AHEAD OF THE CLASS

Student Curriculum Map by Kevin Alligood, Science Teacher, Silver Sands Middle

Nature of Science : Weeks 1-4                August 22nd-September 16th

Big Idea 1: The Practice of Science

What are the differences between scientific theories and laws?

How does inquiry lead to the acquisition of new scientific knowledge?

Big Idea 2: The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge

What makes science, science?

Big Idea 3: Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge

What does science study?

What is the difference between a law and a theory?

Weeks 1-2

What is Science?

Experiment vs. Investigations

Theory & Laws

Students will:

· explain that science is the study of the natural world.

· give examples and non-examples of science

· set up a science notebook that will be used all year by students.

· develop a class list of lab safety procedures in the lab

SC.7.N.1.3
SC.7.N.2.1

science
science notebook
scientist
non-example
scientific reasoning

Students will:

· compare and contrast the difference between an experiment (control

group and variables) and other types of scientific investigations

· discuss examples of scientific knowledge not derived from

experimentation

· describe methods used in pursuit of scientific knowledge in different fields

of science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics)

SC.7.N.1.3

SC.7.N.1.5

Inference
observation
methods
experiment
control group
investigation
variables
biology
chemistry
geology
physics

Weeks 1-2

What is Science?

Experiment vs. Investigations

Theory & Laws

Students will:            SC.7.N.1.3 + SC.7.N.2.1

     explain that science is the study of the natural world.

      give examples and non-examples of science.

      set up a science notebook that will be used all year by students.

      develop a class list of lab safety procedures in the lab.

     Vocab : science, science notebook, scientist, non-example, scientific
                    reasoning.

Students will:             SC.7.N.1.3 + SC.7.N.1.5

     compare and contrast the difference between an experiment (control

      group and variables) and other types of scientific investigations

     discuss examples of scientific knowledge not derived from 

     experimentation

     describe methods used in pursuit of scientific knowledge in different

     fields of science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics)

Vocab : inference, observation, methods, experiment, control group,                 

              investigation, variables, biology, chemistry, geology, physics.

 Students will:                        SC.7.N.3.1

     recognize and explain the difference between theories and laws.

     discuss how scientific theories are different than other theories.

Vocab : theories, laws.