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Skills available for New Mexico sixth-grade science standards

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I Scientific Thinking and Practice

II Content of Science

  • I Understand the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy.

  • II Understand the properties, structures, and processes of living things and the interdependence of living things and their environments.

    • I Explain the diverse structures and functions of living things and the complex relationships between living things and their environments.

      • 1 Understand how organisms interact with their physical environments to meet their needs (i.e., food, water, air) and how the water cycle is essential to most living systems.

      • 2 Describe how weather and geologic events (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) affect the function of living systems.

      • 3 Describe how organisms have adapted to various environmental conditions.

    • II Understand how traits are passed from one generation to the next and how species evolve.

      • 1 Understand that the fossil record provides data for how living organisms have evolved.

      • 2 Describe how species have responded to changing environmental conditions over time (e.g., extinction, adaptation).

    • III Understand the structure of organisms and the function of cells in living systems.

      • 1 Explain how fossil fuels were formed from animal and plant cells.

      • 2 Describe the differences between substances that were produced by living organisms (e.g., fossil fuels) and substances that result from nonliving processes (e.g., igneous rocks).

  • III Understand the structure of Earth, the solar system, and the universe, the interconnections among them, and the processes and interactions of Earth's systems.

    • I Describe how the concepts of energy, matter, and force can be used to explain the observed behavior of the solar system, the universe, and their structures.

      • Universe

        • 1 Describe the objects in the universe, including:

          • billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars

          • different sizes, temperatures, and colors of stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

      • Solar System

        • 2 Locate the solar system in the Milky Way galaxy.

        • 3 Identify the components of the solar system, and describe their defining characteristics and motions in space, including:

          • sun as a medium sized star

          • sun's composition (i.e., hydrogen, helium) and energy production

          • nine planets, their moons, asteroids.

        • 4 Know that the regular and predictable motions of the Earth-moon-sun system explain phenomena on Earth, including:

          • Earth's motion in relation to a year, a day, the seasons, the phases of the moon, eclipses, tides, and shadows

          • moon's orbit around Earth once in 28 days in relation to the phases of the moon.

    • II Describe the structure of Earth and its atmosphere and explain how energy, matter, and forces shape Earth's systems.

III Science and Society

  • I Understand how scientific discoveries, inventions, practices, and knowledge influence, and are influenced by, individuals and societies.

    • I Explain how scientific discoveries and inventions have changed individuals and societies.

      • 1 Examine the role of scientific knowledge in decisions (e.g., space exploration, what to eat, preventive medicine and medical treatment).

      • 2 Describe the technologies responsible for revolutionizing information processing and communications (e.g., computers, cellular phones, Internet).