-rift.shtml

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/East_Africa.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091102172037.htm

The Geology of Mansfield Hollow State Park

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325144&depNav_GID=1650

Soil Formation

Soil Layer Development (simulation/animation)

 

http://www.phschool.com/atschool/phsciexp/active_art/soil_layers/index.html

 

Factors:

http://faculty.msmary.edu/envirothon/current/guide/factors_of_soil_formation.htm

Ecological Succession:

http://www.self-willed-land.org.uk/permaculture/succ_soil.htm

Properties of Soils:

http://myweb.cwpost.liu.edu/vdivener/notes/soil_props.htm

SIMPLE MACHINES (Energy & Motion)

In this physics unit, students develop an understanding of how energy provides the ability to do work (the process of making objects move through the application of force). Through hands-on experiences, students explore the six types of simple machines and how mechanical advantage helps us do work. This exploration helps students conceptualize the differences between kinetic and potential energy and how friction affects the efficiency of machines.

Wheel & Axle Rags to Riches Game

Simple Machines in Elevators

Simple Machines Game

Compound Machine Game

Simple Machines for Cars

Explanation of Friction:

http://www.hp-gramatke.net/pmm_physics/english/page0150.htm

Rube Goldberg Machines

Energy in a Roller Coaster

How Roller Coasters Work

Jason Roller Coaster Creator 

Roller Coaster Design (PBS Kids)

BrainPop Coaster Design

Roller Coaster Physics Video

Mills & Water Power

http://osv.org/explore_learn/village_tour.html

Simple Machines Battleship Game (Study Guide)

ECOLOGY

 

Students explore ecosystems and how different populations of organisms interact in our ecology and pollution unit. Students conduct research, write persuasive arguments, develop inquiry based explorations, and take part in simulations in  order to cultivate an appreciation and respect for our natural world and the impact of human activities on the environment. 

 

Biomes

Kids Discover

 

Nature Works Episodes


Information and Games:

http://www.neok12.com/Ecosystems.htm


The Watershed Game

http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/games/watershed/

  

Pollution Solution Lessons

http://smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/ocean/acrobat/polsol.pdf

 

Oil Spill Clean Up Information

http://oils.gpa.unep.org/facts/fate.htm

 

The Water Cycle - NASA "Water Water Everywhere"

http://climate.nasa.gov/climate_reel/WaterWaterEverywhere64036

Explore, Read , and Play Games about Biodiversity

http://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/biodiversity/?pop=29444

 

Interactions Among Organisms:

Predation & Keystone species: http://www.ck12.org/biology/Predation/lesson/Predation-BIO/

Interactions (including herbivory): 

http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/predation-herbivory-and-parasitism-13261134

Competition Article: http://www.saburchill.com/ans02/chapters/chap019.html

Advance article on competition: http://www.untamedscience.com/biology/ecology/interactions-among-organisms/competition/

Grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone vide: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/bear_grizzly_wolves

National Geographic Symbiosis Lesson:

http://education.nationalgeographic.org/activity/ecological-relationships/

National Geographic Symbiosis Worksheet:

http://media.education.nationalgeographic.com/assets/file/Symbiotic_Interactions_1.pdf

Biology Corner

National Wildlife Federation

species - population - community - ecosystem Links:

http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/9d.html

https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/CAS-biodiversity/why-is-biodiversity-important-ca/biodiversity-and-ecosystem-funct/a/ecological-levels-from-individuals-to-ecosystems

Biomes:

Missouri Botanical Gardens

Water Quality Links:

http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/pdf/level1/data-Biotic.pdf

http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/EIH/envirothon/resources/resources_aquatics/AquaticOrganismKey.pdf

 

 

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