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!
Our first unit will cover the following:
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.
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.
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.