The sixth grade science curriculum in Texas covers some specific material, such as energy, the solar system and organism domains and kingdoms. The curriculum also covers skills, such as safe use of equipment and critical thinking.
Students have to learn about energy sources, including solar, wind, nuclear and nonrenewable power. Energy information that is part of the curriculum are the Conservation of Energy laws, motion and force, and each section includes some specific concepts the students are required to learn and understand, such as heat absorption and radiation. Within the solar system section, students must learn about moon phases, how the different bodies in the solar system interact with one another and about gravity. The curriculum also covers the food chain and different types of ecosystems.
Skills are not specific course material but are developed by studying the previous materials. Lab work is a large part of the curriculum, and students must be able to think critically and scientifically about ideas and information. While studying, students learn to properly use materials and preserve resources through the idea of reduce, reuse and recycle. The science inquiry method is a key component of lab work in the form of collecting and recording data, planning investigations and analyzing data.