What TEKS are we studying?
1st 6 weeks: Science Safety and Procedures and Physical Properties of Matter
6.1A Demonstrate safe practices during laboratory and field investigations as outlined in the Texas Safety Standards
6.4B Design and implement experimental investigations by making observations, asking well-defined questions, and using appropriate equipment and technology
6.2A Plan and implement comparative and descriptive investigations by making observations, asking well-defined questions, and using appropriate equipment and technology
6.2C Collect and record data using the International System of Units (SI) and qualitative means such as labeled drawings, writing, and graphic organizers
6.2D Construct tables and graphs, using repeated trials and means, to organize data and identify patterns
6.2E Analyze data to formulate reasonable explanations communicate valid conclusions supported by the data and predict trends
6.4A Use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including journals/notebooks, beakers, Petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, hot plates, test tubes, triple beam balances, microscopes, thermometers, calculators, computers, timing devices, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum
6.6A Compare metals, nonmetals, and metalloids using physical properties such as luster, conductivity, or malleability
6.6B Calculate density to identify an unknown substance
6.6C Test the physical properties of minerals, including hardness, color, luster, and streak
2nd Six Weeks: Chemistry
6.5A Know that an element is a pure substance represented by a chemical symbol.
6.5B Recognize that a limited number of the many known elements comprise the largest portion of solid Earth, living matter, oceans and atmosphere.
6.5C Differentiate between elements and compounds on the most basic level.
6.5D Identify the formation of a new substance by using the evidence of a possible chemical change such as production of a gas, change in temperature, production of a precipitate, or a color change.
3rd Six Weeks - Energy
6.7A Research and debate the advantages and disadvantages of using coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, biomass, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and solar resources.
6.7B Design a logical plan to manage energy resources in the home, school, or community.
6.9C Demonstrate energy transformations such as energy in a flashlight battery changes from chemical energy to electrical energy to light energy.