6th Grade Science Pacing Guide 2017 - 2018

6th Grade Pacing Guide

2017-2018 (Subject to Change)


First Quarter (August 28 – October 26)

Students will learn about rocks and minerals: explore the development of soil; identify differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock formations, identify a mineral by its properties; and recognize the layers of soil (approximately 4 weeks).

Students explore the evolution of our Planet via demonstrations of plate tectonics and seismic wave activity; understand the concept of faults; look at our Mid-Atlantic Ocean Ridge; discuss types of plates and how their movements form mountains and ridges; and explore how the locations of volcanoes and earthquakes play a critical role in determining plate movement (approximately 4 weeks).

Second Quarter (October 30 – January 12)

Students will investigate the properties of waves with emphasis on light and sound waves; learn the parts of a wave; determine the type of wave – transversal, compression and longitudinal; and have some fun with creating some optical illusions  (approximately 4 weeks).

Students will use lab settings to investigate the flow of energy through a substance; build a small circuit board; identify various types and forms of energy; and use toys to demonstrate potential versus kinetic energy (approximately 4 weeks).

Third Quarter (January 17 –March 22)

Students will have opportunity to explore the moon’s influence on tides; review our recent solar eclipse; document the moon’s stages in a rather unique method; investigate the history of our solar system’s discoveries; discuss modern efforts to probe deep Space and place humans on other planets; and design scaled paper models reflecting mass, diameter, gravitational pull and distance of planets in relationship to our Sun (approx. 5 weeks)

Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the atom and its components; understand the phase changes of matter; define “matter”; and recognize some of the physical properties of matter (approximately 4 weeks).


Fourth Quarter (March 23 – June 7)

Students will develop a knowledge of the structure and functions of plants; discuss the importance of respiration and transpiration; understand how plants are the base of our life’s energy pyramid; determine the difference between biotic and abiotic factors of an ecosystem; learn about agricultural methods used to improve our world’s food supplies; and investigate biomes (approx. 6 weeks).


Note that time was allowed in the syllabus for lessons to run for a brief period of overtime.  In early May, students will use their interactive notebooks to review for their Final Exam in Science.

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