The Living Classroom Curriculum:Sixth Grade, PDF
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- Planting in Circles: Students are introduced to the radius, diameter, and circumference of circles by planting circular beds in the garden, investigating circles in fruit, constructing circles using a compass, and by looking at tree rings.
- Ancient Civilizations – How Plants Shaped History: Students gain a deeper understanding of the role that plants played in establishing ancient civilizations as they gather seeds from last year’s harvest and then plant the seeds from some of the plants that helped found civilizations in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome. They will also taste and examine some of the foods and herbs that were so important to these cultures. The geography and history of the Ancient World are expored using a large map with representative foods from each region. Students work together in small groups to become experts on an assigned region and then present their region to their classmates.
- California Biodiversity: In this two-part lesson, sixth graders use the book Atlas of Biodiversity of California to answer questions about the significance of California's biodiversity and to do research on a specific topic related to biodiversity. Pairs of students will produce a power point presentation with the responses and research findings along with some photographs of animals and/or plants relevant to their research topic.
- The Nitrogen Cycle: Students learn about nitrogen fixing plants and their importance in nature and for agriculture, examine bacteria nodules on the roots of legumes to learn how nitrogen from the air is fied into the soil, and examine evidence about the mutually beneficial interaction between Rhizobium bacteria and legumes.
- Garden Animal Biodiversity: Using butterfly nets, magnifiers, and insect boxes, students compare the degree of biodiversity in the school playing field with that of the native plant garden and record their findings.