Mr. Burnham's Grade 6 Science


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:

UV Links:

Electromagnetic Spectrum:

Observation & Experimentation Review (Rags to Riches Game):

Observation and Experimentation Review

Variables-Observation-Experimentation Review 2015


How to light a campfire


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

Sediment Flow Animation

River Erosion

Formation of Erosional Features like Mesas

How Caves Form Interactive

Grand Canyon Video

How the Grand Canyon Was Formed

Erosion Pictures & Explanations

Plate Boundary Links:

"Father of Geology" Nicolas Steno

Wesleyan CT Geology

Yale CT Geology

Plate Tectonics Theory

Continental Drift

Plate Tectonics Vocabulary Practice

Mapping Earthquakes & Volcanoes

 Plate Tectonics Webquest Link

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

Effect on Local City

Observe an animation of volcanism along a rift zone:

Observe an animation of volcanism at a subduction zone:

Observe animation showing growth of a continent:

Earth Structure 

Harcourt Education



Hot Spots

East Africa's Great Rift Valley

The Geology of Mansfield Hollow State Park

Soil Formation

Soil Layer Development (simulation/animation)



Ecological Succession:

Properties of Soils:

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:

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

Simple Machines Battleship Game (Study Guide)



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. 



Kids Discover


Nature Works Episodes

Information and Games:

The Watershed Game


Pollution Solution Lessons


Oil Spill Clean Up Information


The Water Cycle - NASA "Water Water Everywhere"

Explore, Read , and Play Games about Biodiversity


Interactions Among Organisms:

Predation & Keystone species:

Interactions (including herbivory):

Competition Article:

Advance article on competition:

Grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone vide:

National Geographic Symbiosis Lesson:

National Geographic Symbiosis Worksheet:

Biology Corner

National Wildlife Federation

species - population - community - ecosystem Links:


Missouri Botanical Gardens

Water Quality Links:



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