Some sixth-grade science questions are: "How does a hypothesis become a theory?"; "What's the difference between an element and a compound?"; and "How can you tell if a cell is prokaryotic or eukaryotic?" Appropriate sixth-grade science questions align with local state standards, which vary slightly from state to state.
Good sixth-grade science questions are aligned with state standards, such as the Colorado Academic Standards or the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. State standards vary slightly from state to state but generally cover most of the same material. For example, Colorado's Standards for sixth-grade science are physical science, life science, and Earth systems science. Within these categories, teachers cover a wide variety of more specific concepts, including the differences between a prokaryotic cell and a eukaryotic cell and the difference between an element and a compound.
Texas separates the knowledge into a greater number of catagories, called strands, but the strands cover many of the same concepts. For example, strands in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills include scientific investigation and reasoning, matter and energy, Earth and space, and organisms and environments. Knowledge about prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells falls within the organisms and environments strand, while knowledge about elements and compounds falls under the matter and energy strand. Teachers can use their state standards to create educational questions for sixth-grade science.