Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, Grade 6


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Big Idea 1: The Practice of Science.


  • SC.6.N.1.1 Define a problem from the sixth grade curriculum, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigation of various types, such as systematic observations or science-experiments, identify variables, collect and organize data, interpret data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.
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  • SC.6.N.1.2 Explain why scientific investigations should be replicable.

  • SC.6.N.1.3 Explain the difference between a science experiment and other types of scientific investigation, and explain the relative benefits and limitations of each.
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  • SC.6.N.1.4 Discuss, compare, and negotiate methods used, results obtained, and explanations among groups of students conducting the same investigation.

  • SC.6.N.1.5 Recognize that science involves creativity, not just in designing science-experiments, but also in creating explanations that fit evidence.

Big Idea 2: The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge


  • SC.6.N.2.1 Distinguish science from other activities involving thought.
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  • SC.6.N.2.2 Explain that scientific knowledge is durable because it is open to change as new evidence or interpretations are encountered.

  • SC.6.N.2.3 Recognize that scientists who make contributions to scientific knowledge come from all kinds of backgrounds and possess varied talents, interests, and goals.

Big Idea 3: The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models

Big Idea 6: Earth Structures

Big Idea 7: Earth Systems and Patterns

Big Idea 11: Energy Transfer and Transformations

Big Idea 12: Motion of Objects

Big Idea 13: Forces and Changes in Motion

Big Idea 14: Organization and Development of Living Organisms


  • SC.6.L.14.1 Describe and identify patterns in the hierarchical organization of organisms.

  • SC.6.L.14.2 Investigate and explain the components of the scientific theory of cells (cell theory): all organisms are composed of cells (single-celled or multi-cellular), all cells come from pre-existing cells, and cells are the basic unit of life.
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  • SC.6.L.14.3 Recognize and explore how cells of all organisms undergo similar processes to maintain homeostasis, including extracting energy from food, getting rid of waste, and reproducing.

  • SC.6.L.14.4 Compare and contrast the structure and function of major organelles of plant and animal cells, including cell wall, cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria, and vacuoles.
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    Review Cells-1 practice
    Review Cells-2 practice
    Review Cells-3 practice
    Review Cells-4 practice

  • SC.6.L.14.5 Identify and investigate the general functions of the major systems of the human body (digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, excretory, immune, nervous, and musculoskeletal) and describe ways these systems interact with each other to maintain homeostasis.

  • SC.6.L.14.6 Compare and contrast types of infectious agents that may infect the human body, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

Big Idea 15: Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms


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