GEMS Correlations with the
MISSISSIPPI SCIENCE FRAMEWORK
for Sixth Grade


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Sixth grade science content strands are Life Science (L), Earth and Space Science (E), and Physical Science (P). The content strand associated with each competency is identified after the competency statement.

Science competencies for sixth grade:

1. Investigate structure and functions in living systems. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Learning About Learning, More Than Magnifiers, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

2. Compare and classify the reproduction and heredity of organisms. (L)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: none at this time

3. Explore how changing resources will influence the regulation and behavior of organisms. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

4. Explore how different populations determine the formation of an ecosystem. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

5. Explore the unique characteristics and adaptations of organisms. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Acid Rain, Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

6. Model the structure of the Earth system past and present. (E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Convection: A Current Event, Investigating Artifacts, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Plate Tectonics, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

7. Investigate the Earth in relation to the solar system. (E, P)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Earth, Moon, and Stars, Messages from Space, Moons of Jupiter, The Real Reasons for Seasons

8. Investigate structure, properties, and changes of matter. (E, P)


Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Acid Rain, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Ocean Currents, Of Cabbages and Chemistry

9. Evaluate the effect of force on the motion of an object. (E, L, P)


Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Experimenting with Model Rockets, Plate Tectonics

10. Examine the transfer of energy in many different forms. (E, L, P)


Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Color Analyzers, Convection: A Current Event, Hot Water and Warm Homes from Sunlight

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