7th Grade Science

           

           

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The left column states the SOL, the middle column provides a website that addresses the SOL, and the right column lists downloadable activities for your students.

LS.1   LS.2   LS.3   LS.4   LS.5   LS.6   LS.7   LS.8    LS.9   LS.10   LS.11   LS.12    LS.13     LS.14

LS.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which: 

a) data are organized into tables showing repeated trials and means ●  Sorting and using materials  Interactive w/ table & quiz
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b) variables are defined ●   
c) metric units (SI—International System of Units) are used   Reading a Triple Beam Balance  
d) models are constructed to illustrate and explain phenomena ●  BrainPop- Scientific Method
●  Scientific Method Lab
●  Boil Water in Shockwave

●  FOSS Black Box
 
e) sources of experimental error are identified ●   
f) dependent variables, independent variables, and constants are identified ●  SEPUP's Car Comparison  
g) variables are controlled to test hypotheses, and trials are repeated ●   
h) continuous line graphs are constructed, interpreted, and used to make predictions ●   
i) interpretations from a set of data are evaluated and defended ●  Grouping & Classifying Materials  activity, fact sheet, & quiz  
j) an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced. ●   

LS.2 The student will investigate and understand that all living things are composed of cells. Key concepts include:

a) cell structure and organelles (cell membrane, cell wall, cytoplasm, vacuole, mitochondrion, endoplasmic reticulum, nucleus, and chloroplast) ●  Cell Inspector
●  Cell Parts and Function
●  NSF- Cell Tour
●  BrainPop- Cell Structures

●  Animal Cell - Organelle Functions
●  Plant Cell - Organelle Functions

     DIRECTIONS for both activities
b) similarities and differences between plant and animal cells ●  Cells Alive- Cell Models
●  BrainPop- Cell Specialization

●  Life Processes & Cells  study & test
 
c) development of cell theory    
d) cell division (mitosis and meiosis) ●  Biology in Motion- Mitosis & Meiosis
●  The Biology Project- Onion Root Tips
●  McGraw-Hill Comparison of Meiosis & Mitosis
●  McGraw-Hill Random Orientation of Chromosomes During Meiosis
●  Exploring Meiosis Dragons
●  McGraw-Hill Stages of Meiosis
●  NOVA- How Cells Divide
●  General Anatomy & Physiology- The Cell Cycle
●  Nobelprize.org- Control of the Cell Cycle
●  Cells Alive- Mitosis
●  Cells Alive- Meiosis
●  BrainPop- Mitosis
 

LS.3 The student will investigate and understand that living things show patterns of cellular organization. Key concepts include:   

a) cells, tissues, organs, and systems; and ●   
b) life functions and processes of cells, tissues, organs, and systems (respiration, removal of wastes, growth, reproduction, digestion, and cellular transport). ●  Gas Exchange & Respiration study & test
●  Artificial Anatomy
●  BrainPop- Respiratory System
●  BrainPop- Immune System
●  BrainPop- Circulatory System
●  BrainPop-
Digestion
●  FOSS Human Body  build a skeleton
 

LS.4 The student will investigate and understand that the basic needs of organisms must be met in order to carry out life processes. Key concepts include:

a) plant needs (light, water, gases, and nutrients) ●  BrainPop- Plant Growth
●  Green Plants  study & test
●  Growing Plants Interactive with quiz
●  Helping Plants Growth Well Interactive with quiz
●  Parts & Life Cycle of a Flower  Interactive with Quiz
●  Parts of a Flower   Questions   Directions
b) animal needs (food, water, gases, shelter, space) ● 
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c) factors that influence life processes.  ●  Plant and animals in the local environment  Interactive with quiz
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LS.5 The student will investigate and understand how organisms can be classified. Key concepts include:

a) the distinguishing characteristics of kingdoms of organisms ●  Classify This
●  Why Do We Classify Organisms?  study & test
●  Classification  study & test
●  BrainPop- 6 Kingdoms
●  BrainPop- Protists
●  BrainPop- Bacteria
●  BrainPop- Cell Specialization

●  Variation  Interactive with quiz
●  Dichotomous Key in PowerPoint
b) the distinguishing characteristics of major animal and plant phyla ●  BrainPop- Seed Plants
●  Animal Characteristic Game
●  SW Virginia Leaf Dichotomous Key  (VT & 4H)
 
c) the characteristics of the species.  ●  eNature- America's Wildlife Resource
●  BrainPop- Invertebrates
●  BrainPop-
Vertebrates
●  Animal Diversity Web
●  National Plant Database
 

LS.6 The student will investigate and understand the basic physical and chemical processes of photosynthesis and its importance to plant and animal life. Key concepts include:

a) energy transfer between sunlight and chlorophyll ●  BrainPop- Photosynthesis and Respiration  
b) transformation of water and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen ●   
c) photosynthesis as the foundation of virtually all food webs.  ●  Simple Photosynthesis Diagram
●  Parts of a Food Chain (Producers/Decomposers
 

LS.7 The student will investigate and understand that organisms within an ecosystem are dependent on one another and on nonliving components of the environment. Key concepts include: 

a) the carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles ●   
b) interactions resulting in a flow of energy and matter throughout the system ●   
c) complex relationships within terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems ●  BrainPop- Ecosystems  
d) energy flow in food webs and energy pyramids.  ●  Habitats and Food Chains  Interactive with quiz
●  Chain Reaction - Build a Food Chain
 

LS.8 The student will investigate and understand that interactions exist among members of a population. Key concepts include:

a) competition, cooperation, social hierarchy, territorial imperative ●   
b) influence of behavior on a population ●   

LS.9 The student will investigate and understand interactions among populations in a biological community. Key concepts include:     

a) The relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in food webs ●  Feeding Relationships  study & test
●  Food Web from scholastic.com
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b) The relationship between predators and prey ●  Be a Shark For the a Day
●  Ring of Death
 
c) Competition and cooperation ●   
d) Symbiotic relationships ●   
e) Niches ●   

LS.10 The student will investigate and understand how organisms adapt to biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Key concepts include:   

a) Differences between ecosystems and biomes ●   
b) Characteristics of land, marine, and freshwater ecosystems ●   
c) Adaptations that enable organisms to survive within a specific ecosystem ●  Hide a Beast camouflage
●  Adaptation & Competition  study & test
●  Build Your Own Caterpillar!  from scholastic.com
 

LS.11 The student will investigate and understand that ecosystems, communities, populations, and organisms are dynamic and change over time (daily, seasonal, and long term). Key concepts include:

a) Phototropism, hibernation, and dormancy ●   
b) Factors that increase or decrease population size ●   
c) Eutrophication, climate changes, and catastrophic disturbances ●   

LS.12 The student will investigate and understand the relationships between ecosystem dynamics and human activity. Key concepts include:

a) Food production and harvest ●  Bet The Farm
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b) Change in habitat size, quality, or structure ●   
c) Change in species competition ●   
d) Population disturbances and factors that threaten or enhance species survival ●   
e) Environmental issues (water supply, air quality, energy production, and waste management) ●   

LS.13 The student will investigate and understand that organisms reproduce and transmit genetic information to new generations. Key concepts include: 

a) The role of DNA ●  DNA- The Double Helix Game
●  DNA Extraction Virtual Lab
 
b) The function of genes and chromosomes  
c) Genotypes and phenotypes ●   
d) Factors affecting the expression of traits ●  Variation & Inheritance study & test  
e) Characteristics that can and cannot be inherited ●  BrainPop- Herdity
●  Inheritance  study & test
 
 
f) Genetic engineering and its applications ●   
g) Historical contributions and significance of discoveries related to genetics  ●   

LS.14 The student will investigate and understand that organisms change over time. Key concepts include:

a) The relationships of mutation, adaptation, natural selection, and extinction ●   
b) Evidence of evolution of different species in the fossil record ●  Find Your Dinosaur  beasts in your backyard
●  Build a Beast
●  Prehistoric Zoo
●  Dino Viewer
●  Ice Age Giants
 
c) How environmental influences, as well as genetic variation, can lead to diversity of organisms  ●   

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Seventh Grade Science Standards of Learning

LS.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which:

a) data are organized into tables showing repeated trials and means;

b) variables are defined;

c) metric units (SI—International System of Units) are used;

d) models are constructed to illustrate and explain phenomena;

e) sources of experimental error are identified;

f) dependent variables, independent variables, and constants are identified;

g) variables are controlled to test hypotheses, and trials are repeated;

h) continuous line graphs are constructed, interpreted, and used to make predictions;

i) interpretations from a set of data are evaluated and defended; and

j) an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced.

LS.2 The student will investigate and understand that all living things are composed of cells. Key concepts include:

a) cell structure and organelles (cell membrane, cell wall, cytoplasm, vacuole, mitochondrion, endoplasmic reticulum, nucleus, and chloroplast);

b) similarities and differences between plant and animal cells; c) development of cell theory; and d) cell division (mitosis and meiosis).

LS.3 The student will investigate and understand that living things show patterns of cellular organization. Key concepts include:

a) cells, tissues, organs, and systems; and

b) life functions and processes of cells, tissues, organs, and systems (respiration, removal of wastes, growth, reproduction, digestion, and cellular transport).

LS.4 The student will investigate and understand that the basic needs of organisms must be met in order to carry out life processes. Key concepts include:

a) plant needs (light, water, gases, and nutrients);

b) animal needs (food, water, gases, shelter, space); and

c) factors that influence life processes.

LS.5 The student will investigate and understand how organisms can be classified. Key concepts include:

a) the distinguishing characteristics of kingdoms of organisms;

b) the distinguishing characteristics of major animal and plant phyla; and c) the characteristics of the species.

LS.6 The student will investigate and understand the basic physical and chemical processes of photosynthesis and its importance to plant and animal life. Key concepts include:

a) energy transfer between sunlight and chlorophyll;

b) transformation of water and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen; and

c) photosynthesis as the foundation of virtually all food webs.

LS.7 The student will investigate and understand that organisms within an ecosystem are dependent on one another and on nonliving components of the environment. Key concepts include:

a) the carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles;

b) interactions resulting in a flow of energy and matter throughout the system;

c) complex relationships within terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems; and

d) energy flow in food webs and energy pyramids.

LS.8 The student will investigate and understand that interactions exist among members of a population. Key concepts include:

a) competition, cooperation, social hierarchy, territorial imperative; and

b) influence of behavior on a population.

LS.9 The student will investigate and understand interactions among populations in a biological community. Key concepts include:

a) the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in food webs;

b) the relationship between predators and prey;

c) competition and cooperation;

d) symbiotic relationships; and

e) niches.

LS.10 The student will investigate and understand how organisms adapt to biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Key concepts include:

a) differences between ecosystems and biomes;

b) characteristics of land, marine, and freshwater ecosystems; and

c) adaptations that enable organisms to survive within a specific ecosystem.

LS.11 The student will investigate and understand that ecosystems, communities, populations, and organisms are dynamic and change over time (daily, seasonal, and long term). Key concepts include:

a) phototropism, hibernation, and dormancy;

b) factors that increase or decrease population size; and

c) eutrophication, climate changes, and catastrophic disturbances.

LS.12 The student will investigate and understand the relationships between ecosystem dynamics and human activity. Key concepts include:

a) food production and harvest;

b) change in habitat size, quality, or structure;

c) change in species competition;

d) population disturbances and factors that threaten or enhance species survival; and

e) environmental issues (water supply, air quality, energy production, and waste management).

LS.13 The student will investigate and understand that organisms reproduce and transmit genetic information to new generations. Key concepts include:

a) the role of DNA;

b) the function of genes and chromosomes;

c) genotypes and phenotypes;

d) factors affecting the expression of traits;

e) characteristics that can and cannot be inherited;

f) genetic engineering and its applications; and

g) historical contributions and significance of discoveries related to genetics.

LS.14 The student will investigate and understand that organisms change over time. Key concepts include:

a) the relationships of mutation, adaptation, natural selection, and extinction;

b) evidence of evolution of different species in the fossil record; and

c) how environmental influences, as well as genetic variation, can lead to diversity of organisms.  

 

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