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Skills available for North Carolina sixth-grade science standards

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Forces and Motion

  • NCES.6.P.1 Understand the properties of waves and the wavelike property of energy in earthquakes, light and sound waves.

    • NCES.6.P.1.1 Compare the properties of waves to the wavelike property of energy in earthquakes, light and sound.

    • NCES.6.P.1.2 Explain the relationship among visible light, the electromagnetic spectrum, and sight.

    • NCES.6.P.1.3 Explain the relationship among the rate of vibration, the medium through which vibrations travel, sound and hearing.

Matter: Properties and Change

Energy: Conservation and Transfer

  • NCES.6.P.3 Understand characteristics of energy transfer and interactions of matter and energy.

Earth in the Universe

Earth Systems, Structures and Processes

Structures and Functions of Living Organisms


  • NCES.6.L.2 Understand the flow of energy through ecosystems and the responses of populations to the biotic and abiotic factors in their environment.

    • NCES.6.L.2.1 Summarize how energy derived from the sun is used by plants to produce sugars (photosynthesis) and is transferred within food chains and food webs (terrestrial and aquatic) from producers to consumers to decomposers.

    • NCES.6.L.2.2 Explain how plants respond to external stimuli (including dormancy and forms of tropism) to enhance survival in an environment.

    • NCES.6.L.2.3 Summarize how the abiotic factors (such as temperature, water, sunlight, and soil quality) of biomes (freshwater, marine, forest, grasslands, desert, Tundra) affect the ability of organisms to grow, survive and/or create their own food through photosynthesis.