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6th Grade Science SEEd Lesson Plans–2017 Science Core

These 6th grade science core lessons have been taken from many sources. They are all written by teachers of Utah and from ISEE organizations supported by USBE. 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. Many areas are not complete yet, but hope to me in the distant future.

These lesson plans are here to help you teach science where you won't need to search. When all the lesson plans are taught, you will have covered all the Core Content, Cross Cutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices for each standard. If you use them and you see mistakes in the writing, content, or something is not coming through, please contact me at paul.nance@jordandistrict.org and I will fix them. Feedback is welcome.

6th Grade Science SEEd Core 

Purpose of the new 2017 6th Grade Science SEEd Core--An introductory activity before beginning the lessons:

  1. What Do Scientists Do?
    1. Video 1: Biomedical Engineer - Careers in Science and Engineering
    2. Video 2: Environmental Engineer - Careers in Science and Engineering

Strand 6.1: Structure and Motion Within the Solar System--Lesson Plans

Standard 6.1.1 Moon, Eclipses, and Seasons (Develop Models--Patterns)

The Moon Phases Lesson Plans

  1. JSD Moon Phases Lesson Plans
    1. Lesson One--Calendaring the Phases of the Moon
      1. Moon Calendars
      2. Moon Phase Phenomena Power Point (Moon seems to change and gets farther away from the sun)
    2. Lesson Two--Understanding the Phases of the Moon
      1. Video of the actual phases of the moon by NASA
      2. The Lunar Cycle Video--An Explanation of the phases of the moon
        1. Lunar Cycle Chart
        2. Complete Moon Phases Chart
        3. Moon Phases PowerPoint
        4. Moon Phases Flip Book
      3. Moon Phase Cards
        1. New Moon Picture
        2. Waxing Crescent Picture
        3. First Quarter Picture
        4. Waxing Gibbous Picture
        5. Full Moon Picture
        6. Waning Gibbous Picture
        7. Third Quarter Picture
        8. Waning Crescent Picture
        9. Moon Phase Cards
        10. Light is Increasing
        11. Light is Decreasing
        12. Earth Picture
        13. Sun Picture
        14. Moon Template
    3. Lesson Three--Physically Seeing the Phases of the Moon Work
  2. SEEd Storyline Moon Lesson Plans
    1. Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4
  3. Clark Planetarium Moon Lesson Plans
    1. Moon Phase Lesson Plan Activities and Resources (See Pages 42-50)
      1. Moon Phase Phenomena Power Point (Moon seems to change and gets farther away from the sun)

Eclipses of the Moon and Sun Lesson Plans

  1. JSD Moon and Sun Eclipses Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)
    1. Solar Eclipses Video (Phenomenon)
    2. Eclipse of the Sun Worksheet
    3. Dates of Solar Eclipses
  2. SEEd Storyline Eclipses Lesson Plans
    1. Eclipses of the Sun and Moon Lesson Plans
      1. Episode 5, Episode 6
  3. Clark Planetarium Lesson Plans
    1. Eclipses Lesson Plan Activities and Resources
      1. Solar Eclipses Video (Phenomenon)
      2. Eclipses Power Point (Models of eclipses and questions)
      3. Eclipses Data Sheet (To be handed out while viewing the Power Point)
      4. Lunar Eclipses Information Sheet (To be handed out while viewing the Power Point)
      5. Lunar and Solar Eclipses Webquest

Seasons Lesson Plans

  1. JSD Seasons Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)
  2. SEEd Storyline Seasons Lesson Plans
    1. Episode 7, Episode 8, Episode 9, Episode 10
  3. Clark Planetarium Seasons Lesson Plans
    1. Seasons Lesson Plan
      1. Seasons Globe Activity Record Sheet
      2. Seasons Reflection Paper
      3. Seasons Worksheet Graph
      4. Seasons Worksheet Graphing
      5. Seasons Graphing Table For the Activity
      6. Sun Altitude Power Point (The highest point of the sun during different months)
      7. Midnight Constellations Power Point (Constellations seen at midnight for each season)

Standard 6.1.2 Gravity and Inertia in the Solar System (Develop Models--Systems)

  1. JSD Gravity and Inertia Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Gravity and Staying in Orbit Lesson Plan
      1. Gravity and Staying in Orbit Worksheet
      2. Gravity and Staying in Orbit Worksheet Answers
  2. SEEd Storyline Gravity and Inertia Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.1.3 Scale and Properties of Objects in the Solar System (Computational Thinking to Analyze Data)

  1. JSD Scale and Distances of the Planets Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Calculating to Scale the Size of the Planets Lesson Plan
  2. SEEd Storyline Scale and Distances of Planets Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Strand 6.1 Resources

  1. Moon--Youtube Videos
  2. NASA Amusement Park Guide
    1. Pendulums pg 45 - 48, 69
    2. Marble Roller Coaster pg 52-58, 65, 68
  3. Meteorology: An Educator’s Resource for Inquiry-Based Learning
  4. Great American Eclipse of 2017--Youtube Videos and Pictures
  5. Eclipses of the Moon Videos
  6. Online Learning Fun With Physics

Strand 6.2: Energy Affects Matter--Lesson Plans

Standard 6.2.1 Molecules are Made of Atoms (Develop Models--Proportions, Quantities)

  1. JSD Molecules and Atoms Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Vinegar and Baking Soda-What Really Happens?
    2. Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment Worksheet
    3. Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment Informal Write-up
  2. SEEd Storyline Molecules and Atoms Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.2.2 Heat Energy on States of Matter (Develop Models--Effect)

  1. JSD Gravity and Inertia Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Kinesthetic Movement of Molecules Lesson Plan
    2. Hot, Medium, Cold Experiment Lesson Plan
      1. Hot, Medium, Cold Experiment Lesson Plan Answers
    3. Hot Stuff Baby! Lesson Plan (1)
  2. SEEd Storyline Gravity and Inertia Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)
  3. Clark Planetarium Gravity and Inertia Lesson Plans
    1. Density Tanks--Effects of Temperature on Density Lesson Plan

Standard 6.2.3 Temperature and Particle Motion (Plan/Carry Out an Investigation--Matter)

  1. JSD Temperature and Particle Motion Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Uneven Heating and Particle Motion Lesson Plan (Dust Devils)
      1. Convection Current Video
      2. Videos on Dust Devils
        1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aswtt6Cobo
        2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VomcTBLJFeY
        3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwKc7H5gIWo
        4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzEssvEpAPI
      3. Images of Dust Devils :
        1. https://www.google.com/search?q=dust+devils&safe=active&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiA9oLSuqHVAhWI14MKHZQ_A78Q_AUIBygC&biw=1172&bih=775&dpr=2
    2. Hot Stuff Baby! Lesson Plan 2
  2. SEEd Storyline Temperature and Particle Motion Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.2.4 Minimizing and Maximizing Heat (Design--Energy, Structure, Function)

  1. JSD Minimizing and Maximizing Heat Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Save the Chocolate Bar Lesson Plan
    2. Is It Cold in Here? Lesson Plan
    3. Hot Stuff Baby! Lesson Plan (3)
  2. SEEd Storyline Minimizing and Maximizing Heat Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Strand 6.2 Resources

  1. Matter Videos
    1. Videos on Dust Devils
      1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aswtt6Cobo
      2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwKc7H5gIWo
      3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VomcTBLJFeY
      4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzEssvEpAPI
    2. Images of Dust Devils :
      1. https://www.google.com/search?q=dust+devils&safe=active&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiA9oLSuqHVAhWI14MKHZQ_A78Q_AUIBygC&biw=1172&bih=775&dpr=2

Strand 6.3: Earth's Weather Patterns and Climate--Lesson Plans

Standard 6.3.1 Cycling of Water (Develop Models--Energy)

  1. JSD Cycling of Water Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. The Water Cycle Lesson Plan (Coming  Soon)
      1. The Water Cycle Template
      2. The Water Cycle Key
    2. What's That White Stuff? Lesson Plan
  2. SEEd Storyline Cycling of Water Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.3.2 Interactions between Air Masses (Investigate--Cause)

  1. JSD Interactions between Air Masses Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Making a Cloud in a Bottle Lesson Plan
  2. SEEd Storyline Interactions between Air Masses Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.3.3 Unequal Heating of the Earth (Develop/Use Models--Systems, Patterns)

  1. JSD Unequal Heating of the Earth Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Lake Effect Phenomenon Experiment Lesson Plan
    2. Lake Effect Phenomenon--Gathering, Reasoning, Communicating--Lesson Plan
      1. Lake Effect Model Pictures
  2. SEEd Storyline Unequal Heating of the Earth Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.3.4 Role of the Natural Greenhouse Effect (Construct Explanations--Energy)

  1. JSD Role of the Natural Greenhouse Effect Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)
  2. SEEd Storyline Role of the Natural Greenhouse Effect Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Strand 6.3 Resources

  1. How Clouds are Formed Explanation
  2. Cloud in a Jar Experiment
  3. The Invention of the Barometer
    1. Torricelli PowerPoint--Inventor of the Barometer
    2. The Story of the First Barometer--Narration
  4. Weather Instruments and Conditions Review
  5. Changes in the Barometer Study Questions
  6. Finding The Current Air Pressure Webpage
  7. Air Pressure Effects Organizers
  8. Summer Storms Organizers
  9. Earth's Air Pressure Picture
  10. Weather Related Youtube Videos
  11. Weather and Climate
  12. How Clouds Form--Youtube Videos
  13. Barometer Change Chart Affecting the Weather Instruments

Strand 6.4: Stability and Change in Ecosystems--Lesson Plans

Standard 6.4.1 Resource Availability in Ecosystems (Analyze Data/Ask Questions--Effects)

  1. JSD Resource Availability in Ecosystems Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Ecosystems Lesson Plan 1
      1. Symbiosis Match
      2. Symbiosis Match Worksheet
    2. Ecosystems Lesson Plan 2
      1. Species adapted to the classroom
    3. Ecosystem Lesson Plan 3
      1. Ecosystems Student Notes
  2. SEEd Storyline Resource Availability in Ecosystems Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.4.2 Interactions Among Organisms (Construct Explanations--Patterns)

  1. JSD Interactions Among Organisms Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Observations of Competition Lesson Plan
  2. SEEd Storyline Interactions Among Organisms Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.4.3 Cycling of Matter/Flow of Energy (Develop Models--Matter and Energy)

  1. JSD Cycling of Matter/Flow of Energy Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Population Changes Among Organisms Lesson Plan
  2. SEEd Storyline Cycling of Matter/Flow of Energy Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.4.4 Changes in Ecosystems Affecting Population Stability (Construct an Argument--Stability)

  1. JSD Changes in Ecosystems Affecting Population Stability Lesson Plans (More Coming Soon)
    1. Introduction of Wolves in Yellowstone Lesson Plan
      1. Introduction of Wolves in Yellowstone in 1995 graphs
      2. "Wolves in Yellowstone" Video
      3. Notes on the Video "Wolves in Yellowstone"
      4. Worksheet "Reading the Graphs"
      5. "How Wolves Changed Rivers in Yellowstone"
    2. Bee and Plants Lesson Plan
  2. SEEd Storyline Changes in Ecosystems Affecting Population Stability Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Standard 6.4.5 Evaluating Designed Solutions for Preserving Ecosystems (Obtaining, Evaluating, Communicating--Stability)

  1. JSD Evaluating  Designed Solution for Preserving Ecosystems Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)
  2. SEEd Storyline Evaluating  Designed Solution for Preserving Ecosystems Lesson Plans (Coming Soon)

Strand 6.4 Resources

    1. Ecology Websites
    2. Utah Lake Disaster
    3. Viewer's Guide to A Bug's Life
    4. The Business of Abusing a Lake
    5. Ecology Animal Reading
    6. Ecology Quiz
    7. Utah Ecosystem Words
    8. Organism Adaptive List
    9. Utah Lake Official Website
    10. Giant Pandas are no long endangered
    11. "Return of the Buttercup" Video