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6th Grade Science Syllabus

6th Grade Science Syllabus

Team 6-2

Instructor:  Virginia Marshall, Carole Long, Abbie Kilgore        

Phone:  423-378-2450

Email:  [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] 

Planning Time:  9:05-9:35, 11:45-12:15 (please call 378-2435 to schedule conferences)

Student Schedule

Grade 6

Daily Schedule






2 (Related Arts)




Lunch 1/SEL


Lunch 2/SEL


4 (Related Arts)






Course Description:  During this school year, students will be exploring and investigating many different areas of science including energy, Earth’s systems and how human activity on our Earth, ecosystems, biological change, and engineering and design. 


    To supplement these units, students will be participating in science labs as well as projects/presentations throughout the course. Students will participate in a lab safety course within the first two days of school and will need a lab safety contract signed by a parent/guardian before they are allowed to conduct any labs.   

Textbook:  The textbook we will be using this year is titled: Pearson Tennessee Middle Grades Interactive Science Grade 6 students will have online access to this textbook. 

Chromebook: It is the students responsibility 

Canvas:  Kingsport City School System will use Canvas as our learning platform.  This is an internet-based learning system and secure social network that enables schools to implement a successful online academic program.  Canvas equips schools to host online courses to make them more interactive.  It provides an easy-to-use interface for students and parents to use at home.  You may find the link to Canvas on the Kingsport City Schools page under “Students”.

Course Outline: 

We will cover each of these units as we progress through the school year. The Science and Engineering Practices and Cross-cutting Concepts will be embedded in each of these units.

We will cover each of these units as we progress through the school year. The Science and Engineering Practices and Cross-cutting Concepts will be embedded in each of these units.


Science and Engineering Practices Covered 

Cross-Cutting Concepts Covered 

Unit 0 – Lab Safety and Introduction to Science

Asking Questions and Defining Problems


Unit 1 - Energy + Engineering and Design

Developing and Using Models

Cause and Effect

Unit 2- Earth’s Systems + Earth and Human Activity

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Unit 3- Ecosystems 

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Systems and System Models

Unit 4- Ecosystems + Engineering and Design 

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Energy and Matter

Unit 5- Biological Change: Unity and Diversity + Earth and Human Activity 

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Structure and Function


Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Stability and Change


Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information



You may access a course calendar on Google Classroom. Weekly, I will post updates on Google classroom with pictures, upcoming classroom assignments and tests, and other pertinent information. Students have access to Google Classroom and you can access this link through Google or by the following link:

Standards - 6th grade TN Ready Science Standards- 6th grade standards can be found on pages 45-48.

Science Journals:  Students are required to bring in one 100 sheet composition book (please no binders or spiral notebooks) to use as their journal.  These will be used extensively throughout the year and will be kept in the classroom.

Grading/Assignments/Assessments:  Students will engage in a variety of activities including tests, projects, quizzes, in-class assignments, homework, and labs.  Some assessments will consist of rigorous reading and writing activities that require students to use higher order thinking skills.  Most of the tests are “cumulative” in nature meaning that they include previously learned skills as well as the information we have just finished studying. Performance-based evaluations will also be given at various times throughout the course. 

Assignments and tests 50% Tests

30% Quizzes and Projects

20% Classwork

Field Trips- Throughout the year we may take field trips that pertain to our Science curriculum.  Individual students’ participation in field trip activities is at the principal’s/teacher’s discretion.  Academic, behavior/discipline, and school attendance issues may affect eligibility to participate in field trips.  Students must turn in a permission form on time in order to attend field trips.