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Skills available for Virginia sixth-grade science standards

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Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic

Force, Motion, and Energy

  • 6.2 The student will investigate and understand basic sources of energy, their origins, transformations, and uses.

    • a potential and kinetic energy;

    • b the role of the sun in the formation of most energy sources on Earth;

    • c nonrenewable energy sources;

    • d renewable energy sources; and

    • e energy transformations.

  • 6.3 The student will investigate and understand the role of solar energy in driving most natural processes within the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and on Earth's surface.

    • a Earth's energy budget;

    • b the role of radiation and convection in the distribution of energy;

    • c the motion of the atmosphere and the oceans;

    • d cloud formation; and

    • e the role of thermal energy in weather-related phenomena including thunderstorms and hurricanes.


Living Systems

  • 6.7 The student will investigate and understand the natural processes and human interactions that affect watershed systems.

    • a the health of ecosystems and the abiotic factors of a watershed;

    • b the location and structure of Virginia's regional watershed systems;

    • c divides, tributaries, river systems, and river and stream processes;

    • d wetlands;

    • e estuaries;

    • f major conservation, health, and safety issues associated with watersheds; and

    • g water monitoring and analysis using field equipment including hand-held technology.

Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems

  • 6.8 The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system and the interactions among the various bodies that comprise it.

    • a the sun, moon, Earth, other planets and their moons, dwarf planets, meteors, asteroids, and comets;

    • b relative size of and distance between planets;

    • c the role of gravity;

    • d revolution and rotation;

    • e the mechanics of day and night and the phases of the moon;

    • f the unique properties of Earth as a planet;

    • g the relationship of Earth's tilt and the seasons;

    • h the cause of tides; and

    • i the history and technology of space exploration.

Earth Resources

  • 6.9 The student will investigate and understand public policy decisions relating to the environment.

    • a management of renewable resources;

    • b management of nonrenewable resources;

    • c the mitigation of land-use and environmental hazards through preventive measures; and

    • d cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies.