• 6th Grade Science:

    Curriculum Overview/Expectations & Pacing

    Curriculum Overview & Student Expectations

    Course Description: The sixth-grade science program employs a hands-on approach to explore several topics.  These topics include an introduction to science, chemistry, physics and the  environment. These topics are based on the PA state standards and Core Curriculum. The science teachers will teach through labs, cooperative learning activities, classroom demonstrations, direct instruction, team teaching, visual presentations, and videos.

    Course Units (4)

    1. Introduction to Science
    2. Chemistry
    3. Physics
    4. Environment (Earth’s waters)

    Student Expectations

    Come to class on time and PREPARED with their iPad (charged), pen/pencil, agenda book, PCR book, composition notebook (teachers provide), folder for handouts, along with any written or computer-based homework assignment.   Colored pencils/pens, calculator and/or highlighter are also recommended but are optional.

    Academic Grades and Qualities of Learner (QL)

    The academic achievement grade (A,B,C, D or E) will be based on formative assessments (graded homework, class work, projects, labs, quizzes) and summative assessments. The academic grade will be determined according to the following weighted categories: Tests/quizzes (60%) and labs/activities (40%).

    1. Tests/Quizzes: 60% of grade
    • When content for a unit is completed, there will always be a choice between a traditional quiz (with a retake option) OR a performance task (no retake option)
      • Traditional Quiz:
        • Quiz A: All students will take. If a student earned an 80% or higher, they do not need to take Quiz B, and will do enrichment while the rest of the class prepares for and takes Quiz B.
        • Quiz B: Students who did not earn an 80% or higher on Quiz A will take Quiz B after they have reviewed the content from the unit and questions from Quiz A.
        • All students have the option to take Quiz B. If a student takes Quiz B, that grade is the grade will be entered into skyward regardless of the grade on Quiz A.
      • Performance Task:
        • The rubric and task will be provided the day before.
        • This task will assess the same content as the Traditional Quiz but will allow the student to demonstrate his/her understanding in a different modality.
    1. Labs/Activities: 40% of Grade
    • Graded homework, class work, projects, notebook checks, and labs.
    • Often, these assignments can redone if needed.

    3.  QL Grades and Absences: Unsatisfactory (U), Needs Improvement (NI), Satisfactory (S), or Commendable (COM)

    • The Qualities of a Learner Grade (QL) will be based on coming to class prepared, homework and class work completion, participation, effort and meeting deadlines. Please refer to the rubric in the student handbook for more information.
    • If 3 or more assignments are missed in a marking period, the QL grade will be lowered.
    1. Homework:
    • Homework is important for understanding and extending concepts learned in class or preparing students for upcoming learning.
    • Homework should take about 10-15 minutes to complete and no more than 30 minutes.
      • Students’ daily homework will be to reflect and synthesize the content from the day in their composition notebook (teachers provide).
      • Work that was assigned during class, but not finished, can sometimes be additional homework.
    • Homework will be completed in their composition notebook, and, at times, on their iPad.
    • All homework is posted in the classroom, on the HW calendar on Canvas, and students should record in their agenda book at the beginning of class.
    • Checking/Grading homework
      • Written homework will be checked to be sure it has been completed. It may or not be collected and graded depending on the nature of the assignment.
        • Students will earn points for certain graded homework assignments throughout a marking period. Otherwise, the assignment will be checked for completion. If an assignment is completed but not graded, a check will be in skyward for that activity.
        • Any HW that is graded for points will be posted in “Labs/Activities” category in Skyward.
    • Missed homework needs to be made up promptly.
      • If students fail to complete homework assignments, it will have a negative effect on their academic and/or qualities of a learner grade.
      • Parents and students can monitor homework completion of homework through Skyward.
      • Abbreviations in Skyward:
        • If a student earns a "1" or a "0" for a graded assignment,  it means that the assignment is missing and the grade will remain a "1" until the assignment is turned in. Full credit can still be earned despite being late.  
        • Check Mark: Assignment was not counted for points (no count) but credit given for completion
        • * : An asterisk means that a grade or check was not posted yet in skyward
        • MISS:  Missing-student has not turned in work. Must do so immediately
        • LATE:  Late-student did turn in work late and credit was given
        • ABS: Absent-student was absent and must turn in work as soon as possible

    Classroom Technology

    • Canvas is the learning management system which houses document and resources, Parents can access their child’s Canvas by logging into Canvas as their child or setting up his/her own account.
    • OneNote is an interactive, digital notebook that acts much like a “normal” notebook. Students can answer questions, draw pics, submit work, and open links to other resource .
    • Microsoft Teams: If a student is quarantining, the student can stream in live to a science lesson


    How to best contact your teacher

    Derek Brogan - 6C

    Email: dbrogan@gvsd.org



    The following provides a general overview of the topics covered in the Sixth Grade Science Curriculum.   

    Unit 1:  Introduction to Science (3-4 weeks)

    • Matter and Energy Overview
    • Measuring using the Metric System: Linear, Mass, Volume, Time, Temperature, and Density
    • Scientific Phenomenon
    • Notice and Wonder (Observe and Question)
    • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)

    Unit 2:  Chemistry (12-15 weeks)

    • Physical and Chemical Changes
    • Identifying Matter (Physical and Chemical Properties)
    • Atoms and Structure of Atom
    • Periodic Table of Elements
    • States of Matter

    Unit 3:  Physics (12-13 weeks)

    • Motion (Speed, Velocity, Acceleration)
    • Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
    • Energy and the Transfer of Energy
    • Waves (Sound and Light)

    Unit 4: Environment (4-5 weeks)

    • Water Cycle
    • Watersheds
    • Water and Environmental Concerns