Seventh Grade Science

Scientific Process Skills - 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

Inquiry

Students

  • Generate scientific questions based on observations, investigations, and research.
  • Design and conduct scientific investigations.
  • Use tools and equipment (e.g., microscopes, spring scales, stop watches, models, thermometers, PH meters) appropriate to scientific investigations.
  • Use metric measurement devices in scientific investigations.
  • Construct charts and graphs from data and observations dealing with investigation.
  • Identify patterns in data.

Inquiry Analysis and Communication

Students

  • Analyze information from data tables and graphs to answer scientific questions.
  • Evaluate data, claims, and personal knowledge through collaborative science discourse.
  • Communicate and defend findings of observations and investigations
  • Draw conclusions from sets of data from multiple trials of a scientific investigation.
  • Use multiple sources of information to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, or data.

Reflection and Social Implications

Students

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, and data.
  • Describe limitations in personal and scientific knowledge regarding science concepts.
  • Identify the need for evidence in making scientific decisions
  • Evaluate scientific explanations based on current evidence and scientific principles.
  • Demonstrate scientific concepts through various illustrations, performances, models, exhibits, and activities.
  • Design solutions to scientific problems using technology.
  • Describe the effect humans and other organisms have on the balance of the natural world.
  • Describe what science and technology can and cannot reasonably contribute to society.
  • Describe how science and technology have advanced because of the contributions of many people throughout history and across cultures.

Seventh Grade Specific Science Curriculum Concepts

Life Science

Key Science Content Concepts

Animal Systems

  • Animals’ bodies are made up of various body systems that perform specific functions.
  • These body systems function together and contribute to the animal’s survival and well-being.

Evolution and Traits of Organisms

  • Traits are influenced by both genetics of the individual and the environment.
  • Traits can be classified as either inherited or acquired.
  • Each organism (plants and animals) has specific behavioral and physical characteristics allowing it to better survive in a given environment.
  • As environments change over time, these characteristics may change (adaptations) to allow them to continue to survive or flourish in their environment.
  • Fossils provide evidence that life forms have changed over time and were influenced by changes in environmental conditions including catastrophic events.
  • Organisms that are similar in anatomical structures are more likely to be more closely related than those whose structures are less similar to one another.

Ecosystems

  • All life forms, including humans, are part of a global food chain in which food is supplied by plants, which need light to produce food.
  • Ecosystems continually change with time as environmental factors and populations of organisms change.

Structures and Processes of Living Things

  • All living organisms are composed of cells, from one cell to many cells and they exhibit cell growth and division.
  • Specialized cells within multi-cellular organisms form different kinds of tissues and organs and organ systems that function together.
  • Photosynthesis transforms light energy to chemical energy making possible the building of key chemical building blocks of living organisms.
  • All organisms have a life span and must reproduce in order to continue the species. Reproduction may be asexual or sexual.

Other Resources

State Science Grade Level Content Expectations for Seventh Grade 364kb PDF External Link

 

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