Scope and Sequence:




Links: NHPS Science Overview

K State Standards Overview, K Curriculum Detail

**Sixth Grade Science in NHPS uses kits that rotate among schools.

Check with each school for Rotation Details.                               

Unit Titles


Learning Outcomes


ECOSYSTEMS (STC Ecosystems Kit)


WEATHER (FOSS Weather and Water Kit, in school)


WATERSHEDS (URI Watersheds Kit)


SIMPLE MACHINES (Foss Levers Kit, in school)


C INQ.1       Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation.

C INQ.2       Read, interpret and examine the credibility of scientific claims in different sources of information.

C INQ.3       Design and conduct appropriate types of scientific investigations to answer different questions.

C INQ.4       Identify independent and dependent variables, and those variables that are kept constant, when designing an experiment.

C INQ.5       Use appropriate tools and techniques to make observations and gather data.

C INQ.6       Use mathematical operations to analyze and interpret data.

C INQ.7       Identify and present relationships between variables in appropriate graphs.

C INQ.8       Draw conclusions and identify sources of error.

C INQ.9       Provide explanations to investigated problems or questions.

C INQ.10    Communicate about science in different formats, using relevant science vocabulary, supporting evidence and clear logic.

C 4.   Describe how abiotic factors, such as temperature, water and sunlight, affect the ability of plants to create their own food through photosynthesis.

C 5.   Explain how populations are affected by predator-prey relationships.

C 6.   Describe common food webs in different Connecticut ecosystems.















C 7.   Describe the effect of heating on the movement of  molecules in solids, liquids and gases.

 C 8.   Explain how local weather conditions are related to the temperature, pressure and water content of the atmosphere and the proximity to a large body of water.

 C 9.   Explain how the uneven heating of the EarthÕs surface causes winds.

 C 10.   Explain the role of septic and sewage systems on the quality of surface and ground water.

 C 11.   Explain how human activity may impact water resources in Connecticut, such as ponds, rivers and the Long Island Sound ecosystem. 

C 12.   Explain the relationship among force, distance and work, and use the relationship (W=F x D) to calculate work done in lifting heavy objects.


C 13.   Explain how simple machines, such as inclined planes, pulleys and levers, are used to create mechanical advantage.


 C 14.   Describe how different types of stored (potential) energy can be used to make objects move.

Significant Task


Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

Weather Forecast

Watershed Study

* CT Embedded Task: Dig In

Lifting Problem


Supporting Materials



Prentice Hall Explorer: Ecosystems

Prentice Hall Explorer: Weather


NeoSci Kit: Weather

Urban Resources Initiative Kit: Watersheds

Delta Science Module Kit: Simple Machines or NeoSci Kit: Simple Machines