Grade Seven Science Outline (2016-17)

Grade 7 Science and Technology - Course Outline 

This page contains information relating to the Curriculum, Instruction,
Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting of grade 7 science and technology in 
Mr. Giovannini's classes.


The Ontario Curriculum consists of expectations that students must be able to
attain by the end of grade 7. These expectations are grouped around 4 broad
categories or strands. The strands are:

Understanding Life Systems (September -  (September - October, 2016)
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms  (November, 2016 - December 2016)
Understanding Matter and Energy          (January, 2017- March, 2017)
Understanding Earth and Space Systems    (April, 2017 - June, 2017)

There are 3 major learning goals stated in curriculum. They are:

1. to relate science and technology to society and the environment

2. to develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for
scientific inquiry and technological problem solving

3. to understand the basic concepts of science and technology

The following plan describes the content targets for the year. 

Term 1 begins in September, 2016;  Term 2 begins in February, 2017.

Term 1 – Content Targets	

Interactions in the Environment
Structures and Mechanisms

Term 2 - Content Targets 

Understanding Matter and Energy:
Heat In The Environment:


The study of science and technology will help students develop knowledge and
understanding of scientific and technological concepts and procedures.
Students will learn to critically assess and connect scientific concepts and
technological innovations to their observations of the world around them. They
will gain an appreciation for the important role science and technology play
in society and begin to understand how their actions impact society and the

Instruction will occur primarily through investigation, either through
scientific inquiry - research, scientific inquiry - experimentation, or
technological problem-solving.


Assessment is the gathering of information and data from student work. It is
used to provide students with timely feedback and to inform teacher
instruction. Assessment will target the 4 categories of knowledge and skills
as outlined by the Ontario Achievement Chart: Knowledge and Understanding,
Thinking, Communication and Application. Several forms of informal and formal
assessment will be used, including anecdotal assessment and observation,
quizzes, assignments, conferences, interviews, projects and tests. Some
assessments will be evaluated for the purposes of reporting. Assessment that
is evaluated will be returned to students with a level (1, 2, 3 or 4) along
with feedback to help the student improve learning. Students will be made
aware of major assessments that are being evaluated well in advance to allow
for sufficient preparation. The following are essential for the success of
both the individual student and the class as a whole:

•	readiness to participate;
•	focus on task;
•	attitude (taking risks, using mistakes as an opportunity to learn);
•	respect for the subject, materials, and the rights of others to learn.


We will be using Nelson's Science & Technology Perspectives (DiGiuseppe,
Fraser, Gabber, Hayhoe, Hayhoe, Major, Oswald). Students will have use of the
textbook in school and may access the electronic version of the book at home
by clicking here. Students will be given a username and password. 


Students will be required to read sections of their textbook from time to time
to supplement classroom instruction. Additionally, preparation of lab reports
will be mostly completed at home, but students are encouraged to seek
assistance from Mr. Giovannini throughout the completion of their reports. 

Additionally, it is expected that students review work from previous days and
stay on top of the progression of learning throughout a unit of study. 

Learning Tools:

Students are expected to keep a notebook and come to class prepared with
writing tools (pen and pencil, lined paper). A 1" binder is suitable or
students may choose to reserve a section of a larger binder for science and
technology. It is of paramount importance that students maintain their notes
and handouts from class together and in chronological order. 

Extra Help:

As soon as students feel confused or have questions, they are encouraged to
seek assistance from Mr. Giovannini. I will happily offer extra help when
needed,  and I am available during some recesses as well as before and after

Science Marking Scheme:   Term 1

Ecosystem Project (Organisms) Due: October 31, 2016  ............. 30 %
Ecosystem Quizzes     ........................................     20 %
Structures Projects           Due:  Dec. 19, 2016  .............   30 %
Structures Quizzes                  ..........................     20 %

Total (Term 1)     ...........................................    100 %

Note:  For list of Structure Projects, see Structures Links.
Science Marking Scheme:   Term 2

Pure Substances & Mixtures (January, 2017 - March, 2017)
Heat Unit                  (April, 2017 - May, 2017)

Lab Investigations & Assignments:  ........   60 %
Quizzes/Tests                    ..........   40 %

Total  (Term 2)                .............  100%