Objects in the Sky


This unit builds on the concepts of the 4th grade unit, The View from Earth, and students demonstrate using models rotation on axis and orbits due to gravity of Earth and other planets.

Systems and Survival


Students examine three different "systems" in their lives, classification system, ecosystems, and human body systems.

Forces and Motion


Students continue to learn about how things move and participate in an exploration into force and motion as related to distance, time, speed, balanced and unbalanced forces, contact and non-contact forces.

The Planet Rock

PreNGSS - 6ES1

The Planet Rock unit explores the rock cycle, weathering and glacier movement and leads to a study of soil and a comparison of soil samples.

Earth: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

PreNGSS - 6ES2

Sixth graders gain an understanding of the Earth’s history and future through the study of plate tectonics and major geological events.

Energy in an Ecosystem


Students explore ecosystems with relation to the energy flow in a balanced ecosystem and the roles organisms play to maintain the balance.

Energetic Connections


Sixth graders deepen their understanding of energy in its multiple forms through investigations into kinetic and potential energy and begin to understand the scientific reasoning that energy is not created or destroyed.

Weather, Climate, and Me


Weather, Climate, and Me provides a means for students to apply their understanding of solar energy to phenomena they observe, hear, and read about.

Energy Effects

PreNGSS - 7PS1

The exploration into energy continues with investigations into the effects of light energy and solar energy.

Chemical Properties

PreNGSS - 7PS2

This unit provides a more in-depth study of physical properties (boiling point, density, and color) and chemical properties (pH, reactivity, and flammability).

My Earth


Using students' natural curiosity about rocks, soil, sand, water, etc., the unit develops their observation skills and recognition of the importance of earth materials in growth and living things.

Is It Living?


Students recognize living and nonliving things and the basic needs of organisms. They compare physical characteristics of organisms and how the organisms use the characteristics for survival.