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Students will discover how the Earth gets its seasons and why there are moon phases.  In the Physical Sciences, we'll examine Matter, (intro to chemistry topics), the cycling of energy through plants and water. Students are also introduced to Ecosystems, a topic that will continue in sixth grade. We end with an age-appropriate introduction to Human Growth and Development.  .

In the Spring, students take the 5th Grade NGSS Science Test.


6th Grade Welcome/Expectations letter

6th Grade Welcome/Expectations letter


temperature, water vapor, Coriolis Effect, Storm surge, Tradewinds, Cloud, Prevailing Westerlies, Sahara Desert, 82 deg F., Red Cross, Tropical Depression, Thunderstorm, FEMA, Raindrops, Satellite, Emergency Shelter, Condensation, Hurricane Season, Miss Piggy, Tropical Storm, High Pressure, Evacuation, Dust, Typhoon, Eye, Barometer, Evaporation, Safir-Simpson Scale, Low Pressure, Ocean, Landfall


The basics of matter, learned in 5th grade, provide a foundation the exploration of Weather and the Water Cycle. Of course, Energy is Potential(ly) Kinetic with Gravity, the force to be reckoned with in our look at galaxies and solar systems ,  Ecology and Ecosystems

Waves handouts--Resources

  1. Soundproof Box project -- due 1/31
  2. Soundproof Box rubric -- Include a paragraph on your research in preparing your design (what you learned about sound properties), and a summary of the steps/variables used in developing your final design.
  3. Soundproof Box research: What happens when you change the material through which the sound travels? Find answer here.
  4. Wave Machine, pt 1 worksheet (on p 3-4)
  5. Wave Machine, pt 2 worksheet
  6. What Causes Waves Lab worksheet
  7. Measuring Sound - Decibels worksheet
  8. Calculating Wave Energy ( assignment)

Weather Handouts-Resources

  1. Air Masses and Fronts handout
  2. Air Masses and Fronts Study Notes
  3. Weather Fronts reading
  4. Weather Glossary
  5. Weather Fronts Song (good study tool!)
  6. El Niño Explained
  7. Interactive Weather Map (Use Map settings to show fronts, temp, and radar (rain/snow)
  8. Global Winds video
  9. Ocean Density article
  10. Ocean Currents article
  11. NOAA Ocean Currents self-guided 
  12. Weather Forecasting Assignment website
  13. Is the DEAD SEA Really Dead? (video)


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  1. Six Tools used for Forecasting Weather
  2. Weather Sensors (click on the sensor names)
  3. Weather Forecasting tools
  4. How are weather forecasts made? video
  5. How to Use Clouds to Predict Weather video
  6. How do we know hurricanes are coming? video
  7. Flying Through a Hurricane video
  8. History of Barometer
  9. Early Warning System


  1. How a Hurricane is Born
  2. How a Hurricane Forms video
  3. Flying at 200 ft through a Cat 5! video
  4. Can You Stop a Hurricane? video
  5. A Katrina Survivor Family's story
  6. Hurricanes and Twisters Song (YouTube)
  7. The Worst Places for Hurricanes
  8. Things to Consider When Rebuilding
  9. Build a Flood Wall?
  10. Science of Hurricane Hunters