Science Syllabus

Norwayne Middle School 6th Grade Science Syllabus

Course Description: Sixth grade science at Norwayne Middle School is a dynamic and challenging program. Through inquiry-based learning, which includes hands-on lab activities and experiences, students will ask and answer meaningful and thought provoking questions, share new and important knowledge with others and practice scientific processes. Through these methods students will learn the concepts that lead to understanding this ever-changing dynamic planet on which we live. Sixth grade science at NMS will provide students with a basic knowledge of our planet and our solar system, with special emphasis on how this knowledge relates to them and their personal range of experiences. Beyond that, it is my goal to teach my students to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the basic concepts of science.

1st 9 Weeks

  • All matter is made up of atoms.
  • Atoms of the same element have the same properties.
  • Substances change in state of matter when the motion of the atoms changes.
  • Light, sound and earthquakes involve energy that travels as waves.
  • Heat involves energy that transfers from warmer to cooler objects through the collision of particles.
  • Electrical energy involves the movement of electrons.
  • Materials conduct or insulate energy at different rates.


2nd 9 Weeks

  • The Earth and moon move.
  • The positions of the Earth, moon, and sun create cycles.
  • Different planets have different properties.
  • Humans have used many different instruments to study space.
  • Humans benefit from space exploration


3rd 9 Weeks

  • The Earth is comprised of different layers.
  • The structure of the Earth has a strong impact on the development of life.
  • The earth’s geographic structures are formed by the movement of tectonic plates.
  • Soil composition is directly related to the type of life it can sustain.
  • Human interaction with their environments affects air, water, and soil quality.


4th 9 Weeks

  • Energy from the sun travels to producers, then to consumers and decomposers
  • Plants respond to external stimuli in various ways.
  • Everything in an organism’s environment can be classified as either biotic or abiotic.
  • An organism’s survival is dependent on the interactions with the factors in its environment.
  • Plants have different parts.
  • Plants reproduce sexually.
  • Plants make their own food.
  • Plants respond to their environment.



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