Quarter 3 & 4 (in Progress): Life Science


7.L.2.1 (Evolution and Genetics) Explain why offspring that result from sexual reproduction (fertilization and meiosis) have greater variation than offspring that result from asexual reproduction (budding and mitosis)


Patterns of Heredity



Punnett Squares

Punnett Square Videos used in our class stations:

Punnett Square Games

Dihybrid Crosses

7.L.2.2 (Evolution and Genetics) Infer patterns of heredity using information from Punnett squares and pedigree analysis.

Essential Vocabulary 7.L.2.2


7.L.2.3 (Evolution and Genetics) Explain the impact of the environment and lifestyle choices on biological inheritance (to include common genetic diseases) and survival.

Essential Vocabulary 7.L.2.3

Genetic and Environmental Factors (Nature vs Nurture)

Genetic Diseases


7.L.1.1 (Structures and Functions of Living Organisms) Compare the structures and life functions of single-celled organisms that carry out all of the basic functions of life including: • Euglena; • Amoeba; • Paramecium; • Volvox

Essential Vocabulary 7.L.1.1

7.L.1.2 (Structures and Functions of Living Organisms) Compare the structures and functions of plant and animal cells, including major organelles (cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, and vacuoles).

Essential Vocabulary 7.L.1.2

3-D Cell Organelles (click images for details about each organelle)

7.L.1.3 (Structures and Functions of Living Organisms) Summarize the hierarchical organization of multi-cellular organisms from cells to tissues to organs to systems to organisms.

Essential Vocabulary 7.L.1.3


7.L.1.4 (Structures and Functions of Living Organisms) Summarize the general functions of the major systems of the human body (digestion, respiration, reproduction, circulation, and excretion) and ways that these systems interact with each other to sustain life

Essential Vocabulary 7.L.1.4


Quarter 2: Physical Science Units


7.P.1.1 (Describing Motion) Explain how the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed with respect to some other object.

7.P.1.3 (Forces and Motion) Illustrate the motion of an object  by using a graph to show a change in position over time

7.P.1.4 (Forces and Motion) Interpret distance versus time graphs for constant speed and variable motion.


7.P.1.2 (Forces and Motion) Explain the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces acting on an object (including friction, gravity and magnets)

UNIT 7: ENERGY (Types and Transformation)

7.P.2.1 (Energy) Explain how kinetic and potential energy contribute to the mechanical energy of an object

7.P.2.2 (Energy: Conservation and Transformation) Explain how energy can be transformed from one form to another (specifically potential energy and kinetic energy) using a model or diagram of a moving object (ex. roller coaster, pendulum, or cars on ramps)

UNIT 8: ENERGY (Transfer, Work & Simple Machines, includes circuits)

7.P.2.3 (Energy: Conservation and Transfer) Recognize that energy can be transferred from one system to another when two objects push or pull on each other over a distance (work) and electrical circuits require a complete loop through which an electrical current can pass.

7.P.2.4 (Energy: Conservation and Transfer) Explain how simple machines such as inclined planes, pulleys, levers and wheel and axles are used to create mechanical advantage and increase efficiency.


Quarter 1: Earth Science units

UNIT 1: Doing Science Safely


7.E.1.1 (Earth Systems, Structures and Processes) Compare the composition, properties and structure of Earth’s atmosphere to include mixtures of gases and differences in temperature and pressure within layers.


7.E.1.6 (Earth Systems, Structures and Processes) Conclude that the good health of humans requires: monitoring the atmosphere, maintaining air quality and stewardship.


7.E.1.2 (Earth Systems, Structures and Processes) Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on Earth

7.E.1.3 (Earth Systems, Structures and Processes) Explain the relationship between the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions that may result.


7.E.1.4 (Earth Systems, Structures and Processes) Predict weather conditions and patterns based on information obtained from: • Weather data collected from direct observations and measurement (wind speed and direction, air temperature, humidity and air pressure) • Weather maps, satellites and radar • Cloud shapes and types and associated elevation

7.E.1.5 (Earth Systems, Structures and Processes) Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions.

*fronts images source https://socratic.org/questions/what-are-the-main-types-of-fronts

Unit 2: Atmosphere & Weather tutorial page

Structure and Composition

Structure and Composition lecture video (20 min)


High and Low Pressure  (Thanks ID for sharing this link!)


Air Masses and Fronts

Image result for cold warm stationary and occluded fronts

La Nina/El Nino & Air Masses and Fronts by EIU– I really like how this site has pictures of weather maps alongside pictures explaining how different air masses form each kind of front.  Scroll down to see this.



Coriolis Effect

Coriolis effect on atmospheric circulation.


Why does wind get deflected RIGHT in the Northern hemisphere and storms spin COUNTER-CLOCKWISE in the Northern hemisphere?  This video explains why.