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CareerStart lessons: Grade six

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These lessons will help students understand how classroom lessons about scientific inquiry, technological design, geological processes, the cycling of matter, the solar system, energy transfer, population dynamics, and sound are applicable to future careers.

The lessons address the following questions:

  • Lesson #1: How do people in various careers use scientific inquiry skills?
  • Lesson #2: Why is technical design important in aviation?
  • Lesson #3: What kinds of jobs are necessary after a devastating earthquake?
  • Lesson #4: Where do I need to know anything about rocks and minerals?
  • Lesson #5: Why should we study earthworms?
  • Lesson #6: What is required in making a space station?
  • Lesson #7: How does space exploration affect life on earth?
  • Lesson #8: Why do musicians need to know about the properties of sound?
  • Lesson #9: What kinds of professionals must understand how energy is transferred?
  • Lesson #10: What effects does the tourist industry have on our beaches?

Lessons and relevant careers

Concept/Lesson Career Activity
1. Scientific inquiry Various, including veterinarian and teacher Scientific thinking skills activity
2. Technological design Aviation Chuck Yeager research activity
3. Lithosphere Various, including seismologist, architect, and building inspector Earthquake response scenario
4. Rocks and minerals Various, including jeweler, desktop publisher, and agricultural scientist Mineral / career activity
5. Cycling of matter Soil conservationists “You Are an Earthworm” activity
6. Solar system Various, including astronaut, mechanic, and carpenter International Space Station scenario
7. Solar system Various, including cardiographic technician and pathologist NASA spin-off activity
8. Sound Various, including sound engineer and audiologist Components of sound activity
9. Energy transfer Various, including nuclear engineer, power plant employee, and more Skateboard park scenario, light bulb activity
10. Population dynamics Various, including wildlife biologist and travel guide KWL chart and Outer Banks tourism activity