7th Grade Science

  Welcome to Science!

I am excited for a new year to begin!  Hopefully all of you had a wonderful restful summer.  Over the summer our science curriculum changed. At the middle school level, we adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The standards raise expectations for students pushing them to develop a deeper understanding of concepts through analyzing and interpreting data, constructing scientific explanations, and developing models.  Through cooperative learning, discussions, labs and activities, formative and summative assessments, I will help students progress in their understanding of the learning targets.  At the beginning of each unit, students will take a pre test to see what concepts they understand and those that they don't.  A proficiency scale will be used to assess student's understanding of the learning targets.  The proficiency scale is based on student understanding.  This is a little different than a 4 point grading scale, however, because we are required to use the Power School Grade System, the proficiency scale will be based on a percentage system. 

Proficiency Scale of Understanding:

level 4=100% Students have an exceptional understanding of the content In addition to exhibiting level 3 performance, in-depth inferences and applications that go BEYOND what was taught in class

level 3= 90%-99% Students have a strong understanding of the content; No errors or omissions regarding any of the information and/or processes (SIMPLE OR COMPLEX) that were explicitly taught

level 2= 70%-89% Students have a basic understanding of the content; No errors or omissions regarding the SIMPLER details or processes BUT major errors the more COMPLEX ideas and processes

level 1= 60%-69% Students have a partial understanding of the content; With HELP, a partial knowledge of some of the simpler and complex details and processes

Below are the standards seventh grade students will be learning about:

Q1-Matter and its Interactions

Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. 

Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. 

Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.* 


Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. 

Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system

Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.* 

Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.

Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

Q3- Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer 

Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals. 

Earth's Place in the Universe

Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.  

Q4- Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. 

Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. 

I look forward to a great year! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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