In Segment A of Science 7, students will learn the basics of science, exploring the scientific laws and theories and working with scientific inquiry. In addition they will consider the impacts science has on our lives. They will learn about the layers of the earth and its ever changing surface. Topics include tectonic plates and the rock cycle; they will review earthquakes and volcanoes and their impact on Earth’s surface. Topics will include the structure of Earth’s atmosphere and weather patterns, including the composition of the atmosphere, cloud types, and the water cycle. Students will investigate weather patterns and fronts, cover the facts of gravity, the Earth and our moon, along with where space travel is going in the future.

In Segment B of Science 7, students will learn about cellular parts, organizations and basic requirements for life. They will learn how the body functions together. Each unit will allow students to explore different components of the body and body systems. Students will also study natural resources, looking at both their uses and conservation in our world. Finally, this segment addresses the physical and chemical properties of matter. Topics include the particle theory of matter and energy transformation. Students will concentrate on how to recognize matter in its different phases.

PRE-REQUISITES: Science 6

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Science and Technology

  • • Nothing but the Facts
    • What Can Science Answer?
    • Can you Prove Your Theory?
    • What Changed in That system?
    • Is This Good or Not?
    • Measurement is Measurement, Right?

Earth’s Composition

  • Earth’s Composition (Layers)
  • Theory of Plate Tectonics
  • Constructive/Destructive Forces
  • Rock Cycle
  • Properties of Minerals
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Weather and Atmosphere

  • Primitive to Modern Atmosphere
  • Composition of Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Layers of the Atmosphere
  • Air Pollution (CFC’s, effect on climate)
  • Cloud Types
  • Water Cycle
  • Weather Fronts
  • Weather Patterns (Winds, Coriolis Effect)

Earth, Moon, and Sun

  • Earth in Space
  • Gravity and Motion
  • Phases, Eclipses, and Tides
  • Earth’s Moon
  • Traveling into Space
  • Tools to Study Space

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Keys to Life

  • Microscopes and the Cell Theory
  • Cell Types and Organization
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Cellular Processes (osmosis, diffusion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration)
  • Inside the Nucleus
  • Cell Division
  • Introduction to Mendellian Genetics

Body Systems

  • Overview of the systems in our body
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Nervous System
  • Digestive System

Natural Resources

  • What are natural resources
  • Nonrenewable resources
  • Renewable resources
  • Management of natural resources
  • Conservation of natural resources

Matter and Its Properties

  • Properties of Matter
  • States of Matter
  • Particle Theory of Matter
  • Changing States
  • Pure Substance
  • Conservation of Matter

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B