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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

Students begin their exploration by categorizing the kinds of living and nonliving matter in a natural environment. Guided research and hands-on investigations lead to discussions and understandings about atoms and molecules. By comparing various solids, liquids and gases, students begin constructing an understanding that the interactions and movements of submicroscopic particles result in properties of matter that we observe at our macroscopic level of reality. Thoughtful applications of a CCC can help with the learning of the specific topic and simultaneously deepen the understanding of the CCC.

 

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

In Instructional Segment 2, students investigate [SEP-3] physical changes and chemical reactions in the contexts of organisms and rocks. With chemical reactions, atoms rearrange their connections and form new substances. Chemical reactions also often involve the absorption or release of energy. The formation of food by plants and the breaking down of this food by all organisms set the stage for one strand of understanding cycles of matter and flows of energy. The transformations of minerals and rocks provide a complementary strand of physical and chemical changes that also involve cycles of matter and flows of energy [CCC-5]. Through engaging with these changes in very different contexts, students can attain a deeper appreciation that the amount of matter always remains the same. In physical changes and in chemical reactions, the numbers of each type of participating atom remains the same (MS-PS1-5).


As the year progresses, students begin exploring cycles of matter and flows of energy at larger scales [CCC-3], such as different kinds of natural environments and their ecosystems. Ecosystems by their very nature embody the integration of Earth science and life science. This integration is especially evident in the flows of matter and energy that connect organisms with each other and with their physical environments.

 

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

Students also investigate the geoscience processes that change Earth’s surfaces at varying time and spatial scales [CCC-3], and that result in the uneven distribution of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources. These physical environments play large roles in determining features of the organisms that live in the local ecosystems. Students explore biotic and abiotic interactions within these ecosystems, and the resulting macroscopic cycles of matter, flows of energy, and changes in organism populations. These general patterns [CCC-1] apply across ecosystems that may otherwise appear to be very different from each other. Towards the end of the year, students address challenges to sustainability by applying their understandings of the natural processes and human activities that shape Earth’s resources and ecosystems. These environmental challenges can cover a wide variety of contexts such as adverse consequences of synthetic materials, natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes), climate change, and habitat destruction.

 

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.

In Instructional Segment 4, students research issues related to sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. They then have the responsibility to design engineering solutions that rely on the basic science skills that they developed in earlier instructional segments. They apply their knowledge, such as a systems-based [CCC-4] understanding of how Earth’s organisms, including humans, are intimately connected with each other and with Earth’s cycles of matter and flows of energy [CCC-5]. In their design challenges, students define the problem, balance criteria and constraints, and evaluate their proposed solutions.

 

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

 

Science Teachers

Hiris, Amber
Teacher
Moreno, Miguel
Science 8
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!