6.2: Students use computers and other tools to collect information, calculate, and analyze data. They prepare tables and graphs, using these to summarize data and identify relationships.

6.2.1: Find the mean and median of a set of data.

Effect of Temperature on Gender
Seed Germination

6.2.5: Organize information in simple tables and graphs and identify relationships they reveal. Use tables and graphs as examples of evidence for explanations when writing essays or writing about lab work, fieldwork, etc.

Graphing Skills

6.3: Students collect and organize data to identify relationships between physical objects, events, and processes. They use logical reasoning to question their own ideas as new information challenges their conceptions of the natural world.

6.3.1: Compare and contrast the size, composition, and surface features of the planets that comprise the solar system, as well as the objects orbiting them. Explain that the planets, except Pluto, move around the sun in nearly circular orbits.

Comparing Earth and Venus
Solar System

6.3.3: Explain that Earth is one of several planets that orbit the sun, and that the moon, as well as many artificial satellites and debris, orbit around Earth.

Gravity Pitch

6.3.4: Explain that we live on a planet which appears at present to be the only body in the solar system capable of supporting life.

Solar System

6.3.5: Use models or drawings to explain that Earth has different seasons and weather patterns because it turns daily on an axis that is tilted relative to the plane of Earth’s yearly orbit around the sun. Know that because of this, sunlight falls more intensely on different parts of Earth during the year (the accompanying greater length of days also has an effect) and the difference in heating produces seasons and weather patterns.

Seasons Around the World
Seasons in 3D
Seasons: Earth, Moon, and Sun
Seasons: Why do we have them?
Summer and Winter

6.3.6: Use models or drawings to explain that the phases of the moon are caused by the moon’s orbit around Earth, once in about 28 days, changing what part of the moon is lighted by the sun and how much of that part can be seen from Earth, both during the day and night.

Phases of the Moon

6.3.8: Explain that fresh water, limited in supply and uneven in distribution, is essential for life and also for most industrial processes. Understand that this resource can be depleted or polluted, making it unavailable or unsuitable for life.

Coral Reefs 1 - Abiotic Factors
Pond Ecosystem
Water Pollution

6.3.9: Illustrate that the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere plays an important role in determining climatic patterns.

Water Cycle

6.3.10: Describe the motions of ocean waters, such as tides, and identify their causes.


6.3.11: Identify and explain the effects of oceans on climate.

Coastal Winds and Clouds

6.3.15: Explain that although weathered rock is the basic component of soil, the composition and texture of soil and its fertility and resistance to erosion are greatly influenced by plant roots and debris, bacteria, fungi, worms, insects, and other organisms.

Growing Plants

6.3.16: Explain that human activities, such as reducing the amount of forest cover, increasing the amount and variety of chemicals released into the atmosphere, and farming intensively, have changed the capacity of the environment to support some life forms.

Rabbit Population by Season

6.3.17: Recognize and describe that energy is a property of many objects and is associated with heat, light, electricity, mechanical motion, and sound.

Energy Conversion in a System

6.3.18: Investigate and describe that when a new material, such as concrete, is made by combining two or more materials, it has properties that are different from the original materials.

Mineral Identification

6.3.20: Investigate that equal volumes of different substances usually have different masses as well as different densities.

Density Experiment: Slice and Dice
Density Laboratory

6.3.21: Investigate, using a prism for example, that light is made up of a mixture of many different colors of light, even though the light is perceived as almost white.

Additive Colors
Basic Prism

6.3.22: Demonstrate that vibrations in materials set up wavelike disturbances, such as sound and earthquake waves, that spread away from the source.

Earthquakes 1 - Recording Station
Longitudinal Waves

6.4: Students recognize that plants and animals obtain energy in different ways, and they can describe some of the internal structures of organisms related to this function. They examine the similarities and differences between humans and other species. They use microscopes to observe cells and recognize cells as the building blocks of all life.

6.4.1: Explain that one of the most general distinctions among organisms is between green plants, which use sunlight to make their own food, and animals, which consume energy-rich foods.

Food Chain
Forest Ecosystem

6.4.6: Distinguish the main differences between plant and animal cells, such as the presence of chlorophyll and cell walls in plant cells and their absence in animal cells.

Cell Structure

6.4.8: Explain that in all environments, such as freshwater, marine, forest, desert, grassland, mountain, and others, organisms with similar needs may compete with one another for resources, including food, space, water, air, and shelter. In any environment, the growth and survival of organisms depend on the physical conditions.

Forest Ecosystem
Natural Selection
Prairie Ecosystem
Rainfall and Bird Beaks

6.4.9: Recognize and explain that two types of organisms may interact in a competitive or cooperative relationship, such as producer/consumer, predator/prey, or parasite/host.

Prairie Ecosystem

6.4.10: Describe how life on Earth depends on energy from the sun.

Energy Conversions
Solar System

6.4.11: Describe that human beings have body systems for obtaining and providing energy, defense, reproduction, and the coordination of body functions.

Circulatory System
Digestive System

6.4.12: Explain that human beings have many similarities and differences and that the similarities make it possible for human beings to reproduce and to donate blood and organs to one another.

Digestive System

6.5: Students apply mathematics in scientific contexts. They use mathematical ideas, such as relations between operations, symbols, shapes in three dimensions, statistical relationships, and the use of logical reasoning in the representation and synthesis of data.

6.5.4: Demonstrate how graphs may help to show patterns, such as trends, varying rates of change, gaps, or clusters, which can be used to make predictions.

Graphing Skills
Pattern Finder

6.5.7: Demonstrate how probabilities and ratios can be expressed as fractions, percentages, or odds.

Estimating Population Size

Correlation last revised: 1/20/2017

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