The NGSS in Massachusetts

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Skills available for Massachusetts sixth-grade science standards

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6.MS-ESS Earth and Space Sciences

  • 6.MS-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

  • 6.MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems

    • 6.MS-ESS2-3 Analyze and interpret maps showing the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence that Earth's plates have moved great distances, collided, and spread apart.

6.MS-LS Life Science

6.MS-PS Physical Science

  • 6.MS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

    • 6.MS-PS1-6 Plan and conduct an experiment involving exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions to measure and describe the release or absorption of thermal energy.

    • 6.MS-PS1-7(MA) Use a particulate model of matter to explain that density is the amount of matter (mass) in a given volume. Apply proportional reasoning to describe, calculate, and compare relative densities of different materials.

    • 6.MS-PS1-8(MA) Conduct an experiment to show that many materials are mixtures of pure substances that can be separated by physical means into their component pure substances.

  • 6.MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

  • 6.MS-PS4 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

    • 6.MS-PS4-1 Use diagrams of a simple wave to explain that (a) a wave has a repeating pattern with a specific amplitude, frequency, and wavelength, and (b) the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy of the wave.

    • 6.MS-PS4-2 Use diagrams and other models to show that both light rays and mechanical waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

    • 6.MS-PS4-3 Present qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals (sent as wave pulses representing 0s and 1s) can be used to encode and transmit information.

6.MS.ETS Technology/Engineering

  • 6.MS-ETS1 Engineering Design

  • 6.MS-ETS2 Materials, Tools, and Manufacturing

    • 6.MS-ETS2-1(MA) Analyze and compare properties of metals, plastics, wood, and ceramics, including flexibility, ductility, hardness, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and melting point.

    • 6.MS-ETS2-2(MA) Given a design task, select appropriate materials based on specific properties needed in the construction of a solution.

    • 6.MS-ETS2-3(MA) Choose and safely use appropriate measuring tools, hand tools, fasteners, and common hand-held power tools used to construct a prototype.