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Science 7 Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Science 7 Part 1 explores many aspects of science. Students will begin the course by identifying matter as the basic building block of life. Students will then explore the cell and all of its working parts before being introduced to Earth's organisms and their processes. Finally, students will investigate Earth's water and atmospheric processes and determine how each produces energy systems. This course includes both online lessons and textbook reading, and the opportunity for hands-on learning through labs.
It is recommended that students possess a solid understanding of the concepts covered in sixth grade science before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Conclude what science is by identifying evidence, theories, and laws.
  • Determine how to conduct a scientific investigation by analyzing a scientific method.
  • Define what matter is by discussing the characteristics of matter.
  • Classify and compare physical and chemical properties to be able to identify substances.
  • Compare and contrast the changing in state of matter by analyzing the attraction and motion of matter particles.

 Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe what a cell is by discussing the cell theory.
  • Discuss how multicellular and unicellular organisms are organized by analyzing the different levels of organization in living things.
  • Analyze how cells divide by relating the process of mitosis to its functions in single celled and multi-cellular organisms.
  • Explore how traits are inherited by analyzing the inheritance of traits in individuals.
  • Analyze how patterns of inheritance are studied by determining how patterns of heredity can be predicted using Punnett squares and pedigrees.
  • Determine what DNA is by describing its structure and function.
  • Examine how biotechnology affects our lives by examining its impacts on human life and the world around.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Discuss what living things are by examining the necessities of life and the characteristics that all living things share.
  • Determine how organisms are classified by analyzing how people sort living things based on their shared characteristics.
  • Conclude what microorganisms are by analyzing the characteristics of bacteria, archaea, and viruses.
  • Compare and contrast protists and fungi by describing their characteristics and explaining how they grow and reproduce.
  • Discuss what a plant is by listing characteristics that all plants share.
  • Discuss what animals are by defining different characteristics of animals.
  • Discuss vertebrates and invertebrates by classifying different types of animals.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Determine the importance of water by describing water’s structure, its properties, and its importance to Earth’s systems.
  • Discuss the water cycle by defining waters changing states.
  • Explain what lies within and beneath Earth’s ocean by describing properties and analyzing features of Earth’s oceans.
  • Discuss what the atmosphere is by describing its composition and structure.
  • Examine how energy moves throughout Earth by analyzing the three mechanisms by which energy is transferred through Earth’s system.
  • Illustrate what wind is by determining how the sun is the driving force behind wind power.
  • Discuss how a need for clean energy has driven a technological solution by examining different types of alternative energies.

Course Materials

  • Science Fusion: Cells and Heredity (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: The Diversity of Living Things (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: The Dynamic Earth (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Earth's Water and Atmosphere (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Space Science (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Matter and Energy (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Motion, Forces, and Energy (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Sound and Light (textbook)

*Available as an iText course