• Sixth Grade Physical Science Pacing Guide

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

    Unit 1:  Introduction to Science (6-7 weeks)

    • Scientific Phenomenon
    • Notice and Wonder (Observe and Question)
    • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
    • Measuring: Linear, Mass, Volume, Time, Temperature, and Density

    Unit 2: Environment (4-5 weeks)

    • Water Cycle
    • Watersheds
    • Water and Environmental Concerns

    Unit 3:  Chemistry (11-12 weeks)

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

    Unit 4:  Physics (12-13 weeks)

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



    Sixth Grade Science Overview

    1. Course Description:

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

    Course Units (4)

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

    2. Student Expectations:

    1. Come to class on time and PREPARED with your Ipad (charged), folder/binder, pen/pencil, agenda book, PCR book, along with any written or computer based homework assignment. Colored pencils and/or highlighter are also recommended.
    • Each student will keep handouts in a 3 ring binder or pocket folder. These should be kept in a neat and organized manner.
    • Each student will also create a science folder with subfolders on Office 365. Teachers will assist in creating these folders.
    1. Come to class ready to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in lessons, projects, labs, and activities.
    2. RESPECT your teacher and each other as each one of us helps to create a positive learning environment.

    3. Academic Grades and Qualities of Learner (QL) (link to: Skyward)

    1. Academic Grades: Quizzes and Tests
    • The academic achievement grade (A,B,C, D or E) will be based on formative assessments such as 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%)
    • The format of most quizzes and summative tests will be multiple choice and assessments will be administered on the computer or paper format. Labs/activities will contain open-ended responses.
    • When content for a unit is completed, there will always be two quizzes given.
      • Quiz A: All students will take. If a student earned a 90% or higher, they do not need to take Quiz B and will do enrichment while the rest of the class takes Quiz B.
      • Quiz B: Students who did not earn a 90% or higher on Quiz A will take Quiz B after they have reviewed the content from the unit and questions from Quiz A.
      • More details to follow in class.
    • Students are able to redo and resubmit most labs/class activities


    1. 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.
    • Absences: If a student is absent from class, it is his/her responsibility to make up missed work within TWO days for each day absent or arranged time frame agreed on with his/her teacher. Students may check with classmates, teacher’s website and/or see his/her teacher.
    1. Homework:
    • Homework is important for understanding and extending concepts learned in class or preparing students for upcoming learning.
    • Occasionally, there will be homework that should take about 15 minutes to complete and no more than 30 minutes. Work or labs begun in class can sometimes become homework.
    • Teachers expect students to review 5-10 minutes on nights when no written homework has been assigned. The teacher will review these expectations in class.
    • Almost all HW can be completed on the iPad and can be submitted electronically.
    • ALL homework assignments can be found on the Homework calendar on each teacher’s page through the GVMS website. All homework is also posted in the classroom, on the HW calendar on Canvas, and students should record in their agenda book.
    • 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 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.

    4. Canvas and Classroom Technology

    • Canvas is a web-based resource (a learning management system) which is used to supplement the classroom. Important student guidelines, assignments, presentations, activities, handouts, web links, study guides, review opportunities and other resources are available here. Students will use their district ID and password to access Canvas, either through the APP on the iPad or through the web.
    • All work done at home should be saved in the student’s Microsoft Office 365 science folder on Ondrive. Students can obtain printed copies of any resource available on Canvas.
    • We will be using Onenote, Nearpod, Padlet, Flipgrid, etc.


     5. Contact

    Helena McKendrick - 6A

    Phone: 610-644-6442 x71215

    Email: hmckendrick@gvsd.org


    Alyssa Bergen – 6B

    Phone: 610-644-6442 x71211

    Email: abergen@gvsd.org


    Derek Brogan – 6C

    Phone: 610-644-6442 x71213

    Email: dbrogan@gvsd.org