In 7th grade, science students focus on the life sciences. Topics covered include
- tools and skills of a scientist
- plant and animal cells
- DNA and genetics
- history of life on Earth
- human anatomy and human reproduction
- social living and drug and alcohol prevention
In addition, students learn life sciences in the Edible Schoolyard garden and develop their scientific method research skill through the ongoing study of the scientific method.
The 7th grade science program involves extensive labs including
- “You Be the Scientist,” where students design and carry our their own experiment
- building cell models
- constructing DNA strands
- several dissections
- evolution simulation labs
Science students also utilize the core science text to improve their skills in understanding nonfiction text. Multimedia is also an essential part of the 7th grade life sciences program, as teachers utilize video and computer-based learning to enhance student understanding.
In the fall semester, students jump into their science specific class by learning the skills of a scientist. Students carry out variety of labs using scientific method, revisit the metric system, and learn the structures and functions of a microscope. Plant and animal cells and the building blocks of life are the focus of an extensive study during the first quarter, which also includes building a cell model. Students also study genetics and DNA. The semester concludes with the study the history of life on Earth, with a focus on natural selection and evolution.
The focus of the spring semester is the study of human body systems. Students focus on human development through the study of the reproductive systems, as well as the circulatory, musculoskeletal, and nervous (with a focus on eye and light) systems. Study of these body systems includes a project about Spiffy the sperm and Elsa the egg, as well as several dissections, such as the chicken wing, sheep heart, and cow eyeball. The spring semester also includes additional time in the school garden, including the study of plant reproduction.
By the end of 7th grade, students have a strong understanding of the theory of evolution, genetics and genetic traits, human development and human body systems, the parts of a cell, and the scientific method. They will be proficient in working with the 7th grade science text, conducting scientific experiments and writing up labs in scientific format. When students graduate our life sciences program, they have been inspired by creative projects, work in the garden, unique labs and teacher’s passion to learn more about the world in which we live.
Students visit a tidepool in support of their study of ocean and tidepool organisms through the lens of evolution.
Glencoe, Focus on Life Science
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