Grade 7 Science

Seventh graders are encouraged to appreciate science in their daily lives and keep current with issues, challenges, and discoveries.  Regular reading and summarizing of science articles contributes to lively discussion and the realization that science is an integral part of many other academic subjects. The major units focus on biology and environmental science. Students are challenged to develop their ability to look at the world around them and use logical reasoning to generate and test hypotheses. Using microscopes, manipulatives, and classroom discussions, students learn about cell structure, function, and division. A survey of the domains and kingdoms allows students to study how organisms interact in ecosystems and as members of populations. The students then look at the impact that humans have had on the ability of ecosystems and their populations to remain viable for future generations.

Seventh grade students will:

  • learn how to read informational text and articles, summarizing, generating questions, and taking effective notes
  • use scientific equipment effectively, properly and carefully
  • appreciate how optics enables the collection of images too small to be seen 
  • identify characteristics that will determine classification
  • write clear and effective lab reports and generate hypotheses, make observations, collect and analyze data and draw logical conclusions
  • be introduced to the smallest components that make up living things, learning about structure and function, mitosis, and passive and active transport
  • analyze how organisms interact with each other
  • understand the big ideas behind evolution, population growth, adaptation, and survival