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Skills available for Virginia sixth-grade science standards

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6.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific and engineering practices by

6.2 The student will investigate and understand that the solar system is organized and the various bodies in the solar system interact. Key ideas include

  • 6.2.a matter is distributed throughout the solar system;

  • 6.2.b planets have different sizes and orbit at different distances from the sun;

  • 6.2.c gravity contributes to orbital motion; and

  • 6.2.d the understanding of the solar system has developed over time.

6.3 The student will investigate and understand that there is a relationship between the sun, Earth, and the moon. Key ideas include

6.4 The student will investigate and understand that there are basic sources of energy and that energy can be transformed. Key ideas include

6.5 The student will investigate and understand that all matter is composed of atoms. Key ideas include

6.6 The student will investigate and understand that water has unique physical properties and has a role in the natural and human-made environment. Key ideas include

6.7 The student will investigate and understand that air has properties and that Earth's atmosphere has structure and is dynamic. Key ideas include

  • 6.7.a air is a mixture of gaseous elements and compounds;

  • 6.7.b the atmosphere has physical characteristics;

  • 6.7.c properties of the atmosphere change with altitude;

  • 6.7.d there is a relationship between air movement, thermal energy, and weather conditions;

  • 6.7.e atmospheric measures are used to predict weather conditions; and

  • 6.7.f weather maps give basic information about fronts, systems, and weather measurements.

6.8 The student will investigate and understand that land and water have roles in watershed systems. Key ideas include

  • 6.8.a a watershed is composed of the land that drains into a body of water;

  • 6.8.b Virginia is composed of multiple watershed systems which have specific features;

  • 6.8.c the Chesapeake Bay is an estuary that has many important functions; and

  • 6.8.d natural processes, human activities, and biotic and abiotic factors influence the health of a watershed system.

6.9 The student will investigate and understand that humans impact the environment and individuals can influence public policy decisions related to energy and the environment. Key ideas include