Science can be a complicated subject, but it can also be a lot of fun. As students get older, the science curriculum becomes more and more involved and the concepts become more complex. One of the great things about learning about science is that everything students have learned to this point has built a base for them to understand the more complex concepts they’ll learn this year. While curriculums differ from state to state, these are some general concepts and ideas students will probably study at this level.
In seventh grade science, students will continue to study matter and will become more familiar with the structure of matter. They’ll be able to describe the structure of matter by talking about atoms and molecules. They’ll also learn to accurately measure matter in its various states- solid, liquid, and gas. This includes finding the mass and volume. Students will relate matter to the earth and study the materials found on earth.
Students will also explore living things, including organisms and cells. They’ll be able to describe those cellular structures and explain their functions. They’ll use scientific instruments to explore the topic and to gather information. The information they collect might be reported in graphs, charts, tables, or diagrams. Another area that might be explored is the function of organs and tissues. They’ll look at organs individually and look at how they are connected to the system as a whole. They might move on to explore genetic information and how that information is passed to offspring. They’ll also discuss how organisms adapt to their environment. Being proficient at classifying is also important at this level. Students will be asked to group and classify things based on various characteristics and should be able to explain why they chose to classify the items the way they did.
Students will continue to use the scientific process while doing experiments. They’ll form a hypothesis, make observations, draw conclusions, and present the data in various forms. They’ll also work on science writing, including being able to give a written response explaining a concept or answering a question. They’ll use writing to label diagrams, complete charts and graphs, and demonstrate knowledge of seventh grade science vocabulary. Learning about science is more than simply listening to lessons. It’s about being involved, questioning things, exploring concepts, and asking “why?” or “how?”
Whether students are learning about science in school or at home, it’s important they spend time reviewing the concepts and vocabulary they’ve learned. Parents can help by reviewing material with their children, guiding them to reinforcement activities, and giving them opportunities to explore science both inside and outside the house. There are an amazing amount of online activities that students can use to learn and practice science, including games, puzzles, interactive lessons, and printouts.