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Students will learn that biodiversity includes diversity among individuals, species, and ecosystems. Through investigations and observations, students will learn the substantial effects of flight technologies on both society and the environment and the properties that make flight possible. In unit three, students will build on prior learning of electricity by exploring devices that convert electricity to other forms of energy, as well as energy conservation and alternative ways of producing energy. Finally, students will study objects in the sky, particularly their form, movements, and interactions, and past and present-day space science.
Course Code: SCI6
Curriculum Policy Document: Science & Technology, Grades 1 – 8, 2006 Revised
Course Developer: Virtual Elementary School
Development Date: 2012 (Revised in 2019)
The first unit in the Grade 6 Science course examines the diverse world of living things around us. Classifying these organisms as well as investigating the threats they face in the region where you live is a theme that prevalent throughout the unit. On a global scale, examining climate change and the resulting species at risk sets up the final section of the unit; protecting this valuable resource that spans communities, countries, and the ecosystems within them - biodiversity.
Students must first learn about the properties of air that make flight possible. Through investigations, observations, and experiments, students will discover that flight occurs when the characteristics of structures take advantage of certain properties of air. They will then apply their newly acquired knowledge to design and test a flying device. In the final unit, students will examine the impact flight has on society and the environment as a whole.
Building on their prior learning, students will explore devices that convert electricity to other forms of energy. The design and safe construction of circuits should further strengthen students’ understanding of how electrical systems work. Students apply and communicate their understanding of renewable and non-renewable resources used to produce electricity.
In learning about space, students will focus on past and present-day contributions of space science to the quality of human life while developing an understanding of the natural and man-made structures found in our universe. Space technology’s impact on the environment and the venture into commercial space travel are explored.
Student evaluation in this course is based on the student's achievement of curriculum expectations. The final letter grade represents the quality of the student's overall fulfillment of the expectations for the course and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the achievement chart for the discipline. The final grade reflects the student’s most consistent level of achievement across all units in the course, although special consideration is given to more recent evidence of achievement. There is no final assessment, such as an exam, in this course.