7th Grade » Science


The AMS Science Department follows the Next Generation Science Standards, California Integrated model for Seventh Grade Science. The content involves a variety of science topics from the main three categories: physical science, life science, and earth science. The curriculum involves mostly hands-on inquiry based activities that encourage creativity and critical thinking.

During the Photosynthesis and Respiration Unit, students conduct a scientific investigation by applying their knowledge of the scientific design to formulate their own testable question.
Science Notebooks
Students keep all their work in their Science notebook, just as a scientist would. There is a notebook quiz every Friday. Students use their notebooks to answer questions showing that they are completing their work and that they understand the material.

Topics covered:
Introduction to Science
What is Science?, Thinking like a Scientist, Types of Scientists & Engineers
Earth’s Systems
Plate Tectonics, Pangaea
Earthquakes, Volcanoes
Properties of Matter
Mass, Volume, Density
States of Matter
Identifying an Unknown
Elements & Periodic Table
Atoms, Elements
Molecules & Compounds
Periodic Table
Chemical Reactions
Physical & Chemical Changes
Evidence of chemical reactions
Endothermic & Exothermic
Photosynthesis & Respiration
Cycling of matter
Flow of energy
Ecosystems, Interaction Patterns, Biodiversity
Population, Resource Availability
Earth & Human Impact
Earth’s Resources, Renewable/Non-renewable
Predicting and Preparing for Catastrophic Events