GRADE LEVEL: 7th
INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Grunhovd
COURSE/DISCIPLINE: Life Science
K-12 Science Outcomes
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- Demonstrate a variety of science skills that will help them discover and interpret the natural world around them.
- Practice reasoning, critical thinking, decision making,
and communication skills as they formulate opinions about the relationships
among science, technology, environment, and society.
- Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively in a
team and independently to accomplish tasks.
- Describe properties and processes important to all
- Use a taxonomic key and a field guide to identify organisms.
- Compare and contrast viruses, monerans, protists and
- Describe plant structure, function and the importance
of both nonflowering and flowering plants.
- Compare and contrast the main characteristics of the
different animal phyla.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of an
ecosystem and the effects of the human population on the world's various ecosystems.
UNIT TITLES WITH OUTCOMES
The Study of Life (8 weeks)
- Explain several branches of life
- Illustrate how science and technology
- Use the scientific method to solve
- Compare and contrast hypothesis and
- Apply safety rules to specific laboratory
- Apply proper procedures for handling
and using field and laboratory equipment.
- Use correctly the metric tools and
- Give examples of and discuss the
importance of life processes for survival.
- Recognize and illustrate the functions
of the different organic compounds to living things.
- Explain how organisms get energy
- Compare and contrast different hypotheses
about how life began.
- Describe the basic cell structure
found in most organisms.
- Explain how cell functions work and
depend on cell structure.
- Use the modern system of classification.
- Explain how scientists name organisms
and use this method.
Simple Organisms (4-5 weeks)
- Compare and contrast monerans and
- Discuss the importance of each.
- Individual report on a moneran (including
scientific name, effect on other organisms, how it penetrates, and how
to get rid of it, etc.).
- Explore bacteria in everyday surroundings
by growing it in agar.
- Describe the characteristics of protists.
- Distinguish between the four groups
of protozoa and algae.
- Describe the characteristics of fungi.
Plants (6 weeks)
- Compare and contrast the major characteristics
of both vascular and nonvascular plants.
- Distinguish between and recognize
the main types of roots, stems, leaves and their parts.
- List the functions of roots, stems,
- Compare photosynthesis and respiration.
- Identify and investigate tropisms.
- Give examples of vegetative propagation
- Compare and contrast the major nonflowering
- Identify several local examples.
- Describe the major characteristics
- Identify the parts and state the
functions of flower and seed parts.
- Explain the process of fertilization
and the importance of flower structure to it.
- Compare and identify common monocots
Animals (10 weeks)
- Describe and recognize the main characteristics
- Name, describe and use the levels
of animal organization.
- Describe, compare and contrast, and
identify the structures and functions of the bodies of simple invertebrates,
complex invertebrates, and vertebrates.
- Compare and contrast how each of
the above moves, gets food, and reproduces.
- Describe some of the adaptations
of these animals.
- Discuss ways in which these organisms
- Discuss ways in which humans affect
- Create a three-dimensional model
of an invertebrate.
- Research and describe the anatomy
of segmented worms, insects, fish, and amphibians by dissecting examples
Ecology (3+ weeks)
- Discuss and identify the characteristics
of an ecosystem.
- Discuss and be able to recognize
factors that change communities over time.
- Describe, identify and discuss the
factors that determine the different biomes.
- List and give examples of ways that
organisms are adapted to their biomes.
- Summarize the steps and illustrate
the importance of the water, carbon dioxide/oxygen, and nitrogen cycles.
- Explore the human place in and effect
on the biosphere.
Heredity (2 weeks -- not always used)
- Identify some of the basic principles
- Use the Punnett squares to predict
the results of crosses that involve dominant and recessive genes.
- Explain how genes determine traits.
- Describe the causes and effects of
- Research genetic engineering.