Unit Title/Focus

Norris Altadonna
Subject/Grade Area:
Matter/ 6th Grade Science
Unit 3
Unit Title/Focus: Understanding characteristics of Energy
Clarifying Objective:
6.P.3.1: Understanding heat transfer through conduction,
radiation, convection.
6.P.3.2: Effect of electromagnetic wave on matterabsorption, scattering, change in temperature
6.P.3.3: Explain the suitability of materials for use in
technological design based on a response to heat (to include
conduction, expansion, and contraction) and electrical
energy (conductors and insulators).
Weeks: 3 wks.
Stage 1- Desired Results
Essential Standard: 6.P.3.(1-3): Understand characteristics of energy transfer and interactions of matter and
Clarifying Objectives:
6.P.3.1 Illustrate the transfer of heat energy from warmer objects to cooler ones using examples of conduction, radiation
and convection and the effects that may result.
6.P.3.2 Explain the effects of electromagnetic waves on various materials to include absorption, scattering, and
change in temperature.
6.P.3.3 Explain the suitability of materials for use in technological design based on a response to heat (to
include conduction, expansion, and contraction) and electrical energy (conductors and insulators).
Essential Questions
Knowledge & Skills
How can something you cannot see/sense affect Students need to understand…& Students will be able to…
Energy can be transferred in different ways.
How are seemingly unrelated concepts
connected through waves?
Light can affect the temperature of an object.
Light interacts with matter, absorption, refraction,
transmission, and reflection.
Thermal energy can be transferred in different ways.
How is energy like a wave?
Materials can be classified based on type of heat
What are the similarities and differences
between the waves that produce earthquakes,
light, and sound?
How can you see different colors?
What is the relationship between light and
What is the nature of sound?
Compare and contrast thermal, mechanical, electrical,
and electromagnetic waves.
Explain the sun as a major source of energy.
Analyze sunburns, ozones, and tanning beds.
Explain how UV rays can be harmful.
Identify ways we can be protected from UV rays.
Differentiate between conduction, convection, and
Identify conductors and insulators and explain the
difference between the two.
How do we hear sound?
Students know:
What is matter?
and matter.
o Absorption
o Scattering
o Color perception
o EM Spectrum
ns of light
How and why does matter change?
How is matter alike or different on the
molecular level?
How does heat affect the motion of atoms?
How do atoms react during a change in phase?
How are the physical properties of matter used
to compare pure substances?
How does heat travel?
What are the effects of heat transfer?
What are the similarities and differences
between convection, radiation, and conduction?
How do electromagnetic waves interact
with/affect different types of matter?
How are materials chosen for different
technological design projects?
Vertical Alignment
What skills and knowledge already acquired in previous years and how can I get the students to assess and build
on upon that knowledge?
Learning Progressions
Where are the students going with this information?
6.P.3 Understand characteristics of energy transfer and interactions of matter and energy.
8.P.1 Understand the properties of matter and changes that occur when matter interacts in an open and closed
Stage 2- Assessments Evidence
Performance Tasks/ Formative Assessment
Summative Assessment
Discovery Education Black line Master
Teacher made Edmodo Assessment
Stem Leaf lab 6.p.3.1
World Book Online Science Power Assessment
Discovery Education lab 6.P.3.2 (Exploring light
and color)
Discovery Education lab 6.P.3.3 (Exploring
Tier 1
Heat, solid, liquid, gas, atoms, electrical, mechanical, mass, melting point
Tier 2
Energy, thermal, atmosphere, current
Tier 3
thermal, collision, equilibrium, conduction, convection, radiation,
temperature, ozone, electromagnetic waves, absorbed, transmitted,
refracted, reflected, emit, wavelengths, electromagnetic spectrum,
electromagnetic radiation, visible light, infrared light, infrared imaging,
satellite imaging, UV light, ozone, UV waves, UV index, thermal conductors,
thermal insulators, expansion joints, electrical conductor, electrical
insulator, electrical current, metal, nonmetal, phase change, density,
equilibrium, insulator, contraction, solubility
Technology Standards
Select appropriate technology tools to gather
data and information (e.g., Web-based
resources, e-books, online communication
tools, etc.). Example-World Book Online,
Edmodo, Google Docs
Select appropriate technology tools to organize
data and information (e.g., word processor,
database, spreadsheet, graphic organizer, audio and
visual recording, online collaboration tools, etc.).
Literacy Standards
1) Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of
science and technical texts. (example-science world
magazine, argumentative writing response)
6) Analyze author’s purpose in providing explanation,
describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in
text. (example-have students write a book review,
pygmy shrew)
Example-MicroSoft Word- Shape Art (graphic
Select appropriate technology tools to present data
and information effectively (multimedia, audio and
visual recording, online collaboration tools, etc.).
Example- Photostory
Writing Standards
2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a
topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information
through the selection, organization, and analysis
of relevant content.
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that
follows from the information or explanation