Motion: Pushes and Pulls


Students explore the different effects of different strengths and directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of objects.

Waves: Light and Sound


Students explore the relationship between vibrations and sound and design instruments or sound makers. Students explore light in terms of light traveling in a straight path from on place to another and placing different objects in the path of light.

Structure and Properties of Matter


Students explore the properties of matter and how different properties make material useful in designing and building different items.

Forces and Interactions


Students explore the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of objects. Their exploration includes non-contact forces using magnets and electricity.

Energy and Waves


Students explore how energy moves from place to place and is observable through sound, light, heat transfer, motion, and electric currents.

Structure and Properties of Matter


Students explore matter in terms of measurable properties and as made up of particles too small to be seen.

Students develop an understanding that the number of particles and weight of matter does not change regardless of the changes it goes through.

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.

Energy Effects


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

Chemical Properties


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

Forces: Contact and Non-Contact


Forces: Contact and Non-Contact focuses on helping students understand ideas related to why some objects will keep moving, why objects fall to the ground, and why some materials are attracted to each other while others are not. Students answer the question “How can one describe physical interactions between objects and within systems of objects?”

Particles of Matter and Chemical Reactions


Particles of Matter and Chemical Reactions focuses on helping students understand ideas related to the particles that make up matter and how they behave during temperature change and when different substances are combined.

Sorting Things Out


Students sort objects by their observable properties and explore the interaction of different material and magnets.