7th Grade Science
Team Day October 25, 2013
Tools of the Scientist
This unit includes: lab safety, metric measurement and graphing, making observations and inferences, learning the microscope parts and proper usage as well as measuring microscopic objects. We will conclude the unit with some experiments implementing the scientific method.
We will start this unit by determining what makes something living and begin our study of the microscopic world of cells. Students will learn about the parts of an animal and plant cell and create a 3D version of a cell. Following, we will explore the processes of the cell such as diffusion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration and cell reproduction. Lastly, we will examine the variety of cells found in the human body and learn the levels of organization.
During this unit we will explore heredity, DNA, genes, cloning and selective breeding. Students will complete Punnett squares, pedigree charts, create a paper DNA strand and do a fun lab making a Punnett Pal baby.
Classification of Living Things
Students will examine observable traits to complete several dichotomous keys. They will also learn the levels of classification and explore the six kingdoms. We will grow bacteria in the classroom and examine live protists such as amoebas, paramecium and euglenas. The unit will conclude when we make a mushroom spore print (fungi) and grow bread mold in the classroom.
This unit includes the study of vascular plants, flower reproduction, seeds, and seed dispersal. We will view parts of the leaf under the microscope and dissect a flower and seed. During the seed dispersal lab students will visit stations for a hands-on learning experience.
Under this topic, students will learn about the following: feeding relationships between organisms, ecological succession, symbiotic relationships, conservation and the preservation of endangered species. Weather permitting, we will utilize outside classroom space during the study of ecology.
During the study of evolution students will learn about animal and plant adaptations and how those adaptations can change over time. With the use of the children's book, Stellaluna, we will discuss the predator-prey relationship, the chances of a mammal taking on the adaptations of a bird in real life and write a letter to the author. We will discuss natural selection and the importance of variation for the survival of a species.
Students will study the major organ systems and their functions through class discussions, hands-on activities and interactive videos.
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