Grade 6 Science

 
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Grade 6 Science

Recommended Grade Level: 6

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of science – the scientific method, history and key scientists. Students learn the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, space science, earth science and biology.

 

Prerequisites:

None

 

Unit 1

Materials:

  • bouncing ball
  • meter stick
  • three different surfaces

Lab: Water and Gummy Bears Unit 2

Materials:

  • gummy bears (BRACH’S® brand works well)
  • triple beam balance
  • 100 mL graduated cylinder
  • large plastic foam cup
  • metric ruler
  • thermometer
  • paper towel
  • gloves

Lab: Household Acid and Base Items: Unit 2

Materials:
Household Items

  • orange juice
  • lemon juice
  • cola
  • milk
  • tap water
  • distilled water
  • dish soap
  • vinegar
  • antacid tablet
  • baking powder

Other Materials

  • 10 beakers (100 mL)
  • labels
  • 10 eyedroppers
  • litmus paper
  • pH paper
  • mortar and pestle
  • graduated cylinder

Lab: Pulleys Unit 3

Materials:

  • board with a hook on its surface (It should be mounted to a structure that allows it to hang a few feet above the table.)
  • rope
  • simply-pulley system
  • complex-pulley system
  • 100-gram mass weight
  • 50-gram mass weight
  • spring scale
  • ruler

Lab: Speed Unit 3

Materials:

  • meter stick
  • masking tape
  • 2 volunteers
  • 2 stopwatches

Lab: Renewable vs Non-renewable Energy Unit 4

Materials:

  • 2-3 teammates
  • plastic bag containing 92 pinto beans and 8 lima beans
  • blindfold
  • plastic cup
  • calculator

Lab: Trash to Soil: Unit 4

Materials:

  • apple core
  • 6 mason jars
  • piece of plastic
  • metric ruler
  • 2 leaves from outside
  • triple beam balance
  • piece of bread
  • graduated cylinder
  • piece of aluminum foil
  • soil from outside (not from store)
  • piece of paper

Lab: Plate Tectonics: Unit 5

Materials:

  • 3 graham crackers
  • rice treat
  • frosting
  • paper plate
  • plastic knife
  • small cup of water

Lab: The Rock Cycle: Unit 6

Materials:

  • 1 teammate
  • newspaper
  • 2 pieces of wax paper
  • small pencil sharpener
  • crayons
  • aluminum foil
  • clean tuna can
  • hot plate
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Lab: Minerals Unit 6

Materials:

  • two minerals
  • an unglazed tile
  • Mohs Hardness testing kit

Lab: Meteorites and Craters Unit 7

Materials:

  • marble
  • ruler
  • steel ball
  • meter stick
  • golf ball
  • flour
  • foil pan
  • dry tempura paint
  • pipette
  • plastic cup

Lab: Balloon Rockets Unit 8

Materials:

  • large balloon
  • medium-sized long balloon
  • small oval balloon
  • 11-meter string
  • 3 drinking straws
  • tape
  • stopwatch
  • meter stick
  • 2 volunteers

Lab: Bacteria Unit 9

Materials:

  • 4 Petri dishes prepared with agar solution
  • 4 cotton swabs
  • 4 small and 4 large zipper-lock bags
  • hand sanitizer
  • masking tape
  • black permanent marker
  • water
  • bleach

Lab: Population Density Unit 10

Materials:

  • meter stick
  • 48 meters of string
  • irrigation flags
  • field journal

Lab: Drought and Plant Growth: Unit 10

Materials:

  • 5 clear plastic cups
  • black permanent marker
  • 125 fast germinating seeds (e.g., radish)
  • potting soil
  • water
  • graduated cylinder
  • ruler

Lab: Bacteria Unit 10

Materials:

  • 4 Petri dishes prepared with agar solution
  • 4 cotton swabs
  • 4 small and 4 large zipper-lock bags
  • hand sanitizer
  • masking tape
  • black permanent marker
  • water
  • bleach

 

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