"The important thing is the never stop questioning." - Albert Einstein
6th grade students will be learning about the small and large aspects of what makes up the world around us. We will also cultivate the important skills of critical thinking, inquiry, problem solving, and collaboration.
We begin our year by learning about matter, including atoms and molecules. We'll learn about how atoms come together to form more complex structures, and the phases that those structures can take (solid, liquid, and gas). This unit will also include learning about water, how it distributes, and how humans can impact this very important resource.
After our matter and water unit, we will move on to the study of plate tectonics and the contructive and destructive forces that result from the movement of those tectonic plates. Students will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and other natural disasters that are driven by the movement of the Earth's surface, and how humans can predict and prepare for such disasters. We will also discuss how humans harness energy from the resources of the Earth, and how we might responsibly use those resources.
Finally, we will learn about how the biotic (living), and abiotic (nonliving) parts of the Earth interact with each other to create the ecosystems around us. How do living things interact with each other, and how do the nonliving aspects of the Earth support those interactions? Students will learn about food webs, and symbiotic relationships, and how interfering with a single part of an ecosystem can impact many other parts of the ecosystem by extension.
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