Life Science – Life Science 7th Grade Lesson Plans

Life Science Curriculum

Scientific Inquiry

This section covers the various branches of science, basic science and metric system vocabulary, the scientific method, tools used in science, the microscope, and safety rules and symbols for science. It also includes a lab on chemical color.

  1. Read over Safety Contracts given by instructor and return with proper signatures.
  2.  Acellus Lab
    1. Branches of Science
    2. Basic Science Vocabulary
    3. Metric System Terms
    4. Scientific Method
  3. Complete Scientific Method Assignment
  4. Acellus Lab
    1. Tools of Science
    2. Microscopes
    3. Safety Rules and Symbols for Science
    4. Chemical Color Lab
  5. Complete Microscopes Assignment.
  6. Creative Writing Assignment
  7. Record Graphing Notes in your notebook.
  8. Click on the homework tab in Acellus and complete Basic Science Vocabulary in your notebook.
  9.  Record Scientific Inquiry Notes in your folder.
  10. Scientific Inquiry Test

 

Unit 1: Life: Structure and Function

This unit covers the characteristics of life, classifying organisms, comparing functions and structures of plants and animal cells, illustrating the processes of photosynthesis and respiration, describing the growth and development of animals, and describing changes that can occur in various ecosystems and relating the changes to the ability of an organism to survive. This unit also discusses five basic life processes, the basic needs and the chemistry of living things, cell theory, mitosis and levels of organization.

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. Complete Cell Structure Gizmo in your notebook.
  3.  Complete Cell Division Gizmo in your notebook.
  4. Complete Diffusion Gizmo in your notebook.
  5. Complete Osmosis Gizmo in your notebook.
  6. Record Chapter 1 Notes in your folder.
  7. Unit 1 Part A Quiz (See instructor for access code)
  8. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. History of Genetics
    2. Probability and Heredity
    3. DNA
    4. Phases of Meiosis
    5. Asexual Reproduction
  9. Actively Learn Assignments
    1. Cell Organization
    2. Organelles
    3. Cell Membrane
    4. Cell Nucleus
  10.  Create a rap or poem about cells in your notebook to present to your instructor.
  11. Complete Building DNA Gizmo in your notebook.
  12. Complete Inheritance Gizmo in your notebook.
  13.  Actively Learn Assignments
    1. Active Transport
    2. Passive Transport
    3. Mendel’s Laws and Genetics
    4. Mendel’s Pea Plants
  14.  Record Chapter 2 Notes in your folder.
  15. Unit 1 Part B Quiz (See instructor for access code)

 

Unit 2: From Bacteria to Plants

This unit explains what classification is and how it works, introduces the six Kingdoms, discusses characteristics of Viruses, Monerans, and Protists, and describes parts of a Moneran, animal-like Protists, and plant and fungus-like Protists.

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. Creative Writing Assignment 2.
  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.  Record Chapters 7 & 8 notes in your folder.
  5. Complete Gizmo lesson Photosynthesis Lab in your notebook.
  6. Actively Learn Reading Assignments
    1. Connecting Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis
    2. Plant Cell Structures
    3. Protist Characteristics
  7.  Record Chapters 9 & 10 notes in your folder.
  8. Unit 2 Exam (See instructor)

 

Unit 3: Animals

This unit discusses classifying organisms based on structural characteristics using a dichotomous key and illustrating how variations in individual organisms within a population determine the success of the population.

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
    1.  Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction
  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. Creative Writing Assignment 3.
  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.  Record Chapters 11 & 13 Notes in your folder.
  9. Actively Learn Assignments
    1. Animal Behaviors
  10. Complete Gizmo lesson Dichotomous Keys in your notebook.
  11. Unit 3 Exam (See instructor)

Unit 4: Human Body Systems

This unit explains the relationship between the structural features of organs to their functions in major systems, how external factors and genetics can influence the quality and length of human life, and the way major organ systems in the human body interact to sustain life.

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.  Record Chapter 14 Notes in your folder.
  3. Creative Writing Assignment 4
  4. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Six Food Groups
    2. Six Basic Nutrients
    3. Digestive System
    4. Digestive Parts
  5.  Record Chapter 15 Notes in your folder.
  6. Creative Writing Assignment 5
  7. Complete Gizmo lesson Digestive System in your notebook.
  8. 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
  9.  Record Chapter 16 Notes in your folder.
  10. Complete Gizmo lesson Circulatory System in your notebook.
  11. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Central Nervous System
    2. Peripheral Nervous System
    3. The Senses
    4. Systems of the Body
    5. Female Reproductive System
    6. Male Reproductive System
  12.  Record Chapters 17 & 18 notes in folder.
  13. Actively Learn Assignment
    1. CK-12 Middle School Life Science: Human Body Systems
  14. Unit 4 Exam (See instructor for access code.)

 

Unit 5: Interactions of Life

This unit covers identifying resources humans derive from ecosystems, distinguishing the essential roles played by biotic and abiotic components in various ecosystems, and identifying and analyzing the environmental impact of humans’ use of technology.

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 Assignments
    1. Matter & Energy
    2. Ecosystems
    3. Biomes
    4. Terrestrial Biomes
    5. Aquatic Biomes
  3.  Record Chapter 20-23 Notes in your folder.
  4. Complete Gizmo Lesson Food Chain in your notebook.
  5. Watch the following Acellus videos:
    1. Facts About drugs
    2. Alcohol
    3. Tobacco
    4. Drug Prevention
  6. Actively Learn Reading Assignment
    1. Climate zones and Biomes
    2. Energy From Biomes
    3. Natural Resources
    4. Food Chains and Food Webs
  7. Unit 5 Exam (See instructor)