7.1: Forces are Interactions Between Matter

7.1.1: Carry out an investigation which provides evidence that a change in an object’s motion is dependent on the mass of the object and the sum of the forces acting on it. Various experimental designs should be evaluated to determine how well the investigation measures an object’s motion. Emphasize conceptual understanding of Newton’s First and Second Laws. Calculations will only focus on one-dimensional movement; the use of vectors will be introduced in high school.

Free-Fall Laboratory

7.2: Changes to Earth Over Time

7.2.1: Develop a model of the rock cycle to describe the relationship between energy flow and matter cycling that create igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Emphasize the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deposition, sedimentation, and deformation, which act together to form minerals and rocks.

Rock Cycle

7.2.5: Ask questions and analyze and interpret data about the patterns between plate tectonics and: The occurrence of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Earthquakes 1 - Recording Station
Plate Tectonics Continental and ocean floor features.

Plate Tectonics

7.3: Structure and Function of Life

7.3.1: Plan and carry out an investigation that provides evidence that the basic structures of living things are cells. Emphasize that cells can form single-celled or multicellular organisms, and that multicellular organisms are made of different types of cells.

Paramecium Homeostasis

7.3.2: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell in living systems and the way parts of cells contribute to cell function. Emphasize the cell as a system, including the interrelating roles of the nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, cell membrane, and cell wall.

Cell Energy Cycle
Cell Structure
RNA and Protein Synthesis

7.4: Reproduction and Inheritance

7.4.2: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about specific animal and plant adaptations and structures that affect the probability of successful reproduction. Examples of adaptations could include nest building to protect young from the cold, herding of animals to protect young from predators, vocalization of animals and colorful plumage to attract mates for breeding, bright flowers attracting butterflies that transfer pollen, flower nectar and odors that attract insects that transfer pollen, and hard shells on nuts that squirrels bury.

Rainfall and Bird Beaks - Metric

7.4.3: Develop and use a model to describe why genetic mutations may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasize the conceptual idea that changes to traits can happen because of genetic mutations. Specific changes of genes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, and specific types of mutations will be introduced at the high school level.

Evolution: Natural and Artificial Selection

7.4.4: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the technologies that have changed the way humans affect the inheritance of desired traits in organisms. Analyze data from tests or simulations to determine the best solution to achieve success in cultivating selected desired traits in organisms. Examples could include artificial selection, genetic modification, animal husbandry, and gene therapy.

Evolution: Natural and Artificial Selection

7.5: Changes in Species Over Time

7.5.2: Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth, under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.

Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

Correlation last revised: 1/22/2020

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