Katie Burke

Welcome! This webpage is a place for you to access information and resources for your 6th Grade Science class. I am honored to be your teacher and I hope you have a great year at Helena Middle School.

Below you will see titles for each unit of study. When you click on each unit you will find the following resources (Be sure to scroll down once you click on the Unit Title and information for the unit will appear below the list of units):

  • Unit Learning Target Rubric = what will I be studying and how will my work be evaluated?
  • Links to Daily Lesson PowerPoint and Handouts = this is a great place to go when you are reviewing for quizzes and test, if you are absent, or you lost something and need another copy.

Unit 1-Part 1: Skills of a Scientist (8/31/18-10/5/18)

The first unit of the year focuses on learning the skills used to do science such as: making observations, lab safety, and writing a scientific explanation.

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Unit 1-Part 2: Particles In Motion (10/8/18-10/17/18)

This mini-unit focuses on understanding how and why particles move when they are heated and cooled. This is a key concept that is part of almost all other concepts we study this year in 6th grade Earth Science.

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Unit 2: Earth-Moon-Sun System (10/22/18-11/20/18)

This unit focuses on the students using models of the Earth-Moon-Sun system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

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Unit 3: The Solar System (11/26/18- 12/20/18)

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Unit 4: Introducing the Earth System (1/2/19-1/31/19)

This unit focuses on the following key concepts:

  • what are the parts of the Earth system and how does energy transfer in the interior of the earth.
  • writing a scientific explanation that uses a claim, evidence and reasoning

***During the course of this unit we will be using the Interactive Science Earth’s Structure Textbook (purple geode on the cover).

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Unit 5: Plate Tectonics (2/4/19- 3/5/19)

This unit focuses on the following key concepts:

  • continental drift and evidence to explain  why landmasses have moved over time
  • theory of plate tectonics and resulting land forms that plate movement creates.
  • writing a scientific explanation that uses a claim, evidence and reasoning

***During the course of this unit we will be using the Interactive Science Earth’s Structure Textbook (purple geode on the cover).

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Unit 6: Geologic Time (3/6/19- 3/22/19)

This unit will be focusing on:

  • writing scientific explanations based on evidence
  • constructing a scientific explanation for how rock formations and fossils provide evidence for explaining Earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history

***During the course of this unit we will be using the Interactive Science Earth’s Surface Textbook (sandstone arch on the cover)

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Unit 7: Minerals and Rocks (4/1/19- 4/26/19)

This unit focuses on the following key concepts:

  • developing a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s mineral and rock forming materials.
  • describe the flow of energy that drives the process of cycling Earth’s minerals and rocks
  • explain the distribution of Earth’s mineral resources in terms of the processes that form them.

 

 

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Unit 8: Water and the Atmosphere (4/29/19- currently working in this unit)

This unit focuses on the following key concepts:

  • describe the cycling of water through Earth’s Systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity
  • explain how the sun’s energy moves through the atmosphere
  • analyze data to develop an understanding of how air masses result in changes in weather conditions
  • describe the factors that influence regional climates

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