Science Year in Review – 6th Grade

The year in review posts are especially fun because it’s my chance to reflect back on the year and all the things we managed to accomplish!

Sometimes in the short-run it can feel like we’re not getting much homeschooling done. You know how homeschooling can go… we’re interrupted for activities, illness, errands, appointments, or the occasional blahs. But then when we step back to look at the bigger picture, we’ve actually covered quite a bit.

I was planning to write about ED’s 7th grade plans, but spent so much time wrapping up last year’s science I figured I would just rename this post and come back to her 7th grade plans in the next post!!

So… here is our Year in Review: the 6th Grade Science Units ED did last year. ED is the blog nick-name for my youngest daughter. 😊

6th Grade Science Units

As many of you know, we’ve been homeschooling right from the start. For many years, we did the majority of our subjects together.  With my older two in high school, we now do science separately for the most part, though as you’ll see ED did a couple of units with her (older) sister, DD, (who did high school biology last year).

I’ve linked to the posts if you are interested in reading more about any of these units.

6th Grade Science Units: Last year, ED started with off with chemistry. We started off with some fun chemistry experiments… like these

States of Matter - Changing States of Matter ActivitiesCelery Experiments - cohesion adhesion capillary actionWe went on to do a unit on the Properties of Matter. We talked about the physical & chemical properties of matter and reviewed the differences between pure substances & mixtures and so forth.

Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter Worksheets and ActivitiesShe spent time building molecules as well:

Molecular Model Kit

ED also became familiar with the first twenty elements of the periodic table (and worked on this independently).

Elements Booklets - The first 20 elements - Unusual element names

Plant Kingdom – We then switched to botany for a little while. We went over some basic plant classification because her older sister was covering that in biology.  She had done some basic plant classification when she did a mini-unit on carnivorous plants (which is also included in the Botany Packet) the year before. When I asked her, she said the review would be good. 🙂

Plant Classification Worksheets - Plant Kingdom

She then went on to learn about the life cycles of moss, ferns & conifers/gymnospoerms as well.

Moss Life Cycle Worksheets

Life Cycle of Gymnosperms - Conifers Worksheets

After that, she spent some time on the Human Body Systems. It had been a while since she had studied the skeletal system.

Skeletal System Worksheets and Notebook Pages

We did a number of hands-on activities that she really enjoyed. She really loved the one we as we talked about bone diseases such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.Skeletal System Activities Bones Joints CartilageSkeletal System Hands-On Activities Bone DiseasesShe also asked if she could do owl pellets again (we’ve dissected those every year or two since the kids were little!) and really enjoyed finding all the mice bones. There’s a free owl packet that I shared at that post too, if you’re interested.

Owl Pellet DissectionWe had family fly in to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with us last year and then after that ED did the muscular system.

Muscular System Unit - Worksheets and Notebook Pages

This was her movable hand project from that unit. The fingers were all different sizes… which is why she wrote that message to all of you! (Yes, she knows most of her projects wind up on the blog!!) 😊

muscular system - hand activity

Next, we moved on to the nervous system. Funny enough, I guess I didn’t share that blog post with you all last year! I found it in draft form when I was writing this post. Oops! Life got away from me!

Nervous System WorksheetsWe also talked briefly about how the eye and how the ear functions. (These were worksheets I included in the Five Senses Packet).

Anatomy of the Eye Worksheet for KidsAfter the winter break, we started with a unit on renewable & non-renewable energy and on the carbon cycle. (This is one of the packets I haven’t proof-read & shared yet.) We talked about things like kinetic and potential energy, energy sources and our local power grid before going on to talk about fossil fuels and so forth.

Energy and Force - Kinetic and Potential EnergyEnergy PacketAnd, after talking about the power grid it made sense to talk about electricity.  ED jumped into a big unit on Electricity and Circuits! That is a super-fun hands-on unit!

Electricity Unit

Electricity and Circuits Hands On Activity IdeasConductors and Insulators Squishy Circuits Activity

It had been quite a long time since we had talked about Weather & Weather Fronts and we spent a couple of weeks going over the types of winds, warm and cold fronts, the Coriolis effect and all that!

Clouds Winds Weather Worksheets - Packet

And finally, we ended the year with a couple of Physics Units… talking about light waves and sound waves. (Again, I’ll add these into the Energy Packet.) We also watched some physics videos from a homeschool curriculum I purchased and covered the physics of light, the physics of sound and the physics of heat.

Light Waves Worksheets

Reflecting back, it might look like I had a grand plan… but more often, we just went with the flow. In fact, we didn’t cover some of the topics/units that I thought we would get to.

And as you saw, there were other units that we did that I hadn’t expected/planned for. For example, since ED’s sister was doing some biology units (on botany, on the human body)… it made sense to piggy-back on what her sister was covering.

Similarly, we wound up doing the physics units because her older brother had the opportunity to take two physics courses (with a homeschool Dad who teaches physics at a university).  Again, it made sense for our family at the time!

Other units came about when I casually asked if she remembered things… for example, I asked her (and her sis) if they remembered much about high & low pressure systems, global winds, the jet stream, local winds, weather fronts, etc. They didn’t, so we spent some time covering that! (And my son, LD, also joined in on that unit even though he was also doing physics at the time.)

You may find that your year goes something like that too!  Winding from topic to topic… diving deep into some things and reviewing others.

You might make wonderful plans… only to abandon some of them and to explore unexpected topics! That’s homeschool life!

I have a general checklist and keep that top of mind as we move through the year, trying to make sure that we are both covering new material and reviewing older units (that we might have done when she was quite young).

Free Science Checklist - Elementary Middle School

So, that’s about it for today! It has been fun thinking back on last year!

In the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of our plans for this year. 🙂

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