Current Topics & Standards

  • Weeks 5 - 8  (9/10/18 - 10/5/18)

    Topic:  Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics

    Standards:

    SC.7.E.6.1 Describe the layers of the solid Earth, including the lithosphere, the hot convecting mantle, and the dense metallic liquid and solid cores.

    SC.7.E.6.5 Explore the scientific theory of plate tectonics by describing how the movement of Earth’s crustal plates causes both slow and rapid changes in Earth’s surface, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mountain building.

    SC.7.E.6.7 Recognize that heat flow and movement of material within Earth causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and creates mountains and ocean basins.

    Week 5 - Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics Overview

    Week 6 - Plate Boundaries and Review

    Week 7 - Mountain Building; Earthquakes

    Week 8 - Continue Earthquakes; Volcanoes

     

    Week 4  (9/4/18 - 9/7/18)

    Topic:  Heat Transfer through Conduction, Convection, and Radiation

    Standards:

    SC.6.E.7.1 Differentiate among radiation, conduction, and convection, the three mechanisms by which heat is transferred through Earth’s system.

    SC.7.E.6.1 Describe the layers of the solid Earth, including the lithosphere, the hot convecting mantle, and the dense metallic liquid and solid cores.

    SC.7.E.6.7 Recognize that heat flow and movement of material within Earth causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and creates mountains and ocean basins.

     

    Week 3  (8/27/18 - 8/31/18)

    Topic:  The Layers of the Earth

    Standards:

    SC.7.E.6.1 Describe the layers of the solid Earth, including the lithosphere, the hot convecting mantle, and the dense metallic liquid and solid cores.

     

    Weeks 1 & 2  (8/13/18 - 8/24/18)

    Topic:  The Nature of Science

    Standards:

    SC.6.N.1.1 Define a problem from the sixth grade curriculum, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigation of various types, such as systematic observations or experiments, identify variables, collect and organize data, interpret data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.

    SC.6.N.1.2 Explain why scientific investigations should be replicable.

    SC.6.N.1.3 Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation, and explain the relative benefits and limitations of each.

    SC.6.N.1.4 Discuss, compare, and negotiate methods used, results obtained, and explanations among groups of students conducting the same investigation.

    SC.6.N.1.5 Recognize that science involves creativity, not just in designing experiments, but also in creating explanations that fit evidence.

    SC.6.N.2.1 Distinguish science from other activities involving thought.

    SC.6.N.3.1 Recognize and explain that a scientific theory is a well-supported and widely accepted explanation of nature and is not simply a claim posed by an individual. Thus, the use of the term theory in science is very different than how it is used in everyday life.

    SC.6.N.3.2 Recognize and explain that a scientific law is a description of a specific relationship under given conditions in the natural world. Thus, scientific laws are different from societal laws.