Indiana Standards for Seventh Grade Science

Acids, bases and saltsWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 1Bacteria and VirusesWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 4Cell ProcessesWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 7Chemistry in our worldWorksheets: 3Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 1ClimateWorksheets: 3Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 5EarthquakesWorksheets: 5Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 6Elements and the periodic tableWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 2Exploring the Oceans/OceanographyFreeWorksheets: 3Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 5Introduction to PlantsWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 5Mixtures, solutions and compoundsWorksheets: 3Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 1Our Solar SystemWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 3Protists and FungiWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 6Technology in our worldWorksheets: 3Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 1The Sun-Earth-Moon SystemWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 5Weathering of rocks and soil formationWorksheets: 4Study Guides: 1Vocabulary: 4

IN.CS. Content Standards

7.1. Physical Science

7.1.1. Explain that when energy is transferred from one system to another, the total quantity of energy does not change.
7.1.2. Describe and give examples of how energy can be transferred from place to place and transformed from one form to another through radiation, convection and conduction.
7.1.4. Recognize and provide evidence of how light, sound and other waves have energy and how they interact with different materials.
7.1.5. Describe and investigate how forces between objects—such as magnetic, electrical or gravitational forces—can act at a distance or by means of direct contact between objects.
7.1.6. Explain that forces have magnitude and direction and those forces can be added to determine the net force acting on an object.
7.1.7. Demonstrate and describe how an object’s speed or direction of motion changes when a force acts upon it. Demonstrate and describe that an object’s speed and direction of motion remain unchanged if the net force acting upon it is zero.

7.2. Earth and Space Science

7.2.1. Describe how the earth is a layered structure composed of lithospheric plates, a mantle and a dense core.
7.2.3. Characterize the immensity of geologic time and recognize that it is measured in eras and epochs.
7.2.4. Explain how convection currents in the mantle cause lithospheric plates to move and cause fast changes like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and slow changes like the creation of mountains and formation of new ocean floors.
7.2.5. Describe the origin and physical properties of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and how they are related through the rock cycle.
7.2.6. Describe physical and chemical characteristics of soil layers and how they are influenced by the process of soil formation (including the action of bacteria, fungi, insects and other organisms).
7.2.7. Use geological features such as karst topography and glaciation to explain how large-scale physical processes have shaped the land.
7.2.8. Compare and contrast fossils with living organisms in a given location to explain how earth processes have changed environments over time.

7.3. Life Science

7.3.1. Explain that all living organisms are composed of one cell or multiple cells and that the many functions needed to sustain life are carried out within cells.
7.3.2. Understand that water is a major component within all cells and is required to carry out many cellular functions.
7.3.4. Compare and contrast similarities and differences among specialized sub cellular components within plant and animal cells (including organelles and cell walls that perform essential functions and give cells shape and structure).
7.3.5. Explain that cells in multicellular organisms repeatedly divide to make more cells for growth and repair.
7.3.7. Describe how various organs and tissues serve the needs of cells for nutrient and oxygen delivery and waste removal.

7.4. Science, Engineering and Technology

7.4.1. Understand that energy is the capacity to do work.
7.4.2. Explain that energy can be used to do work using many processes (e.g., generation of electricity by harnessing wind energy).
7.4.3. Explain that power is the rate that energy is converted from one form to another.
7.4.4. Explain that power systems are used to provide propulsion for engineered products and systems.

IN.PS. Process Standards

PS.1. The Nature of Science: Students gain scientific knowledge by observing the natural and constructed world, performing and evaluating investigations, and communicating their findings. These principles should guide student work and be integrated into the curriculum along with the content standards on a daily basis.

PS.1.1. Make predictions and develop testable questions based on research and prior knowledge.
PS.1.10. Compare the results of an experiment with the prediction.
PS.1.11. Communicate findings through oral and written reports by using graphs, charts maps and models.
PS.1.2. Plan and carry out investigation—often over a period of several class lessons—as a class, in small groups or independently.
PS.1.3. Collect quantitative data with appropriate tools or technologies and use appropriate units to label numerical data.
PS.1.4. Incorporate variables that can be changed, measured or controlled.
PS.1.8. Analyze data, using appropriate mathematical manipulation as required, and use it to identify patterns. Make inferences based on these patterns.

IN.RS.6-8. Reading for Literacy in Science

Craft and Structure

6-8.RS.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases a they are used in a specific scientific context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

6-8.RS.7. Integrate quantitative information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
6-8.RS.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

IN.WS.6-8. Writing for Literacy in Science

Production and Distribution of Writing

6-8.WS.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

6-8.WS.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

Text Types and Purposes

6-8.WS.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including scientific procedures/experiments.
6-8.WS.2.f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the explanation or information presented.

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