Mississippi Standards 7th Grade Science Activities
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MS.1. Inquiry: Design and conduct a scientific investigation utilizing appropriate process skills and technology.
1.b. Discriminate among observations, inferences, and predictions. (DOK 1)
1.c. Collect and display data using simple tools and resources to compare information (using standard, metric, and non-standard measurement). (DOK 2)
1.c.1. Tools (e.g., English rulers , metric rulers [to the nearest millimeter], thermometers, scales, hand lenses, microscopes, balances, clocks, calculators, anemometers, rain gauges, barometers, hygrometers, telescopes, compasses, spring scales, pH indicators, stopwatches)
1.c.2. Types of data (e.g., linear measures, mass, volume, temperature, area, perimeter)
1.d. Organize data in tables and graphs and analyze data to construct explanations and draw conclusions. (DOK 3)
1.e. Communicate results of scientific procedures and explanations through a variety of written and graphic methods. (DOK 2)
1.h. Make relationships between evidence and explanations. (DOK 2)
MS.2. Physical Science: Develop an understanding of chemical and physical changes, interactions involving energy, and forces that affect motion of objects.
2.a. Identify patterns (e.g., atomic mass, increasing atomic numbers) and common characteristics (metals, nonmetals, gasses) of elements found in the periodic table of elements. (DOK 2)
2.b. Categorize types of chemical changes, including synthesis and decomposition reactions, and classify acids and bases using the pH scale and indicators. (DOK 2)
2.c. Compare the force (effort) required to do the same amount of work with and without simple machines (e.g., levers, pulleys, wheel and axle, inclined planes). (DOK 2)
2.d. Describe cause and effect relationships of electrical energy. (DOK 2)
2.d.2. Electric motor energy transfers (e.g., chemical to electrical to mechanical motion) and generators
2.e. Distinguish how various types of longitudinal and transverse waves (e.g., water, light, sound, seismic) transfer energy. (DOK 2)
2.f. Describe the effects of unbalanced forces on the speed or direction of an object's motion. (DOK 2)
2.f.1. Variables that describe position, distance, displacement, speed, and change in speed of an object
2.f.2. Gravity, friction, drag, lift, electric forces, and magnetic forces
MS.3. Life Science: Distinguish the characteristics of living things and explain the interdependency between form and function using the systems of the human organism to illustrate this relationship.
3.a. Assess how an organism's chances for survival are influenced by adaptations to its environment. (DOK 2)
3.a.1. The importance of fungi as decomposers
3.a.2. Major characteristics of land biomes (e.g., tropical rainforests, temperate rainforests, deserts, tundra, coniferous forests/taiga, and deciduous forests)
3.b. Classify the organization and development of living things to include prokaryotic (e.g., bacteria) and eukaryotic organisms (e.g., protozoa, certain fungi, multicellular animals and plants). (DOK 2)
3.c. Evaluate how health care technology has improved the quality of human life (e.g., computerized tomography , artificial organs, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], ultrasound). (DOK 3)
3.d. Compare and contrast reproduction in terms of the passing of genetic information (DNA) from parent to offspring. (DOK 2)
3.d.1. Sexual and asexual reproduction
3.d.2. Reproduction that accounts for evolutional adaptability of species
3.d.3. Mitosis and meiosis
3.d.4. Historical contributions and significance of discoveries of Gregor Mendel and Thomas Hunt Morgan as related to genetics
MS.4. Earth and Space Science: Describe the properties and structure of the sun and the moon with respect to the Earth.
4.b. Explain the causes and effects of historical processes shaping the planet Earth (e.g., movements of the continents, continental plates, subduction zones, trenches, etc.) (DOK 2)
4.c. Describe the causes and effects of heat transfer as it relates to the circulation of ocean currents, atmospheric movement, and global wind patterns (e.g., trade winds, the jet stream). Provide examples of how these global patterns can affect local weather. (DOK 2)
4.c.1. Characteristics of the Gulf Stream and other large ocean currents
4.c.2. Effects on climate in Eastern North America and Western Europe
4.c.3. Effects of heat transfer to the movement of air masses, high and low pressure areas, and fronts in the atmosphere
4.d. Conclude why factors, such as lack of resources and climate can limit the growth of populations in specific niches in the ecosystem. (DOK 2)
4.d.2. Cycles of water, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen in the environment
4.d.3. Role of single-celled organisms (e.g., phytoplankton) in the carbon and oxygen cycles
4.e. Research and develop a logical argument to support the funding of NASA's Space Programs. (DOK 3)
4.e.1. Space exploration (e.g., telescopes, radio telescopes, X-ray telescopes, cameras, spectro-meters, etc.)
4.e.2. Spinoffs (e.g., laser, pacemaker, dehydrated food, flame retardant clothing, global positioning system , satellite imagery, global weather information, diagnostic imagery)
4.e.3. Mississippi's contributions to the space industry
4.f. Distinguish the structure and movements of objects in the solar system. (DOK 2)
4.f.1. Sun's atmosphere (corona, chromosphere, photosphere and core)
4.f.2. How phenomena on the sun's surface (e.g., sunspots, prominences, solar wind, solar flares) affect Earth (e.g., auroras, interference in radio and television communication)
4.f.3. Eclipses relative to the position of the sun, moon, and Earth
4.f.4. Contributions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler in describing the solar system
4.g. Research and evaluate the use of renewable and nonrenewable resources and critique efforts in the United States including (but not limited) to Mississippi to conserve natural resources and reduce global warming. (DOK 3)
4.g.1. How materials are reused in a continuous cycle in ecosystems, (e.g., Mississippi Ethanol Gasification Project to develop and demonstrate technologies for the conversion of biomass to ethanol)
4.g.2. Benefits of solid waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle)
4.h. Predict weather events by analyzing clouds, weather maps, satellites, and various data. (DOK 3)
MS.CC.RST.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Craft and Structure
RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RST.6-8.7. Integrate quantitative or technical 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).
RST.6-8.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
MS.CC.WHST.6-8. Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Production and Distribution of Writing
WHST.6-8.4. 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
WHST.6-8.7. 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
WHST.6-8.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
WHST.6-8.2(a) Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
WHST.6-8.2(f) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
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