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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 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 Phase Calendars or use...
      2. Moon Phase Dates For 2020 and Other Information
      3. Moon-Phase-Phenomena Power Point (Moon seems to change and gets farther away from the sun)
    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 Simulation Video
      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. Where to find the Different Moon Phases at different Times of the Day
      6. 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. 2017 Solar Eclipse--Video (For Lesson Plan One)
      2. Dates of Solar Eclipses
      3. Student Pictures of Solar Eclipses
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Lunar Eclipse Lesson Plan
      1. 2010 Lunar Eclipse--Video 1 (For Lesson Plan Two)
      2. Moon Turns Red During a Lunar Eclipse (For Lesson Plan Two)
      3. 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. Eclipses Power Point (Models of eclipses and questions)
      2. Eclipses Data Sheet (To be handed out while viewing the Power Point)
      3. Lunar Eclipses Information Sheet (To be handed out while viewing the Power Point)
      4. 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. Website--More About Planets
      2. Clark Planetarium Solar System Fact Chart 2008
      3. My Notes on the Solar System
      4. Pluto Demoted to a Dwarf Planet
      5. Mars Story
      6. Earth’s and its Size
      7. The Earth’s Atmosphere
      8. Planet Pictures of the Solar System
      9. Uncle Al’s Constellation Star Wheel
      10. 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: Making Molecules
    2. Lesson Pan Two: Drawing Molecules
      1. The Chemistry of Clothes--Youtube Video: What is the difference between synthetic and natural materials?  How are synthetic materials made?
    3. Lesson Plan Three: Vinegar and Baking Soda-What Really Happens?
      1. Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment Worksheet
      2. Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment Informal Write-up
    4. Molecule Assessment
  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: Heat Energy on States of Matter and Density
    1. Lesson Plan One: Movement of Water Molecules at Different Temperatures--Three States of Matter
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Hot, Medium, Cold Water Experiment
      1. Hot, Medium, Cold Experiment Lesson Plan Answers
      2. All-together Worksheet of Hot, Medium and Cold Experiment
    3. Lesson Plan Three: Matter On the Move
    4. Lesson Plan Four: Density Tank Experiment (Clark Planetarium)
  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 (Heat Transfer)
    1. Investigating Heat Transfer
      1. Lesson Plan One: Investigating Heat Conduction
      2.  Lesson Plan Two A: Investigating Heat Convection
        1. Convection Currents Experiment--Youtube Video
      3. Lesson Plan Two B: Investigation Heat Convection--Dust Devils
        1. Videos on Dust Devils
        2. Images of Dust Devils :
      4. Lesson Plan Three: Investigating Heat Radiation
      5. Lesson Plan Four: Heat it up with Popcorn (Investigating All Three Heat Transfers)
        1. Reading: All Three Types of Heat Transfer
      6. Lesson Plan Five: Hot Stuff Baby! (1)
      7. Lesson Plan Six: Hot Stuff Baby! (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. Lesson Plan One: Save the Chocolate Bar
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Is It Cold in Here? 
    3. Lesson Plan Three: The Making of Ice Cream
    4. Lesson Plan Four: 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
  2. Paper Heat Spinner Directions
  3. Big Paper Heat Spinner

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 (Coming Soon)
    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. Lesson Plan One (Series): 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
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Making a Cloud in a Bottle Lesson Plan
    3. Lesson Plan Three: What is a Barometer?
      1. Torricelli Powerpoint--Goes with "What is a Barometer?"
      2. Reading a Barometer--Goes with "What is a Barometer?"
      3. Winter Storms Scenario Pictures--Goes with "What is a Barometer?"
      4. Summer Storm Scenario Pictures--Goes with "What is a Barometer?"
      5. Winter and Summer Storms Explanation--Goes with "What is a Barometer?"
      6. Winter Scenario Pattern Chart of a Traditional Winter Storms--Goes with "What is a Barometer?"
    4. Lesson Plan Four: The Tools of a Meteorologist
      1. Making Weather Instruments Instructions
      2. Weather Instruments--Pictures and Descriptions
      3. Weather Fronts, Cloud Descriptions, Air Masses, Weather Maps, and Beaufort Scale
      4. Finding The Current Air Pressure, Temperature, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Precipitation, and Cloud Cover In Utah on KSL Utah Weather:
        1. KSL Weather: Utah's Current Instrument Readings for the Respective City--Click on "Select Your Region" then "Details"
        2. KSL Weather: Meteorologist Weather Forecast--Scroll Down to the Current Weather Information and Forecast and listen to the forecast. Have the students take notes in their journals. Have a discussion.
        3. What Did the Meteorologist Say?--Questions
    5. Lesson Plan Five: Meet a Meteorologist
        1. Weather Forecast Chart--Have the students keep track of the weather for a month or so to watch for patterns.
    6. Lesson Plan Five: Interpreting Storms by Reading Weather Instrument Data
      1. Day by Day Weather Instrument Reading Chart: Barometer, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Precipitation, and Clouds Present
    7. Weather Test
    8. 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. Lesson Plan One: The Ocean is Essential to Life on Earth
      1. The Importance of Oceans and Ocean Currents Video (Watch First)
        1. How Ocean Currents Influence the Climates of the World--Written Facts of the Video
        2. Global Ocean Currents Reading--An Explanation of the Important Ideas of the Video
        3. Ocean Currents Experiments Paper Explaining the Ocean Current Behavior and Coriolis Effect and High and Low Pressures with questions included.
        4. When done with 1-3 above, here is a follow-up video of the importance of ocean currents
        5. Resources to use:
          1. The Coriolis Effect Video--(How the Coriolis Effect Happens)
          2. Ocean Current Videos to watch to answer the questions for #3
    2. Lesson Plan Three: Lake Effect Phenomenon Experiment
    3. Lesson Plan Four: Lake Effect Phenomenon--Gathering, Reasoning, Communicating
      1. Lake Effect Model Pictures
      2. 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 on a Sunny Day Illustration (Phenomenon)
    2. Lesson Plan One: 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. Lesson Plan One: Analyzing the Onions
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Bee Keeping
    3. Lesson Plan Three: Stability and Change
  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. Pre-Activity for Interactions Among Organisms
      1. "Return of the Buttercup" Video-- A Phenomenon and Possible Answers
        1. "Return of the Buttercup" Questions
        2. "Return of the Buttercup" Answers
    2. Lesson Plan One: Observing Competition Among Plants
    3. Lesson Plan Two: Patterns Among Multiple Ecosystems--Wolves that Changed Yellowstone)
      1. "The Wolves that Changed Yellowstone" Video 1
      2. Introduction of Wolves that Changed Yellowstone 1995 Graphs
      3. Notes on the Video "Wolves That Changed Yellowstone"
      4. Worksheet "Reading the Graphs" Questions
      5. Worksheet "Reading the Graphs" Answers
      6. Habitat Destruction, Alteration, and Fragmentations Explanations Reading
      7. "How Wolves Change Rivers" Video 2--Another Take on Wolves in Yellowstone
    4. Lesson Plan Three: Wolves in Yellowstone Teaching and Dance
      1. Wolves in Yellowstone Dance Instructions Lesson Plan
      2. Habitat Destruction, Alteration, and Fragmentations Explanations Reading
    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. Lesson Plan One: Natural Population Changes Among Organisms
      1. Food Web Pictures--All Types
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Cycling of Matter Through an Ecosystem
      1. Utah Environments
      2. What Are Wetlands (and Their Importances) Picture and Explanation
      3. Food Webs Pictures
    3. Lesson Plan Three: Weaving the Web
    4. Lesson Plan Four: Web of Life (From a 4th Grade Lesson Plan)
    5. Lesson Plan Five: Weave a Web
    6. Lesson Plan Six: Develop a Food Web Model
    7. Lesson Plan Seven: The Potato Experiment
    8. Lesson Plan Eight: The Animal Game
  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. Lesson Plan One: It's a Zoo in the Room
    2. Lesson Plan Two: Organisms Adapted to the Classroom
    3. Lesson Plan Three: Bark Beetle Epidemic
    4. Lesson Plan Four: When Ecosystems Go Awry--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. Lesson Plan One: Utah Lake Disaster
      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