MYP Science - Grade 6

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Grade 6 Sciences is an MYP science course that includes some physics, biology and chemistry through the development of independent laboratory investigations and research projects. We will explore the key concepts of CHANGE, RELATIONSHIPS and SYSTEMS. The beginning of the year will include working on classification systems in order to sharpen their skills in approaching science analytically. Then we will investigate the states of matter and what prompts the changes. Next we will discover the world of microorganisms, and then explore Earth’s changing surface. Finally we will explore force and motion and their connection to changes in energy. 
Units and Topics:
Introduction to MYP and the SCIENCE Laboratory
  • Objectives of the MYP Sciences 
  • Expectations
  • Programme Model
  • Key Concepts
  • Safety in the Laboratory
Unit 1 - How to be a scientist
  • Introduce Systems to organize information
  • Create Graphic and written Dichotomous Keys
  • Introduce the scientific method
  • Use various approaches to Inquiry to do science
Unit 2 - States of Matter and what prompts the change
  • Review the basics of the States of Matter
  • Review the atomic structure and what happens to atoms when states change
  • Investigate what prompts the changes of state
  • Conclude that the addition or subtraction of energy is what makes matter change 
Unit 3- Microorganisms
  • Distinguish between different types of cells
  • Understand the function of organelles in the cell
  • Investigate how microorganisms are beneficial or damaging to humans
  • Outline the principle of ‘classification of living things’
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of kingdoms of life
Unit 4 – Earth’s Changing Surface
  • Describe the movement of tectonic plates
  • Outline the different types of tectonic plate movement
  • Describe the process of heat transfer through convection
  • Outline what minerals are
  • Assess the value of different minerals in our daily lives
Unit 5- Force and Motion
  • Discuss the characteristics of movement and energy
  • Observe and record data about the movement of an object
  • Practice manipulating data for a moving object
  • Illustrate that movement in a graphic form
Required materials for every class:
  • Chargedlaptop
  • Notebook with a hard cover. The pages can be blank (unlined) or lined pages. This notebook must be used just for science class
  • Writing implements - pen, pencil, ruler  
  • Covered shoes (mandatory when conducting experiments)
  • Calculator
  • Earbud or headphones
  • Graph paper
  • A set of colored pencils and highlighters.
Aims: As stated in the MYP Sciences guide, the aims of MYP science are to encourage and enable students to
  • Develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world
  • Acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions in scientific and other contexts
  • Develop skills of scientific inquiry to design and carry out scientific investigations and evaluate scientific evidence to draw conclusions
  • Communicate scientific ideas, arguments and practical experiences accurately in a variety of ways
  • Think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions in scientific and other contexts
  • Appreciate the benefits and limitations of science and its application in technological developments
  • Understand the international nature of science and the interdependence of science, technology and society, including the benefits, limitations and implications imposed by social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical factors
  • Demonstrate attitudes and develop values of honesty for themselves, others, and their shared environment
Assessment criteria:
Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria
Assessment Criteria
At the end of Grade 6, students should be able to:
Knowing and understanding
  • describe scientific knowledge
  • apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • analyse information to make scientifically supported judgments.
Inquiring and designing
  • outline an appropriate problem or research question to be tested by a scientific investigation
  • outline a testable prediction using scientific reasoning
  • outline how to manipulate the variables, and outline how data will be collected
  • design scientific investigations.
Processing and evaluating
  • present collected and transformed data
  • interpret data and outline results using scientific reasoning
  • discuss the validity of a prediction based on the outcome of the scientific investigation
  • discuss the validity of the method
  • describeimprovements or extensions to the method.
Reflecting on the impacts of science
  • describe the ways in which science is applied and used to address a specific problem or issue
  • discuss and analyse the various implications of using science and its application in solving a specific problem or issue
  • apply scientific language effectively
  • document the work of others and sources of information used.