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

Nature of Science - Unit 1

Our first unit will cover the following:

  1. I can identify and use a variety of methods/processes and tools to make measurements and observations.
  2. I can develop an explanation w/ evidence for a proposed solution to a science/engineering problem.     
  3. I can evaluate different solutions to determine how well they meet the criteria/constraints.                

Earth's Systems - Unit 2

Our second unit will cover the following:

I can describe examples of interactions between Earth’s four systems.

I can make a model to show Earth’s interior.

I can explain how temperature affects the density of particles.

I can illustrate how energy moves in a cycle from Earth’s core to Earth’s surface.

I can use evidence from fossils and rocks to explain plate tectonics.

I can use evidence from continental shapes to explain plate tectonics.

I can use evidence from seafloor spreading to explain plate tectonics.

I can describe how Earth’s surface is continuously changed by plate movement.

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.