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-ESS1-1a Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to explain the causes of lunar phases and eclipses of the sun and moon.

    • 6.MS-ESS1-4 Analyze and interpret rock layers and index fossils to determine the relative ages of rock formations that result from processes occurring over long periods of time.

    • 6.MS-ESS1-5(MA) Use graphical displays to illustrate that Earth and its solar system are one of many in of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of billions of galaxies 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.

      • Mechanisms for plate motion or paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not expected in state assessment.

6.MS-LS Life Science

6.MS-PS Physical Science

6.MS.ETS Technology/Engineering