Seventh Grade

  • The Science Program for Grade Seven

     
    The Grade Seven Science Program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the four major domains of earth science:  astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and geology.  Starting with the universe, the students begin a journey of exploration and discovery as they travel through the outer reaches of space, our galaxy, the solar system, and home to planet Earth.  In particular, the course emphasizes the constant changes that Earth undergoes and how these changes affect landforms, rock structures, and life itself.  Important concepts are treated historically and logically.  Attention is given to important principles, concepts, and science processes/skills that serve as a framework for understanding and interpreting the general characteristics of science in general and Earth as a focus area.  This framework is then applied to the current microscopic, macroscopic, and global problems facing our planet such as energy shortages, climate change, deforestation, and pollution.
     
    Designed to adhere to the National Science Education Standards and the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy, the curriculum itself is a balance of integrated textual, technological, and investigative means.  Intended to foster within students an appreciation of the basic earth science concepts, the course also provides ample opportunity for reinforcing thinking, processing, and investigative skills thereby enabling students to recognize and analyze critical issues in the world and problem solve as to potential solutions.
     
    Texts:
    The Nature of Science and Technology, Prentice Hall
    Inside Earth, Prentice Hall
    Earth’s Changing Surface, Prentice Hall
    Earth’s Water, Prentice Hall
    Weather and Climate, Prentice Hall
    Astronomy, Prentice Hall