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7th Grade Science
Humble ISD Curriculum
Enduring Understandings
What students will learn:
• All living things move, respond, obtain and use
energy, are made up of cells, grow/reproduce,
and have a set life span.
• Living organisms must be able to maintain
• All organisms are made up of smaller units
called cells. Cell theory states that all cells come
from pre-existing cells. Cells carry on similar
functions such as extracting energy from food to
sustain life.
• Inherited traits are governed by genetic material
found on genes in the chromosomes in the
nucleus. Traits are passed from generation to
generation from parents to offspring.
• Sexual reproduction results in more diverse
offspring while asexual reproduction results in
more uniform offspring.
• Human organ systems have specialized cell and
tissue functions that perform work to maintain
• Compounds that contain carbon are called
organic compounds. All living things are made
up of organic compounds.
• An adaptation is a genetic characteristic, either
physical or behavioral, that allows organisms to
survive and reproduce.
• Natural selection and breeding, acting on
variations of traits within a population, create
biodiversity of life through gradual processes
over many generations.
• Earth has a variety of environmental conditions
that support diverse forms of life.
• The relationships of organisms in the
environment depend on factors in the
• The Sun is our ultimate source of energy.
Radiant energy is transformed by plants into
chemical energy in the form of glucose, in a
process called photosynthesis.
• Photosynthesis is a chemical reaction that uses
carbon dioxide, water, and solar energy to
produce glucose and oxygen.
• Catastrophic events lead to disruptions in the
natural environment and impact ecosystems.
• Ecological succession is the dynamic and
predictable transition of organisms that make up
a community after a disturbance
• There are different eco-regions in Texas and
each of these regions support a wide range of
ecosystems, soil types and land features.
• Weathering, erosion, and deposition shape the
characteristic soil and topography of each ecoregion of Texas.
• A watershed is an area of land from which water
flows into a larger body of water such as a river,
lake, stream, ocean, or aquifer.
Humble ISD 7th Grade Science
Mission: To foster an environment where students work collaboratively to
expand knowledge in all disciplines of science. To provide students a science
foundation with knowledge and skills that will allow them to be successful in the
high school sciences and scientifically literate citizens.
Bundle 2
Bundle 3
Bundle 4
of Life
(10 Weeks)
Human Body
(10 Weeks)
Organisms and the
(7 Weeks)
Earth and Space
(10 Weeks)
of Life
Impact on
Ecosystems –
Catastrophic Events
Cell Theory/Cell
Structure and
Skeletal System
and Heredity
Digestive and
Energy Flow
Circulatory and
Nervous and
for Space
Scientific process skills such as experimental design, drawing conclusions,
measurement, and models will be taught and assessed within content bundles.
Year at a Glance
Knowledge and Skills
What student will do in the
classroom and beyond:
• Identify that organic compounds contain
carbon and other elements such as hydrogen,
oxygen, phosphorus, nitrogen, or sulfur.
• Recognize levels of organization in plants and
• Differentiate between structure and function
in plant and animal cell organelles, including
cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm,
mitochondrion, chloroplast, and vacuole.
• Recognize that radiant energy from the Sun is
transformed into chemical energy through the
process of photosynthesis.
• Recognize that according to cell theory all
organisms are composed of cells and cells
carry on similar functions such as extracting
energy from food to sustain life.
• Define heredity as the passage of genetic
instructions from one generation to the next
• Compare the results of uniform or diverse
offspring from sexual reproduction or asexual
• Recognize that inherited traits of individuals
are governed in the genetic material found in
the genes within chromosomes in the nucleus.
• Identify the main functions of the systems of
the human organism.
• Distinguish between physical and chemical
changes in matter in the digestive system.
• Contrast situations where work is done with
different amounts of force to situations where
no work is done such as moving a box with a
ramp and without a ramp, or standing still.
• Identify some changes in genetic traits that
have occurred over several generations
through natural selection & selective breeding.
• Describe how biodiversity contributes to the
sustainability of an ecosystem.
• Examine organisms or their structures such
as insects or leaves and use dichotomous
keys for identification.
• Observe and describe how different
environments, support different varieties of
• Observe, record, and describe the role of
ecological succession such as in a
microhabitat of a garden with weeds.
• Diagram the flow of energy through living
systems, including food chains, food webs,
and energy pyramids.
• Predict and describe how different types of
catastrophic events impact ecosystems.
• Model the effects of human activity on
groundwater and surface water in a
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