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 (9/4/17-10/6/17 )

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 (10/9/17- 10/17/17 )

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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  • October 9, 2017 - October 16, 2017 - Science Court: Particles in Motion

    View Unit PowerPoint: Daily prompts for particles in motion

    Students who are absent during this unit need to check in with me for makeup work.

Unit 2: Introducing the Earth System (10/18/17 - 11/13/17)

The second unit of the year focuses on the following key concepts:

  • what is matter and how does heat affect the motion of particles
  • 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

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Unit 3: Plate Tectonics (11/14/17- currently working in this unit of study)

The third unit of the year 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

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Unit 4: Rock Cycle

The fourth unit of the year 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 5: Water and the Atmosphere

The fifth unit of the year focuses on the following key concepts:

  • developing a model to 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

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Unit 6: Weather and Climate

The 6th  unit of the year focuses on the following key concepts:

  • analyze data to develop an understanding of how air masses result in changes in weather conditions
  • describe the factors that influence regional climates
  • analyze evidence of the factors that have influenced global temperatures over the past century. ​

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Unit 7: Earth-Moon-Sun System

The 7th unit of the year focuses on the following key concept:

  • using models of the Earth-Moon-Sun system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and season

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Unit 8: Motion and Scale in the Solar System

The LAST unit of the school year focuses on the following learning targets:

  • Use models to describe the role of gravity in the motions within the solar system.
  • Analyze and interpret data to determine the scale properties of objects in the solar system.

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Katie Burke's Schedule

  • Period 2 6th Grade Science

  • Period 3 6th Grade Science

  • Period 4 6th Grade Science

  • Period 5 6th Grade Science

  • Period 6 6th Grade Science