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North Dakota sixth-grade science standards

Alignments coming soon

IXL's sixth-grade skills will be aligned to the North Dakota Content and Achievement Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of sixth-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the unlimited science practice questions in IXL's 54 sixth-grade skills.


1 Students understand the unifying concepts and processes of science.

  • Models

    • 6.1.1 Construct a model to represent concepts, features, or phenomena in the real world (e.g., solar system, earth's interior)

  • Systems

    • 6.1.2 Identify systems that are composed of subsystems (e.g., solar system, cell, ecosystems.)

  • Constancy and Change

    • 6.1.3 Explain the connection between cause and effect in a system

  • Form and Function

2 Students use the process of science inquiry.

  • Understandings About Scientific Inquiry

    • 6.2.1 Explain the components of a scientific investigation (e.g., hypothesis, observation, data collection, data interpretation, communication of results, replicable)

    • 6.2.2 Select alternative methods of scientific investigations (e.g., library, internet, field work) to address different kinds of questions.

    • 6.2.3 Identify biases that may affect data collection and analysis (e.g., gender, race, religion, economic, generational.)

  • Abilities Necessary to do Scientific Inquiry

    • 6.2.4 Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather and analyze data

    • 6.2.5 Use data from scientific investigations to determine relationships and patterns

3 Students understand the basic concepts and principles of physical science.

  • Properties of Matter

    • 6.3.1 Organize materials according to similar properties (e.g., physical, chemical)

  • Force and Motion

    • 6.3.2 Use simple machines to change forces

  • Forms of Energy

    • 6.3.3 Identify different forms of energy (e.g., chemical, mechanical, heat, sound)

    • 6.3.4 Identify sources of energy (e.g., sun, wind, moving water, nuclear, fossil fuels, food)

  • Vibrations and Waves

    • 6.3.5 Explain how vibrations create wavelike disturbances that spread out from the source

4 Students understand the basic concepts and principles of life science.

  • Structure and Function

    • 6.4.1 Identify single- or multi-celled organisms.

  • Organisms and Their Environments

  • Genetics and Reproduction

    • 6.4.2 Explain why reproduction is necessary for the continuation of the species (e.g., asexual, sexual)

5 Students understand the basic concepts and principles of earth and space science.

  • Weather, Seasons, and Climate

    • 6.5.1 Identify adverse weather conditions and how humans prepare for them

  • Characteristics of the Earth

    • 6.5.2 Explain how rocks are formed (e.g., melting, cooling, metamorphism, combinations of minerals)

    • 6.5.3 Describe the characteristics of the layers of the Earth (i.e., crust, mantle, core)

  • The Solar System

    • 6.5.4 Identify the basic characteristics (e.g., composition, rings) of objects (e.g., planets, sun, small bodies) in the solar system

6 Students understand relations between science and technology.

  • Technological Design

    • 6.6.1 Identify examples of how technologies have evolved

    • 6.6.2 Design a product or solution to a problem given constraints (e.g., limits of time, costs, materials and environmental factors)

    • 6.6.3 Explain the relationship between science and technology

7 Students understand relations between science and personal, social, and environmental issues.

  • Science and Environmental Issues

    • 6.7.1 Explain how natural hazards affect populations, resources, and the environment (e.g., floods, storms, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes)

    • 6.7.2 Explain how recycling and conservation affect populations, resources, and the environment

8 Students understand the history and nature of science.

  • People in Science

    • 6.8.1 Identify various settings in which scientists may work alone or in a team (e.g., industries, laboratories, field work)

  • Scientific Knowledge

    • 6.8.2 Identify scientific advances that have resulted in new ideas and further advance