STEM 7

The STEM Explorations Academy program is an integrative science and engineering course that spans two periods, one core period and one elective period. Students in 7th grade will meet the requirements for Life Science (Standards of Learning) and Introduction to Technology and students in 8th grade will meet the requirements for Physical Science and Technology Foundations (tech competencies), but will do so very differently than if they were taking separate courses. Most units will be based on an open-ended engineering design challenge where students will work in teams to design and build a solution to the problem. Other units will look more like those in a traditional science or engineering class. 

  • 7th Grade STEM: Lambert--Periods 1 & 2, Periods 6 & 7.
  • 7th Grade STEM:Sabarre Periods 6 & 7.

Science is about discovery and looking for answers to our questions.

Life Science 7

The focus of the seventh grade science curriculum is on living organisms.  We will start the year with a review of the scientific process and the role of experimentation.  The rest of the year is spent studying the characteristics of living organisms and, more specifically, different levels of organization and forms of life on earth.  We will study everything from the simplest forms of life such as the bacteria, to more complex living organisms such as plants, insects and animals.  Along with this investigation of living organisms, we will look at the ecology of different environments into which living organisms have adapted and how those adaptations occur.  Lastly, we will learn how traits are passed from one generation to another.

Curriculum Pacing
1st 9 weeks
Scientific Method - beginning and throughout the year
Ecology - Flow of Energy
Ecology - Cycles in Nature
Ecology - Inva. Species & Human Impact

2nd 9 weeks
Characteristics of Living Things
Cells
Cell Processes
3rd 9 weeks
DNA/Genetics
Natural Selection
Classification
4th 9 weeks
Bacteria
Protists
Fungi
Animals
Plants
Important Announcements and dates:

Links

Teacher Report Card

Mrs. Lambert's Portaportal

Skyline Middle School

HHS STEM program information

SKMS STEM Explorations academy

Pacing Guides:

7th grade Pacing Guide

SOLs:

VA Department of Educatio

SOL Practice

Jefferson Lab

Interactive Achievement



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Last Updated August 22, 2016

To contact Mrs. Lambert, please call  (540) 434-6862 between 8 am-3:30 pm or e-mail me at alambert@harrisonburg.k12.va.us

Skyline Middle School

Harrisonburg City Public Schools

470 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

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