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1 Pine Hill Public Schools Curriculum Content Area: Course Title/ Grade Level: Science 6 th grade science Unit 1: Matter Duration: 1 month Unit 2: Cell Organization and Development Duration: 2 months Unit 3: Heredity and Reproduction Duration: 1 month Unit 4: Evolution and Diversity Duration: 2 months Unit 5: Unit 6: Unit 7: Matter and Energy Transformation; Interdependence within Ecosystem Energy in Earth Systems, Climate and Weather, Biochemical Cycles Duration: 2 months Duration: 2 months Duration: BOE Approval Date: August 23, 2011

2 Pine Hill Public Schools Science Curriculum Unit Title: Matter Unit #: 1 Course or Grade Level: 6 th Date Created: Pacing Essential Questions Length of Time: BOE Approval Date: How do the properties of materials determine their use? Content Density calculations States of matter (Solid, Liquid, Gas) Behavior of matter (molecule movement, volume, and shape) Skills List the differences among atoms, elements, molecules and compounds Demonstrate the relationship between volume and mass in terms of density of an object Calculate density of objects using mass and volume Determine the volume of water using water displacement Explain that all matter is made up of atoms Define matter Compare/contrast the behavior of matter in terms of molecule movement, shape, and volume Explain how molecule movement, shape, and volume change during the processes of heating and cooling Explain relationship between elements, molecules, compounds and matter Math Skills/ Science Processes Assessments Interventions / differentiated instruction Interdisciplinary Connections Lesson resources / Activities FORMATIVE: label diagrams of molecule movement in different states, worksheets on density calculation SUMMATIVE: poster presentation of relationship between elements, molecules, compounds and matter, water displacement lab activity Math Language Arts Smart board files Internet resources 2009 NJCCCS Standard 5.2 Physical Science: Physical science principles, including fundamental ideas about matter, energy, and motion, are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of phenomena in physical, living, and Earth systems science. Strand(s): Strand A. Properties of Matter: All objects and substances in the natural world are composed of matter. Matter has two fundamental properties: matter takes up space, and matter has inertia.

3 Determine the volume of common objects using water displacement methods. Calculate the density of objects or substances after determining volume and mass. Explain that all matter is made of atoms, and give examples of common elements. Use the kinetic molecular model to predict how solids, liquids, and gases would behave under various physical circumstances, such as heating or cooling. CPI # / CPI(s): A A A A.3 Global Awareness 21 st Century Themes Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy 21 st Century Skills Civic Literacy Health Literacy Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills

4 Pine Hill Public Schools Science Curriculum Unit Title: Cell Organization and Development Unit #: 2 Course or Grade Level: 6 Date Created: Pacing Essential Questions Length of Time: BOE Approval Date: How are functions of plant and animal cells carried out by organelles? What are the differences between single-celled and multi-celled organisms? How do specialized cells form structures of cells, tissue, organs, and organ systems How are the systems of the human body interrelated to regulate the body s internal environment? Content Functions and parts of cells. Single-celled, multi-celled organisms Cell nucleus. Cell structures tissue, organs, organ systems Cell theory, cell research Homeostasis Skills Identify names and functions of each part of a cell. Compare tissues, organs, and organ systems. Compare characteristics of single-celled and multi-celled organisms. Proper use of microscope. Summarize discoveries that led to the development of the cell theory. Math Skills/ Science Processes Assessments Formative: Lab notes, cell booklets differentiating plant and animal cells Summative: Labs notebooks, Construct, Construct and present cell models Interventions / differentiated instruction Interdisciplinary Connections Lesson resources / Activities Math spatial differences, units of measurement History sequence of microscope, development of cell theory Lang Arts reading, writing, vocab Life Science Glencoe; Prentice Hall Smart board files, internet resources Resource box for book including tests, worksheets, enhancements, rulers, thermometers, graduated cylinders, meter sticks, beakers, triple beam balances teacher made flash cards for steps of scientific method and examples 2009 NJCCCS

5 Standard: 5.3.A Life Science Strand(s): A. Organization and Development: Living organisms are composed of cellular units (structures) that carry out functions required for life. Cellular units are composed of molecules, which also carry out biological functions. CPI # / CPI(s): A.1 Systems of the human body are interrelated and A.1: Model the interdependence of the human regulate the body s internal environment body s major systems in regulating its internal A.2 Essential function of plan and animal cells are carried environment out by the organelles A.2: Model and explain ways in which organelles A.1 All organisms are composed of cell(s). In multicellular organisms, specialized cells perform specialized work together to meet the cell s needs. functions. Tissues, organs, and organ systems are composed of A.1: Relate the structures of cells, tissues, organs, cells and function to serve the needs of cells for food, air, and and systems to their functions in supporting life. waste removal. Standard: 5.3.A Life Science Organization and Development Strand(s): CPI # / CPI(s): A.1; A A.1; A.2 Global Awareness 21 st Century Themes Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy 21 st Century Skills Civic Literacy Health Literacy Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills

6 Pine Hill Public Schools Science Curriculum Unit Title: Heredity and Reproduction Unit #: 3 Course or Grade Level: 6 Date Created: Pacing Essential Questions Content Skills Length of Time: BOE Approval Date: How is the survival of a species dependent upon reproduction? Why do variations exist among same generation and different generations of a species? How do inherited traits different from acquired traits? What is the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction? How do environmental and/or inherited factors influence characteristics of an organism? Mitosis Mitosis in plant and animal cells Asexual reproduction Meiosis, production of sex cells Cell involved in fertilization DNA Inherited traits/acquired traits Mendel s role in genetics Punnett Square Genetic variation, environmental factors Explain function and steps of mitosis Compare mitosis in plant and animal cells. List examples of asexual reproduction. Describe stages of meiosis and how sex cells are produced. Explain why meiosis is needed for sexual reproduction. Identify the parts of the DNA model. Distinguish between inherited and acquired traits/characteristics. Explain how genetic traits are passed from one generation to the next through reproduction using evidence collected from observations of inherited traits. Explain variations among siblings using a Punnett Square model. Describe how environmental factors affect or alter effects of genes. Math Skills/ Science Processes Assessments Timeline models of mitosis and meiosis. Lab experiments extracting DNA. Lab notebooks, tests, quizzes. Construct a Punnett square.

7 Interventions / differentiated instruction Interdisciplinary Connections Lesson resources / Activities Lang Arts reading, writing, vocabulary Math probability and statistics Life Science Glencoe- McGraw Hill 2002 *Resource box for book including tests, worksheets, enhancements, overhead transparencies Smiley face genetics NJCCCS Standard: 5.3.A Life Science: All student Strand(s): D Heredity and Reproduction: Organisms reproduce, develop, and have predictable life cycles. Organisms contain genetic information that influences their traits, and they pass this on to their offspring during reproduction. CPI # / CPI(s): D.1 Reproduction is essential to the continuation of D.1: Predict the long-term effect of interference every species with normal patterns of reproduction D.1 Some organisms reproduce asexually. In these D.1: Defend the principle that, through organisms, all genetic information comes from a single reproduction, genetic traits are passed from one generation parent. Some organisms reproduce sexually, through to the next, using evidence collected from observations of which half of the genetic information comes from each inherited traits. parent D.2: Explain the source of variation among siblings D.2 The unique combination of genetic material D.3: Describe the environmental conditions or from each parent in sexually reproducing organisms factors that may lead to a change in a cell s genetic results in the potential for variation. information or to an organism s development, and how D.3 Characteristics of organisms are influenced by these changes are passed on. heredity and/or their environment Global Awareness 21 st Century Themes Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy 21 st Century Skills Civic Literacy Health Literacy Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills

8 Pine Hill Public Schools Science Curriculum Unit Title: Evolution and Diversity Unit #: 4 Course or Grade Level: 6 Date Created: Pacing Essential Questions Content Skills Math Skills/ Science Processes Assessments Length of Time: BOE Approval Date: How do environmental conditions affect survival or individual organisms or entire species? How does natural selection lead to evolution? How do new species form? How can adaptation allow a species to survive or cause a species to become extinct? How can anatomical evidence of fossils support evolution? Evolution Darwin s theory Natural selection Variations in organisms Adaptations Fossil evidence Describe Darwin s theory of evolution. Identify why variations in organisms are important. Describe the differences among living primates. Identify the adaptations of primates. Construct a geologic time scale showing evolution of organisms. Investigate how natural selection can lead to changes in a species over time using a model. Formative: Adaptation lab (bird beaks), student notes, outlines, Summative: Drawing conclusions from adaptation lab activities, designing an experiment investigating natural selection, interpreting geologic time scale Interventions / differentiated instruction Interdisciplinary Connections Math units of measurement, charts, graphs Social Studies geologic time lines Language Arts - reading, writing, vocabulary

9 Lesson resources / Activities Standard: 5.3 Life Science Glencoe; Prentice Hall Smart board files, internet resources Student notes, handouts Evolution videos (Bill Nye) 2009 NJCCCS Strand(s): 5.3.C Forms of Energy: Knowing the characteristics of familiar forms of energy, including potential and kinetic energy, is useful in coming to the understanding that, for the most part, the natural world and be explained and is predictable. 5.3.E Forces and Motion: It takes energy to change the motion of objects. The energy change is understood in terms of forces. CPI # / CPI(s): C.2: The number of organisms and populations an C.2 Predict the impact that altering biotic and ecosystem can support depends on the biotic resources abiotic factors has on an ecosystem available and on abiotic factors, such as quantities of light C.3 Describe how one population of organisms may and water, range of temperatures, and soil composition. affect other plants and/or animals in an ecosystem C.3: All organisms cause changes in the ecosystem C.1 Model the effect of positive and negative in which they live. If this change reduces another changes in population size on a symbiotic pairing organism s access to resources, that organism may move E.1 Describe the impact on the survival of species to another location or die. during specific times in geologic history when C.1 Symbiotic interactions among organisms of environmental conditions changed different species can be classified as: E.1 Organize and present evidence to show how the -producer/consumer extinction of a species is related to an inability to adapt to -predatory/prey changing environmental conditions using quantitative and -parasite/host qualitative data -scavenger/prey -decomposer/prey E.1: Changes in environmental condition can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species E.1: Individual organisms with certain traits are more likely than others to survive and have offspring in particular environments. The advantages or disadvantages of specific characteristics can change when the environment in which they exist changes. Extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the characteristics of a species are insufficient to allow survival. Standard: 5.3.E Evolution and Diversity Strand(s): CPI # / CPI(s): E.1; E.1; E.2 21 st Century Themes

10 Global Awareness Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy 21 st Century Skills Civic Literacy Health Literacy Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills

11 Pine Hill Public Schools Science Curriculum Unit Title: Matter and Energy Transformation; Interdependence within Ecosystem Unit #: 5 Course or Grade Level: 6 Date Created: Pacing Essential Questions Content Skills Length of Time: How are plants producers of their own energy? How can energy flow through a community? BOE Approval Date: How can altering the biotic and/or the abiotic factors impact an ecosystem in which they live? In what way can a change in the population of an ecosystem positively or negatively affect the symbiotic relationships of organisms? Producers and consumers Photosynthesis and respiration Biotic and abiotic factors Energy flow in an ecosystem food chain, food web Symbiotic relationships Population shifts and impact on ecosystems List differences between producers and consumers Explain energy release process in photosynthesis and respiration Explain the relationship between abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem Model/illustrate the flow of energy through a community. Predict the impact of altering biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Describe how a shift in one population in a community can alter the make-up of that community. Math Skills/ Science Processes Assessments Formative: charts, photosynthesis/respiration illustrations, food chain illustrations Summative: Demonstration of photosynthesis and respiration, model of changes in ecosystem. Interventions / differentiated instruction

12 Interdisciplinary Connections Lesson resources / Activities Math spatial differences, units of measurement Language Arts reading, writing, vocabulary Social Studies population shifts Glencoe, Prentice Hall Smart board files, internet Food chain/web posters Energy flow models Flower models - photosynthesis 2009 NJCCCS Standard: 5.3.B Matter and Energy Transformation, 5.3.C Interdependence Strand(s): CPI # / CPI(s): B.1; B C.2; C.3; C.1 Global Awareness 21 st Century Themes Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy 21 st Century Skills Civic Literacy Health Literacy Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills

13 Pine Hill Public Schools Science Curriculum Unit Title: Energy in Earth Systems, Climate and Weather, Biochemical Cycles Unit #: 6 Course or Grade Level: 6 Date Created: Pacing Essential Questions Length of Time: BOE Approval Date: How is energy transfer influenced by convection? What is the relationship between daily temperature, air pressure, and relative humidity? Where does local weather originate from? How do land masses and bodies of water influence local and global climates? How does Sun or wind energy influence the circulation of water in marine environments? Content Radiation and conduction Convection or transfer of Sun heat throughout the atmosphere Formation of convection currents Air pressure, density Temperature variations Humidity Climate Global patterns and local weather Influence of land masses and bodies of water on climate Influence of Sun or wind energy on circulation of water in marine environments. Skills Explain why different latitudes on Earth receive different amounts of solar energy. Math Skills/ Science Processes Assessments Compare and contrast radiation, conduction, and convection Explain how solar heating and water vapor in the atmosphere affect weather. Describe how rain, hail, sleet, and snow develop. Describe how weather is associated with fronts and high- and low- pressure areas. Explain how data are collected for weather maps and forecasts. Identify symbols used in a weather station model. Describe what determines climate. Explain how latitude and other geographic factors affect the climate of a region. Illustrate global winds and surface currents on a world map showing the relationship between the two.

14 Interventions / differentiated instruction Interdisciplinary Connections Lesson resources / Activities Social Studies history of trade winds and shipping, land masses, maps Math spatial differences, units of measurement Language Arts reading, writing, vocabulary Earth Science Glencoe, Prentice Hall Smart Board files, internet Student notes, handouts Maps 2009 NJCCCS Standard: 5.4.E Energy in Earth Systems, 5.4.F Climate and Weather, 5.4.G Biogeochemical Cycles Strand(s): Global Awareness CPI # / CPI(s): E F.1; F.2; F.1; F G.1 21 st Century Themes Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy 21 st Century Skills Civic Literacy Health Literacy Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills Revised: August 28,2012

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