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Electricity & Magnetism

Grade 6 


Content Standard

GENERAL STANDARD SAFETY - Safety is a fundamental concern in all experimental science.  teachers of science mush know and apply the necessary safety regulations in the use, storage, and coarse of materials used by students.  Safety while learning science requires thorough planning, management, and n continuous monitoring of student activities both at school and during any science-related activities.  Students must also take responsibility for their own safety and perform experiments as instructed.
C. SCIENCE INQUIRY - Students in Wisconsin will investigate questions using scientific methods and tools, revise their personal understanding to accommodate knowledge, and communicate these understandings to others.
D. PHYSICAL SCIENCE - Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of matter, the forms and properties of energy, and the ways in which matter and energy interact.


Performance Standards
C.8.1 Identify questions they can investigate using resources and equipment they have available
C.8.2 Identify data and locate sources of information including their own records to answer the questions being investigated
C.8.3 Design and safely conduct investigations that provide reliable quantitative or qualitative data, as appropriate, to answer their questions
C.8.4 Use inferences to help decide possible results of their investigations, use observations to check their inferences.
C.8.5 Use accepted scientific knowledge, models, and theories to explain their their results and to raise further questions about their investigations.
C.8.6 State what they have learned from investigations, relating their inferences to scientific knowledge and to data they have collected.
C.8.7 Explain their data and conclusions in ways that allow an audience to understand the questions they selected for investigation and the answers they have developed.
C.8.8 use computer software and other technologies to organize, process, and present their data
C.8.9 Evaluate, explain, and defend the validity of questions, hypotheses, and conclusions to their investigations
C.8.10 Discuss the importance of their results and implications of their work with peers, teachers and other adults
C.8.11 Raise further questions which still need to be answered


D.4.8 Ask questions and make observations to discover the differences between substances that can be touched (matter) and substances that cannot be touched (forms of energy, light, heat, electricity, sound, and magnetism)


D.8.1 Observe, describe, and measure physical and chemical properties of elements and other substances to identify and group them according to properties such as density, melting points, boiling points, conductivity, magnetic attraction, solubility, and reactions to common physical and chemical tests
D.8.2 Use the  major ideas of atomic theory and molecular theory to describe physical and chemical interactions among substances, including solids, liquids, and gases
D.8.3 Understand how chemical interactions and behaviors lead to new substances with different properties
D.8.4 While conducting investigation, use the science themes to develop explanations of physical and chemical interactions and energy exchanges
D.8.7 While conducting investigations of common physical and chemical interactions occurring in the laboratory and the outside world, use commonly accepted definitions of energy and the idea of energy conservation

Unit Objectives

ELECTRICITY - Students will be able to:

1. Identify subatomic particles as small units of matter with distinct properties of charge
2. Describe the forces between like and unlike electric charges
3. Define an electric (force) field
4. Observe and explain static electricity as movement of electrons
5. Compare friction, induction, and conduction as three ways to transfer electric charge
6. Classify materials as conductors or insulators of electric current
7. Compare static and current electricity
8. Define electric current and terms voltage, current and resistance; recognize and apply the formula indicated by Ohm's law
9. Contrast and identify uses or direct and alternating current
10. Describe the structure and uses of wet and dry cell batteries
11. Identify components of electric circuits
12. Compare and contrast series and parallel circuits
13. Construct working models of circuits and identify the components of the circuits
14. Explain the purpose and uses of circuit breakers and fuses
15. State and explain the rationale behind safety rules related to electricity

MAGNETISM - Students will be able to:

1. Define magnetism
2. Describe the properties of magnetic poles
3. Observe magnetic force through experimentation
4. Explain the use of  magnetic lines of force in describing magnetic fields
5. Compare and contrast permanent and temporary magnets
6. Describe the magnetic poles of the earth; distinguish between geographic and magnetic poles
7. Observe and explain the behavior of compasses


  Slinger Middle School 
521 Olympic Drive
Slinger, WI 53086
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Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:38 p.m.
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