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2002 6th Grade Science Lesson Plan Page for Reference Only

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.

  1. Moon Lesson Plan 1--Why We See Different Amounts of Light on the Moon Each Day
    1. Complete Moon Phases
    2. Moon Phase Flip Book
    3. New Moon Picture
    4. Waxing Crescent Picture
    5. First Quarter Picture
    6. Waxing Gibbous Picture
    7. Full Moon Picture
    8. Waning Gibbous Picture
    9. Third Quarter Picture
    10. Waning Crescent Picture
    11. Moon Phase Cards Words
    12. Light is Increasing Words
    13. Light is Decreasing Picture
  2. Moon Lesson Plan 2--Physically Looking at the Moon Phases
  3. Moon Lesson Plan 3--Understanding Why We Don't See All the Light on the Moon All the Time
    1. Lunar Cycle Chart
  4. Moon Lesson Plan 4--Moon Light Through the Month
  5. Moon Phases For 2017 and Other Years
  6. 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.

  1. Moon Lesson Plan 5--Tracking the Moon
    1. "Where to Find the Moon" 4-Day Chart
    2. "Where to Find the Moon" 8-Day Chart
    3. Complete Moon Cycle Phase Chart
    4. Moon Observation Chart
    5. Where are the Moon 8 Phases--Chart
  2. Moon Lesson Plan 6--The Moon Finder
    1. The Moon Finder
  3. Moon Lesson Plan 7--Wobbling in Circles
  4. Moon Lesson Plan 8--Is it Lunar or Lunacy?

Resources for Standard I

  1. Moon Standard I and ILOs
  2. Moon Shared Reading
  3. Moon Tests
  4. Moon Phases Webpages
  5. Moon Phases Flip Book
  6. Moon Phases PPT
  7. Moon Phases Pie Plate
  8. Moonrise and Moonset Chart
  9. Moon Finder Movie
  10. Moon Books
  11. Jack and Jill Literacy Allegory of the Moon
  12. Jack and Jill on the Moon Literacy Lesson Plan
  13. 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.

  1. Seasons Lesson Plan 1--Signs of the Changing of the Seasons
    1. Signs of the Changing of the Seasons Worksheet
  2. Seasons Lesson Plan 2--The Shadow Knows
    1. The Shadow Knows Worksheet
    2. The Shadow Knows Questions
    3. Sunrise-Sunset Chart
    4. Sunrise and Sunset Times in Salt Lake City
    5. The Shadow Knows Answers
  3. 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.

  1. Seasons Lesson Plan 4--Shadow Lengths at the Different Seasons
    1. Sunrise-Sunset and Moonrise-Moonset Website
    2. Lengths of Shadows on Earth Table
    3. Lengths of Shadows on Earth Questions
    4. Lengths of Shadows on Earth Answers
  2. Seasons Lesson Plan 5--Spreading the Light
    1. Spreading the Light Questions
    2. Spreading the Light Answers
  3. Seasons Lesson Plan 6--Constellations First Seen in the West Each Month
    1. Zodiac Names
    2. Zodiac Signs
    3. Constellations--Sunrise to Sunset
  4. Seasons Lesson Plan 7--Tracking the Sun
    1. Questions--Tracking The Sun
    2. The Dome Picture
  5. Seasons Lesson Plan 8--Clark Planetarium Seasons Kit Checkout Info
    1. Outline of Seasons Kit Activity
    2. Seasons Globes Worksheet

Resources for Standard II

  1. Seasons Standard II and ILOs
  2. Seasons Shared Reading
  3. Seasons Tests

 

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.

  1. Solar System Lesson Plan 1--Planet Names, Order, and Facts
    1. Descriptions of the Planets Reading
    2. TRB Student Reading About the Planets
    3. Pluto Demoted to a Dwarf Planet
    4. Clark Planetarium Solar System Chart-
    5. Website--More About Planets
    6. My Notes on the Solar System
  2. Solar System Lesson Plan 2--Learning about Scale
    1. Finding Distances Worksheet
    2. Planet Words
  3. Solar System Lesson Plan 3--Putting the Solar System to Scale
    1. Scale of the Planets Worksheet
    2. Planet Words
  4. Solar System Lesson Plan 4--Using Scales to Put Planets in Position
    1. Scale of the Planets Worksheet
    2. Converting Fractions to Decimals
    3. Miles and Percentage Sheet
    4. Distances of Planets
    5. Planet Words 1
    6. Planet Words 2
    7. Sun and Planets Relationship Sheet
  5. Solar System Lesson Plan 5--Size of the Planets to Scale
    1. Sizes of the Planets to Scale Chart
    2. Distances of the Planets to Scale Chart
    3. Planet Words
    4. How Big and How Far
    5. Cutouts of The Planets
  6. Solar System Lesson Plan 6--Characteristic of Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, and Man-made Satellites
    1. Investigation Four: Probes and Other Man-made Satellites
    2. My Notes on 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.

  1. Solar System Lesson Plan 7--Use of Instruments to Explore the Moon and Planets
    1. Following in Galileo's Footsteps
    2. Finding out About Telescopes and Their Uses
    3. Discoveries of the Hubble Telescope

Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Describe the forces that keep objects in orbit in the solar system.

  1. Solar System Lesson Plan 8--Gravity, The Force That Keeps Objects In Orbit
    1. Gravity
    2. Solar System Forces
    3. Clark Planetarium Fact Sheet 2001
    4. Clark Planetarium Fact Sheet 2002
    5. Clark Planetarium Fact Sheet 2003
    6. Clark Planetarium Fact Sheet 2005
    7. Clark Planetarium Fact Sheet 2006
    8. Clark Planetarium Fact Sheet 2008

Resources for Standard III

  1. Solar System Standard III and ILOs
  2. Solar System Shared Reading
  3. Solar System Tests
  4. Distances of Planets
  5. Miles and Percentage Sheet
  6. Sizes of Planets to Scale
  7. Size and Distances of the Planets
  8. Sun and Planet Relations
  9. Clark Solar System Fact Sheet 2008
  10. The Order and Description of the Planets in the Solar System
  11. My Notes on the Solar System
  12. Planet Words
  13. Mars Story
  14. Earth’s and its Size
  15. The Earth’s Atmosphere
  16. Pluto Demoted as a Planet
  17. Mars Retrograde
  18. Mercury passing in front of the Sun
  19. Cool Space Facts.ppt
  20. Hubble Telescope.pps
  21. Human Interplanetary Space Colonization.ppt
  22. More Facts About the Planets Links
  23. Youtube Videos about the Solar System
  24. 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.

  1. Universe Lesson Plan 1--Getting to Know Light-Years
    1. Light-Year Calculation Sheet
    2. Light-Year Distances of the Planets
    3. "Distances of the Stars of Orion Away from Earth" Worksheet
    4. "The Number of Light-Years Each Star is Away from Earth" Chart
  2. Universe Lesson Plan 2--Light-Year Distances to Known Stars
    1. "Distances of The Fifteen Brightest Stars" Chart
  3. 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.

  1. Universe Lesson Plan 4--Comparing the Milky Way to the Universe
    1. Literacy Reading About the Milky Way and The Universe
    2. Videos About the Milky Way and The Universe
  2. Universe Lesson Plan 5--Grouping Stars in the Sky
    1. Literacy Reading About Grouping Stars of Long Ago
    2. Greek Myth about Ursa Major
    3. Uncle Al's Constellation Star Wheel
    4. Brightest Stars Chart
  3. Universe Lesson Plan 6--Circumpolar Stars
    1. Reading Number 1 Constellations
    2. Reading Number 2 Circumpolar Stars and Constellations
    3. Uncle Al's Constellation Star Wheel
  4. Universe Lesson Plan 7--Circumpolar Stars
    1. Circumpolar Constellation Dot to Dot Activity
  5. Universe Lesson Plan 8--Monthly Constellation in the Western Sky
    1. Monthly Constellations After Sunset
    2. When Zodiac Constellations are in the Sun
    3. Zodiac Constellations From Sunset to Sunrise Each Season
    4. Zodiac Constellations From Sunset to Sunrise Each Month
  6. Universe Lesson Plan 9--Discovering the Zodiac Constellation Pattern
    1. Zodiac Constellations Names
    2. Zodiac Constellations Signs
  7. Universe Lesson Plan 10--Observing the Sun, Planets, Moon and all the Constellations in the Sky
    1. Looking at the Sky in Different Parts of the World
  8. Universe Lesson Plan 11--Distances of Stars
    1. Orion Constellation Model
    2. Constellation--Pictures in the Sky
    3. Distances of the Stars in Orion
  9. Universe Lesson Plan 12--Making a Star Clock
    1. What Time Is It?

Resources for Standard IV:

  1. Universe Standard IV and ILOs
  2. Universe Shared Reading
  3. Universe Tests
  4. Milky Way and Universe Videos
  5. Uncle Al’s Constellation Star Wheel
  6. Zodiac Signs in the Sun
  7. Zodiac Names
  8. 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.

  1. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 1--Reading About Microorganisms (Objective 1-1)
    1. Microorganisms Shared Reading
    2. Microorganisms Student Language
  2. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 2--Bacteria I (Objective 1-2)
    1. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet
    2. Properties and Classification of Microorganisms
    3. Microorganism Information Pages
    4. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet Answers
  3. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 3--Bacteria II (Objective 2-1)
    1. Microorganisms and Health
    2. How Did I get Sick?
    3. Wash Your Hands!
    4. Taking Control of Your Health So You Don't Get Sick
  4. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 4--Bacteria III (Objective 1-3)
  5. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 5--Growing Bacteria (Objective 2-2)
    1. And The Dish Ran Away From the Spoon
  6. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 6--Making Yogurt (Objective 2-3)
    1. How Do You Make Perfect Yogurt?
  7. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 7--Protista (Objective 1-4)
    1. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet
    2. Properties and Classification of Microorganisms
    3. Microorganism Information Pages
    4. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet Answers
  8. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 8--Protista and Bacteria (Objective 3-1)
    1. Microorganisms and Food
    2. What is My Diagnosis?
  9. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 9--Under the Microscope (Objective 1-5)
    1. Once Upon A Pond
  10. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 10--Yeast (Objective 2-4)
    1. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet
    2. Properties and Classification of Microorganisms
    3. Microorganism Information Pages
    4. Microorganisms Growing Yeast
    5. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet Answers
  11. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 11--Mold (Objective 2-5)
    1. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet
    2. Properties and Classification of Microorganisms
    3. Microorganisms Information Pages
    4. Microorganisms Growing Mold
    5. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet Answers
  12. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 12--Club Fungi (Objective 2-6)
    1. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet
    2. Properties and Classification of Microorganisms
    3. Microorganisms Information Pages
    4. Microorganisms Multiplication
    5. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet Answers
  13. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 13--Decay and Decomposition (Objective 2-7)
    1. Good Guys and Bad Guys Group Reading
    2. Decay and Decomposition Activity
  14. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 14--Microbes on My Mind (Objective 2.8)
    1. Microbes on My Mind Activity
  15. Microorganisms Lesson Plan 15--Microorganisms Research (Objective 3-2)

Resources for Standard V

  1. Microorganisms Standard V and ILOs
  2. Microorganisms Shared Reading
  3. Microorganisms Tests
  4. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet
  5. Comparing Microorganisms Fill-in Sheet Answers
  6. Microorganisms Classification
  7. Microorganism Multiplication
  8. Microorganisms and Food
  9. Microorganisms and Health
  10. Microorganisms in Detail
  11. 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.

  1. Heat Lesson Plan 1--Investigating Heat Transfer
    1. Heat Transfer Reading
    2. Melting Ice in Hand Activity
    3. Melting Ice Activity Questions
  2. Heat Lesson Plan 2--Investigating Conduction Heat Transfer
    1. Conduction Heat Transfer Reading
    2. Conduction Heat Transfer Examples
    3. What's Warm and What's Cold Activity and Questions
    4. Warm and Cold Water Switch Activity and Questions
  3. Heat Lesson Plan 3--Investigating Convection Heat Transfer
    1. Convection Heat Transfer Reading
    2. Convection Heat Transfer Examples
    3. Bang-Convection Process Activity
    4. Investigating Convection Currents Worksheet
    5. Three Temperatures Meet Activity
    6. Three Temperatures Meet Worksheet
  4. Heat Lesson Plan 4--Investigation Radiation Heat Transfer
    1. Radiation Heat Transfer Reading
    2. Radiation Heat Transfer Examples
    3. Boom, Make It Fly With Radiation Activity
    4. Tale of Three Colors Activity
    5. Tale of Three Colors Worksheet 1
    6. Tale of Three Colors Worksheet 2
  5. Heat Lesson Plan 5--Investigating Insulation
    1. Investigation Insulation Activity
    2. Investigation Insulation Questions
  6. Heat Lesson Plan 6--Making a Solar Oven
    1. Solar Oven Activity

Objective 2 Light Lesson Plans--Describe how light can be produced, reflected refracted, and separated into visible light of various colors.

  1. Light Lesson Plan 1--I'm So Bright Activity
  2. Light Lesson Plan 2--Light Travel, Sources, and Reflection Activities
  3. Light Lesson Plan 3--Angles and Refraction Activities
  4. 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.

  1. Sound Lesson Plan 1--Sound Wave Activity
  2. Sound Lesson Plan 2--Sound Vibrations Activity
  3. Sound Lesson Plan 3--Making Waves, Music, and Noise Activity
  4. Sound Lesson Plan 4--Straw'n and String'n Activity
  5. Sound Lesson Plan 5--Comparing Pitch and Size Activities
  6. Sound Lesson Plan 6--Sound and Tuning Forks Activities
  7. Sound Lesson Plan 7--Battle of the Bands

Resources for Standard VI

  1. Heat, Light, and Sound Standard VI and ILOs
  2. Heat, Light, and Sound Shared Reading
  3. Heat, Light, and Sound Tests

 

The 2002 6th Grade Science Teacher Resource Whole Book

The 2002 Complete 6th Grade Science Teacher Resource Book (TRB)

The 2002 6th Grade Science Teacher Resource Broken up into Chapters

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