•  6th Grade Science
    Mrs. Kushner
     
    Hello! My name is Diana Kushner (diana.kushner@lcps.org) and I am a 6th grade Science teacher in House B.  I am a native of Loudoun County and graduated from Park View High School. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a MBA, and a Masters in Middle-Level Education.  I look forward to an exciting year of doing science.
     
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    Below are the topics we will learn this year:
     

    6th grade Science – Units

     

    1. Nature of Science – 6.1
    • Observations and Inferences
    • Measurement –approximate and exact
    • Metric system – meter, liter, gram, Celsius
    • Experimental design – hypothesis, variables, recording and analyzing data, repeated trials
    • Reading, interpreting and creating graphs, charts, tables
    • Models to explain sequence
    1. Matter – 6.4
    • Atoms – proton, neutron, electron
    • Elements and chemical symbols
    • Periodic Table
    • Common Earth elements
    • Compounds and chemical formulas
    • Chemical and physical changes
    • Chemical equations
    • Chemical and physical properties
    1. Water – 6.5
    • Structure of molecule – polarity
    • Phases of water
    • Adhesion, cohesion, surface tension
    • Universal solvent
    • Solid, liquid, gas densities
    1. Atmosphere & Weather – 6.3, 5, 6
    • Mixture of gases/ composition
    • Layers of the atmosphere
    • Air pressure, temperature, humidity
    • Fronts, systems, and air masses
    • Clouds and formation
    • T-storms, hurricanes, and tornados
    • Weather instruments
    • Reading weather maps
    • Water moderates climate
    • Water cycle 
    1. Energy – 6.2, 3
    • Potential and kinetic
    • Forms of energy-chemical, thermal, radiant, mechanical, electrical
    • Energy transformations
    • Earth’s energy budget
    • Radiation, conduction, convection
    1. Resources – 6.2, 6, 9
    • Renewable resources -Solar, wind, water, geothermal and biomas
    • Nonrenewable resources-fossil fuels, nuclear
    • Management/tradeoffs
    • Conservation
    • Pollution - air quality, prevention
    • Greenhouse effect 
    1. Watersheds – 6.5, 7
    • Weathering and erosion
    • Water on Earth
    • Protecting water resources
    • Ecosystems – abiotic and biotic factors
    • VA watersheds
    • Wetlands and estuaries
    • Watershed issues
    • Water quality analysis
    1. Space – 6.8
    • Components of solar system – sun, moons, Earth, planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, meteors, comets
    • Rotation – days/ nights
    • Revolution - years
    • Gravity
    • Moon phases
    • Cause of seasons
    • Tides – spring and neap
    • Scale model of planets and solar system
    • Space exploration history
    • Unique properties of Earth
    • Early Astronomers