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Grade 6 Science

Understanding Living Things

Animal Cell Mitosis   
This animation allows students to see the stages of mitosis in an animal cell.  Lesson 2
Children resemble their parents  
What are genes made of? What are chromosomes made of? Is that the same thing? Can I see DNA?  What do I get from my parents besides lectures?  How do genes make me who I am? Are all people made of the same genes? Start here to take a Tour of the Basics! (requires Flash plugin and a little patience while it loads).  Entire tour includes these tour topics: What is DNA? What is a gene? What is a chromosome?  What is inheritance? What is a protein? What is mitosis/meiosis?  Lesson 3
Living Things Grow and Respond

Seed Germination 
This award winning site covers germination, non-flowering plants and seeds.  The site contains a glossary, activities, and links to other related sites.  Students roll play as detectives as they work through each case they are presented.  Lesson 1
Chapter 2- Types of Plants
This web page describes the interesting characteristics of mosses.  There are links to other interesting sites about mosses at the bottom of the page.  Lesson 1
What are the parts of a flower?
Students learn the different parts of a flower and then solve a plant mystery.  Lesson 3  
Seed Structure 
Students learn about seed structure and then solve a plant mystery.  Lesson 4
Chapter 3- Invertebrates

The Living Planet

The World's Biomes  
This page introduces the major biomes on Earth.  Aquatic, Deserts, Forests, Grasslands, and Tundra Biomes are detailed.  Lesson 2


Chapter 3- Earth's Ocean 

What Does the Ocean Floor Look Like?  
This site contains graphics, maps, and interactive animations that helps students visualize what the ocean floor looks like.  Lesson 1
Atoll formation 
This site contains interactive graphics from NASA that allows students to observe islands in various stages of atoll formation.  Lesson 1

Reading Weather Maps   
This page helps students understand the surface change symbols and the systems they show on the weather map.  There are links to other guides to weather maps and reports and links to weather prediction pages too.  Lesson 3
Weather Wiz Kids   
This page explains which weather instrument measures what, and how the instrument works. This site also includes information on all aspects of weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, and much more. Lesson 3

Weather Watch   
This interactive site from Scholastic allows students to 'test drive' the tools meteorologists use every day. Students click on each tool for more information along with instructions on building it and using it in an experiment. Lesson 3

Cycles in Earth and Space
Savage Earth   
This animated site, from PBS, explains how the Earth works, it has information about the layers of the Earth.  Lesson 1

Plate Tectonics
This web page, from NASA's Classroom of the Future, explains the theory of plate tectonics and all about Convergent, Divergent and Transform Boundaries.  There are links to other Earth topics too.  Lesson 2
This site, established by the US Geological Survey, is designed specifically for kids. It includes earthquake history, FAQs, locations, career info, and preparation ideas. The site also includes tons of links for kids, teachers, and grown-ups to information, history, specific quakes, and projects.  Lesson 3
This very complete site about volcanoes explains how volcanoes form, volcanism, eruptions, and  introduces the different kinds of volcanoes.  Lesson 3 Chapter 2- Rocks and the Rock Cycle
Earth and Moon Viewer 
Students can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe.  Lesson 3 
Life and Death of Stars  
This site examines the birth and death of stars and has Hubble pictures with text links that explain the photos.  Lesson 1

Galaxies Galore and More   
These web pages contain several online explorations and fun activities for students to complete.  They can build our Milky Way, Explore Galaxies, and play Galaxy Games.  Lesson 2
Matter and Energy

Structure of an Atom 
This page describes the three pieces that make up an atom.  Electron, Proton, and Neutron characteristics and movement is explained.  Lesson 1
The definition and characteristics of an Isotope is presented on this page.  There are links to information about atom bonding, compound basics and compound naming with examples.  Lesson 1
This site covers everything about Elements.  The Periodic Chart, Element List and Families are all explained.  There is also an overview of metals and their characteristics.  Lesson 2
States of Matter  
This page describes the main states of matter and the physical change that allows matter to change from one state to another.  Lesson 3
Plasma Basics  
Characteristics and examples of plasma are explored on this page.  Lesson 3
Mixture and Solutions  
Students learn about mixtures and solutions at the Chem4Kids site.  They learn what they are and how they are held together.  Lesson 3
Chapter 3- Energy
This NASA site examines the history of Magnetism, what it is, and how it works.  There are links to pages on the Magnetosphere, Magnetic Field Lines, and Electromagnetic Waves.  Lesson 2 
Chapter 4- Sound and Light
This article contains an explanation of the relationship between frequency, wavelength, and pitch.  Lesson 2

Forces and Machines

Students begin to learn about gravity on this introduction to gravity page.  They learn about independence of motion, falling masses, weightlessness, and how gravity changes with altitude too.  Lesson 1Forces and Machines Chapter 1- Forces and Motion  Gravity Students begin to learn about gravity on this introduction to gravity page.  They learn about independence of motion, falling masses, weightlessness, and how gravity changes with altitude too.  Lesson 1
Newton's Laws of Motion 
The three laws of motion are presented on this page.  After students have read about the laws of motion they can follow a link to find the answer to the following question.  If forces are always equal and opposite, how can anything move?  Lessons 2 & 3