6th Grade Earth Science Benchmarks
[Constructing and Reflecting] [ Life Science] [Physical Science] [Earth Science] [Health]
What do you want students to:
know, do, be like?
How will you know if benchmarks have been achieved?
What possible instructional resources
could be used?
Students should master these:
Earth's Changing Surface: Labs & Activities
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  • Multimedia Here

Print Material:

  • Print Material Here

Field Trips:

  • Field Trip Here

IRC Activities:

  • IRC Activity Here

Units of Practice:
Each UOP, located on the Utica Learning Interchange (ULI), is developed by one of your colleagues, an experienced teacher, and exemplifies an approach to integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. Search the UOPs by Subject and Level or by Keyword.

  • UOP Links Here

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V.1.MS.1 Describe and identify surface features using maps.

Students will:

  • Interpret different kinds of maps to identify local and regional landforms
  • Interpret maps of the continents and maps of the ocean floor to identify global landforms, such as plateaus, mountains, plains, etc
V.1.MS.3 Explain how rocks are broken down, how soil is formed and how surface features change.

Students will:

  • Explain how weathering, erosion contribute to soil formation.
    Note: decomposition is really chemical weathering which would be included under "weathering"
  • Explain how mechanical weathering (i.e., frost action, water, and wind) and chemical weathering (i.e., acid rain and acid secretions by decomposers like fungi and lichens) change surface features
V.1.MS.5 Explain how technology changes the surface of the earth.

Students will:

  • Investigate how humans have caused positive and negative changes to the surface of the Earth
Waters on the Earth:
V.2.MS.1 Use maps of the earth to locate water in its various forms and describe the conditions under which they exist.

Students will:

  • Use a variety of maps such as relief, weather, topographic, road maps, and satellite images to locate water on Earth
  • Use a variety of maps to interpret the state of water at a specific location on Earth
V.2.MS.2 Describe how surface water in Michigan reaches the ocean and returns.

Students will:

  • Describe how water in Michigan reaches the ocean through surface run-off, creeks, streams, and rivers
  • Describe how water returns to Michigan in the form of precipitation through the water cycle
V.2.MS.3 Explain how water exists below the earth's surface and how it is replenished

Students will:

  • Illustrate how groundwater accumulates and forms the water table
  • Explain how groundwater is replenished
V.2.MS.4 Describe the origins of pollution in the hydrosphere.

Students will:

  • Investigate a human activity that causes water pollution

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Last Revised: Mon, Mar 15, 2004