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Grade 6 - Preferred Integrated Course

Grade Six Integrated Storyline

 Life Science Earth & Space Science Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
Instructional Segment 1
A cell, a person, and planet Earth are each a system made up of subsystems.
 
All living things are made of cells.

The body is a system made of interacting subsystems.
Water cycles among the land, ocean, and atmosphere.

Weather and climate involve interactions among Earths's subsystems.
  Design criteria.

Evaluate solutions.
Instructional Segment 2
Weather conditions result from the interactions among different Earth subsystems. 
  The movement of water and interacting air masses helps determine local weather patterns and conditions.

The ocean has a strong influence on weather and climate.

Temperature measures the average kinetic energy of the particles that make up matter. 


Energy transfers from hot materials to cold materials.

The type and amount of matter affects how much an object’s temperature will change.
Design criteria.

Evaluate solutions.

Analyze data.

Interatively test and modify.
 Instructional Segment 3
Regional climates strongly influence regional plant and animal structures and behaviors.
Variations of inherited traits arise from genetic differences.

Genetic traits and local conditions affect the growth of organisms.

Organisms rely on their body structures and behavior to survive long enough to reproduce.
Energy input from the Sun varies with latitude, creating patterns in climate.

Energy flow through the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere affect local climate.

Density variations drive global patterns of air and ocean currents.
The type and amount of matter affects how much an object’s temperature will change.  
 Instructional Segment 4
Human activities can change the amount of global warming, which impacts plants and animals.
Local conditions affect the growth of organisms.

Organisms rely on their body structures and behavior to survive, but these adaptations may not be enough to survive as the climate changes.
Human changes to Earth’s environment can have dramatic impacts on different organisms.

Burning fossils fuels is a major cause of global warming. Strategic choices can reduce the amounts and impacts of climate change.
  Design criteria.

Evaluate solutions.

Analyze data.

 

 

 


Instructional Segment 1: Systems and Subsystems in Earth and Life Science

A cell, a person, and planet Earth are each a system made up of subsystems.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:

MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-8MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ETS1-1, MS-EST1-2

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
LS1.A: Structure and Function
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

Guiding Questions:

  • How are living systems and Earth systems similar and different?
  • What is the value of creating a systems model?



Instructional Segment 2: Earth System Interactions Cause Weather

Weather conditions result from the interactions among different Earth subsystems.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:
MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-6, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS3-5, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

Guiding Questions:

  • Why is weather so different in different parts of California?
  • How is weather related to the transfer of energy?
  • How do models help us understand the different kinds of weather in California?


Instructional Segment 3: Causes and Effects of Regional Climates

Regional climates strongly influence regional plant and animal structures and behaviors.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:
MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-PS3-4MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-8, MS-LS3-2

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
PS3.A: Definitions of Energy 
PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

Guiding Questions:

  • Why is the climate so different in different regions of the planet?
  • Why are organisms so different in different regions of the planet?
  • What makes organisms so similar to but also different from their parents?
  • What makes animals behave the way they do, and how does their behavior affect their survival and reproduction?

 


Instructional Segment 4: Effects of Global Warming on Living Systems

Human activities can change the amount of global warming, which impacts plants and animals.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:
MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-5, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms 
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

Guiding Questions:

  • How do human activities affect Earth's systems?
  • How do we know our global climate is changing?
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