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Seventh Grade Science Resources

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Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will learn why scientists classify animals and will classify the animals living in kelp forests, with an emphasis on how California sea lions interact with their environment.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.
Georgia Standard: S7L1   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will explore how classification is used to identify an organism.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.
Georgia Standard: S7L1   
 
Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity
In this activity students will create their own unique creatures and then make dichotomous keys that will allow their classmates to identify the creatures. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.
Georgia Standard: S7L1   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Explores cells, which are the smallest living part of any organism. All life is composed of cells. The program discusses the features, characteristics, and similarities and differences between animal cells and plant cells. It describes the composition of a cell, cellular functions and division, and ways cells come together to form tissue and organs.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms
Georgia Standard: S7L2   
 
 
Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity
In this activity, students will explore DNA as a code for biological traits and extract samples of DNA from the interior of living cells. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.
Georgia Standard: S7L3   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
All living things store genetic information in DNA, but can you actually extract DNA from a plant? Learn how to squish the DNA out of a strawberry! Try it yourself with our step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable support materials, or on the Science-U.org website.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.
Georgia Standard: S7L3   
 
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Highlights the selective breeding of wolves into dogs, and showcases the genetic diversity of dogs, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. The program covers a variety of dog features and characteristics, such as floppy ears, and teaches that there are about nine ancient dog breeds that developed separately from the modern wolf-based breeds. The program also discusses artificial selection.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.
Georgia Standard: S7L3   
 
 
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Activity
STEAM Challenge #1: Food Chain Lanterns
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.
Georgia Standard: S7L4   
 
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will discuss how limiting factors such as predation, resource availability, and competition impact California sea lion populations.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.
Georgia Standard: S7L4   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
Science-U campers find out what's on an owl's menu when they dissect a ball of bones and fur called an "owl pellet" - a regurgitated chunk of undigested food that is part of an owl's digestive process. Can you determine what an owl eats by dissecting an owl pellet? Try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout, or at the Science U website.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.
Georgia Standard: S7L4   
 
 
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Lessons
These lessons focus on the forest and how the pieces are dependent on one another.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.
Georgia Standard: S7L4   
 
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos
These videos take students on a journey through the fossil record and introduce patterns that let scientists know that these organisms share common ancestors.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information from multiple sources to explain the theory of evolution of living organisms through inherited characteristics.
Georgia Standard: S7L5