Scope and Sequence of 7th Grade Life Science

2015 - 2016

I.  Science Practices
A.  Classroom procedures, and expectations
      1.  Succeeding in Science - learn how to read science texts
           a.  Text Structure strategies
concept maps
B.  Science roots, prefixes, & suffixes (page 1)
      1.  Vocabulary
2.  Select one to do
      3   Word Wall activity
C.  Safety in laboratory science
     1.  Save Fred
     2.  Safety Shield Cooperative Group Project
          a.  Rubric for Safety shield

D.  Classification
E.  Microscopes and scientific method
      1.  Science Lab Report skeleton
F.  Controlled experiments
G.  Metric Measurement
      1.  Edible science to teach metric measurement
     1. Reference
     2. Edible cars
I.    Applications: The science of cooking

II.  Evolution, Diversity, and Interdependence
A.  Source of energy for life
B.  Interaction of organisms in ecosystems: ecosystem game (symbiotic, and predator prey relationships)
      1.  OBIS
      2.  Image of ecosystem game box design.
Complete this worksheet
C.  Impact of change to an ecosystem or population: ecological succession
      1.  How does ocean trawling impact life on the ocean floor?
Diminished bee populations: the cause?
Application articles to read and react to for this unit are found here.
      4.  Science Application: October science activities: a
D. Fossil evidence of life and its change over time as evident in comparative anatomy.
     1.  Theropod skeletons  
     2.  Reptile skeletons:  early  modern
     3.  Birds, crocodiles, and theropods
     4.  Lab: find those bones
     5.   Geologic Time: compare and create a model
            a.  Precambrian
            b.  Paleozoic
            c.  Mesozoic
            d.  Cenozoic
E.  Natural selection, adaptation, genetic variation as they impact change in species or extinction. (Walk the streets of the Galapagos!) 1.  Natural selection at work, and here, 2.  Evolution by natural selection, 3) An Origin of Species, 4) Natural selection animation game,
F.  Environmental issues that effect ecosystems: natural and manmade
G.  EVERYTHING Evolution
       1.  Evolution terminology and biological viewpoint.
        2.  Natural selection based on characteristics (is it related to evolutino?)
        3.  Anatomical Evidence for Evolution
H.  Link between birds and dinosaurs.  Is there one?

III.  Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
A.  Characteristics and needs of living things. (How are an organism's needs met in their ecosystems?)
      1.  How are organisms classified into different groups?
      2.  Conduct this activity! Use these cards.
What does a dichotomous key look like?
      4.  Do this activity on your own, too.

B.  Chemical building blocks of life.
       1.  Readings: chemical building blocks of life.
             a.  Chemical Building Blocks
             b.  Flash cards for chemical building blocks.
             c.  Take notes on the information found here.
             d.  All students need to define these terms.
             e.  Key concepts
             f.   Advanced concepts in molecular structure of organic molecules
             g.  Organic macromolecules in meals
C.  The virus dilemma
Decide if these are living!
IV.  Organization and development
A.  Simple and complex cells: Cell Choice Board
      1.  Best microscopic images
      2.  Why do we need microscopy?
      3.  Powers of 10
B.  Processes demonstrated by living beings - single celled and multicellular organisms.
       1.  How do things move across membranes? 
             a.  What does this lab teach?
        2.  Diffusion and Osmosis.
              a.  This video is helpful.
        3.  What's going on in the cells?
C.  Mitosis and meiosis
       1.  Paper Pets
       2.  Article on Paper Pets
       3.  Sample student project: Glogster
       4.  Meiosis worksheet
       5.  Meiosis and Mitosis activities
V.  Taxonomy and Scientific nomenclature
A.  Purpose and use of scientific naming:  Review of the big idea.
B.  Applications of classification
      1.  How are organisms classified.
       2.  Why do scientists classify?
C.  Linnaean Classification:
      Characteristics of living things within each Kingdom (summary information)
      1.  Kingdom Animalia
            a.  How do all Kingdoms interact? Keep the concept of interdependence in mind.
                  i.  Deep Sea Ocean Ecosystems
            b.  Phylum Chordata: Subphyla Vertebrata, Cephalochordata, & Urochordata
                  (last two will not be studied)
                  i.  8 Classes within Vertebrata (create a Zoo Book)
                  ii.  Fishes (3),
                  iii.  Amphbia: Crazy Monster Frogs
                  iv.  Reptilia - vocabulary
                   v.  Live bird cams for Aves,
                  vi.  Mammalia
                 vii.  Mysteries of the Deep: Canyons in the NE Atlantic
                 viii  Diving in the NE US - Deep Discover II
            c.  Phylum Invertebrata
                  i.  Disappearing Arthropoda classes: - Colony Collapse Disorder
                  ii.  Coral reef conservation program.
                  iii.  Bugging Out!
                  iv.  Major invertebrate phyla
                  v   Is it important to care for deep sea corals?
            d.  Careers in Science
       2.  Kingdom Plantae
            a.  Design a nursery
                  i.  Drought proof your landscape
                  j.  Mrs. Snyder's garden
            b.  Native plant scavenger hunt - CA
            c.  Plant activities
            d.  Photosynthesis in eukaryotes
                 i  Cellular respiration & photosynthesis in prokaryotes
                 ii.  The science of sugar
                 iii. The relationship between photosynthesis & cellular respiration
            e.  Soil, sun, and moisture in the courtyard
            f.   Characteristics of Plants
            g.  Outline of characteristics
            h.  Outdoor plant scavenger hunt
            i.  Life cycle of a flower - dissection
            j.  Survivor - what plants are edible, and which are not?
            k. Kingdom Plantae
            l.  Poinsettia Power
            m.  Games with flowers
       3.  Kingdom Fungi
             a.  Fungi Coloring Worksheet: references for use in children's book project
             b.  Rubric for Fun in Fungi Children's book project
                  i.  Sample children's books:  LC_NE 
             c.  Mushroom Dissection lab
             d.  Virtual dissection & comparison of protists and fungi
             e.  Characteristics of organisms in Kingdom Fungi
       4.  Kingdom Protista: choice board  - updated
            a.   Rubrics for choice board:
                   i.   rubric for box #1  Webquest
                   ii.  rubric for box #2  (6 sided object)
                  iii.  rubric for box #3 (t-shirt)
                  iv.  rubric for box #4 (poster)
                  v.  rubric for box #5 (power point or prezi)
                 vi.   box #7 sample protist quilt & rubric
                 vii.  box #9 rubric (bi-fold brochure)
             b.  Images and references for Kingdom Protista
                   i.  Plankton on the Riviera
             c.  Symbiosis in Plankton
             d.  Plankton "reach" to the light
             e.  More single celled drifters and their colonies
              f.  Siphonophores - The longest animals on the planet
              g.  Diatoms: life in glass houses
              h.  The Secret Life of Plankton
              i.   Ed-Ted lesson
              j.  What can protists tell us about changes that have occurred on the Earth?
              k.  Protist classification with a dichotomous key
       6.  Kingdom Eubacteria project 
             a.  Good microbes burl
                 b.  PPT:  Characteristics of Eubacteria
             c.  Harmful microbes: visit this site and explore
             d.  Homework assignment: research bacteria
             e.   Bacterium assignments for 6c

       7.  Kingdom Archaebacteria
       8.  Structures that are seen by the electron microscope
D. Adaptations for survival
VI. Heredity and Reproduction
A.  The relationship between principles of heredity and diversity
       1.  What are traits? Phenotypes? Genotypes? Experiment with these.
        2.  How often to easily observable traits occur in a population?
        3.  Is there a relationship between the frequency of a trait and whether the trait is dominant or recessive?
        4.  Design an experiment to survey your class based on the items shown here.
        5.  Genetics crossword
        6.  References for many genetics activities
B.  Life's greatest miracle.
C.  Mendelian genetics
D.  Mutations to body cells and gametes.
E.  The Human Genome
F.  Theory of Evolution of Species
       1.  Selective breeding to promote traits
VII.  Parting Thoughts
A.  Balance, net force, and symbiosis in nature.

VIII. Survivor Science: FINAL REVIEW
A.  Review for the final:  TopicsQuestions to answer, worksheets, notes, cells, and interactivesVocabulary
The last few weeks!
Preparing for next year

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Last update: 6/28/2014
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