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Seventh Grade Life Science
Livings things serve as the subjects of study for this course, which includes units on characteristics of life, watersheds and wetlands, ecology, cells, heredity, natural selection, and taxonomy. By using hands-on investigations and projects, students will develop skills in inquiry, problem solving, recording and analyzing data, questioning, communication, and using scientific equipment. The goal is to develop student awareness of and respect for all living things and the environments on which they depend.
The seventh grade science department includes:
Watersheds and Wetlands
Essential Question: How do humans affect watersheds and wetlands?
watershed, source, groundwater, mouth, tributary, condensation, precipitation, evaporation, elevation, topographic map, contour line, contour interval, sediment, erosion, macroinvertebrate, wetland
Essential Question: How do living things interact with their environment?
ecology, biotic, abiotic, population, community, ecosystem, producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, scavenger, food chain, food web, habitat, niche, prey, predator, limiting factors, symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, pest, Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Essential Question: Why are cells called the basic unit of life?
cell, tissue, organism, organelle, nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, mitochondria, chloroplast, ribosome, diffusion, osmosis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, mitosis
Essential Question: How are traits passed from parents to offspring?
heredity, genetics, chromosome, DNA, gene, allele, dominant trait, recessive trait, genotype, phenotype, heterozygous, homozygous, probability, Punnett Square, incomplete dominance, sex cell, meiosis, sex chromosome, sex-linked trait, pedigree, mutation, genetic engineering
Essential Question: What evidence supports the theory that living things have changed over time?
species, fossil, fossil record, adaptation, vestigial structure, natural selection, speciation, primate, hominid
Essential Question: How and why are living things classified into groups?
taxonomy, taxonomic key, bilateral symmetry, radial symmetry, anterior, posterior, dorsal, ventral, exoskeleton
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