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 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.
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.