6th Grade Earth Science

The 6th grade Earth Science curriculum builds on the natural curiosity of students. By connecting them to the beauty of geological history, the amazing landforms around the globe, the nature of the sea and air, and the newest discoveries about our universe, it gives students an opportunity to relate to their everyday world. 

The 6th grade Earth Science course also assists students in becoming life-long learners who grow in their understanding of the world. The nature of science includes the concepts that scientific explanations are: based on logical thinking; subject to rules of evidence; consistent with observational, inferential, and experimental evidence; open to rational critique; and subject to refinement and change with the addition of new scientific evidence. The nature of science includes the concept that it can provide explanations about nature and predict potential consequences of actions; however, it cannot be used to answer all questions.

The 6th grade Earth Science course presents an integrated focus on the following topics: Science and Engineering Practices, Earth’s Systems, Weather in the Atmosphere,  Minerals and Rocks in the Geosphere, Plate Tectonics, Earth-Sun-Moon System, and Universe. Idaho Science Content Standards are the basis of this course.  

6th Grade Earth Science Course Overview


Science and Engineering Practices

Lesson 1 The Meaning of Science
Lesson 2 Science Processes
Lesson 3 Scientific Knowledge
Lesson 4 Tools of Science
Lesson 5 The Engineering and Design Process
Lesson 6 Lab Safety


Introduction to Earth’s Systems

Lesson 1 Matter and Energy in Earth’s System
Lesson 2 Surface Features in the Geosphere
Lesson 3 The Hydrosphere

Weather in the Atmosphere

Lesson 1 The Atmosphere Around You
Lesson 2 Water in the Atmosphere
Lesson 3 Air Masses
Lesson 4 Predicting Weather Change
Lesson 5 Severe Weather and Floods

Minerals and Rocks in the Geosphere

Lesson 1 Earth’s Interior
Lesson 2 Minerals
Lesson 3 Rocks
Lesson 4 Cycling of Rocks

Plate Tectonics

Lesson 1 Evidence of Plate Motions
Lesson 2 Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Surface
Lesson 3 Earthquakes and Tsunami Hazards
Lesson 4 Volcanoes and Earth’s Surface

Earth-Sun-Moon System

Lesson 1 Movement in Space
Lesson 2 Earth’s Movement in Space
Lesson 3 Phases and Eclipses

Solar System and the Universe

Lesson 1 Solar System Objects
Lesson 2 Learning About the Universe
Lesson 3 Stars
Lesson 4 Galaxies