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  • SCIENTIFIC METHOD – SEVENTH GRADE

    Science practices and tools

    1 Identify steps of the scientific method
    2 Identify laboratory tools

    Designing experiments

    1 Identify control and experimental groups
    2 Identify independent and dependent variables
    3 Identify the experimental question
    4 Identify questions that can be investigated with a set of materials
    5 Understand an experimental protocol about plant growth
    6 Understand an experimental protocol about diffusion
    7 Understand an experimental protocol about evaporation

    Engineering practices

    1 Identify parts of the engineering-design process
    2 Evaluate tests of engineering-design solutions
    3 Use data from tests to compare engineering-design solutions
    4 Explore the engineering-design process: going to the Moon!

    Units and measurement

    1 Choose customary units of distance, mass, and volume
    2 Choose metric units of distance, mass, and volume
    3 Estimate temperatures
    4 Abbreviate length, speed, and acceleration units
    5 Abbreviate temperature, mass, and volume units
    6 Abbreviate force, energy, and electricity units

  • ATOMS & MOLECULES – SEVENTH GRADE

    Density

    1 Calculate density, mass, and volume

    Atoms and molecules

    1 What are atoms and chemical elements?
    2 How are substances represented by chemical formulas and models?
    3 Identify chemical formulas for ball-and-stick models
    4 Describe the atomic composition of molecules
    5 Classify elementary substances and compounds using chemical formulas
    6 Classify elementary substances and compounds using models

    Chemical reactions

    1 Identify reactants and products
    2 Count atoms and molecules in chemical reactions
    3 Calculate amounts of reactants or products in chemical reactions
    4 Describe energy changes in chemical reactions
    5 Compare physical and chemical changes
    6 Explore chemical structure and properties: soap making
    7 Explore chemical structure and properties: food flavors

  • ENERGY & MOTION – SEVENTH GRADE

    Velocity, acceleration, and forces

    1 Calculate velocity from time and distance
    2 Calculate distance from velocity and time
    3 Calculate time from velocity and distance
    4 Calculate velocity, distance, and time I
    5 Calculate velocity, distance, and time II
    6 Identify whether objects are accelerating
    7 How does mass affect force and acceleration?
    8 Predict forces using Newton’s third law
    9 Balanced and unbalanced forces

    Kinetic and potential energy

    1 Identify changes in gravitational potential energy
    2 Use tables and graphs to identify patterns about kinetic energy
    3 Explore energy transformations: roller coaster ride
    4 Explore energy transformations: bike ride

    Thermal energy

    1 Predict heat flow and temperature changes
    2 Compare thermal energy transfers

    Particle motion and energy

    1 How does particle motion affect temperature?
    2 Particle motion and changes of state
    3 How does particle motion affect gas pressure?
    4 Identify how particle motion affects temperature and pressure

    Waves

    1 Compare amplitudes, wavelengths, and frequencies of waves
    2 Compare energy of waves

  • INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY – SEVENTH GRADE

    Biochemistry

    1 Structure and function: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids
    2 Understanding the chemistry of cellular respiration

    Cells

    1 Understanding cells
    2 Identify functions of plant cell parts
    3 Identify functions of animal cell parts
    4 Plant cell diagrams: label parts
    5 Animal cell diagrams: label parts
    6 Compare cells and cell parts

    Anatomy and physiology

    1 Organization in the human body: the heart and the circulatory system
    2 Science literacy: how does the nervous system produce phantom pain?

  • GENES AND GENETIC CODE – SEVENTH GRADE

    Genes to traits

    1 Inherited and acquired traits: use evidence to support a statement
    2 Genetics vocabulary: genotype and phenotype
    3 Genetics vocabulary: dominant and recessive
    4 Genetic variation in sexual reproduction
    5 Complete and interpret Punnett squares
    6 Use Punnett squares to calculate ratios of offspring types
    7 Use Punnett squares to calculate probabilities of offspring types
    8 Genes, proteins, and traits: understanding the genetic code
    9 Describe the effects of gene mutations on organisms
    10 How do genes and the environment affect plant growth?

    Adaptations and natural selection

    1 How can animal behaviors affect reproductive success? Identify evidence to support a claim
    2 Introduction to natural selection
    3 Calculate the percentages of traits in a population
    4 Calculate the averages of traits in a population
    5 Construct explanations of natural selection

    Fossils

    1 Compare fossils to modern organisms
    2 Compare ages of fossils in a rock sequence

    Plant reproduction

    1 Angiosperm and conifer life cycles
    2 Moss and fern life cycles

  • PLANT REPRODUCTION – SEVENTH GRADE

    Plant reproduction

    1 Angiosperm and conifer life cycles
    2 Moss and fern life cycles

    Photosynthesis

    1 How do plants use and change energy?
    2 Identify the photosynthetic organism

  • ECOSYSTEMS – SEVENTH GRADE

    Ecosystems

    1 Describe populations, communities, and ecosystems
    2 Identify ecosystems
    3 Describe ecosystems

    Ecological interactions

    1 How does matter move in food chains?
    2 Interpret food webs I
    3 Interpret food webs II
    4 Use food chains to predict changes in populations
    5 Classify symbiotic relationships
    6 Investigate primary succession on a volcanic island

    Conservation

    1 Coral reef biodiversity and human uses: explore a problem
    2 Coral reef biodiversity and human uses: evaluate solutions

    Natural resources and human impacts

    1 Evaluate claims about natural resource use: groundwater
    2 Evaluate claims about natural resource use: fossil fuels

  • INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY – SEVENTH GRADE

    Rocks and minerals

    1 Identify rocks and minerals
    2 Classify rocks as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic
    3 Label parts of rock cycle diagrams
    4 Select parts of rock cycle diagrams

    Plate tectonics

    1 Label Earth layers
    2 Label Earth features at tectonic plate boundaries
    3 Describe tectonic plate boundaries around the world

    Topographic maps

    1 Select parts of a topographic map

  • CLIMATE, WEATHER AND WATER CYCLE – SEVENTH GRADE

    Water cycle

    1 Label parts of water cycle diagrams
    2 Select parts of water cycle diagrams

    Weather and climate

    1 Use data to describe climates
    2 Explore air masses
    3 Identify and compare air masses
    4 How do air masses form?

    Climate change

    1 The greenhouse effect