Course Name:  Science 7 Earth and Space Science

Grade Level:  7








Classroom procedures


Fire drill procedures

Class rules

Tardy rules


Use of daily planner

Check weekly planner

Check notebooks


Science Current Event Fridays for extra credit



Areas of science

Textbook skills

Guided reading activities


Guided reading worksheets


Planner Check


Scientific Method

SI System of Measurement – metric system


Math conversion problems

List and apply the steps of the scientific method

Observing and inferring rules

Study skills

Observing and Inferring worksheets

Scientific method group project

Planner check

S/T 3.2.7A

S/T 3.2.7B

S/T 3.2.7C


Earth’s surface


Spheres of Earth

Models of Earth

Inquiry skills

Classifying skills

Identify lines of latitude and longitude

Determine the correct location of places using latitude and longitude rules


Review and reinforcement

Analyzing the globe

Analyzing maps for information

Map-making project

S/T 3.1.7B

G 7.1.6A

G 7.1.6B


Computerized map making

State and local maps

Topographic maps


Interpreting topo maps

Correctly reading state maps to get from one place to another

Finding maps on the web


Correct directions given from one point to another

Interpreting symbols and elevation of topo maps on a quiz




Characteristics of minerals

Identification of minerals

Observation skills

Compare and Contrast

Analysis of data skills

Mineral Identification Lab

Chapter test on minerals

S/T 3.5.10A

Characteristics of rocks

Identification of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks


Compare and Contrast

Analysis of data

Rock identification lab

Chapter test on rocks

Layers of the Earth

Plate tectonics

Plate boundary diagrams

Continental drift

Theory of sea floor spreading

Note taking skills

Observation and inference skills

Use of models

Test taking skills


Quiz on section 1 and 2

Sea floor spreading lab

Test on chapter 4

S/T 3.2.7A

S/T 3.5.7A




Elastic limit theory

Types of faults

Use of models

Bubble gum lab

Scales used to measure Earthquakes

Epicenter Mapping

Comparison skills

Mapping skills

Math computation skills

Epicenter mapping lab

Virtual Earthquake

Chapter test on Earthquakes


Compare and Contrast

Synthesis of information from website to real life

Hazard City Simulation lab

Chapter test on volcanoes


Weathering and soil formation

Conservation of land and soil


Describe processes that wear down and build up earth


Explain how water erosion is responsible for shaping earth’s surface


Describe land features formed by water erosion




Section review homework




Chapter test


S/T 3.5.7A

Erosion and Deposition


Earth’s changing surface


Force of moving water


Glacier erosion

Wave erosion

Wind erosion

Explain how sediments enter rivers and streams


List factors that affect a river’s ability to erode


Name and describe types of glaciers


Describe how glaciers erode land



Chapter review homework


Chapter test

G 7.2.6B


Energy resources


Fossil fuels


renewable energy sources

solar power, hydroelectric power, wind power

Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources


Draw and describe the process that formed coal and oil


List and describe alternative energy resources


Discuss the need to conserve fossil fuels

Homework Assignments




Chapter Tests


S/T 3.5.7B

Fresh water on Earth

Water Cycle

River systems


Virtual Tour of Water Cycle

Graphing and interpretation

Cause and Effect


Water lab

Quiz on Virtual Tour of the Water Cycle

S/T 3.5.7D

E/E 4.1.7B

Ponds and Lakes

Wetland Environments

Virtual Tour of Florida Everglades



Guided Reading Activities

Chapter test on Earth’s Fresh water

E/E 4.1.7D



Virtual Tour on Groundwater

Interpreting models

Quiz on video streaming of Earth’s water resources

E/E 4.1.10B

Springs, wells, artesian wells

Water treatment

Compare and contrast types of springs and wells

Identify the steps in the water treatment cycle

Test on water treatment plants



Hydroelectric power plants

Types of energy transfer in a power plant


Compare and contrast local dams with major hydroelectric power plants in the United States

Differentiate between potential, kinetic and electrical energy

Review sheets

Quiz on electricity


Layers of the Atmosphere

Air quality issues

Ozone layer

Air pressure

Observation skills

Notetaking skills

Study skills

Section review

Chapter packet

Chapter review

Final chapter test on Ch. 15

S/T 3.5.7C


Heat transfer in the Earth’s atmosphere

Energy in the Earth’s atmosphere

Temperature conversions Review

Wind systems

Note taking

Temperature conversion problems

Section reviews


Math problem conversions

S/T 3.4.7B

S/T 3.5.7C

Factors that affect weather

Weather factors lab

Observation skills

Measurement skills

Weather factors lab

S/T 3.5.7C

Relative humidity

Types of clouds

Types of precipitation

Graphing skills

Mathematical computation

Data interpretation

Relative Humidity math problems


Review sheets


Chapter test

S/T 3.5.7C

Air Masses and Fronts


Storms (hurricanes and tornadoes)


Predicting the weather

Graph skills


List and describe the types of air masses


Describe the conditions necessary for the creation of storms


Identify symbols used on a weather map

Tracking a hurricane lab


Section reviews


Weather forecast write up


Chapter test

S/T 3.5.7C


The Ocean




Ocean water chemistry

Shoreline features

Identify the types of tides and why they occur


Describe the causes for an ocean current and its affect on climate


List the major elements found in the ocean


Discuss the reasons for temperature differences in the ocean


List the major types of shoreline features

Quiz on wave vocabulary


Section reviews


Chapter test

S/T 3.5.7D

Earth’s Moon


History of the space race



Describe the relationship between the Earth and the moon


Draw and describe the phases of the moon


Know the reason for the seasons


review questions – homework


Chapter Test

G 7.2.6B

Observing the solar system


Inner planets, outer planets

Comets, asteroids

Differentiate between the inner and the outer planets


Know the sun is the reason for life on Earth


Inertia and gravity hold objects in space

Comparison chart for the planets


Scale of the solar system activity




Chapter test

S/T 3.4.7D

Note:  The Physical Characteristics of Places and Regions must include local-to-global progression (scales) for all students at all grade levels for the standard statements and their descriptors.  Basic concepts must be developed more fully throughout higher grade levels.  Portions of Physical Characteristics of Places and Regions relate directly to Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology standards.


Key:     S/T – Taken from the Science and Technology Standards

            E/E – Taken from the Environment and Ecology Standards

            G       Taken from the Geography standards (please see not above)