Science Grade 6


Infrared Machine – Use your knowledge about infrared light waves to match different faces with different infrared images.

Infrared Photo Album – Use a view finder to look at many pictures through an infrared lens. This activity is great for differentiating between hot and cold light waves. Click Swap to convert the picture into full infrared view.

Earth Science 

Link to Webquest on Earthquakes and Volcanoes


National Geographic Earthquakes - At the top of the page, click on the Earthquake symbol where it asks you to “Choose a force”. This site is a great resource describing earthquakes, how they work, faults, measurement of quakes, and more. Students can also set off an earthquake and view its effects on a building after they select different ground types and earthquake magnitudes.

Make a quake – Students choose ground type, prevention measures taken on the building, and magnitude of a quake and then click “Begin Quake” to view the likely consequences.

Anatomy of an Earthquake – Click start to view an interactive section of Earth. Key vocabulary is illustrated and students can view a map indicating the different types of earthquake zones on Earth (i.e. subduction zones vs. spreading zones).

Scholastic Earthquakes - Scholastic offers this easy-to-read information about earthquakes.


National Geographic Volcanoes – At the top of the page, click on the Earthquake symbol where it asks you to “Choose a force”. This site is a resource describing volcanoes, different types, where they typically occur, etc. The site also asks students to create their own volcano. They can choose different types and experiment between high/low dissolved gasses and silica content. This element would be an extension for sixth graders, however would be a good way for them to explore cause and effect.

Volcano Explorer - An interactive look at volcanoes on Earth. The menu offers volcano types, inside a volcano, and build your own volcano.

Can we Predict Volcanic Eruption? - This site is an in depth look at volcanoes. Use the menu at the bottom of the page to explore melting rocks, dynamic Earth, judging hazards, forecasting, and coping with risk. The “Coping with Risk” section offers an interesting “Where should you build?” activity where students look at data about a site and decide whether or not it is safe. After making decisions about building, they are invited to a press conference to answer questions about their choices.

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Volcano World - A huge database of actual volcanoes. On the right, click volcanoes to open links to tons of information. The “Earth’s Volcanoes” link allows you to find volcanic activity on each continent. The search can be narrowed by country.

Scholastic Volcanoes - Scholastic offers this easy-to-read information about volcanoes.

Plate Tectonics

Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker - Click on Plate Tectonics Activity to explore divergent, convergent, collisional and transform boundaries. There are links at the bottom of this page highlighting sea floor spreading, the continental slide, and more.

Plate Tectonic Map - An interactive world map highlighting the plates on our Earth.

Plate Tectonics Quiz - Answer ten questions correctly to unscramble a diagram of the earth’s crust.

Plate Tectonics Deeper Discovery - A simple introduction including animation of Pangea, clear diagrams of plate movements and a quiz.

How thick is the Earth’s Crust? - The map on this site links to the study of topography in sixth grade.