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6th Grade Earth Science Course Syllabus

Instructor: Mr. Greg Poole

Academic Year 2016-2017
Room: 437
Hours: 7:45 AM - 2:45PM
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Course Description: The course will be lab, inquiry, and lecture based. The science
curriculum for 6th grade is outlined by the State of Georgia according to the Georgia
Performance Standards. The electronic version of the standards can be found at:
Course goal: The goal of the course will be for students to learn to think critically
about Earth Science and the world around them. This will be achieved through all
learning modes using all senses applicable to the lesson or material being taught.

Earth Science: Georgia Edition. Holt Science and Technology 2008

Grade Scale: Tests: 10%

Quizzes: 20%
Classwork: 30%
Labs: 20%
Homework: 20%

Course Rules:

All rules and codes are outlined in the student handbook that will go
home with the student to be reviewed by parent(s) or guardian(s) and
the student together.
Please note that any electronic device that is not permitted in class or
is being used without permission will be confiscated and turned into
administration for administrative action.
Students who are absent are given five days to complete make-up
assignments. Please contact me explaining the situation if more time
is needed for on-going assignments because of absences. This is
outlined in the student handbook.

Lab Rules:

To ensure your childs safety and the safety of others, students are to follow
teacher instruction to the letter at all times. Inability to do so will result in
student removal from lab and possible excusal from lab for the rest of the
If a student is removed from lab for inability to follow instruction, they will
receive a grade of zero for that day and that lab.
If the student is prohibited from returning to lab, they will be assigned written
work to be completed in the place of a lab grade.
Please note that a student who grossly breaks the rules will be disciplined
according to the SCCPSS discipline rubric. This may result in administrative
action and consequences related to the Specialty Program Student and
Parent Contracts.
If a student has any known food allergies or other allergies that may prevent
them from participating in a lab, please let me know.
Lab is intended to be a safe, fun, learning experience and should be enjoyed
by all!

Georgia Performance Standards Co-Requisite Content

The following standards will be taught year-long with other characteristic of science
S6E1. Students will explore current scientific views of the universe and how those
a. Relate the Nature of Science to the progression of basic historical scientific
(geocentric, heliocentric) as they describe our solar system, and the Big Bang as it

describes the formation of the universe.

b. Describe the position of the solar system in the Milky Way galaxy and the
c. Compare and contrast the planets in terms of
Size relative to the earth
Surface and atmospheric features
Relative distance from the sun
Ability to support life
d. Explain the motion of objects in the day/night sky in terms of relative position.
e. Explain that gravity is the force that governs the motion in the solar system.
f. Describe the characteristics of comets, asteroids, and meteors.

S6E2. Students will understand the effects of the relative positions of the earth,
moon and sun.
a. Demonstrate the phases of the moon by showing the alignment of the earth,
and sun.
b. Explain the alignment of the earth, moon, and sun during solar and lunar
c. Relate the tilt of the earth to the distribution of sunlight throughout the year and
effect on climate.

S6E3. Students will recognize the significant role of water in earth processes.
a. Explain that a large portion of the Earths surface is water, consisting of oceans,
rivers, lakes, underground water, and ice.
b. Relate various atmospheric conditions to stages of the water cycle.
c. Describe the composition, location, and subsurface topography of the worlds

d. Explain the causes of waves, currents, and tides.

S6E4. Students will understand how the distribution of land and oceans affects
climate and
a. Demonstrate that land and water absorb and lose heat at different rates and
the resulting effects on weather patterns.
b. Relate unequal heating of land and water surfaces to form large global wind
and weather events such as tornados and thunderstorms.
c. Relate how moisture evaporating from the oceans affects the weather patterns
weather events such as hurricanes.

S6E5. Students will investigate the scientific view of how the earths surface is
a. Compare and contrast the Earths crust, mantle, and core including temperature,
density, and composition.
b. Investigate the contribution of minerals to rock composition.
c. Classify rocks by their process of formation.
d. Describe processes that change rocks and the surface of the earth.
e. Recognize that lithospheric plates constantly move and cause major geological
on the earths surface.
f. Explain the effects of physical processes (plate tectonics, erosion, deposition,
volcanic eruption, gravity) on geological features including oceans (composition,
currents, and tides).

g. Describe how fossils show evidence of the changing surface and climate of the
h. Describe soil as consisting of weathered rocks and decomposed organic material.
i. Explain the effects of human activity on the erosion of the earths surface.
j. Describe methods for conserving natural resources such as water, soil, and air.

S6E6. Students will describe various sources of energy and with their uses and
a. Explain the role of the sun as the major source of energy and its relationship to
and water energy.
b. Identify renewable and nonrenewable resources.