Posted: Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:18am Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:21am

This Teacher Resource Guide has been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the Indiana Academic Standards for Seventh Grade. These resources are provided to help you in your work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources is optional; teachers should decide which resources will work best in their school for their students.

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Jarred Corwin
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Physical Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
7.PS.1 Draw, construct models, or use animations to differentiate between atoms, elements, molecules, and compounds. Build an Atom PhET
7.PS.2 Describe the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Develop models that predict and describe changes in particle motion, density, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Solids, Liquids, and Gases Study Jams
7.PS.3 Investigate the Law of Conservation of Mass by measuring and comparing the mass of a substance before and after a change of state. Relationship of Law of Conservation of Mass
7.PS.4 Investigate Newton’s first law of motion (Law of Inertia) and how different forces (gravity, friction, push and pull) affect the velocity of an object. Newton’s First Law of Motion: Simple Science Experiments
7.PS.5 Investigate Newton’s second law of motion to show the relationship among force, mass and acceleration. Newton’s Second Law NASA
7.PS.6 Investigate Newton’s third law of motion to show the relationship between action and reaction forces. The Law of Action-Reaction (Revisited)
7.PS.7 Construct a device that uses one or more of Newton’s laws of motion.  Explain how motion, acceleration, force, and mass are affecting the device. Newton’s Laws of Motion
7.PS.8 Investigate a process in which energy is transferred from one form to another and provide evidence that the total amount of energy does not change during the transfer when the system is closed. (Law of conservation of energy) The seven forms of energy
7.PS.9 Compare and contrast the three types of heat transfer:  radiation, convection, and conduction. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
Earth and Space Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, and Simulations
7.ESS.1 Identify and investigate the properties of minerals. Identify and classify a variety of rocks based on physical characteristics from their origin, and explain how they are related using the rock cycle. (i.e.  Sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks) Interactive Rock Cycle
7.ESS.2 Construct a model or scale drawing (digitally or on paper), based on evidence from rock strata and fossil records, for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history. Time Travelers: Measuring the Age of the Earth
7.ESS.3 Using simulations or demonstrations, explain continental drift  theory and how lithospheric (tectonic) plates have been and still are in constant motion resulting in the creation of landforms on the Earth's surface over time. Smithsonian Earth Snapshots
7.ESS.4 Construct an explanation, based on evidence found in and around Indiana, for how large scale physical processes, such as Karst topography and glaciation, have shaped the land.

Glacier Virtual Lab Glencoe
Land Ice EarthLabs

7.ESS.5 Construct a model, diagram, or scale drawing of the interior layers of the Earth.  Identify and compare the compositional (chemical) layers to the mechanical (physical) layers of the Earth’s interior including magnetic properties. Making a Scale Model of Earth
7.ESS.6 Research common synthetic materials (i.e.  plastics, composites, polyester, and alloys) to gain an understanding that synthetic materials do come from natural resources and have an impact on society. Synthetic Fibers and Fabrics Information
7.ESS.7 Describe the positive and negative environmental impacts of obtaining and utilizing various renewable and nonrenewable energy resources in Indiana.  Determine which energy resources are the most beneficial and efficient.

U.S. Energy Information Administration
Indiana Office of Energy Development

Life Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
7.LS.1 Investigate and observe cells in living organisms and collect evidence showing that living things are made of cells. Compare and provide examples of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.  Identify the characteristics of living things.

Cells Alive
Characteristics of Life

7.LS.2 Create a model to show how the cells in multicellular organisms repeatedly divide to make more cells for growth and repair as a result of mitosis.  Explain how mitosis is related to cancer. Cell division, mitosis and cancer
7.LS.3 Explain how cells develop through differentiation into specialized tissues and organs in multicellular organisms. Cell Specialisation and Organism Organisation
7.LS.4 Research and describe the functions and relationships between various cell types, tissues, and organs in the immune system, circulatory system and digestive system of the human body.  
7.LS.5 Compare and contrast the form and function of the organelles found in plant and animal cells. Cells Alive
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
6-8.E.1 Identify the criteria and constraints of a design to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. Teach Engineering
6-8.E.2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to identify how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Engineering Design Cycle
6-8.E.3 Analyze data from investigations to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. NASA Let’s Design
6-8.E.4 Develop a prototype to generate data for repeated investigations and modify a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. Design Squad PBS