Grade 7 Science and Technology

In Grade 7 Science and Technology, our students will further their understanding of the many impacts that humans have on the environment. They will explore pure substances and mixtures and examine the critical role heat plays in natural processes including the causes and effects of heat, its properties, and heat transfer. Our students will also investigate impact of forces on structures and their stability.

Curriculum Information: Science and Technology (2007)

Developed by: D2L

Development Date: 2012 (Revised 2019)

Please note that elementary courses do not have prerequisites, and Ontario schools do not issue transcript credits at the elementary level. All courses are available in the facilitated and independent pathways.

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Interactions in the Environment

In the Interactions in the Environment Unit, students will learn about interactions within the environment and identify factors that affect the balance between different components of an ecosystem. They will also demonstrate an understanding of interactions between and among biotic and abiotic elements in the environment. Furthermore, they will assess the impacts of human activities and technologies on the environment and evaluate ways of controlling these impacts.

Form and Function

In the Form and Function Unit, students will learn to design and construct a variety of structures. They will investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them. Additionally, they will analyze personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that need to be considered in designing and building structures and devices.

Pure Substances and Mixtures

In the Pure Substances and Mixtures Unit, students will investigate the properties and applications of pure substances and mixtures. They will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of pure substances and mixtures and describe these characteristics using the particle theory. Further, they will evaluate the social and environmental impacts of the use and disposal of pure substances and mixtures.

Heat in the Environment

In the Heat in the Environment Unit, students will study ways in which heat changes substances and describe how heat is transferred. They will demonstrate an understanding of heat as a form of energy that is associated with the movement of particles and is essential to many processes within the earth’s systems. In addition, they will also assess the costs and benefits of technologies that reduce heat loss or heat-related impacts on the environment.

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. Students will require the following resources:

  • A scanner, smartphone camera, or similar device to digitize handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A device to record audio
  • A printer
  • A physical binder, folder, or notebook for offline activities
  • Scissors, stapler, ruler, glue, baking soda, salt, dish soap, food colouring, vinegar, cardboard, a plastic bottle
  • Centimetre grid paper
  • Various household items to complete offline activities

Through a balance of investigations, inquiry-based lessons, and direct instruction, students develop a strong foundation of scientific processes, knowledge, and skills to apply in real-world contexts. Students will learn and start to use the scientific inquiry process, scientific research, and appropriate lab skills. In addition to this, the exploration of key STEM topics is integrated throughout the learning. The course engages multiple learning styles by utilizing a combination of technology and offline activities that provide opportunities to develop an understanding of skills and concepts in interactive and concrete ways. The lessons feature a variety of intriguing storylines, videos, graphics, and interactive games to reinforce students’ learning. The activities also build a foundation of scientific models and strategies that students will use throughout the elementary grades.

The course relies on the assistance of a learning coach to support young students moving through the content. The learning coach will be involved in facilitating technical aspects of the course (e.g. printing and scanning printable activities) and in participating in discussion-based activities to assist students in developing communication skills.

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