Posted: Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:14am Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:21am

This Teacher Resource Guide has been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the Indiana Academic Standards for Sixth Grade. These resources are provided to help you in your work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources is optional; teachers should decide which resources will work best in their school for their students.

This resource document is a living document and will be frequently updated.

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Jarred Corwin
Secondary Science Specialist

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Physical Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
6.PS.1 Distinguish between the terms position, distance, and displacement, as well as, the terms speed and velocity.  The Physics of Motion
6.PS.2 Describe the motion of an object graphically showing the relationship between time and position.  The Physics Classroom
6.PS.3 Describe how potential and kinetic energy can be transferred from one form to another. Relationship in Different Energy Types
6.PS.4 Investigate the properties of light, sound, and other energy waves and how they are reflected, absorbed, and transmitted through materials and space. Light and Sound in the Sea
Earth and Space Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, and Simulations
6.ESS.1 Describe the role of gravity and inertia in maintaining the regular and predictable motion of celestial bodies. What causes an orbit to happen?
6.ESS.2 Design models to describe how Earth's rotation, revolution, tilt, and interaction with the sun and moon cause seasons, tides, changes in daylight hours, eclipses, and phases of the moon. NASA Space Place
6.ESS.3 Compare and contrast the Earth, its moon, and other planets in the solar system, including comets and asteroids.  (Comparisons should be made in regard to size, surface features, atmospheric characteristics, and the ability to support life.) Visit or interact with a Planetarium The Solar System
Life Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
6.LS.1 Investigate and describe how homeostasis is maintained as living things seek out their basic needs of food, water, shelter, space, and air. PBS Body Control Center
6.LS.2 Describe the role of photosynthesis in the flow of energy in food chains, energy pyramids, and food webs.  Create diagrams to show how the energy in animals' food used for bodily processes was once energy from the sun. Food Chains and Food Webs
6.LS.3 Describe specific relationships  (predator/prey, consumer/producer, parasite/host) and symbiotic relationships between organisms. Construct an explanation that predicts why patterns of interactions develop between organisms in an ecosystem. Biology 4 Kids
6.LS.4 Investigate and use data to explain how changes in biotic and abiotic components in a given habitat can be beneficial or detrimental to native plants and animals. Abiotic Factors Simulation
6.LS.5 Research invasive species and discuss their impact on ecosystems. Indiana Invasive Species Council   
DNR Invasive Species   
Nature Conservancy
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
6-8.E.1 Identify the criteria and constraints of a design to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. Teaching Engineering
6-8.E.2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to identify how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Engineering Design Cycle
6-8.E.3 Analyze data from investigations to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. NASA Let's Design
6-8.E.4 Develop a prototype to generate data for repeated investigations and modify a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. Design Squad PBS