Colorado Science Standards — Grade 6

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Identify evidence that suggests there is a fundamental building block of matter (DOK 1)


Use the particle model of matter to illustrate characteristics of different substances (DOK 1-2)


Develop an evidence based scientific explanation of the atomic model as the foundation for all chemistry (DOK 1-3)


Find and evaluate appropriate information from reference books, journals, magazines, online references, and databases to compare and contrast historical explanations for the nature of matter (DOK 1-2)


Explain the similarities and differences between elements and compounds (DOK 1-2)


Identify evidence suggesting that atoms form into molecules with different properties than their components (DOK 1-2)


Find and evaluate information from a variety of resources about molecules (DOK 1-2)


Explain how the arrangement and motion of particles in a substance such as water determine its state (DOK 1-2)


Distinguish between changes in temperature and changes of state using the particle model of matter (DOK 1-2)


Explain that the mass of an object does not change, but its weight changes based on the gravitational forces acting upon it (DOK 1)


Predict how changes in acceleration due to gravity will affect the mass and weight of an object (DOK 1-2)


Predict how mass, weight, and volume affect density (DOK 1-2)


Measure mass and volume, and use these quantities to calculate density (DOK 1)


Use tools to gather, view, analyze, and report results for scientific investigations about the relationships among mass, weight, volume, and density (DOK 1-2)


Interpret and analyze data about changes in environmental conditions such as climate change and populations that support a claim describing why a specific population might be increasing or decreasing


Develop, communicate, and justify an evidence-based explanation about how ecosystems interact with and impact the global environment (DOK 1-3)


Model equilibrium in an ecosystem, including basic inputs and outputs, to predict how a change to that ecosystem such as climate change might impact the organisms, populations, and species within it such as the removal of a top predator or introduction of a new species


Examine, evaluate, question, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media to investigate how environmental conditions affect the survival of individual organisms (DOK 1-2)


Develop, communicate, and justify an evidence-based explanation about why there generally are more producers than consumers in an ecosystem (DOK 1-3)


Design a food web diagram to show the flow of energy through an ecosystem (DOK 1-2)


Compare and contrast the flow of energy with the cycling of matter in ecosystems (DOK 2)


Gather, analyze, and communicate an evidence-based explanation for the complex interaction between Earths constructive and destructive forces (DOK 2-3)


Gather, analyze and communicate evidence form text and other sources that explains the formation of Earths surface features (DOK 1-3)


Use a computer simulation for Earths changing crust (DOK 1-2)


Gather and analyze data from a variety of print resources and investigations to account for local and world-wide water circulation and distribution patterns (DOK 1-3)


Use evidence to model how water is transferred throughout the earth (DOK 1-3)


Identify problems, and propose solutions related to water quality, circulation, and distribution both locally and worldwide (DOK 1-4)


Identify the various causes and effects of water pollution in local and world water distributions (DOK 1-2)


Describe where water goes after it is used in houses or buildings (DOK 1-2)


Research and evaluate data and information to learn about the types and availability of various natural resources, and use this knowledge to make evidence-based decisions (DOK 2-3)


Identify and evaluate types and availability of renewable and nonrenewable resources (DOK 1-2)


Use direct and indirect evidence to determine the types of resources and their applications used in communities (DOK 1-2)


Research and critically evaluate data and information about the advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels and alternative energy sources (DOK 2-3)