GA Milestones
Predictor Review Links
6th Grade Earth Science
Links to study
11a - compare and contrast the planets in terms of composition; size relative to the Earth;
surface and atmospheric features; relative distance from the Sun; and ability to support
11b - explain how gravity and inertia govern motion in the solar system
11c - describe the characteristics of comets, asteroids and meteors
11d - locate the solar system in the Milky Way Galaxy and our galaxy within the universe
Cosmos4Kids -The Solar System; see the planet links on the
How Many Planets? - a song by They Might Be Giants!
Solar System Explorer - a game and tutorial from NASA
Solar System Tutorial - answer the questions to keep moving
through the pages
Astronomy at - 44 different pages for kids; scroll
down to see them all!
Kid's - look around here for whatever you
StarChild; The Universe - more astronomy links in the middle
of the page!
12a - relate the Nature of Science to the progression of basic historical scientific models
(geocentric, heliocentric) as they describe the formation of our solar system and the Big
Bang theory as it describes the formation of the universe with the sun at its center (GPS)
12a1 - describe how Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo contributed to the
knowledge of our solar system
12b - relate the use of probes, satellites, telescopes, and spectroscopes to about the
study of space

Cosmos4Kids - See the sections at the right and then go to
the other topics at the top: Galaxies, Solar System...
Galaxies Galore - create the Milky Way Galaxy in this game
(Game is Shockwave, so you will need to be in Internet
Explorer or Firefox)
How did the Solar System form? - a video clip from NASA
Astronomy at - 44 different pages for kids; scroll
down to see them all!
Kid's - look around here for whatever you
10a - explain how Earth’s movement in space produces the day/night cycle
10b - relate the tilt of Earth to the distribution of sunlight throughout the year and its effect
on climate (seasons)
10c - demonstrate the phases of the moon by showing the alignment of the earth, moon
and sun
10d - explain the alignment of the earth, moon and sun during solar and lunar eclipses
Seasons video clip; from Next Vista Learning
Moon Phases - from NASA (oreos)
Waxing and Waning - video with a trick to remember which is
Astronomy at - 44 different pages for kids; scroll
down to see them all!
Kid's - look around here for whatever you
Earth, Moon, and Sun - this page has LOTS of links to games
and activities!
14a - explain a large portion of the Earth’s surface is water, consisting of oceans, rivers,
lakes, underground water and ice
14a1 - illustrate the water cycle and relate various atmospheric conditions to its stages
14b - describe the composition, location and subsurface topography of the world’s
14b1 - identify the chemical and physical properties of ocean water
14b2 - model the features of the ocean floor
14c - explain the causes of waves, currents and tides
14d - analyze water conservation practices and issues
Geography4Kids - Hydrology pages; click on the right to view
information on various topics about water
The Water Cycle - student produced video from
Water Cycle Interactive diagram from the USGS - use your
cursor to investigate all the parts of the diagram and learn
about the water cycle.
Kid' has multiple pages about Ocean water and its
properties.  I am not crazy about all the ads, but the
information is good and thorough.  Make sure you keep going
to the next page!
15a - describe the composition and structure of the Earth’s atmosphere
15b - describe atmospheric factors that interact to cause weather (heat energy, air
pressure, winds, and moisture)
15b1 - demonstrate land and water absorb and lose heat at different rates, and explain
the resulting effects on weather patterns
15b2 - relate how moisture evaporating from the oceans (and other sources of water
such as lakes, rivers, and plants) affects the weather patterns of the Earth’s surface
15b3 - compare the four major types of air masses and how they create fronts that affect
weather patterns
15b4 - explain how clouds form, and identify the three basic types of clouds
15b5 - differentiate between global and local winds
15b6 - investigate different types of weather phenomena (lightning, tornadoes,
hurricanes, blizzards and floods)
15b7 - interpret weather maps and understand weather forecasting
15c - relate unequal heating of land and water surfaces to form large global wind
systems and weather events such as tornados and thunderstorms
15c1 - discuss factors that determine climate
The Ocean - A Driving Force for Weather and Clim7ate - this
video is about 6 minutes, but it's from NASA and completely
explains what you need to know about 15b - 1 through 7!

Geography4Kids - Atmosphere pages; click on the right to
view information on various topics about the atmosphere
Clouds, Evaporation, and the Water Cycle - This webpage has
LOTS of links to games and activities!
Seasons and Weather - this page has LOTS of links to games
and activities
Earth: Atmosphere and Structure - from
Earth's Atmosphere - video clip (narrated by a great Scot!)u
How do you read a weather map? - short video clip with the
details you need to know
16a - compare and contrast Earth’s crust, mantle and core including temperature, density
and composition                                                                                                       
16b - classify rocks by their formation (igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary) (GPS)
16b1 - explain the rock cycle
16b2 – investigate the contributions of minerals to rock composition (GPS)
16b3 – discuss the importance of mineral and rock resources to society
16c - describe the composition of soil as consisting of weathered rocks and
decomposed organic material
Rocks, Minerals, and Soil - scroll down to see the game
Rocks and Minerals - this page has links to LOTS of games
and activities
Learn about the Geology of the Earth - video clip about 4
Rock Cycle - student made song from
17a - demonstrate how the deformation (e.g., tension, compression and shearing) of the
Earth’s plates produces landforms
17b - recognize lithospheric plates constantly move and cause major geological events
on the earth’s surface
17b1 - demonstrate how convection currents within the earth produce movement
17b2 - describe the effects of plate movement on the lithosphere, including the ocean
floor or under ocean basins
17b3 - explain the processes that produce volcanoes and earthquakes
17b4 - analyze the relationship between volcanoes and earthquakes
17c - explain the effects of physical processes (weathering, erosion and deposition) on
geological features
17c1 - describe the formation of a river system
17d  - discuss the effects of human activity on the erosion of the Earth’s surface
Continental Drift - video clip that demos drift and the types of
Rift Valleys - student made movie project
Plate Tectonics - short video that explains the plates and
movements of the plates
Faults - student produced movie named Earthquake Types,
but actually about different faults
Geography4kids - see the links on the right; Erosion,
weathering, soils
Erosion and Weathering - video from
Weathering and Erosion - student produced video

What is a volcano? - from NASA
Natural Disasters - this page has links to LOTS of games and
Volcanoes - same website as above, but this is the volcano
Volcano Types and Safety - student made movie
How does Earth change? Part 1
How does Earth change? Part 2
- a short video tutorial in two sections
18a - interpret the geologic history of Earth based on the principles of uniformitarianism,
superposition, and original horizontality
18a1 - apply the law of superposition to determine the relative age of rocks
18b - describe how fossils show evidence of the changing surface and climate of Earth
18b1 - describe the evidence used to provide historical background for the geologic time
18b3 - discuss Earth’s history and recognize that change occurs constantly and slowly
over time
Fossil Types - interactive tutorial; good review
Geologic Eras - a song to help you remember some of the eras
Forces that Shape our Earth - a short video that explains
geologic concepts
19a - explain the role of the sun as the major source of energy and its relationship to wind
and water energy
19b - identify renewable and nonrenewable resources
19b1 - discuss how consumption of energy impacts the environment and society
19b2 – discuss the importance of conserving energy
19c - describe methods for conserving natural resources such as water, soil and air
The Energy Story - see the menu on the left for the topic you
need to review
Geography4kids - see the links on the right; Natural
Resources, Energy Resources, recycling
Electricity and Energy - this page has LOTS of games and
activities about your topics, look for what you need to review
5a - analyze scientific data by using, interpreting, and comparing numbers in several
equivalent forms
5b - apply the metric system to a scientific investigation that includes metric conversions
Measuring Metrically with Maggie - will help you review the
metric system in an easy way
Measurement Mania - play this game to make sure you know
the conversions in the metric system.