7th Grade Science Curriculum

creating a learning enviornment

A quality science education fosters a population that:

1

Engages

intelligently in debate about matters of scientific and technological concern.

2

Experiences

intelligently in debate about matters of scientific and technological concern.

3

Utilizes

scientific processes and principles in making personal decisions.

4

Applies

scientific knowledge and skills to increase economic productivity.

Mission: science education curriculum produces students who have gained sufficient knowledge of the practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on science-related issues, to be critical consumers of scientific information

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 related to their everyday lives, and to continue to learn about science throughout their lives.

1. Learning theory research shows expert knowledge base develops better through interdisciplinary real-world connections then through isolated content.
2.  An integrated and better articulated middle school model science curriculum that reflects what we know currently about how children learn science and how their mastery develops over time promotes deeper learning in science.
3. The integrated model may be better able to support some of these instructional practices especially if it frames curriculum around engaging, relevant, and real-world interdisciplinary questions that will increase student motivation, intellectual engagement and sense-making.

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Science seeks to increase our understanding of the natural world through empirical evidence. Such evidence gathered through observation and measurement allows for an explanation and prediction of natural phenomena. Hence, a scientifically literate person is familiar with the natural world and understands key facts, concepts, principles, laws, and theories of science such as the motion of objects, the function of cells in living organisms, and the properties of Earth materials. Furthermore, a scientifically literate person can connect ideas across disciplines. For example, the conservation of energy through physical, life, Earth, and space systems. Scientific literacy also encompasses understanding the use of scientific principles and ways of thinking to advance our knowledge of the natural world as well as the use of science to solve problems in real-world contexts.

paradigm shift:
an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way

 

These are approximated divisions.

Trimester #1

  • Physical Science
  • Scientific & Engineering Practices
  • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • Interactions of Matter

Trimester #2

  • Phys./Life Science
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Structure and Function of Living Things
  • Body Systems

Trimester #3

  • Life Science
  • Inheritance of Traits
  • Organization and Matter and Energy Flow
  • Forces and Motion