6th Grade Science Resources 

Kelli Recher  Email: krecher@hbgsd.us    Cell: 717-805-0761

Name of Resource

Google Expeditions - Ecosystem

Publisher

Google Expeditions        https://edu.google.com/expeditions/  

Standard

MS-LS2-3:Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Description

An ecosystem is a collection of living and nonliving organisms that interact as a system. Ecosystems come in many sizes, and they can cover hundreds of miles or be the size of a postage stamp. The removal of a living or nonliving component of the ecosystem can affect other components detrimentally. This expedition will be studying large–scale ecosystems.Through the exploration the students will be able identify different characteristics of each ecosystem and explain the relationships among the biotic and abiotic factors in those ecosystems.

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

Question 1 - Why is the sun critical to all life on Earth?

  • The sun is critical to all life on Earth because it provides energy for the ecosystem.  Producers convert that energy into food and are then eaten by consumers.

Question 2 - What kind of abiotic factors are present in this ecosystem?

  • (answers will vary) Sunlight, water, rocks, dirt, climate, air, minerals

Question 3 - Why are decomposers important to an ecosystem?

  • Decomposers break down waste and dead animals and return those nutrients to the soil so they can be used by other organisms.

Name of Resource

Hydrosphere - Google Expeditions

Publisher

Vida Systems

Standard

MS-ESS2-4 - Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through the Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.

Description

The term hydrosphere is used to describe all of the water on Earth.  In this 360 experience the students will see the how water cycles through the hydrosphere.

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

Question 1 - How does rain occur?

  • As water vapor rises it begins to cool and the molecules being to come closer together.  As more water vapor rises a cloud begins to form. Once the cloud forms the water vapor condenses into a droplet which eventually will become to heavy and fall as rain.

Question 2 - Where is most of our freshwater found?

  • Most if our freshwater is found in the polar ice caps, glaciers and permafrost. Therefore, we don't have access to it fro drinking water.  Of all of the freshwater on Earth we only have access to 0.007% for our use.

Question 3 - Why is fertilizer and pesticide runoff a problem for our drinking water?

  • Fertilizers and other chemicals will get into streams, rivers and lakes as well as seep into the ground and pollute the groundwater.

Name of Resource

Grand Canyon

Publisher

AirPano (Google Expeditions)

Standard

MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history.

Description

This 360 experience will show students the beautiful rock layers of the Grand Canyon and give them a glimpse into the history of the canyon and the Colorado River as told  by rocks.

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

Question 1 - How have geologists determined the history of the Grand Canyon?

  • Geologists study the layers of the rocks to learn about the different stages of the canyon’s history.

Question 2 - What natural processes created the Grand Canyon?

  • Two forces are the uplifting of the Colorado Plateau and the way the river cuts through the layers of the rock.

Question 3 - Why is the Grand Canyon constantly changing?

  • Natural processes such weathering and deposition by wind,  water and snowmelt change the size and the appearance of the canyon.

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Name of Resource

Science is Everywhere: Matter and Changes

Publisher

Pearson (Google Expeditions)

Standard

MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Description

In this field trip, students will explore matter and its properties, and how matter interacts and changes. Students will explore chemical and physical properties of different types of matter to determine if a chemical or physical change has taken place.

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

Question 1 - What are some ways that you can tell a firework has gone through a chemical change?

  • The firework makes a loud sound from the explosion, it gives off heat and a light and gas are produced.  You can also see the burned material left behind.

Question 2 - Was the steel in the Tiger and Turtle sculpture changed physically or chemically? How do you know?

  • The steel was changed physically.  We can tell that because it only changed shape not the chemical composition of the steel.  

Question 3 - What is one physical change and one chemical change that occurs in the Anhumas Abyss?

  • Physical change - water gets heated by sunlight and turns into water vapor.

  • Chemical Change - Water reacts with carbon dioxide to form carbonic acid.  The carbonic acid then dissolves the limestone which is how the cavern was formed.