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Science 7 Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
In the second part of Science 7, students will explore structural changes involving the Earth, ranging from the past to the present. This investigation will include the rock cycle, plate tectonics, and mineral formation. Students will inquire about the history of our universe and what it means to live in an Earth, Moon, and Sun system. Students will examine motion, forces, and various types of energy. Finally, students will examine types of sound and light energy. This course includes online lessons, textbook reading, and the opportunity for hands-on learning through labs.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Science 7 Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe uniformitarianism as a principle that explains geologic processes of Earth.
  • Examine fossils and what they can tell us about the history of Earth.
  • Determine what a mineral is by examining the five characteristics that all minerals share.
  • Identify natural processes that create and shape rocks.
  • Analyze the three different compositional layers of Earth by describing the properties of each.
  • Illustrate Wegener’s theory of continental drift by examining evidence he gathered.
  • Identify where earthquakes happen on Earth and describe their effects.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine the universe by identifying its makeup and structure.
  • Describe the geocentric model of the solar system and how it differs from the heliocentric model.
  • Explain Newton’s law of universal gravitation and how it relates to the workings of the solar system.
  • Analyze the structure of the sun by identifying the layers that make it up.
  • Explain how the length of a day and year are determined by Earth’s rotation and revolution.
  • Examine how the Earth, moon, and sun affect one another and form a system in space.
  • Identify electromagnetic radiation by analyzing parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Determine average speed by understanding relationships between position, distance, time, and speed.
  • Define force and identify different kinds of force.
  • Examine and define Newton’s three laws of motion.
  • Explain the scientific definition of work and apply the formula for work.
  • Analyze electric charge in atoms by describing the charges of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
  • Analyze electric force and static electricity to explain how objects can gain or lose charge and attract and repel other objects.
  • Examine the differences between series circuits and parallel circuits.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain waves and identify mechanical and electromagnetic waves.
  • Illustrate how humans hear sound by examining the workings of the human ear.
  • Explain electromagnetic waves by describing the energy of charged particles, radiation, and visible light.
  • Describe how light interacts with various materials through transmission, absorption, and reflection.
  • Determine how people see objects in different colors through the reflection and absorption of light.
  • Identify concave and convex mirrors and their uses.
  • Examine how light transfers information through lasers, optical fibers, satellites, and radar.

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