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1 Month September Curriculum Map: 7th Grade Science October Unit Human Impact on the Environment Astronomy: Cosmology What is the Earth's place in the universe? Essential Questions (List 1-3 Essential Questions) How do human activities impact Earth systems? SWBAT explain what sustainability means and provide examples of sustainable/unsustainable resource use. What do we know about the universe and how do we know it? How does the Doppler Effect support the Big Bang Theory? What makes up our universe? SWBAT analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Learning Outcomes/Objectives Students can... (List 1-3 learning objectives) Content/ Skills SWBAT research and suggest alternative energy solutions to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. SWBAT use evidence to describe how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources have impacted Earth's systems. SWBAT describe evidence that supports the Big Bang Theory. SWBAT explain the classification system used for galaxies and describe how this system was created. (What will students need to know by the end of the unit? sustainability, energy, fossil fuels, non-renewable resources, What will students be able renewable resources, carbon cycle, ecological footprint, to do?) topographic mapping, global climate change, sea-level rise Major Texts Major Assessments Prentice Hall: Earth Science Sustainability & Classifying Environmental Issues; Carbon Cycle Proposing Alternative Energy Sources Tests: Environmental Concerns Tests: light years, properties of light waves, electromagnetic spectrum, refraction of light, types pf spectra, doppler effect, big bang theory and evidence that supports it, Hubble's Law, cosmic background radiation, classification of galaxies Prentice Hall: Earth Science Nature of the Universe- Big Bang and Supporting Evidence; Objects in Space

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3 November December January Astronomy: Earth and Space Geology What makes up our universe? How does the sun provide energy to Earth? How did the Earth form and evolve to what it is today? How are stars a window into the past? How can the motion of Earth explain seasons and eclipses? What is the interior structure of the Earth? How does the sun produce energy? How does the motion of the moon explain lunar phases? What role do the moon and sun play in creating tides on Earth? What evidence supports the idea that Earth's surface has changed over time? What is the cause for the movement of tectonic plates? SWBAT explain how the Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram is used to classify stars SWBAT explain how the angle of insolation correlates to temperatures experienced by different latitudes and its role in seasons on Earth SWBAT identify and describe the layers of Earth's interior and their properties SWBAT describe how the process of nuclear fusion in stars, such as our sun, produces energy SWBAT explain how different motions of Earth determine day/night and seasons SWBAT describe evidence that supports the theories of continental drift and seafloor spreading. SWBAT describe different types of solar activity and how they affect Earth SWBAT explain how the motion of the moon causes the lunar phases and tides on Earth SWBAT explain how the properties of Earth's interior layers relates to the theory of plate tectonics and identify the driving force of the movement of the plates characteristics of stars, magnitude, luminosity, Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram, stellar evolution, nuclear fusion, structure/characteristic of sun, solar activity/weather, magnetic field (of sun and earth) Objects in Space; The Sun structure of Earth's interior, density, convection, convection angle of insolation, solar radiation, latitude/longitude, direct currents, theory of continental drift and evidence that supports vs/ indirect light, motions of Earth, important lines of latitude, it, theory of seafloor spreading and evidence that supports it, reasons for seasons, Kepler's Laws, lunar phases, tides paleomagnetism, subduction Prentice Hall: Earth Science Prentice Hall: Earth Science Prentice Hall: Earth Science Angle of Insolation and Seasons; Kepler's Laws, Moon Phases, and Tides Discoveries in Astronomy Tests: Cosmology Tests: Earth and Space Tests: Earth's Interior Structure and Movement

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5 February March April How does the movement of tectonic plates affect the Earth's surface? How do materials in and on Earth's crust change over time? What evidence do we have that Earth and life on Earth has changed over time? How does the movement of tectonic plates affect life on Eart How do Earth's systems interact to weather and erode the Earth's surface? How do we use present geologic features to reveal Earth's history? SWBAT construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth s surface at varying temporal and spatial scales. SWBAT analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. SWBAT develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. SWBAT construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth s 4.6-billion-year-old history. theory of plate tectonics, lithospheric plates, types of plate boundaries and their effects on Earth's surface, earthquakes, seismic waves, elastic rebound theory, triangulation, magnitude, types of volcanoes and volcanic eruptions, effects minerals, characteristics of minerals, classification of rock of volcanic eruptions on the biosphere, lithosphere, types, characteristics of rock types, rock cycle, erosion, hydrosphere, and atmosphere weathering, Prentice Hall: Earth Science Prentice Hall: Earth Science Prentice Hall: Earth Science Plate Tectonics and External Affects Properties of Minerals; Rocks and Rock Cycle relative age and principles, absolute age, radioactive decay. radioactive isotopes, radioactive dating, geologic time scalestructure, time periods, and major events Volcanic Eruption Writing Prompt Geologic Time Scale

6 Tests: Tests: Earth's Materials and Processes Tests: Geologic History of Earth

7 May June Meteorology How have geologic processes and the appearance of life on Earth led to the evolution of Earth's atmopshere? How is heat energy transferred on Earth? How is water circulated through all of Earth's systems? How does water influence the weather we experience? SWBAT develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth s systems driven by energy from the Sun and the force of gravity. SWBAT construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geologic processes. How does air pressure affect the movement of air and, therefore, the weather we experience? What factors influence weather and climate? What are the variables measured and recorded when describing weather and creating a weather map? How does weather affect life on Earth? How do human activities impact the weather? SWBAT collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions. SWBAT develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. composition of Earth's atmosphere, layers of Earth's atmosphere, heat transfer on Earth, water cycle, humidity and its effect on the weather we experience Prentice Hall: Earth Science Composition, structure, and heating of atmosphere; Water in the atmopshere SWBAT ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. air pressure, the effect of air pressure systems on the weather we experience, air masses and their effect on the weather we experience, weather fronts and their effect on the weather we experience, station models, reading a weather map, weather vs. climate Prentice Hall: Earth Science Movement of air and weather patterns

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