• 7th Grade Science Curriculum and Grading Policy

    Course Syllabus 

    Science

    •  Identify and apply the steps in the Scientific method during scientific investigation and write a lab report.
    • Develop an understanding of the Earth, its history, composition, and formative processes, and an understanding of the solar system and the universe.
    • Develop both skills and content knowledge necessary to be scientifically literate members of the community.
    • Identify individual, cultural and technological contributions to scientific knowledge.
    • Understand the impact of science and technology on human activity and the environment.
    • Understand the characteristics of living things, the diversity of life in different biomes and the balance of nature.

    Learning requirements: 

    Semester 1: 

    1st Quarter  Concepts

    1.      Identify a testable question

    2.      Identify a testable/measurable hypothesis

    3.      Identify the role of a hypothesis in science

    4.      Identify safety measures to be used in science inquiry

    5.      Create an appropriate graph for collected data

    6.      Identify the components of earth's crust

    7.      Identify an appropriate tool for measuring, e.g., size, mass,volume and density

    8.      Compare and contrast the components of earth's inner and outer cores

    9.      Determine how the direction of a convection current effects tectonic plate movement

    10.  Explain why similar fossils are found on different continents

    11.  Identify a type of volcano based on its composition and formation (2)

    12.  Identify changes in the fossil record due to earth's processes, e.g., volcanism, erosion

    13.  Identify the conditions that resulted in coal beds

    14.  Identify the effects of different types of plate boundaries on earth's crust. Relate plate boundary movements to their resulting landforms, including: mountains, faults, rift valleys, trenches, islands and volcanoes (6)

     

    2nd Quarter  Concepts

    1.      Identify a testable question

    2.      Identify a testable/measurable hypothesis

    3.      Identify the role of a hypothesis in science

    4.      Identify safety measures to be used in science inquiry

    5.      Create an appropriate graph for collected data

    6.      Interpret a Moh's Mineral Hardness Scale

    7.      Identify an appropriate tool for measuring, e.g., size, mass,volume and density

    8.      Classify rocks based on physical properties and composition

    9.      Identify a rock sample based on observable properties, ex., foliated metamorphic, intrusive igneous, compacted sedimentary, non-foliated igneous

    10.  Identify components of the rock cycle- ex: formation of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous

    11.  Identify how the cooling rate of magma creates different physical properties/characteristics, e.g., grain size, crystal size, glassy, smooth

    12.  Interpret a rock layer/fossil diagram

     

    Grading Policy
    Assessments:
    Students will be tested for understanding with formative and summative tests /quizzes, Socratic discussions and participation in class.
    Notebooks: Students should have a composition notebook for the purpose of taking notes, science journaling and for writing lab reports. The notebook will also serve as a study guide/reference for labs and projects. Procedures/steps for access to Science techbook (Discovery), online labs( GIZMO) and TYNKER (coding) will be available in the last section of the notebook. Notebooks will be checked for organization and completion periodically. 
    Progress: Grades can be accessed on PowerSchool. Please use Parent/Student log in information for access which will be available at the front office. Parents can have Powerschool set up to receive regular updates.

    If you have any questions, comments or concerns throughout the year, please feel free to contact me by voice mail 623-376-3767 or via email Sujata.Kumar@dvusd.org

     

Last Modified on August 4, 2018