Course: 6th Grade Science

David Kujawski Bird Middle East Walpole, MA
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NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and the Nature of Science Resources: 174

Inquiry was a dirty word in the science teaching community since it was mentioned in the National Science Teaching Standards back in 1996 insomuch that it was removed from later editions of the standards when teachers were getting caught in semantics--i.e. the meaning of the word “inquiry”--which led to many misguided, albeit well-intended, teaching and learning outcomes. ‘Cookie-cutter’ lessons that promoted inquiry became common and celebrated but later shunned for their tendencies to steer students to predetermined learning outcomes. Luckily, the NGSS now lay out 8 Science and Engineering Practices that alleviate the ambiguity surrounding inquiry and specifically address what students should be able to do when they graduate grade 12. Our job as educators is to authentically create and facilitate learning opportunities for our students that seamlessly weave the 3 dimensions of NGSS into our everyday teaching practices. In this unit I set out to introduce grade 6 students to the nature of science and the skills and thought processes that go into establishing scientifically literate citizens. I will not be teaching the scientific method as dogma--another issue that has been debated for years--but, instead, will create opportunities for my students to develop an understanding of the nature of science. My focus in each activity will not be to focus on any specific content area or standard, rather I will focus on developing learning opportunities that incorporate several NGSS practices for my students to develop. My students will then reflect on their experiences, helping to tie in the ELA Common Core Standards, which will allow them to form a connection to the nature of science. The intended result will be more scientifically literate students who will be prepared to apply these practices in future learning endeavors, as we begin our journey learning science through the NGSS framework.

Scientific Measuring and Variable Testing Resources: 171

Matter Resources: 139

This unit helps students develop a deep conceptual understanding of matter.

Energy Resources: 161

Potential and kinetic, Types of energy, transformations (single- and multiple), 3 types of heat transfer, EM spectrum (FLIR experiments--Concord Consortium) Rube Goldberg, Net-energy graphs (conservation of energy),

Engineering Resources: 135

Density Resources: 146

This unit has students grapple with the factors that influence density.

Molecules Resources: 148

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