Science and the World We Live In

Seventh Grade Curriculum

Textbook:  Holt Science & Technology (Holt, Rinehart and  Winston)

Tennessee BluePrint for Learning with Internet Links 

 Grade 7 TCAP skill check sheet

The Blueprint for Learning is a companion document for the Tennessee Curriculum Standards which are located at www.tennessee.gov/education.  Although the curriculum adopted by the State Board of Education in its entirety remains on the web for additional reference, this reformatted version makes the curriculum more accessible to classroom teachers.

LIFE SCIENCE STANDARDS

Cell Structure and Function

The student will investigate the structure and function of plant and animal cells.


 

Key

Reporting

Category

 

D

 

Design and construct a hierarchy among cells, tissues, organs, and systems.

A

CS

Determine the relationships among cells, tissues, organs, and systems given a diagram and identify the function of organ systems.

Your Body’s Systems

Flashcards

Organ Systems Bingo

A

CS

Recognize basic structures that most cells share (i.e., nucleus, cytoplasm, and cell membrane).

Cell Structure

Cells Alive!

A

CS

Distinguish between plant and animal cells.

Plant and Animal Cell

Experiment-Comparing Plant and Animal Cells

A

CS

Identify major cell organelles and their functions.

Make a Model of a Cell

Virtual Cell Tour

Cells are the Starting Point

D

 

Sequence a series of diagrams depicting the stages of cell division in plant and animal cells.

A

CS

Sequence a series of diagrams depicting the movement of chromosomes during mitosis.

Mitosis

Matching Plant Cells

Matching Animal Cells

Phases of Mitosis Skit

I

 

Design models to illustrate how materials move between cells and their environment.

A

CS

Predict the movement of substances through osmosis or diffusion across the cell membrane, given solutions of different concentrations.

Diffusion and Osmosis

Diffusion lab

 Food Production and Energy for Life

The student will study the basic parts of plants, investigate how plants produce food, and discover that plants and animals use food to sustain life.

D

 

Compare and contrast photosynthesis and respiration.

A

FP

Determine what plants need to make food.

Making Food

Plant Needs

A Beginning Look at Photosynthesis: Plants Need Light

A

FP

Identify photosynthesis as the food making process in plants.

Song- Jingle Bells Tune

Getting Their Food

A

FP

Identify the reactants and products of photosynthesis and respiration.

Respiration

Photosynthesis

D

 

Relate the processes of photosynthesis and respiration to appropriate cellular organelles.

A

FP

Associate the processes of photosynthesis and respiration with appropriate cellular organelles.

Cell Organelles

Plant and Cell Organelles

Photosynthesis Light Reactions- Animation

D

 

Diagram and explain how oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged between living things and their environment.

A

FP

Select the structures that animals use to obtain oxygen.

Respiration

Why Animals Breathe

A

FP

Classify animals according to their means of obtaining oxygen.

All Living Things Need Oxygen

A

FP

Select the illustration that depicts the movement of oxygen and carbon dioxide between living things and their environment.

Cellular Respiration

Carbon Cycle

Photosynthesis

Cycles worksheet

A

FP

Interpret a diagram depicting the oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle.

Carbon-Dioxide Cycle

Heredity and Reproduction

The student will understand the basic principles of inheritance.

A

HR

Match a flower part with its reproductive function.

Flowering Plant Reproduction

Lesson Plan Reproduction

Biology of plants

Parts of a Flower- info and game

Flower Dissection

A

HR

Distinguish between sexual and asexual methods of reproduction.

Lesson Asexual and Sexual Reproduction

Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction

D

 

Recognize that genetic information is passed from parent to offspring during reproduction.

A

HR

Recognize advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction.

Compare Asexual and Sexual reproduction

A

HR

Recognize a variety of pollination methods and associated floral adaptations.

Pollination

What is Pollination?

Lesson Partners in Pollination

Biology of plants

Plants and Animals Partners in Pollination- Activity

 Earth Science Standard

 Atmospheric Cycles

The student will investigate the relationships among atmospheric conditions, weather, and climate.

D

 

Explain how conditions, such as the amount of precipitation, temperature, and wind speed affect the water cycle.

A

AC

Determine how temperature affects evaporation and condensation in the atmosphere.

Condensation

Evaporation

A

AC

Identify the detailed features of the water cycle given a diagram (i.e., evaporation, condensation, precipitation, run-off, and transpiration).

The Water Cycle (labeled)

Diagram of Water Cycle (unlabeled)

Drinking and ground water , Cycles worksheet , Hydrological cycle

Hydrolytic Poster

D

 

Record and analyze meteorological data to predict weather patterns.

D

 

Use diagrams to demonstrate how atmospheric winds and ocean currents affect weather and climate.

A

AC

Analyze data and make predictions about weather given a scenario.

Predicting the Weather

Forecasting the Weather

Weather Prediction- Activity

A

AC

Interpret weather data using a weather map.

Reading Weather Maps

Lesson Reading Weather Maps

Under the Weather

Weather Map Symbols and Terminology

I

 

Explain the impact of catastrophic events on climate (e.g., volcanic eruption).

I

 

Research careers related to meteorology.

 

Physical Science Standard

 Structure and Properties of Matter

The student will investigate the characteristic properties of matter.

D

 

Differentiate among elements, compounds, and mixtures.

A

SP

Distinguish between elements, compounds, and mixtures (i.e., Na, Cl, NaCl, C, O2, CO2, H2, and H20).

Periodic Table Quizzes

Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures

Classification of Matter Lesson, Worksheets, Puzzles

Classification of Matter Worksheet

 

D

 

Describe the particle arrangement associated with different states of matter.

A

SP

Compare the motion and arrangement of molecules in solids, liquids, and gases.

Building Bigs

Material

States of Matter

D

 

Identify the mass, volume, density, boiling point, melting point, and solubility of a given substance.

D

 

Measure and/or calculate the mass, volume, density, and temperature of a given substance.

A

SP

Determine the measurable properties of matter and appropriate metric units (i.e., weight, mass, volume, density, size (length, width, height, and temperature).

Mass and Measurement

 Volume, Mass, and Density

I

 

Obtain information about an element with the aid of a periodic table.

A

SP

Classify substances as elements or compounds from their symbols or formulas.

Elements, Mixture, and Compounds Quiz

Atomic musical chairs , Internet periodic table lab , Periodic table puzzle answer

Resources,  Podcasts

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Science Fair

Dynamic Curriculum

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