Science 7

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Science 7 has been updated to reflected new curricular changes set forth by The BC Ministry of Education for the 2016-2017 school year.

This year Science 7 will cover the following “big ideas”. Please follow the links page below to see the BC Government’s link to the new IRP’s.

Click here to see the new Grade 7 Science curriculum

Note:  Below is a rough sample outline of the concepts – by unit covered in class.    There may be some additions at the beginning of the year to establish the knowledge base of the students and to catalyze curiosity.

In addition, there will be many teacher-led demonstrations and plenty of student activities to foster curiosity! The objective is to make learning an engaging and interactive experience while at the same time, academically rewarding.

Introductory concepts (Week 1-2)

             * Critical Thinking Exercises – Egg Drop Challenge (Engineering)*
               – learning the core foundations of Scientific observation
               – writing reports and providing evidence to back up a hypothesis
               – using scientific language, measurements and sources of data to enhance research
               – using the Scientific Method as a framework for recording all experimentation
              – identifying potential risks and avoiding them (mechanical/electrical)
              – understanding GHS (WHMIS) hazard identification and MSDS on Chemicals
              – How safety relates to the hands-on components of Unit I/II/III
  • Unit I: Chemistry
             – chemistry all around us
             – matter classification (states)
             – freezing, melting and boiling point
             – mass, volume, density
             – sublimation, evaporation, condensation
             – physical change, chemical change, reversible/non-reversible changes
             – types of chemical reactions basics (exothermic and endothermic)
              – pure substance, mixture, suspension, emulsion, solution, compound, element
  • Unit II: Electricity and Magnetism
           – Alternating vs Direct Current (history, uses and generation)
           – production of electricity
           – simple circuits
           – magnetic properties and electromagnetism
           – High Voltage Electricity and Plasma 
  • Unit III: Environmental Studies
          – historical context (BC first nations perspectives on climate and ecosystems)
          – modern climate cycles and Ecosystems
          – environmental change (root causes – natural and human impacts)
          – pollution
          – alternative energy and fuels
  • The Science Fair Project (Student Experts)