Nebraska Science Learning Standards — Grade 6


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SC8.1.1.a

Formulate testable questions that lead to predictions and scientific investigations

SC8.1.1.b

Design and conduct logical and sequential investigations including repeated trials

SC8.1.1.c

Determine controls and use dependent (responding) and independent (manipulated) variables

SC8.1.1.d

Select and use equipment appropriate to the investigation, demonstrate correct techniques

SC8.1.1.e

Make qualitative and quantitative observations

SC8.1.1.f

Record and represent data appropriately and review for quality, accuracy, and relevancy

SC8.1.1.g

Evaluate predictions, draw logical inferences based on observed patterns/relationships, and account for non-relevant information

SC8.1.1.h

Share information, procedures, results, and conclusions with appropriate audiences

SC8.1.1.i

Analyze and provide appropriate critique of scientific investigations

SC8.1.1.j

Use appropriate mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry

SC8.1.2.a

Recognize science is an ongoing process and the scientific community accepts and uses explanations until they encounter new experimental evidence not matching existing explanations

SC8.1.2.b

Describe how scientific discoveries influence and change society

SC8.1.2.c

Recognize scientists from various cultures have made many contributions to explain the natural world

SC8.1.3.a

Identify problems for technical design

SC8.1.3.b

Design a solution or product

SC8.1.3.c

Implement the proposed design

SC8.1.3.d

Evaluate completed technological designs or products

SC8.1.3.e

Communicate the process of technical design

SC8.1.3.f

Distinguish between scientific inquiry (asking questions about the natural world) and technological design (using science to solve practical problems)

SC8.1.3.g

Describe how science and technology are reciprocal

SC8.1.3.h

Recognize that solutions have intended and unintended consequences

SC8.1.3.i

Compare and contrast the reporting of scientific knowledge and the reporting of technological knowledge

SC8.2.1.a

Compare and contrast elements, compounds, and mixtures

SC8.2.1.b

Describe physical and chemical properties of matter

SC8.2.1.c

Recognize most substances can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas depending on temperature

SC8.2.1.d

Compare and contrast solids, liquids, and gases based on properties of these states of matter

SC8.2.1.e

Distinguish between physical and chemical changes (phase changes, dissolving, burning, rusting)

SC8.2.1.f

Recognize conservation of matter in physical and chemical changes

SC8.2.1.g

Classify substances into similar groups based on physical properties

SC8.2.2.a

Describe motion of an object by its position and velocity

SC8.2.2.b

Recognize an object that is not being subjected to a force will continue to move at a constant speed in a straight line or stay at rest (Newtons 1st law)

SC8.2.2.c

Compare the motion of objects related to the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces

SC8.2.2.d

Recognize that everything on or around Earth is pulled towards Earths center by gravitational force

SC8.2.3.a

Recognize that vibrations set up wave-like disturbances that spread away from the source (sound, seismic, water waves)

SC8.2.3.b

Identify that waves move at different speeds in different materials

SC8.2.3.c

Recognize that light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection)

SC8.2.3.d

Recognize that to see an object, light from the surface of the object must enter the eye; the color seen depends on the properties of the surface and the color of the available light sources

SC8.2.3.e

Recognize that heat moves from warmer objects to cooler objects until both reach the same temperature

SC8.2.3.f

Describe transfer of energy from electrical and magnetic sources to different energy forms (heat, light, sound, chemical)

SC8.2.3.g

Recognize all energy is neither created nor destroyed

SC8.3.1.a

Recognize the levels of organization in living organisms (cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, organisms)

SC8.3.1.b

Recognize that all organisms are composed of one or many cells; that these cells must grow, divide, and use energy; and that all cells function similarly

SC8.3.1.c

Recognize specialized cells perform specialized functions in multicellular organisms

SC8.3.1.d

Identify the organs and functions of the major systems of the human body and describe ways that these systems interact with each othe

SC8.3.1.e

Describe how plants and animals respond to environmental stimuli

SC8.3.2.a

Recognize that hereditary information is contained in genes within the chromosomes of each cell

SC8.3.2.b

Compare and contrast sexual and asexual reproduction

SC8.3.3.a

Diagram and explain the flow of energy through a simple food web

SC8.3.3.b

Compare the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem

SC8.3.3.c

Recognize that producers transform sunlight into chemical energy through photosynthesis

SC8.3.3.d

Determine the biotic and abiotic factors that impact the number of organisms an ecosystem can support

SC8.3.3.e

Recognize a population is all the individuals of a species at a given place and time

SC8.3.3.f

Identify symbiotic relationships among organisms

SC8.3.3.g

Identify positive and negative effects of natural and human activity on an ecosystem

SC8.3.4.a

Describe how an inherited characteristic enables an organism to improve its survival rate

SC8.3.4.b

Recognize the extinction of a species is caused by the inability to adapt to an environmental change

SC8.3.4.c

Use anatomical features of an organism to infer similarities among other organisms

SC8.4.1.a

Describe the components of the solar system (the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets)

SC8.4.1.b

Describe the relationship between motion of objects in the solar system and the phenomena of day, year, eclipses, phases of the Moon and seasons

SC8.4.1.c

Describe the effects of gravity on Earth (tides) and the effect of gravity on objects in the solar system

SC8.4.2.a

Describe the layers of Earth (core, mantle, crust, atmosphere)

SC8.4.2.b

Describe the physical composition of soil

SC8.4.2.c

Describe the mixture of gases in Earths atmosphere and how the atmospheres properties change at different elevations

SC8.4.2.d

Describe evidence of Earths magnetic field

SC8.4.2.e

Compare and contrast constructive and destructive forces (deposition, erosion, weathering, plate motion causing uplift, volcanoes, earthquakes) that impact Earths surface

SC8.4.2.f

Describe the rock cycle

SC8.4.2.g

Classify Earth materials as renewable or nonrenewable

SC8.4.3.a

Describe how energy from the Sun influences the atmosphere and provides energy for plant growth

SC8.4.3.b

Identify factors that influence daily and seasonal changes on Earth (tilt of the Earth, humidity, air pressure, air masses)

SC8.4.3.c

Describe atmospheric movements that influence weather and climate (air masses, jet stream)

SC8.4.4.a

Recognize that Earth processes we see today are similar to those that occurred in the past (uniformity of processes)

SC8.4.4.b

Describe how environmental conditions have changed through use of the fossil record