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Graded weights for science:

25% - Assignments

25% - Labs & Projects

25% - Quiz & Test

25% - Science Fair

Science

7th Grade Units of Study

 

Integrated Grade Seven

 

Instructional Segment 1: Organisms and Nonliving Things Are Made of Atoms

According to the development progressions in the CA NGSS (Appendix 1 of this Framework), patterns [CCC-1] at the middle school level include the concept, “Macroscopic patterns are related to the nature of microscopic atomic-level structure.” IS1 constantly moves back and forth between these two scales [CCC-3] as students confront phenomena and try to use models to explain them at the atomic-level.

 

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and applications to Science
1 Organisms are made of molecules of mostly six different elements.

Earth materials are mostly made of eight different elements.

The interaction and motions of atoms explain the properties of matter.

 
    Earth has mineral, energy, and water resources. Thermal energy affects particle motion and physical state.  

 

 

Instructional Segment 2: Matter Cycles and Energy Flows through Organisms and Rocks

Students apply their understanding of materials to the cycling of matter [CCC-5] in two different systems [CCC-4], the cycle of rock material in the geosphere and the cycling of biomass between organisms. In each case, the flow of energy [CCC-5] within the system is intimately tied to the flow of matter. 

 

 

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and applications to Science
2 Organisms grow and get energy by rearranging atoms in food molecules. Earth’s cycles of matter are driven by solar energy, Earth’s internal thermal energy, and gravity. Chemical reactions make new substances and can release or absorb thermal energy. Design Criteria
      Mass is conserved in physical changes and chemical reactions. Evaluate Solutions
        Analyze data
        Iteratively test and modify

 

Instructional Segment 3: Natural Processes and Human Activities Shape Earth's Resources and Ecosystems

When students look out a landscape, they might see trees in some places but not others and a gold mine on one hill but not another. In this IS, students focus on explaining why things are located where they are, both organisms within an ecosystem and resources and hazards on the planet. In both cases, interactions within and between different Earth’s systems determine these distributions. Humans both depend on these distributions and can dramatically alter them. The goal of integrating these topics is that the questions students learn to ask about the distribution of resources on the planet can serve as a template for understanding the relationships between organisms in an ecosystem, and vice versa.

 

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and applications to Science
3 Matter cycles and energy flows among living and nonliving parts of ecosystems. Fossils, rocks, continental shape, and seafloor structures provide evidence of plate motion. Chemical reactions make new substances.  
  Resource availability affects organisms and ecosystem populations. Geoscience processes unevenly distribute Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources. Mass is conserved in physical changes and chemical reactions.  
  cosystems have common patterns of organism interactions.      

 

Instructional Segment 4: Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing World.

 

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and applications to Science
4 Biotic and abiotic changes affect ecosystem populations. Geoscience processes change Earth’s surface. Synthetic materials impact society. Design criteria
  Design solutions can help maintain biodiversity and ecosystem services. Damage from natural hazards can be reduced.   Evaluate solutions
        Analyze data

 

 

8th Grade Units of Study

 

Integrated Grade Eight

 

Instructional Segment 1: Objects Move and Collide

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and Applications to Science
1 Living systems are affected by physical changes in the environment. Both the physical and biological changes are recorded in the fossil record. The fossil record documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout Earth’s history. 

Newton’s Laws explain the forces and motions of objects on Earth and in space.

Design Criteria

      Velocity and mass determine the results of collisions between objects.

Evaluate Solutions

       

Analyze data

        Iteratively test and modify

 

 

Instructional Segment 2: Noncontact Forces Influence Phenomena locally and in the Solar System

 

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and Applications to Science
2  

Models explain lunar phases and eclipses of the Sun and Moon.

Gravitational and electromagnetic fields are the basis of noncontact forces.

 
    Gravity plays the major role in determining motions with the solar system and galaxies.  Changing the arrangement of objects in a system affects the potential energy stored in that system.  

 

Instructional Segment 3: Objects Move and Collide

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and Applications to Science
3

Mutations in genes affect organisms’ structures and functions. 

Rock layers record Earth’s history like pages in a book.

Chemical reactions make new substances.

 
 

Evidence from fossils, anatomy, and embryos support the theory of biological evolution.

  Mass is conserved in physical changes and chemical reactions.  
  Natural selection is the main mechanism that leads to evolution of species that are adapted to their environment.      

 

Instructional Segment 4: Objects Move and Collide

IS Life Science Earth & Space Sciences Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and Applications to Science
4 Changes to environments can affect probabilities of survival and reproduction of individual organisms, which can result in significant changes to populations and species.

Annual cycles in the amount of sunlight absorbed cause Earth’s seasons.

Waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

Design criteria

    Increases in human population and per-capita consumption impact Earth’s systems. Wave-based digital technologies provide very reliable ways to encode and transmit information. Evaluate solutions

 

Wetlands- October

Science Teachers

Hendricks, SARA
Teacher
Moreno, Miguel
Teacher
Riddick, Laureen
7th Science/ Avid
Smiley, Karolee
Teacher

7th Grade Life Science

7th Grade Text Book

8th Grade Physical Science

8th Grade Science Book

Science Activities

Science Fair 2015

Science Fair!

7th Grade Zoo Trip

8th grade Bowling Field Trip

Science Teachers