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Grade 7 - Preferred Integrated Model

Grade Seven Integrated Storyline

Guiding Concept: Natural processes and human activities cause energy to flow and matter to cycle through Earth's systems.

Life Science Earth & Space Science Physical Science Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
Instructional Segment 1
Living and nonliving things are made of atoms.
Organisms are made of molecules of mostly six different elements. Earth materials are mostly made of eight different elements.

Earth has mineral, energy, and water resources.
The interaction and motions of atoms explain the properties of matter.

Thermal energy affects particle motion and physical state.

Instructional Segment 2
Matter cycles and energy flows in systems of all scales within the Earth system.
Organisms grow and get energy by rearranging atoms in food molecules. Earth’s cycles of matter are driven by solar energy, Earth’s internal thermal energy, and gravity.

Chemical reactions make new substances and can release or absorb thermal energy.


Mass is conserved in physical changes and chemical reactions.
Design criteria

Evaluate solutions

Analyze data

Interatively test and modify
Instructional Segment 3
Natural processes and human activities have shaped Earth's resources and ecosystems.
Matter cycles and energy flows among living and nonliving parts of ecosystems.

Resource availability affects organisms and ecosystem populations.

Ecosystems have common patterns of organism interactions.
Fossils, rocks, continental shape, and seafloor structures provide evidence of plate motion.

Geoscience processes unevenly distribute Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources.
Chemical reactions make new substances.

Mass is conserved in physical changes and chemical reactions.
Instructional Segment 4
Human activities help sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing world.
Biotic and abiotic changes affect ecosystem populations.

Design solutions can help maintain biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Geoscience processes change Earth’s surface.

Damage from natural hazards can be reduced.
Synthetic materials impact society. Design criteria

Evaluate solutions

Analyze data

 

 

 

 



 


Instructional Segment 1: Organisms and Nonliving Things are Made of Atoms

Living and nonliving things are made of atoms.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:
MS-ESS3-1, MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-3MS-PS1-4

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
ESS3.A: Natural Resources

Guiding Questions:
  • How does the matter in living and nonliving things differ?
  • How does adding or removing thermal energy affect the physical states of matter?
  • How do interactions at the atomic level help us understand the observable properties of organisms and nonliving matter?

 


Instructional Segment 2: Matter Cycles and Energy Flows Through Organisms and Rocks

Matter cycles and energy flows in systems of all scales within the Earth system.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:
MS-LS1-6, MS-LS1-7, MS-ESS2-1, MS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-5, MS-PS1-6, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Guiding Questions:

  • How do rocks and minerals record the flow of energy and cycling of matter in the Earth?
  • How do we get energy from our food?
  • How are hot objects different than cold objects? What changes when they heat up or cool down?


Instructional Segment 3: Natural Processes and Human Activities Shape Earth’s Resources and Ecosystems

Natural processes and human activities have shaped Earth's resources and ecosystems.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:
MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1, MS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-5

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
ESS3.A: Natural Resources

Guiding Questions:

  • How can we use interactions between individual rocks or individual organisms to understand systems as big as the whole geosphere or whole ecosystem?
  • How can we use patterns in geosphere interactions to predict the location of resources?
  • How can we use patterns in ecosystem interactions to predict how organisms compete and share resources?

 


Instructional Segment 4: Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing World

Human activities help sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing world.

Overview from CA Science Framework

Individual Performance Expectations included in this Segment:
MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-2, MS-PS1-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2

Highlighted Disciplinary Core Ideas:
PS1.B: Structures and Properties of Matter
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience 
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans 
ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

Guiding Questions:

  • What services do ecosystems provide?
  • What is biodiversity and why is it important?
  • What natural processes and human activities threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services?
  • How can people help sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing world?

 

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