In Seventh grade science, we will be delving into what it means to be a scientist and how science provides a unique and powerful way to understand the world. Throughout the year, we will be asking big questions and looking closely at how science connects to our lives. Along the way, we will explore how humans have come to understand their place in the universe, consider how rare and precious life is, and investigate how our choices and actions during this brief moment in geologic time dramatically affect the environment and our fellow living members here on the one and only planet Earth.
The scope and sequence of the year can be thought of as a grand transect* that stretches from deep space to the center of the Earth. The year’s investigations are divided into five units beginning with the Nature and Processes of Science Inquiry. Following this, we will blast off into a unit on Space Science and the frontier-expanding field of computer programming and robotics. From here, we will pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and explore the living surface of our planet through the interconnected fields of Ecology and Environmental Science. Finally, we will wrap up the year by plumbing the depths of our planet to uncover its inner-workings and to figure out what the field of Earth Science has to say about the past and future of the Pacific Northwest. As a grand finale, we will wrap up the year with a four-day trip to Mt. St Helens, a local reminder of the dynamism and resiliency of our one and only planet Earth.
* Transect - a line along which a scientists travels and makes observations during a focused research study.