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Here are the 6th grade science standards that your child will be learning this year:
SIXTH GRADE: ACADEMIC STANDARDS
1) Analyze the properties and compare sources of kinetic, elastic potential, gravitational potential,
electric potential, chemical, and thermal energy.
2) Construct a scientific explanation of the transformations between potential and kinetic energy.
3) Analyze and interpret data to show the relationship between kinetic energy and the mass of an
object in motion and its speed.
4) Conduct an investigation to demonstrate the way that heat (thermal energy) moves among objects
through radiation, conduction, or convection.
6.LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
1) Evaluate and communicate the impact of environmental variables on population size.
2) Determine the impact of competitive, symbiotic, and predatory interactions in an ecosystem.
3) Draw conclusions about the transfer of energy through a food web and energy pyramid in an
4) Using evidence from climate data, draw conclusions about the patterns of abiotic and biotic factors
in different biomes, specifically the tundra, taiga, deciduous forest, desert, grasslands, rainforest,
marine, and freshwater ecosystems.
5) Analyze existing evidence about the effect of a specific invasive species on native populations in
Tennessee and design a solution to mitigate its impact.
6) Research the ways in which an ecosystem has changed over time in response to changes in physical
conditions, population balances, human interactions, and natural catastrophes.
7) Compare and contrast auditory and visual methods of communication among organisms in relation
to survival strategies of a population.
6.LS4: Biological Change: Unity and Diversity
1) Explain how changes in biodiversity would impact ecosystem stability and natural resources.
2) Design a possible solution for maintaining biodiversity of ecosystems while still providing necessary
human resources without disrupting environmental equilibrium.
6.ESS2: Earth’s Systems
1) Gather evidence to justify that oceanic convection currents are caused by the sun’s transfer of heat
energy and differences in salt concentration leading to global water movement.
2) Diagram convection patterns that flow due to uneven heating of the earth.
3) Construct an explanation for how atmospheric flow, geographic features, and ocean currents affect
the climate of a region through heat transfer.
4) Apply scientific principles to design a method to analyze and interpret the impact of humans and
other organisms on the hydrologic cycle.
5) Analyze and interpret data from weather conditions, weather maps, satellites, and radar to predict
probable local weather patterns and conditions.
6) Explain how relationships between the movement and interactions of air masses, high and low
pressure systems, and frontal boundaries result in weather conditions and severe storms.
6.ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
1) Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable resources by asking questions about their
availability and sustainability.
2) Investigate and compare existing and developing technologies that utilize renewable and alternative
3) Assess the impacts of human activities on the biosphere including conservation, habitat
management, species endangerment, and extinction.
6.ETS1: Engineering Design
1) Evaluate design constraints on solutions for maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity.
2) Design and test different solutions that impact energy transfer.
- Be polite at all times.
- Be on time and prepared for class each day.
- Show respect to all classmates and adults.
- Work quietly and do not disturb others.
- Respect school property and the property of others.
- Move in a quiet and orderly manner.