6th Grade Science Essential Questions:


  1. What is the difference between a dependent and an independent variable?
  2. How can I perform an experiment using the steps of the scientific method?
  3. Can I change the data I have collected from an experiment into a table, graph, or diagram?
  4. Can I determine a cause and effect conclusion at the end of an experiment?
  5. How can I identify incorrect interpretation of data due to errors during the experiment?
  6. What is the difference between gravitational, elastic, and chemical potential energy?
  7. What is the relationship between potential and kinetic energy?
  8. Can I recognize different types of energy transformations?
  9. What is the Law of Conservation of Energy?


  1. Can I identify events caused by heat convection?
  2. How is the sunís energy and the wind connected?
  3. How does the temperature affect the oceanís currents?
  4. Can I use meteorological data to make predictions about the weather?
  5. What is a simple circuit? How does electricity pass through a simple circuit to produce heat, light, and sound?
  6. What materials conduct electricity?



  1. What are the major components of the universe?
  2. How does the distance of objects in space from Earth affect how they appear?
  3. How is the movement of the Earth, sun, and moon related to days, lunar cycles, and years?
  4. Can I identify the different phases of the moon?
  5. What affect does the Earth and moon have on the oceanís tides?
  6. How do the positions of the Earth and sun cause the four seasons?
  7. What is the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse?



  1. Can I identify the producers, consumers, scavengers, and decomposers in a food chain or food web?
  2. How are materials and energy transferred between organisms in an ecosystem?
  3. Can I identify the biotic and abiotic factors in the major biomes?
  4. What types of environmental conditions occur in the major biomes and how do the organisms depend on one another?



31. How does technology respond to social, political, and economic needs?

32. How do we know that the engineering design process involves an ongoing series of events?

33. What are ways to compare the intended benefits with unintended consequences of new technology?

34. How can I describe and explain adaptive and assistive bioengineered products?