6th Grade Science

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Students have started investigating Earth's Atmosphere. They are exploring wind and how currents create different patterns that affect our weather. Students will continue making connections as to how currents also affect the water on earth.

                                      Rock Cycle
Students investigated the Rock Cycle to further their understanding of the Earth's surface. Students explored how sediment becomes compacted/cemented by heat and pressure and forms sedimentary rocks. When additional heat and pressure is applied, metamorphic rock is formed. The cycle continues to form magma and igneous rock. Students explored how magma comes to the surface and forms lava by watching video clips of the recent eruption in Hawaii. Students will continue their study of how the Earth's surface is formed by investigating the movement of tectonic plates.

        WEATHERING, EROSION,                                                            DEPOSITION

 Students began the month by investigating how the Earth's surface has been shaped by weathering, erosion and deposition. Students explored landforms like the Grand Canyon to understand that changes take billions of years. Students used sand trays to build models and  simulate the processes of weathering, erosion and deposition. 



           Welcome back to another exciting year of Science!
Look forward to working on projects and experiments to help enhance the study of our content material. We'll be focusing on Engineering Design, Earth' Place in the Universe, Earth's Systems and Earth and Human Activity.


Enjoy your time off. Try your hand at the Density experiment below during your time off.

Rainbow in a Glass

Density is anything but dense - take advantage of this physical concept by making a rainbow in a glass. You will need:

  1. 5 glasses
  2. Sugar
  3. Water
  4. Different colored food coloring
  5. Tablespoon
  6. Epic patience and a steady hand - this will take some practice!

What to Do: Line up the glasses and put 3 tablespoons of water into the first four glasses. Add one tablespoon of sugar to glass one, two to glass two, three to glass three, four to glass four. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the sugar. Now add a different color food coloring to each glass. Pour 1/4 of glass four into glass five. That was the easy bit.

This is the tricky bit. You must pour the next layer (glass three) so gently that it doesn't mix with the first layer. You can put a teaspoon just above the first layer and pour the mixture gently over the back of the spoon to minimize splash. The more slowly you do this, the better the results. When you have filled the glass to about the same width as the last layer, repeat with glass two, and then with glass one. If you have done this right you should get something like the picture.

What's Happening? The different amounts of sugar in water create different densities of water. As you are layering them with the heaviest at the bottom, the different layers will 'sit' on top of each other. Eventually, due to particle dynamics, the layers will mix. The greater the difference in density, the longer the effect lasts. Unlike water and oil, however, once you mix the layers, they will not settle back.