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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

Bozeman Videos--Click Here

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 Lesson Plans: Moon Phases
    1. Lesson Plan One: Calendaring the Moon
      1. Moon Calendars
      2. Moon Phase Phenomena PowerPoint (Moon seems to change and gets farther away from the sun)
      3. Moon Phase Dates for 2019
    2. Lesson Plan 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 Plan Three: Simulating the Phases of the Moon
      1. Moon--Youtube Videos
      2. Moon Phases Pictures and Descriptions
      3. Moon Finder
      4. Where is the Moon When the Sun is Rising, Highest Point, Setting, and Midnight?
      5. Moon Observation Chart
    4. 28 Days and the Far Side of the Moon
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Moon Phases
  3. Clark Planetarium Lessons: Moon Phases
    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 Lesson Plans: Moon and Sun Eclipses
    1. Lesson Plan One: Solar Eclipse Lesson Plan
      1. Dates of Solar Eclipses
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Lunar Eclipse Lesson Plan
      1. Dates of Lunar Eclipses
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Eclipses Lesson
    1. Eclipses of the Sun and Moon Lesson Plans
  3. Clark Planetarium Lessons: Eclipses
    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 Lesson Plans: Seasons
    1. Lesson Plan One: Signs of the Changing of the Seasons
    2. Lesson Plan Two:The Shadow Knows
    3. Lesson Plan Three: Earth's Position of the Four Season
    4. Lesson Plan Four: Shadow Lengths Change on Different Parts the Earth During the Four Seasons
    5. Lesson Plan Five: Spreading the Light
    6. Lesson Plan Six: The Tilted Earth and Day Length
      1. Sunrise-Sunset Chart
      2. Sunrise and Sunset Times in Salt Lake City
    7. Lesson Plan Seven: Monthly Constellations First Seen in the West
      1. Zodiac Names
      2. Zodiac Signs
      3. Constellations--Sunrise to Sunset
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Seasons
  3. Clark Planetarium Lessons: Seasons
    1. Seasons Lesson Plan
      1. Seasons Globes Worksheet
      2. Seasons Graphing Table (For the Activity)
      3. Sun Altitude Power Point (The highest point of the sun during different months)
      4. 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 Lesson Plans: Gravity and Inertia
    1. Lesson Plan One: 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 Lessons: Gravity and Inertia

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Scale and Distances of the Planets
    1. Lesson Plan One: Names, Order and Facts about the Planets in our Solar System
      1. The Order and Description of the Planets in the Solar System
      2. Website--More About Planets
      3. Clark Planetarium Solar System Fact Chart 2008
      4. My Notes on the Solar System
      5. Pluto Demoted to a Dwarf Planet
      6. Mars Story
      7. Earth’s and its Size
      8. The Earth’s Atmosphere
      9. Planet Pictures of the Solar System
      10. Uncle Al’s Constellation Star Wheel
      11. Looking at the Sky in Different Parts of the World Website and Activity
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Learning About Scale
    3. Lesson Plan Three: Finding Where Planets are in the Solar System Using Scale
      1. Scale of the Planets Worksheet
      2. Planet Words
    4. Lesson Plan Four: Using Scale to Place Planets in their Positions
      1. Converting Fractions to Decimals
      2. Miles and Percentage Sheet
      3. Distances of Planets
      4. Planet Words 1
      5. Planet Words 2
      6. Sun and Planets Relationship Sheet
    5. Lesson Plan Five: Size of the Planets to Scale
      1. Sizes of the Planets to Scale Chart
      2. Planet Words
      3. Cutouts of The Planets
    6. Lesson Plan Six: Finding the Scale and Proportion of the Planets Compared to Earth
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Scale and Distances of Planets

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 Lesson Plans: Molecules and Atoms
    1. Lesson Plan One: Vinegar and Baking Soda-What Really Happens?
      1. Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment Worksheet
      2. Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment Informal Write-up
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Molecules and Atoms (Episodes continue to 6.2.2)

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Gravity and Inertia
    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 Lessons: Gravity and Inertia (Episodes continued from 6.2.1)
  3. Clark Planetarium Lesson Plan: Gravity and Inertia
    1. Density Tanks--Effects of Temperature on Density

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Temperature and Particle Motion
    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 Lessons: Temperature and Particle Motion (Episodes continue to 6.2.4)

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Minimizing and Maximizing Heat
    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 Lessons: Minimizing and Maximizing Heat (Episodes continued from 6.2.3)

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. Literacy and Science/Water Cycle Presentation PPT--Teacher Information
  2. JSD Lesson Plans: Cycling of Water
    1. Lesson Plan One: Explaining the Water Cycle (coming soon)
      1. The Water Cycle Template
      2. The Water Cycle Key
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Condensation Chambers
    3. Lesson Plan Three: How Do You Dew?
    4. Lesson Plan Four: Water Cycle Chamber
    5. Lesson Plan Five: Water Cycle Experiment
    6. Lesson Plan Six: Water on the Move Game
    7. Lesson Plan Seven: What's That White Stuff?
    8. Lesson Plan Eight: Cloud in a Jar Experiment
      1. Cloud in a Jar Video
  3. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Cycling of Water Lesson Plans for 6.3.1

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

  1. "Investigating Interactions Between Air Masses" PowerPoint--Teacher Information
  2. JSD Lesson Plans: Interactions between Air Masses
    1. Experiments Showing Air Pressure
      1. Air Pressure Changes Experiments/Activities
      2. Air Pressure Changes Experiments/Activities Answers
      3. Sketches of the Air Pressure Experiments/Activities
      4. Videos are available of each experiment by emailing paul.nance@jordandistrict.org
    2. Making a Cloud in a Bottle Lesson Plan
    3. What is a Barometer?
    4. Torricelli Powerpoint
    5. Reading a Barometer
    6. Winter Storms Scenario Pictures
    7. Summer Storm Scenario Pictures
    8. Winter and Summer Storms Explanation
    9. Winter Scenario Pattern Chart of a Traditional Winter Storms
    10. Weather Instruments--Pictures and Descriptions
    11. Making Weather Instruments Instructions
    12. Interpreting Storms by Reading Weather Instrument Data
    13. Day by Day Weather Instrument Reading Chart: Barometer, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Precipitation, and Clouds Present
    14. Weather Fronts, Cloud Descriptions, Air Masses, Weather Maps, and Beaufort Scale
    15. Meet a Meteorologist
    16. Finding The Current Air Pressure Webpage
    17. Weather Test
    18. Weather Resources
  3. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Interactions between Air Masses Lesson Plans for 6.3.2

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Unequal Heating of the Earth Lesson Plans
    1. The Ocean is Essential to Life on Earth Lesson Plan
      1. Global Ocean Currents
      2. How Ocean Currents Influence the Climates of the World
      3. The Coriolis Effect (Video)
        1. Coriolis Effect Pictures
        2. High and Low Pressure Pictures
    2. Ocean Currents Videos and  Experiments
    3. Ocean Currents Class Experiments
        1. Air Pressure Change Experiment
    4. Lake Effect Phenomenon Experiment
      1. Lake Effect Phenomenon--Gathering, Reasoning, Communicating--Lesson Plan
      2. Lake Effect Model Pictures
      3. Lake Effect Weather Assessment
  2. SEEd Storyline Lesson Plans: Unequal Heating of the Earth

(Episodes from the SEEd Storylines are mixed between 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 since they are so close together in content. Using the Episode should start first with Episodes 1, 2, and 3 in Standard 6.3.4 and then continue to Episodes 4, 5, and 6 in Standard 6.3.3)

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Role of the Natural Greenhouse Effect Lesson Plans
    1. Hot Car Inside (Phenomenon)
    2. Understanding the Greenhouse Effect
      1. How Does the Atmosphere Resemble a Greenhouse?
      2. Greenhouse Effect Video
      3. Learn the Basics--Greenhouse Effect PowerPoint
      4. The Greenhouse Effect Video Page
      5. The Greenhouse Effect Questions
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Role of the Natural Greenhouse Effect

(Episodes from the SEEd Storylines are mixed between 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 since they are so close together in content. Using the Episode should start first with Episodes 1, 2, and 3 in Standard 6.3.4 and then continue to Episodes 4, 5, and 6 in Standard 6.3.3)

    1. Episode One: Why is there only life on Earth in our Solar System?
    2. Episode Two: Why does Earth not have as dramatic changes in temperature as other planets?
    3. Episode Three: Why isn’t the whole earth the same temperature?
    4. Final Assessment for 6.3.3 and 6.3.4  (Use only after teaching 6.3.3 and 6.3.4)

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 Lesson Plans: Availability in Ecosystems
    1. Analyzing the Onions--Lesson Plan
    2. Bee Keeping--Lesson Plan
    3. Stability and Change--Lesson Plan
  2. Resources for 6.4.1
    1. Animals Native to Utah Images
  3. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Resource Availability in Ecosystems

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Interactions Among Organisms
    1. Observing Competition Among Plants--Lesson Plan
    2. Patterns Across Multiple Ecosystems (Wolves in Yellowstone)--Lesson Plan
      1. The Wolves that Changed a National Park
        1. Introduction of Wolves in Yellowstone in 1995 Graphs
        2. Notes on the Video "Wolves in Yellowstone"
        3. Worksheet "Reading the Graphs"
        4. Worksheet "Reading the Graphs" Answers
    3. Wolves in Yellowstone Teaching and Dance Lesson Plan
      1. Wolves in Yellowstone Dance Instructions Lesson Plan
    4. "How Wolves Change Rivers" Video 2
    5. Symbiosis Activity Below
      1. Symbiosis Introduction
      2. Symbiosis Match Worksheet
    6. Resources for 6.4.2
      1. Consumer/Producer Worksheets
      2. Rules for Living on Earth Video
      3. Pandas Only Eat Bamboo Reading
      4. Species Believed to or Known to Occur in Utah--Chart
      5. Nearly Extinct June Sucker
      6. Utah Lake Recovery Project
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Interactions Among Organisms

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

  1. JSD lesson Plans: Cycling of Matter/Flow of Energy
    1. Natural Population Changes Among Organisms--Lesson Plan
      1. Food Web Pictures--All Types
    2. Cycling of Matter Through an Ecosystems--Lesson Plan
      1. Utah Environments
      2. What Are Wetlands (and Their Importances) Picture and Explanation
      3. Food Webs Pictures
    3. Weaving the Web Lesson Plan
    4. Web of Life (From a 4th Grade Lesson Plan)
    5. Weave a Web Lesson Plan
    6. Develop a Food Web Model Lesson Plan
    7. The Potato Experiment Lesson Plan
    8. The Animal Game Lesson Plan
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Cycling of Matter/Flow of Energy
    1. Episode One: Circle of Life
    2. Episode Two: Food Webs
    3. Episode Three: Food Web Simulations
    4. Episode Four: Great Salt Lake Food Webs
    5. 6.4.3 Final Assessment

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Changes in Ecosystems Affecting Population Stability
    1. It's a Zoo in the Room  Lesson Plan
    2. Organisms Adapted to the Classroom Lesson Plan
    3. Bark Beetle Epidemic Lesson Plan
    4. When Ecosystems Go Awry Lesson Plan--A Drama Activity
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Changes in Ecosystems Affecting Population Stability
    1. Episode One: Rabbits in Australia
    2. Episode Two: Sea Otters
    3. Episode Three: Wolf Survivors
    4. Episode Four: The Lesson of Kaibab
    5. Episode Five: Endangered Species of Utah
    6. 6.4.3 Final Assessment

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

  1. JSD Lesson Plans: Evaluating  Designed Solution for Preserving Ecosystems
    1. Utah Lake Disaster Lesson Plan
      1. Invasive Plants at Utah Lake
      2. Utah Lake Disaster Article
      3. Tamarisks
      4. Evaluate Competing Design Solutions
  2. SEEd Storyline Lessons: Evaluating  Designed Solution for Preserving Ecosystems
    1. Episode One: What is Biodiversity?
    2. Episode Two: Evaluating Design Solutions
    3. There are no Final Assessments

Strand 6.4 Resources

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