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6th Grade Science Learning Targets

Science, 6

ALT 1 - Scientific Inquiry

Designs and conducts a simple scientific investigation with controlled variables that answers a scientific question with data

AST 1.1 - Question and Hypothesis  :  I can develop a question and hypothesis/prediction based on scientific principles and observations, with support.

AST 1.2 - Design a Logical Experiment  :  I can design an experiment and clearly communicate my procedure.

AST 1.3 - Collect and Present Data  :  I can collect and present relevant data in an organized way and create graphs when appropriate, with support.

AST 1.4 - Analyze Data and Communicate Results  :   I can analyze data and/or observations and give evidence-based explanations. I can communicate my results.

ALT 2 - Engineering Design

Designs, constructs, tests and evaluates a simple solution to a defined problem using appropriate tools and materials.

AST 2.1 - Design Solutions For a Problem  :  I can design multiple solutions for a defined problem. I can discuss advantages or disadvantages to each design.

AST 2.2 - Construct a Prototype  :  I can construct a prototype of my solution for a defined problem.

AST 2.3 - Test a Solution and Collect Data  :  I can test a solution to a defined problem. I can collect and evaluate data with support.

AST 2.4 - Design Evaluation  :  I can evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed solution to the defined problem. Based on the results I can identify and explain possible design improvements.

ALT 3 - Types and Transformations of Energy

Explains how different types of energy interact and how energy is transformed from one form to another.

AST 3.1 - Inquiry  :  Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample. (MS-PS3-4)

AST 3.2 - Engineering  :  I can apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer. (MS-PS3-3)

AST 3.3 - Informational Texts  :  I can read and use informational texts about energy to answer relevant questions.

AST 3.4 - Kinetic Energy, Mass, and Speed  :  I can construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. (MS-PS3-1)

AST 3.5 - Potential Energy  :  I can develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

AST 3.6 - Kinetic Energy, Energy Transformations  :  I can construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object. (MS-PS3-5)

AST 3.7 - Properties of Energy  :  I can compare and contrast the characteristic properties of forms of energy.

ALT 4 - Electricity and Magnetism

Explains the relationships between electricity and magnetism.

AST 4.1 - Inquiry  :  I can conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact (MS-PS2-5)

AST 4.2 - Engineering  :  I can apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a concept that demonstrates the relationship of electricity and magnetism.

AST 4.3 - Informational Text  :  I can read and use informational texts about electricity and magnetism to answer relevant questions.

AST 4.4 - Electric and Magnetic Forces  :  I can ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces. (MS-PS2-3)

AST 4.5 - Series and Parallel Circuits  :  I can model series and parallel circuits.

ALT 5 - Ecosystems

Explains the structure, function and relationship between cells, organ systems and living things.

AST 5.1 - Inquiry  :  I can analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. (MS-LS2-1)

AST 5.2 - Engineering  :  I can evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. (MS-LS2-5)

AST 5.3 - Informational Text  :  I can read and use informational texts about energy flow in ecosystems to answer relevant questions.

AST 5.4 - Ecosystems and Populations  :  I can construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. (MS-LS2-4)

AST 5.5 - Energy Cycling Through an Ecosystem  :  I can develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. (MS-LS2-3)

AST 5.6 - Interactions Across Multiple Ecosystems  :  I can construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. (MS-LS2-2)

AST 5.7 - Ensuring Successful Reproduction  :  I can use an argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively. (MS-LS1-4)

AST 5.8 - Cycling of Water  :  AST 5.8 - Cycling of Water: I can develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. (MS-ESS2-4)

AST 5.9 - Photosynthesis  :  I can construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms. (MS-LS1-6)

ALT 6 - Cells and Body Systems

Explains the structure, function and relationship between cells, organ systems and living things.

AST 6.1 - Scientific Inquiry  :  I can conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. (MS-LS1-1)

AST 6.2 - Engineering  :  I can build a device that either protects a part of the body (ie. helmet) or replicates the function of a part of the body (i.e. robotic arm).

AST 6.3 - Informational Text  :  I can read and use informational texts about cells and body to answer relevant questions.

AST 6.4 - Cellular Functions  :  I can develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. (MS-LS1-2)

AST 6.5 - Body Systems  :  I can make claims supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. (MS-LS1-3)

AST 6.6 - Senses, Stimuli, and Memories  :  I can gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories. (MS-LS1-8)

AST 6.7 - Chemical Reactions Form New Molecules  :  I can develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism. (MS-LS1-7)