6th Grade Core Alignments
Strand 6.3: Earth's Weather Patterns and Climate
Standard 6.3.1 Develop a model to describe how the cycling of water through Earth's systems is driven by energy from the Sun, gravitational forces, and density.
Strand 6.4. Stability and Change in Ecosystems
Standard 6.4.1 Analyze data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations in an ecosystem. Ask questions to predict how changes in resource availability affects organisms in those ecosystems. Examples could include water, food, and living space in Utah environments.
- What's In the Water?
- Who lives in the Water?
- Missing Macroinvertebrates
- Wetland vs. Stream Macroinvertebrates
Standard 6.4.2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasizes consistent interactions in different environments, such as competition, predation, and mutualism.
Standard 6.4.3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasize food webs and the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in various ecosystems. Examples could include ecosystems such as mountains, Great Salt Lake, wetlands, and deserts.
Standard 6.4.4 Construct an argument supported by evidence that the stability of populations is affected by changes to an ecosystem. Emphasize how changes to living and nonliving components in an ecosystem affect populations in that ecosystem. Examples could include Utah ecosystems such as mountains, Great Salt Lake, wetlands, and deserts.
Standard 6.4.5 Evaluate competing design solutions for preserving ecosystem services that protect resources and biodiversity based on how well the solutions maintain stability within the ecosystem. Emphasize obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information of differing design solutions. Examples could include policies affecting ecosystems, responding to invasive species or solutions for the preservation of ecosystem resources specific to Utah, such as air and water quality and prevention of soil erosion.