6th Grade Science Syllabus

6th Grade Science Syllabus

6th Grade Science Syllabus


Brian Smith

Austin Woodrick

Cathy Haynes



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Course Overview

The theme for sixth grade science is how energy, found in multiple systems and scales, is driving ecosystems (populations, food chains/webs), Earth’s natural resources, and Earth processes (oceans, weather, and climate). In turn, oceans, weather, and climate help determine characteristics of ecosystems. A focus on science literacy is implemented through the use of the science and engineering practices. Often times, students are required to gather information from reliable sources to construct evidenced-based arguments. By the end of the sixth grade, it is expected that students should be able to demonstrate the skills and content knowledge emphasized in the following standards in preparation for future learning in science and its practice.

Course Standards/Objectives

State standards for teaching and learning in this course and others are available at



Per Sevier County Board of Education policy, grading will be uniform across all elementary grades. In this class, daily grades will count as 67% of a student’s final average while test grades will count as 33%. Students who receive an excused absence are required to make up work missed in each class. Students who receive unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up daily missed work and the grade may be assessed as a zero. Student scores on the Tennessee Ready test grades three through eight shall comprise fifteen(15%) percent of the student’s final grade in the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science, and social studies. If these scores have not been returned by the end of school, grades will be assigned without  including Tennessee Ready scores. Students and parents can have access at all times to current grading information via gradebookwizard.com.