These lesson plans are for reference only. They are to get ideas on what to teach for the new 6th Grade SEEd Core since many of the topics match closely to the new 6th grade core. Many of the moon, seasons, solar system, scale in the universe standard, and heat lessons plans can be looked at and tweaked to teach the new 6th grade science SEEd core. I have left them intact and complete for you to review.
These 6th grade science lesson plans consists of all the lesson plans that were written for the 6th grade science core taken from the State Science Teacher Resource Book and from the Elementary CORE Academies from 2002 through 2010. Some of them are ones that I have written to fill in some gaps. Others lessons and resources will be added as time goes on. If you have a particular lesson or resource that you want to share for this webpage, please contact me. If you have questions on a certain lesson plan, please contact me.
The Complete Utah State Science Teacher Resource Book (TRB) and its chapters broken up into sections are located at the end of these lesson plans. Also the SLOs and "I Can" statements are at the end of the lesson plans.
Standard I: Phases of the Moon--Students will understand that the appearance of the moon changes in a predictable cycle as it orbits Earth as Earth rotates on its axis.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Explain patterns of changes in the appearance of the moon as it orbits Earth.
- Moon Lesson Plan 1--Why We See Different Amounts of Light on the Moon Each Day
- Moon Lesson Plan 2--Physically Looking at the Moon Phases
- Moon Lesson Plan 3--Understanding Why We Don't See All the Light on the Moon All the Time
- Moon Lesson Plan 4--Moon Light Through the Month
- Moon Phases For 2017 and Other Years
- The Four Main Moon Phases For Each Day Website
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Demonstrate how the relative positions of Earth, the moon, and the sun created the appearance of the moon's phases.
- Moon Lesson Plan 5--Tracking the Moon
- Moon Lesson Plan 6--The Moon Finder
- Moon Lesson Plan 7--Wobbling in Circles
- Moon Lesson Plan 8--Is it Lunar or Lunacy?
Resources for Standard I
- Moon Standard I and ILOs
- Moon Shared Reading
- Moon Tests
- Moon Phases Webpages
- Moon Phases Flip Book
- Moon Phases PPT
- Moon Phases Pie Plate
- Moonrise and Moonset Chart
- Moon Finder Movie
- Moon Books
- Jack and Jill Literacy Allegory of the Moon
- Jack and Jill on the Moon Literacy Lesson Plan
- Moon Myths Websites
Standard II: Earth's Axis and Seasons--Students will understand how Earth's tilt on its axis changes the length of daylight and creates the seasons.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Describe the relationship between the tilt of Earth's axis and its yearly orbit around the sun.
- Seasons Lesson Plan 1--Signs of the Changing of the Seasons
- Seasons Lesson Plan 2--The Shadow Knows
- Seasons Lesson Plan 3--Earth's Position at the Four Seasons
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Explain how the relationship between the tilt of EArth's axis and its yearly orbit around the sun produces the seasons.
- Seasons Lesson Plan 4--Shadow Lengths at the Different Seasons
- Seasons Lesson Plan 5--Spreading the Light
- Seasons Lesson Plan 6--Constellations First Seen in the West Each Month
- Seasons Lesson Plan 7--Tracking the Sun
- Seasons Lesson Plan 8--Clark Planetarium Seasons Kit Checkout Info
Resources for Standard II
Standard Three: The Solar System--Students will understand the relationship and attributes of objects in the solar system.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Describe and compare the components of the solar system.
- Solar System Lesson Plan 1--Planet Names, Order, and Facts
- Solar System Lesson Plan 2--Learning about Scale
- Solar System Lesson Plan 3--Putting the Solar System to Scale
- Solar System Lesson Plan 4--Using Scales to Put Planets in Position
- Solar System Lesson Plan 5--Size of the Planets to Scale
- Solar System Lesson Plan 6--Characteristic of Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, and Man-made Satellites
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the use of technology to observe objects in the solar system and relate this to science's understanding of the solar system.
- Solar System Lesson Plan 7--Use of Instruments to Explore the Moon and Planets
Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Describe the forces that keep objects in orbit in the solar system.
- Solar System Lesson Plan 8--Gravity, The Force That Keeps Objects In Orbit
Resources for Standard III
- Solar System Standard III and ILOs
- Solar System Shared Reading
- Solar System Tests
- Distances of Planets
- Miles and Percentage Sheet
- Sizes of Planets to Scale
- Size and Distances of the Planets
- Sun and Planet Relations
- Clark Solar System Fact Sheet 2008
- The Order and Description of the Planets in the Solar System
- My Notes on the Solar System
- Planet Words
- Mars Story
- Earth’s and its Size
- The Earth’s Atmosphere
- Pluto Demoted as a Planet
- Mars Retrograde
- Mercury passing in front of the Sun
- Cool Space Facts.ppt
- Hubble Telescope.pps
- Human Interplanetary Space Colonization.ppt
- More Facts About the Planets Links
- Youtube Videos about the Solar System
- Planet Pictures of the Solar System
Standard Four: The Universe--Students will understand the scale of size, distance between objects, movements, and apparent motion (due to Earth's rotation) of objects in the universe and how cultures have understood, related to and used these objects in the night sky.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Compare the size and distance of objects within the systems in the universe.
- Universe Lesson Plan 1--Getting to Know Light-Years
- Universe Lesson Plan 2--Light-Year Distances to Known Stars
- Universe Lesson Plan 3--Travel Time to Pluto
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the appearance and apparent motion of groups of stars in the night sky relative to Earth how various cultures have understood and used them.
- Universe Lesson Plan 4--Comparing the Milky Way to the Universe
- Universe Lesson Plan 5--Grouping Stars in the Sky
- Universe Lesson Plan 6--Circumpolar Stars
- Universe Lesson Plan 7--Circumpolar Stars
- Universe Lesson Plan 8--Monthly Constellation in the Western Sky
- Universe Lesson Plan 9--Discovering the Zodiac Constellation Pattern
- Universe Lesson Plan 10--Observing the Sun, Planets, Moon and all the Constellations in the Sky
- Universe Lesson Plan 11--Distances of Stars
- Universe Lesson Plan 12--Making a Star Clock
Resources for Standard IV:
- Universe Standard IV and ILOs
- Universe Shared Reading
- Universe Tests
- Milky Way and Universe Videos
- Uncle Al’s Constellation Star Wheel
- Zodiac Signs in the Sun
- Zodiac Names
- Looking at the Sky in Different Parts of the World Website and Activity
Standard Five: Microorganisms--Students will understand that microorganisms range from simple to complex, are almost everywhere, and are both helpful and harmful.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans (1, 2, 4, 7, 9)--Observe and summarize information about microorganisms.
Objective 2 Lesson Plans (3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)--Demonstrate the skills needed to plan and conduct an experiment to determine a microorganism's requirements in a specific environment
Objective 3 Lesson Plans (8, 15)--Identify positive and negative effects of microorganisms and how science has developed positive users for some microorganisms and overcome the negative effects of others.
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 1--Reading About Microorganisms (Objective 1-1)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 2--Bacteria I (Objective 1-2)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 3--Bacteria II (Objective 2-1)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 4--Bacteria III (Objective 1-3)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 5--Growing Bacteria (Objective 2-2)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 6--Making Yogurt (Objective 2-3)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 7--Protista (Objective 1-4)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 8--Protista and Bacteria (Objective 3-1)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 9--Under the Microscope (Objective 1-5)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 10--Yeast (Objective 2-4)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 11--Mold (Objective 2-5)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 12--Club Fungi (Objective 2-6)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 13--Decay and Decomposition (Objective 2-7)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 14--Microbes on My Mind (Objective 2.8)
- Microorganisms Lesson Plan 15--Microorganisms Research (Objective 3-2)
Resources for Standard V
- Microorganisms Standard V and ILOs
- Microorganisms Shared Reading
- Microorganisms Tests
- Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet
- Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet Answers
- Microorganisms Classification
- Microorganism Multiplication
- Microorganisms and Food
- Microorganisms and Health
- Microorganisms in Detail
- Properties and Classification of Microorganisms
Standard Six: Heat, Light, and Sound--Students will understand properties of heat, light, and sound.
Objective 1 Heat Lesson Plans--Investigate the movement of heat between objects by conduction, convection, and radiation.
- Heat Lesson Plan 1--Investigating Heat Transfer
- Heat Lesson Plan 2--Investigating Conduction Heat Transfer
- Heat Lesson Plan 3--Investigating Convection Heat Transfer
- Heat Lesson Plan 4--Investigation Radiation Heat Transfer
- Heat Lesson Plan 5--Investigating Insulation
- Heat Lesson Plan 6--Making a Solar Oven
Objective 2 Light Lesson Plans--Describe how light can be produced, reflected refracted, and separated into visible light of various colors.
- Light Lesson Plan 1--I'm So Bright Activity
- Light Lesson Plan 2--Light Travel, Sources, and Reflection Activities
- Light Lesson Plan 3--Angles and Refraction Activities
- Light Lesson Plan 4--Rainbows, Prisms, and Colors Activities
Objective 3 Sound Lesson Plans--Describe the production of sound in terms of vibrtion of objects that create vibrations in other materials.
- Sound Lesson Plan 1--Sound Wave Activity
- Sound Lesson Plan 2--Sound Vibrations Activity
- Sound Lesson Plan 3--Making Waves, Music, and Noise Activity
- Sound Lesson Plan 4--Straw'n and String'n Activity
- Sound Lesson Plan 5--Comparing Pitch and Size Activities
- Sound Lesson Plan 6--Sound and Tuning Forks Activities
- Sound Lesson Plan 7--Battle of the Bands
Resources for Standard VI
- Heat, Light, and Sound Standard VI and ILOs
- Heat, Light, and Sound Shared Reading
- Heat, Light, and Sound Tests
The 2002 6th Grade Science Teacher Resource Whole Book
The 2002 6th Grade Science Teacher Resource Broken up into Chapters
- Chapter 1--How to Use the Teacher Resource Book
- Chapter 2--Elementary Science Core Description
- Chapter 3--Sixth Grade Science Core Curriculum
- Chapter 4--Intended Learning Outcomes
- Chapter 5--Sixth Grade Language and Math Cores (2004)
- Chapter 6--Instructional Strategies
- Chapter 7--Science Helps
- Chapter 8--Standard I: Phases of the Moon
- Chapter 9--Standard II: Earth's Axis and Seasons
- Chapter 10--Standard III: Solar System Relationships
- Chapter 11--Standard IV: Scale, Size, Distances, Universe
- Chapter 12--Standard V: Microorganisms
- Chapter 13--Standard VI: Heat, Light, Sound
- Chapter 14--Writing Strategies for Science
All the 6th grade lesson plans in Standards I through VI in the TRB above have been separated out individually and put with other lesson plans developed by the State of Utah from the Summer Core Academies from 2003 through 2010. Click Here
6th Grade 2002-2016 Science Student Learning Outcome Statements
6th Grade 2002-1026 Science Student Learning Outcome Blueprints
6th Grade 2002-2016 "I can" Statements