7th Grade Scholars Program

7th Grade Curriculum

Scientific Inquiry

  1. Scientific Method
  2. Watch Scientific Method video on Acellus.
  3. Complete Scientific Method handout given by instructor.
  4. Safety Rules and Tools
  5. Read over Safety Contracts given by instructor and return with proper signatures.
  6. Watch the following Acellus videos: Tools of Science, Microscopes, and Safety Rules and Symbols for Science.
  7. Creative Writing Assignment (See instructor for details).
  8. Measurements
  9. Watch Metric System Terms video on Acellus.
  10. Complete Measurement Handout.
  11. Data Interpretation
  12. Watch Chemical Color Lab video on Acellus.
  13. Record Graphing Notes in your notebook.
  14. Complete Graphing Assignment (See instructor for handout).
  15. Exploring Science
  16. Watch Branches of Science and Basic Science Vocabulary videos on Acellus.
  17. Click on the homework tab in Acellus and complete Basic Science Vocabulary in your notebook.
  18. Scientific Inquiry Test (See instructor)

Unit 1: Life: Structure and Function

In this unit, the following reading material is essential for background information and reference:

Chapter 1: Classifying and Exploring Life

Chapter 2: Cell Structure and Function

Chapter 3: From Cell to an Organism

Chapter 4: Reproduction of Organisms

Chapter 5: Genetics

Chapter 6: The Environment and Change Over Time

  1. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Five Basic Life Processes
    2. Basic Needs of Living Things
    3. Chemistry of Living Things
    4. Cell Theory
    5. Levels of Organization
    6. Outer Parts of Plant and Animal Cells
    7. Inner Parts of Plant and Animal Cells
    8. Cell Pizza Lab
    9. Cell Processes
    10. Cell Division
    11. Mitosis
  2. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Cell Structure and Division in your notebook.
  3. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Diffusion in your notebook.
  4. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Osmosis in your notebook.
  5. See instructor for exam on The Nature of Life, Cells, and Classification of Organisms.
  6. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. History of Genetics
    2. Probability and Heredity
    3. DNA
    4. Phases of Meiosis
    5. Asexual Reproduction
  7. Record Genetics notes in notebook.
  8. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Building DNA in your notebook.
  9. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Inheritance in your notebook.
  10. Unit 1 Exam (See instructor)

Unit 2: From Bacteria to Plants

In this unit, the following reading material is essential for background information and reference:

Chapter 7: Bacteria and Viruses

Chapter 8: Protists and Fungi

Chapter 9: Plant Diversity

Chapter 10: Plant Processes and Reproduction

  1. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Classification Facts
    2. Introduction to Six Kingdoms
    3. Characteristics of Viruses
    4. Characteristics of Monerans
    5. Parts of a Moneran
    6. Characteristics of Protists
    7. Animal-like Protists
    8. Plant and Fungus-like Protists
    9. Classification Lab
  2. Write a one page summary on classification.
  3. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Fungus
    2. Parts of a Mushroom
    3. Multicellular Alga
    4. Plants on Land
    5. Vascular Plant
    6. Seeds
    7. Leaves and Photosynthesis
    8. Gymnosperms
    9. Angiosperms
    10. Mold and Graphing Lab
  4. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Photosynthesis Lab in your notebook.
  5. Actively Learn Reading Assignment (See instructor)
  6. Unit 2 Exam Eagle

Unit 3: Animals

In this unit, the following reading material is essential for background information and reference:

Chapter 11: Animal Diversity

Chapter 13: Animal Behavior and Reproduction

  1. Actively Learn Reading Assignment (See instructor)
  2. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Sponges and Cnidarians
    2. Mollusks
    3. Worms
    4. Earthworm
    5. Groups of Arthropods
    6. Characteristics of Insects
    7. Echinoderms
    8. Parts of a Starfish
    9. Earthworm Dissection
    10. Starfish Dissection
  3. What do you know about Arthropods? Write your answer in your notebook.
  4. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Characteristics of Fish
    2. Parts of Bony Fish
    3. Characteristics of Reptiles
    4. Groups of Reptiles
  5. Tell the instructor about as many reptiles as you can.
  6. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Characteristics of Birds
    2. Types of Birds, Beaks, and Feet
    3. Characteristics of Mammals
    4. Groups of Mammals
    5. Groups of Placental Mammals
    6. Dichotomous Keys
    7. Frog Dissection
  7. Draw and label the parts of an earthworm, starfish, and frog in your notebook.
  8. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Dichotomous Keys in your notebook.
  9. Unit 3 Exam (See instructor)

Unit 4: Human Body Systems

In this unit, the following reading material is essential for background information and reference:

Chapter 14: Structure and Movement

Chapter 15: Digestion and Excretion

Chapter 16: Respiration and Circulation

Chapter 17: Immunity and Disease

Chapter 18: Control and Coordination

Chapter 19: Reproduction and Development

  1. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Types of Tissue
    2. Characteristics of Skeletal System
    3. Bones
    4. Skeletal Joints
    5. Muscles/Muscular System
    6. Muscles of the Body
  2. Write an essay explaining how the skeletal and muscular systems work together.
  3. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Six Food Groups
    2. Six Basic Nutrients
    3. Digestive System
    4. Digestive Parts
  4. Write a summary on how the digestive system works.
  5. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Digestive System in your notebook.
  6. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. The Circulatory System
    2. The Heart
    3. Blood
    4. Body’s Line of Defenses/ Immune System
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Excretory System
    7. The Skin or Integumentary System
    8. Endocrine System
  7. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo lesson Circulatory System in your notebook.
  8. Watch the following Acellus videos:
  9. Central Nervous System
  10. Peripheral Nervous System
  11. The Senses
  12. Systems of the Body
  13. Female Reproductive System
  14. Male Reproductive System
  15. Unit 4 Exam on Easy Test Maker (See instructor)

Unit 5: Interactions of Life

In this unit, the following reading material is essential for background information and reference:

Chapter 20: Matter and Energy in the Environment

Chapter 21: Populations and Communities

Chapter 22: Biomes and Ecosystems

Chapter 23: Using Natural Resources

  1. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Food Webs and Food Chains
    2. History of Life on Earth
    3. Evidence of Evolving
    4. Forest Biomes
    5. Land Biomes Except Forests
    6. Water Biomes
    7. Cycles in Nature
    8. Cycles in Time
    9. Organisms and Environment
    10. Conservation
  2. Actively Learn Assignment (See instructor)
  3. Follow the link www.explorelearning.com and complete Gizmo Lesson Food Chain in your notebook.
  4. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Facts About drugs
    2. Alcohol
    3. Tobacco
    4. Drug Prevention