7th Grade Science Standards

Unit: Embedded Inquiry, Technology & Engineering

Estimated time – Addressed throughout the year



Grade Level Expectations

GLE 0707.Inq.1          Design and conduct open-ended scientific investigations.

GLE 0707.Inq.2          Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, organize, analyze, and interpret data.

GLE 0707.Inq.3          Synthesize information to determine cause and effect relationships between evidence and explanations.

GLE 0707.Inq.4          Recognize possible sources of bias and error, alternative explanations, and questions for further exploration.

GLE 0707.Inq.5          Communicate scientific understanding using descriptions, explanations, and models.

GLE 0707.T/E.1         Explore how technology responds to social, political, and economic needs.

GLE 0707.T/E.2         Know that the engineering design process involves an ongoing series of events that incorporate design constraints, model building, testing, evaluating, modifying, and retesting.

GLE 0707.T/E.3         Compare the intended benefits with the unintended consequences of a new technology.

GLE 0707.T/E.4         Describe and explain adaptive and assistive bioengineered products.


Checks for Understanding

ü0707.Inq.1               Design and conduct an open-ended scientific investigation to answer a question that includes a control and appropriate variables.

ü0707.Inq.2               Identify tools and techniques needed to gather, organize, analyze, and interpret data collected from a moderately complex scientific investigation.

ü0707.Inq.3               Use evidence from a dataset to determine cause and effect relationships that explain a phenomenon.

ü0707.Inq.4               Review an experimental design to determine possible sources of bias or error, state alternative explanations, and identify questions for further investigation.

ü0707.Inq.5               Design a method to explain the results of an investigation using descriptions, explanations, or models.

ü0707.T/E.1               Use appropriate tools to test for strength, hardness, and flexibility of materials.

ü0707.T/E.2               Apply the engineering design process to construct a prototype that meets certain specifications.

ü0707.T/E.3               Explore how the unintended consequences of new technologies can impact society.

ü0707.T/E.4               Research bioengineering technologies that advance health and contribute to improvements in our daily lives.

ü0707.T/E.5               Develop an adaptive design and test its effectiveness



State Performance Indicators

SPI 0707.Inq.1            Design a simple experimental procedure with an identified control and appropriate variables.

SPI 0707.Inq.2            Select tools and procedures needed to conduct a moderately complex experiment.

SPI 0707.Inq.3            Interpret and translate data in a table, graph, or diagram.

SPI 0707.Inq.4            Draw a conclusion that establishes a cause and effect relationship supported by evidence.

SPI 0707.Inq.5            Identify a faulty interpretation of data that is due to bias or experimental error.

SPI 0707.T/E.1           Identify the tools and procedures needed to test the design features of a prototype.

SPI 0707.T/E.2           Evaluate a protocol to determine if the engineering design process was successfully applied.

SPI 0707.T/E.3           Distinguish between the intended benefits and the unintended consequences of a new technology.

SPI 0707.T/E.4           Differentiate between adaptive and assistive engineered products (e.g., food, biofuels, medicines, integrated pest management).


Instructional Resources

* All labs/activities are from TEACH Engineering, Resources for K-12

TEACH Engineering home page--> http://www.teachengineering.org/index.php


Unit 1: Cell Celebration

Unit 2: Just Passing Through, Living With Your Liver

Unit 3: Diffusion Lab (Extention: using/testing different brands of baggies)

Unit 4: Life’s Primary Energy Source, Breathing Cells, Bubbling Plants, Photosynthesis & Transpiration, Yeast Cells Respire, Too (but not like me and you)

Unit 5: