I am looking for science resources that match up with the topics that will be taught in the Texas public schools in 6th grade (because my son MIGHT be returning to school in 7th grade - this is a trial year, and I want to make sure we keep up with what they are teaching so if he goes back he won’t be behind).
Below are a list of topics he needs to cover. I’d be happy with one curriculum that covers all of them, or piecing together unit studies. Please suggest either, or books that you’ve used that cover a single or multiple topics below well. Thanks.
SCIENCE TOPICS COVERED
- Elements and compounds (including chemical symbols and formulas)
----metals, nonmetals, and metalloids.
----periodic table (basics)
FORCE, MOTION AND ENERGY
The rock cycle and plate tectonics
- Sructural layers of Earth, including the inner core, outer core, mantle, crust, asthenosphere, and lithosphere;
- classify rocks as metamorphic, igneous, or sedimentary by the processes of their formation
-Basics of taxonomic classifications
-Characteristics of Organisms (including prokaryotic or eukaryotic, unicellular or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, and Kingdom)
-Interdependence between organisms and their environments
Biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem
Levels of organization within an ecosystem (organism, population, community, and ecosystem)
- biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem
NOTE: Texas also covers Space and Energy Resources in 6th Grade, but I already think I have things to cover this.