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Pennsylvania sixth-grade science standards

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IXL's sixth-grade skills will be aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards - Science and Technology and Engineering 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.


3.1 Biological Sciences

  • 3.1.A Organisms and Cells

    • 3.1.6.A1 Common Characteristics of Life

      • Describe the similarities and differences of major physical characteristics in plants, animals, fungi, protists, and bacteria.

    • 3.1.6.A2 Energy Flow

      • Describe how energy derived from the sun is used by plants to produce sugars (photosynthesis) and is transferred within a food chain from producers (plants) to consumers to decomposers.

    • 3.1.6.A3 Life Cycles

    • 3.1.6.A4 Cell Cycles

      • Recognize that all organisms are composed of cells and that many organisms are unicellular and must carry out all life functions in one cell.

    • 3.1.6.A5 Form and Function

      • Describe basic structures that plants and animals have that contribute to their ability to make or find food and reproduce.

    • 3.1.6.A6 Organization

      • Identify examples of unicellular and multicellular organisms.

    • 3.1.6.A7 Molecular Basis of Life

    • 3.1.6.A8 Unifying Themes

      • Explain why the details of most cells are visible only through a microscope.

    • 3.1.6.A9 Science as Inquiry

  • 3.1.B Genetics

    • 3.1.6.B1 Heredity

    • 3.1.6.B2 Reproduction

    • 3.1.6.B3 Molecular Basis of Life

    • 3.1.6.B4 Biotechnology

    • 3.1.6.B5 Unifying Themes

    • 3.1.6.B6 Science as Inquiry

  • 3.1.C Evolution

    • 3.1.6.C1 Natural Selection

      • Differentiate between instinctive and learned animal behaviors that relate to survival.

    • 3.1.6.C2 Adaptation

    • 3.1.6.C3 Unifying Themes

    • 3.1.6.C4 Science as Inquiry