Grade 7 Science 71-74: Course Overview
Course Number: SCM.71 - SCM.74

This course emphasizes concept and skill development and contains a balance of physical, biological, earth/space, and environmental science topics. Each unit focuses on applying the Scientific Process in one major scientific concept, which is developed through a thematic approach. The major concepts include: Interactions; Diversity of Living Things; Solutions; Force and Motion; The Restless Earth; Toward the Stars; Growing Plants; and Human Body and Health Topics, including the Circulatory and Digestive Systems, Environmental Health, and Health-related Careers. Students construct their own understanding through an inquiry-based approach. Activities include open-ended investigations, small-group discussions, exploratory writing and reflective reading tasks, and long-range projects. Assessment activities are varied and teach as well as evaluate comprehension and performance.
Prerequisite: None
Course Length: 1 Period Length: 1 Grade Level: 6-8 Credit per Semester: 0

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Key Topics


Colorado Academic Standards for Science

P = priority

S = supporting

Connections also to…


Nature of Science

~ 4 weeks

{20 days]

Metric Measurements; Metric Conversions, Inferences vs. Observations; Scientific Process; Experimental Design; Independent and Dependent Variables; Constants (Controlled variables); Control Group; Lab Safety; Lab Equipment & Tools; Collecting Data; Scientific units; Graphing Skills.

P: NOS Embedded CAS standards




Mixtures & Physical Properties

~ 4 weeks

[20 days]

Types of Mixtures; Physical Properties (size, solubility, boiling points, melting point, magnetic properties, and density); Separating Mixtures; [Not: calculating density]


P: PS 1




Plate Tectonics

~ 5 weeks

[25 days]

Earth’s Interior Structure; Earthquakes; Seismic Waves (P and S); Fault lines; Hot spots; volcanic eruptions; mountain formation; mid-ocean ridges; Sea floor spreading; subduction zones; types of plate boundaries; Theory of Plate Tectonics;

[Not: structure of volcanoes]

P: ES 1


PS 1


Geologic History

~ 5 weeks

[25 days]

Relative dating; Absolute (radioactive) dating; Law of Superposition; Earth’s Geological Timeline; History of Life on Earth; Mass extinctions; Pangea; Theory of Continental drift; Formation and types of fossils; Index Fossils; Alfred Wegener; [Not: Rock cycle]

P: ES 2


ES 1, LS 4, LS 5


Adaptation & Evolution

~3 weeks

[15 days]

Traits; Types of Adaptations (Behavioral and Physical); DNA Mutations and impact on survival; Natural Selection; Environmental Changes as a mechanism for adaptations; Antibiotic resistance; Charles Darwin; Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection; Evidence for Evolution; Homologous structures; Multiple lines of evidence show the evolution of organisms over geologic time; [Not: Evolutionary pathways (convergent, divergent, coevolution)]   

P: LS 1, LS 5

S: ES 2

ES 2, LS 3, 8th LS 2


Cells and Cell Processes

~ 6 weeks

[30 days]

Macromolecules; Cell Theory; Organelles /Cell Parts & Functions; Types of Cells (Animal vs. Plant); Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic Cells; Microscopes; Cell Membranes and Transport (Osmosis and Diffusion); Radiant to Chemical Energy in Photosynthesis; Photosynthesis Reaction; Cellular Respiration Reaction; Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Relationship; Interdependence between Plants and Animals; [Not: Endosymbiotic Theory, Light and Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis, Fermentation]

P: LS 3, 4


ES 2

LS 2




~ 1 week

[5 days]

DNA; Gene vs. Allele; Dominant and Recessive Traits; Heterozygous vs. Homozygous, Genotype vs. Phenotype; Punnett Square;

[Not: Patterns of Inheritance, Genetic Engineering, Genetic Disorders]

P: 8th LS 2

S: 7th LS 1

LS 2, 3, 4


Homeostasis and the Relationship of Human Body Systems

~ 7 weeks

[35 days]

*Spring break and testing allocation

Maintaining Homeostasis; Organization of Living Things (atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems); Relationship between body systems (Digestive System, Respiratory System, and Cardiovascular System; Skeletal and Muscular System, etc.); Structure and Function of Human Body systems and Homeostasis; [Not: A comprehensive study of all human body systems]

P: LS 2

S: LS 3

LS 4



~ 1 week

[5 days]

Human sexuality definition; life skills and decision making; high risk activities; avoiding peer pressure; sexual harassment; healthy relationships with the opposite sex; effects of sex in the media; prescriptive and non-prescriptive contraception as it relates to preventing unwanted pregnancy and transmission of STDs (abstinence focus); [Not: types of STDs, STD transmission]

P: Comprehensive Health Standards


2.3, 2.4, 3.1