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Sixth Grade Science Resources

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Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity
In this activity, students will explore the vast distances between the planets in our Solar System and also compare thesize of our sun to the planets and our moon. The students will use small household or edible objects and compare them to the sizes of the Solar System bodies. Ultimately the students will walk the Solar System, placing the sun, then planets in order as they walk outward toward Pluto, our dwarf planet. Then in small groups the students will create posters depicting a new planet in our Solar System and where in orbit it would travel. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.
Georgia Standard: S6E1   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
We know that Copernicus and Galileo made great discoveries in astronomy and reconstructing our understanding of the solar system. The question is, how? Find out as leading scientists guide Stephen Hawking’s geniuses to making these amazing discoveries for themselves.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.
Georgia Standard: S6E1   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Examines the sources of the moon's light. The moon reflects the light from the sun. Different parts of the moon are lit up at different times depending on the position of the sun which results in the phases of the moon.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Analyzes how the relationships between the moon, sun, and Earth determine the eight phases of the moon, and reveals how many days it takes for the moon to orbit around the Earth and to return to the same location in the sky. The program also teaches how the moon causes the ocean tides (GSE S6E3), and contains a three-question video quiz for each segment.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Interactive
What makes the seasons? This Exploration shows how Earth's tilted axis and its orbit around the sun contribute to the changes in season.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students explore the Moon’s phases and visualize how the Sun, the Moon, and Earth move relative to each other through hands-on models and videos created by WorldWide Telescope.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
What is the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse? How can you tell the difference? Find out how in this episode.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan and Reading Material
What makes the seasons? This Exploration shows how Earth's tilted axis and its orbit around the sun contribute to the changes in season.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
This clip explains how oceans hold most of the world's water. They are filled with salt water that drains off of the land. Oceans help to control weather and climate, and move energy and heat around the earth's surface through currents. Oceans also provide food and transportation. Many creatures live in the oceans, and scientists who study oceans are called oceanographers.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Water is everywhere: in lakes, rivers, oceans, ice, and underground. Earth is the only planet that we know of that is covered with so much water. Water changes shape as it moves from place to place. Over two thirds of the earth's surface is covered in water. Humans use water for many different purposes.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Explains each stage of the water cycle, revealing how water continuously moves from the ground to the atmosphere, and back again.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will investigate the concept that water is a limited resource.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Animation With Reading Text
The water cycle is Earth's natural mechanism for transporting and recycling water between the surface and the atmosphere. Through the processes of condensation, precipitation, infiltration, runoff, transpiration, and evaporation, water continuously travels from the atmosphere to the ground and back again. In this animation from NASA, observe the steps of the water cycle.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will be able to identify point and non-point source pollutants, and understand the cumulative effects of non-point source pollution.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standard: S6E3   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will learn what a watershed is and how rivers are connected to the ocean.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will discover the importance of dissolved oxygen to a healthy aquatic ecosystem and how dissolved oxygen in water can be increased.
Skills: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standards: S6E3, S6E5   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will gain the perspective of a variety of stakeholders on development of barrier islands. Students will exercise environmental decision-making, critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving.
Skills: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standards: S6E3, S6E5   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will explore the concept of water, how we affect it and need it.
Skills: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the uses and conservation of various natural resources and how they impact the Earth.
Georgia Standards: S6E3, S6E5, S6E6   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Profiles the significance of air pressure and how it relates to the weather. Different factors affect air pressure.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.
Georgia Standard: S6E4   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Join Rick Crosslin host of Indiana Expeditions as he learns about air pressure and how storms form.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.
Georgia Standard: S6E4   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Explores the layers of the atmosphere and their characteristics: the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere. The atmosphere is made up of gases, primarily nitrogen and oxygen.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.
Georgia Standard: S6E4   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Discusse heat energy and introduces the tems of conduction, convection and radiation. The video does not address how energy from the sun transfers heat to air. land and water at different rates.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.
Georgia Standard: S6E4   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Reading
Meteorologists have gone to great lengths to identify the atmospheric conditions that trigger hurricanes. The list of ingredients is fairly short: warm ocean temperatures, lots of moisture in the middle and upper atmosphere, and light winds in the upper atmosphere. In this animation from NASA, learn about the conditions necessary for the creation of a hurricane.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.
Georgia Standard: S6E4   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Showcases the movement of the massive bodies of air that make up Earth's wind systems. The presentation examines how the uneven heating of Earth's surface creates wind patterns that affect climate and weather patterns across the globe.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.
Georgia Standard: S6E4   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Describes how weather forms and where in the atmosphere it is located. Weather occurs in the layer of atmosphere closest to the earth, called the troposphere. It occurs due to the interactions of air, water, and heat. The program discusses the differences in the ways warm and cool air move in the atmosphere, the effect of air pressure on weather conditions, and how temperature impacts the weather.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the sun, land, and water affect climate and weather.
Georgia Standard: S6E4   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Takes a look at such processes as the rock cycle, chemical weathering, and the formation of volcanoes. The program uses definitions and illustrated animations to better communicate these key geological concepts.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standard: S6E5   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Describes the layers that make up the earth. The layers include the crust, mantle, outer core, and inner core. The core is very hot and composed mostly of iron. The rocky crust is the surface and includes mountains, valleys, the ocean floor, and continents.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standard: S6E5   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Examine the ingredients of soil, Earth’s thinnest and most fragile layer and the frontier between the worlds of geology and biology, in this video from NOVA: Making North America: Human. Kirk Johnson meets with fellow geologist Dave Montgomery, who reveals the recipe that makes life on land and all agriculture possible. Soil is made of sand, silt, clay, and organic matter. It’s primarily a product of minerals and dead organisms that, over time and with the help of living things including worms, are broken down.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standard: S6E5   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will differentiate between sand, soil and other small particles and understand that sand is the result of weathering and erosion.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standard: S6E5   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Why we live on an onion made of magma.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to show how Earth’s surface is formed.
Georgia Standard: S6E5   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Interactive, Lesson Plans, Video
Dig Into Mining - The Story of Copper is an interactive educational program for students grades 6-12 that uncovers the use of metals such as copper in our everyday life, and provides students a deeper understanding of today’s hard rock mining industry. The initiative equips educators, students and families with dynamic resources – including a virtual field trip, interactive digital learning tools, and school-to-home connections – designed to give students a front row seat to nature’s geological wonders and inspire further exploration of the world around them.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the uses and conservation of various natural resources and how they impact the Earth.
Georgia Standard: S6E6   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
We use natural resources every day. This program introduces students to the importance of natural resources in our lives. Renewable and nonrenewable resources are differentiated with examples illustrating each. The positive and negative aspects of each category are stressed. Recycling, reuse, and resource alternatives are discussed. Other terminology includes: energy resources, solar energy, fossil fuels, mineral resources, recycle, reuse, scarce resources, and resource sustainability.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the uses and conservation of various natural resources and how they impact the Earth.
Georgia Standard: S6E6   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Identifies coal, petroleum, and natural gas as non-renewable sources of energy.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the uses and conservation of various natural resources and how they impact the Earth.
Georgia Standard: S6E6   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
What factors and constraints do we have to consider when designing a renewable energy plan for a community? This lesson is part of a larger unit in the California Academy of Sciences' Flipside Science series: Exploring Energy: Designing a Brighter Future
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the uses and conservation of various natural resources and how they impact the Earth.
Georgia Standard: S6E6