7th Grade Science Curriculum Regular and Pre-AP

Year at a Glance
2015-2016

1st Grading Period
1 wk.

Unit 1: Capturing Kids Hearts and Safety in
a Science Lab
 Target Process TEKS: 1A (safe practice), 4A
(microscopes, microscope slides), Bio4B
(preventative & emergency safety
equipment)
Process Skills will be taught throughout
the year

3
wks.

Unit 2: Existence of Life and Ecosystems

Subunit 1- Life
 Analyze What Allows Life to Exist (TEKS 7.9A)
 Sun’s proximity, water, composition of
atmosphere
 Manned Space Exploration (TEKS 7.9B)
 Identify necessary accommodations for
4
space flight
wks.
 Review Gravity (TEKS 6.11B*)






Subunit 2- Ecosystems
Microhabitats in schools and biomes (TEKS
7.10A)
Biodiversity contributes to sustainability
(TEKS 7.10B*)
Examine & Identify Organisms Using
Dichotomous Keys (TEKS 7.11A*)
 Insects or Plant Leaves
Organic Compounds in Ecosystems (TEKS
7.6A*)
 Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen,
Phosphorus, Sulfur (CHONPS)
Demonstrate/Explain the Cycling of Matter
within Living Systems (TEKS 7.5B)
 decay of biomass in a compost bin
Review Energy Transformations (TEKS 6.9C*)
Photosynthesis: Radiant energy  chemical
energy (TEKS 7.5A)
Diagram the Flow of Energy through Living
Systems
 food chains, food webs, and energy
pyramids (TEKS 7.5C)
Target Process TEKS: 1A (safe practices in
field investigations), 2.CE (collect and
analyze data), 3.D (history/scientists of
NASA), 4.A (hand lens, collecting nets,
insect traps, computers, globes, journals
or notebooks)

2nd Grading Period
3
Subunit 3- Diversity
wks.  Explain Variations within Populations (TEKS
7.11B)
 Compare external features that enhance
survival
 Compare behaviors that enhance survival
 Migration / Hibernation
 Compare physiologies that enhance survival
 Storage of food in a plant bulb
 Natural Selection (TEKS 7.11C*)
 Target Process TEKS: 1A, 2B (implement
comparative and descriptive investigations…
by making observations…use appropriate
equipment), 2C (collect data), 2E (formulate
reasonable explanations), 3A (critical
thinking), 4A (computers, digital cameras,
4
journals/notebooks)
wks.
Unit 3: Ecological Impacts
 Catastrophic Events (TEKS 7.8A)
 predict/describe how floods, hurricanes, &
tornadoes impact ecosystems
 Weathering, Erosion, Deposition (TEKS 7.8B)
 analyze effects on the environment within
Texas ecoregions
 Groundwater and Surface Water (TEKS 7.8C*)
 model effects of human activity on
groundwater and surface water within a
watershed
 Ecological Succession (TEKS 7.10C*)
 observe, record, and describe the role of
ecological succession in microhabitats
 garden with weeds
 Review Gravity (TEKS 6.11B*)
 Target Process TEKS: 2E, 3A, 3B (model what
would happen if human pollute a water
source as it flows through the watershed), 3C
(limitations of model), 4A (beakers, graduated
1 wk.
cylinders, test tubes, timing devices, metric
rulers, temperature and pH probes, water test
kits)
Review and Midterm (CBA#1)

3rd Grading Period

4th Grading Period

Unit 4: Structure and Function of Organisms
2 wks.


3 wks.




4 wks.

Subunit 1 – Cells
Cell Theory (TEKS 7.12F*)
Levels of Organization (TEKS 7.12C)
Review Characteristics of Organisms (TEKS
6.12D*)
 Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic; Auto- vs.
Heterotrophic
Differentiate Between Structure & Function
in Plant/ Animal Cell Organelles, (TEKS
7.12D*)
Compare Functions of Cell to Functions of
Organism (7.12E, 7.12F)
 Ex. waste removal, extracting energy
from food
Investigate & Explain Adaptations that Allow
Specific Functions. (TEKS 7.12A)
 gills in fish; hollow bones in birds; xylem
in plants
Target Process TEKS: 2B-E, 3B (plant and
animal cell models), 3C
(advantages/limitations), 3D (history &
scientists), 4A (life science models,
microscopes, microscope slides)
Subunit 2 – Plant Structure, Function,
Processes, and Responses
Review Chloroplasts (TEKS 7.12D)
Review Photosynthesis: Radiant energy 
chemical energy (TEKS 7.5A)
Investigate & Explain Adaptations that Allow
Specific Functions. (TEKS 7.12A)
 xylem in plants
Investigate How Organisms Respond to
External Stimuli (7.13A)
 Plants: Phototropism, Hydrotropism,
Thigmotropism
Describe How Organisms Respond to Internal
Stimuli to Maintain Balance (7.13B)
 Plants: Wilting
Demonstrate and Illustrate Forces that Affect
Motion in Everyday Life (TEKS 7.7C)
 Emergence of Seedlings
 Turgor Pressure in Plant Cells
 Geotropism/Gravitropism
Target Process TEKS: 4A (life science models,
microscopes, microscope slides)

Subunit 3 - Genetics
 Define heredity; DNA Found in genes within
chromosomes in nucleus (TEKS 7.14A,
7.14C*)
1 wk.
 Asexual Reproduction/Uniform offspring vs.
Sexual Reproduction/Diverse Offspring
(TEKS 7.14B*)
 Natural Selection AND Selective Breeding

Unit 5: Human Body
1.5
wks.


1 wk.

Subunit 1 - Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular
Systems (functions) (TEKS, 7.12B*)
Integumentary: Waste Removal (TEKS 7.12E)
 Protect against infection, injury, and UV
radiation
 Regulate body temperature
Skeletal Adaptations: Hollow Bones in Birds
(TEKS 7.12A)
Muscular: Contrast Work Situations: All
require Force/ not all Produce Work (TEKS
7.7A*)
 Move box--with ramp / without; standing
still
Review Potential and Kinetic Energy (TEKS
6.8A*)

Subunit 2 - Nervous System (functions) (TEKS
7.12B*)
 Responding to external stimuli to maintain
balance (TEKS 7.13A)

fight or flight response
1 wk.
 Responding to Internal stimuli to maintain
balance (7.13B)
 vomiting / fever
Subunit 3 - Circulatory and Respiratory
Systems (functions) (TEKS 7.12A, 7.12B*)

Gills in fish exchange oxygen/CO2 (TEKS
2.5
7.12A)
wks.
 Flow of Blood to Review Speed (TEKS 6.8C*)
 CPR Instruction-hands only-compression (HB
897)

1 wk.

STAAR

1 wk.




1 wk.
1 wk.

Subunit 4 - Digestive and Excretory Systems
(functions) (TEKS 7.12B*)
Review Elements and Compounds (TEKS
6.5C*)
Review Organic Compounds (TEKS 7.6A*)
Physical/ Chemical Changes in Matter in the
Digestive System (TEKS 7.6B*)
Breakdown of Molecules (TEKS 7.6C)
 Carbohydrates  Simple Sugars (Glucose)
 Proteins  Amino Acids
Energy Transformation within an Organism
(TEKS 7.7B)
 Chemical Energy Heat and Thermal
Energy
Digestion: extracting energy from food (TEKS
7.12F)

Subunit 5 - Endocrine and Reproductive
Systems
 (functions) (TEKS 7.12B*)

cause changes in traits over generations
(TEKS 7.11C*)
 Galapagos Medium Ground Finch
(Geospiza fortis)
 Domestic Animals
 Target Process TEKS:
Flexible due to testing

 Adrenal Gland-- Role in Fight or Flight
Response (ENRICHMENT)
 Target Process TEKS: 1A, 1B, 2A-E, 3A-C, 4A
(life science models, stereoscopes,
computers), 4B
Review
Final Exam/ CBA #2

* indicates Supporting Standard
Process Skills (8.1 – 8.4) are embedded throughout investigations.
Teachers will have to adjust time allotments to allow for lost teaching days due to testing or special campus activities. The order of topics may be rearranged or
integrated within a grading period, but topics shouldn’t flow into the next grading period.

Overview for Each Unit

Unit 1
When conducting laboratory and field investigations it is extremely important to follow safety
procedures and use environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
Unit 2
There are characteristics of Earth and relationships to objects in our solar system that allow life
to exist.
Relationships exist between organisms and their environment. Different environments support
different living organisms that are adapted to that region of Earth. Matter and energy are
conserved throughout living systems. Organic compounds are composed of carbon and other
elements that are recycled due to chemical changes that rearrange the elements for the
particular needs of that living system. Radiant energy from the Sun drives much of the flow of
energy throughout living systems due to the process of photosynthesis in organisms described as
producers. Most consumers then depend on producers to meet their energy needs. Decomposers
play an important role in recycling matter.
Diversity is a result of changes in traits that sometimes occur in populations over many
generations. One of the ways changes can occur is through the process of natural selection.
Unit 3
Force, motion, and energy are observed the environment in several ways. Weather systems such
as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes can shape and restructure the environment through the
force and motion evident in them. Weathering, erosion, and deposition occur in environments
due to the forces of gravity, wind, ice, and water.
Unit 4
All living organisms are made up of smaller units called cells. All cells use energy, get rid of
wastes, and contain genetic material. Cells can organize into tissues, tissues into organs, and
organs into organ systems. Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the
complementary nature of structure and function. Plant and animal cells have specialized
internal structures within them that allow them to obtain energy, get rid of wastes, grow, and
reproduce in different ways.
Plants are living organisms that have specialized internal structures within them that allow them
to obtain energy, get rid of wastes, grow, and reproduce. Force, motion, and energy are
observed in living systems in several ways. Force and motion can describe the direction and
growth of seedlings, turgor pressure, and geotropism in plants.
Reproduction is a characteristic of all living organisms, including plants. Whether sexual or
asexual, the instructions for traits are governed in the genetic material that is found on genes
within a chromosome from the parent.
Unit 5

All organisms obtain energy, get rid of wastes, grow, and reproduce. Our body systems function
together to maintain homeostasis and allow humans to carry out all the processes necessary for
life. The integumentary system provides protection and removes wastes, interactions between
muscular and skeletal systems allow the body to apply forces and transform energy both
internally and externally, the nervous system responds to stimuli, circulatory and respiratory
deliver of oxygen and nutrients and get rid of wastes, digestive and excretory systems physically
and chemically break down food to extract nutrients and energy and excrete wastes, while
endocrine and reproductive systems regulate balance of chemicals and allow for continuation of
the human species.