Emily Currier



Observing sand grains under our smartphone microscopes!

Welcome to 6th grade science on the Sapphire¬†team! I’ve been teaching middle and high school science for 20 years! I grew up on a farm in northern Michigan and moved to Montana with my husband and kids in 2002. I earned a B.S. in Earth Science/Geography with teacher certification in Secondary Education from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University. (I only attend MSU’s- ha!) I’m passionate about Earth Science and middle school is my absolute favorite level to teach. Can’t wait to dig into some science with you!signature

Science Investigations - Unit 1

Our first unit will cover the following:

  1. I can safely conduct a scientific investigation and follow important science lab safety rules.
  2. I can identify and explain how to use scientific tools (meter stick, metric ruler, beaker, graduated cylinder, triple beam or digital balance, Celsius thermometer).
  3. I can select the appropriate tool and use metric units to measure length, mass, volume, density, weight, and temperature.
  4. I can use the scientific method to explain experiments using evidence.
  5. I can identify the following: a testable question and hypothesis, variables, and a control in an experiment.
  6. I can prepare a data table and create a graph.
  7. I can create a model to show a scientific concept.
  8. I can explore scientific careers.


Earth's Structure - Unit 2

Our second unit will cover the following:

I can categorize the forces that change Earth’s surface as either constructive or destructive.

I can model and explain the internal structure of Earth.

I can explain how energy is transferred through convection currents in Earth’s interior.

I can differentiate between rock types and mineral types.

I can compare a nature observation made by scientists to those made by Montana American indians.

I can recognize the economic uses of minerals and rocks, including ores.

I can describe the processes of the rock cycle that create igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

I can describe the cause of volcanic activity, earthquakes and mountain building in terms of plate movement.

I can describe the relationship between fossil evidence and the major divisions of geologic time.

Earth's Atmosphere - Unit 3

Our third unit will cover the following:

I can demonstrate how energy is transferred through the natural world.

I can describe the impact of air pressure, wind, and humidity on the weather.

I can describe how fronts affect weather patterns.

I can explain the process of predicting weather.

I can differentiate between weather and climate.

I can identify characteristics of Earth’s climate zones.

I can detail the impact of climate change on organisms.

Astronomy - Unit 4

I can apply theories regarding the formation to the solar system to the characteristics of the planets and other objects in the solar system.

I can trace the development of mankind’s quest for space exploration.

I can describe the characteristics of stars, star systems, and galaxies.

I can relate the starting mass of a star to its life cycle.

I can identify theories about the origin of the universe.