Sixth Grade Science TCAP Vocabulary
Complete each statement.
1. Application of science to make useful products and tools, such as computers.
2. A Piece of rock or metal made up of material similar to that which formed the
planets; mostly found between Mars and Jupiter.
3. A strong outlook or opinion which would cause a scientist to expect certain results
from his/her investigation.
4. Large geographic areas with similar climates and ecosystems; includes tundra,
taiga, desert, temperate deciduous forest, temperate rain forest, tropical rain forest
5. Part of the earth that supports life, Earth’s top portion of the crust, the atmosphere
and all the water on Earth’s surface.
6. Non-living, physical features of the environment including air, water, sunlight, soil,
temperature and climate
7. The process of convection (the transfer of heat by the flow of material) circulating
heat throughout the atmosphere. Cold air sinks which pushes the warm air to rise
thus creating a convection of current.
8. The ability to do work
9. Depends on an objects mass and its height above the earth.
10. Changing energy from one form to another.
11. Instrument that measures temperature and relative humidity
12. The part or parts of an experiment that do not change
13. Features of the environment that are alive or once were alive.
14. An original model on which something is patterned.
15. Energy that is stored as chemical bonds. When chemicals are broken apart and
new chemicals are formed, some of this energy can be released.
16. Organisms that eat dead organisms.
17. When average weather conditions of an area no longer fit a normal pattern, this
would include wind, temperature, rainfall or other types of precipitation such as
snow or sleet no longer fit a certain pattern.
18. Contains a source of electrical energy and a conductor. Electric current flows as
long as none of the wires are disconnected or broken. Thus completing a circuit.
19. Daily rise and fall in sea level caused, for the most part, by the interaction of gravity
in the Earth-Moon system.
20. What is a factor in an experiment called?
21. A factor that purposely is changed by the experimenter.
22. A factor that may change as a result of changes to the independent variable is
23. A mass movement or flow of ocean water
24. Having the quality or power of conducting or transmitting electricity, heat or sound.
25. Materials or objects in which electrical currents are able to flow through.
26. A set of guidelines, step, and procedures used to determine what one is trying to
measure, solve or prove.
27. Reasoning that assumes one event or condition can bring about another.
28. An instrument for determining atmospheric humidity by the reading of two
thermometers, the bulb of one being kept moist and ventilated
29. A predefined written procedural method in the design and implementation of
30. Information that is gathered through the use of instruments pertaining to and about
conditions relating to weather.
T-Cap Vocabulary Word Bank
Chemical Potential Energy Abiotic
Scavengers Atmospheric Convection
Meteorological Data Energy
Protocol Gravitational Potential Energy
Climate Change Energy Transformation
Simple Circuit Hygrometer
Cause and Effect
Sixth Grade Science TCAP Vocabulary Answer Section
1. ANS: Technology
2. ANS: Asteroid
3. ANS: Bias
4. ANS: Biome
5. ANS: Biosphere
6. ANS: Abiotic
7. ANS: Atmospheric convection
8. ANS: Energy
9. ANS: Gravitational Potential Energy
10. ANS: Energy Transformation
11. ANS: Hygrometer
12. ANS: Control
13. ANS: Biotic
14. ANS: Prototype
15. ANS: Chemical Potential Energy
16. ANS: Scavengers
17. ANS: Climate change
18. ANS: Simple circuit
19. ANS: Tides
20. ANS: Variable
21. ANS: Independent Variable
22. ANS: Dependent Variable
23. ANS: Ocean Current
24. ANS: Conductivity
25. ANS: Electrical Conductor
26. ANS: Criteria
27. ANS: Cause and effect
28. ANS: Psychrometer
29. ANS: Protocol
30. ANS: Meteorological data