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Year 7 Science

The following curriculum resources are designed for units which follow the Australian Curriculum. Each unit is one term long and will have a central topic such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Geology. The Learning Goals and Success Criteria documents are the key guide to the instructional program for each unit.
The units, in order are;
Term 1: Sizzling Science (Chemistry)
Term 2: Classification and Food Webs (Biology)
Term 3: Forces (Physics)
Term 4: Resource Management and Astronomy

Unit 1: Sizzling Science

This term is in two parts. The first few weeks are an introduction to the lab and working scientifically. The second and major part of this term is a Chemistry unit on solutions and mixtures.
Assessment - Experimental report due in week 9

Student Term Planner Covers whole term.

Learning Goals and Success Criteria - Part A (first 2 weeks) These are a brief set of Succcess Criteria for the two week introductory unit

Learning Goals and Success Criteria - Part B (last 8 weeks) These are the Succcess Criteria for the 8 week Chemistry unit

Part A - two week introductory unit

Learning Goal "A" (6 lessons, 2 weeks)

Mix and Match Equipment - A cut and paste activity. Can you get the right names with the right equipment?

GAME - Equipment and Name card flip game - pretty brutal, took me a while, but the start is the hardest, so be patient. expect to take a lot of flips, try to beat 70, 80 is good.

Lab Rules worksheet - Complete the sentences (words provided).

Parts and Use - Bunsen Burner - info sheet for sutting and pasting into book. Useful before practice and the experiment below.

Designing a FAIR TEST experiment. A description and example of how to desgin a fair test. Use this sheet to plan the experiment below.

Experiment: salt concentration. Practice our Bunsen Burner and lab skills, and our first try at writing up an experiment (this is our assessment item this term).

Some thinking exercises. 3 questions with a variety of processes for students to think through. Not too hard.

Scatter plots and Trend lines Worksheet. Good excercise to work on in class before salt experiment. Introduces scatter plots, trend lines, and correlation with some simple exercises.

Part B

Learning Goal 1 (6 lessons, 2 weeks) - Students can identify problems related to separation which can be investigated experimentally and plan and conduct an experiment.

I will write notes for most of the SC in this LG. I will also include the 5 steps in the new senior SATE experiment report criteria, rather than the 3 steps listed in SC5. The experiment will be at the end of the LG.

Movie about Scientific Method. Its an oldie, but the idea of the scientific procedure (from 2:47mins on) is effectively the Scientific method in full. There are simpler vids out there.

The scientific method. The is much debate about the scientific method. There is no one method, but this site offers an accessible and simple description which I find very suitable.

Steps of the Scientific Method - Worksheet. A two pager, stole this from and edited it. Credit to him for the original hard work.

Experimenting and the Scientific Method - Worksheet. A two pager again, also stole this from and edited it. Credit to him for the original hard work.

Separating Experiment. A two pager, planning and simple report style. Good simple approach for year 7. Needs some teacher input.

Learning Goal 2 (6 lessons, 2 weeks) - Students will be able to use evidence to support their conclusions and be able to communicate their ideas, methods and findings using scientific language

I have got resources for this LG in the first section (Part A), so if i have not used them earlier, now is the time. If I have used them then this LG is already covered. If I want another experiment to do, a simple experiment on the effect of sugar concentration on the viscosity of water (like the link below) would suitable.

Effect of sugar concentration on viscosity. Lots of support here for doing a simple experiment which would meet all the SC for this LG. Could use Test tubes as shown in the very last video, rather than flow rate as a measure of viscosity.

Below are three experiments relating to extracting copper metal from rock. Technically this fits into the idea of separating mixtures so I will try all three experiments with my class. The copper extraction will work using experiments 1 and 3 only. Experiment 2 uses colourimeters (visible light spectrometers) and may seem complicated to younger students, so you could give this part a miss. It does involve some great science skills however, so if you have a talented class, I recommend it.

PART 1 - Copper extraction from rock Crushing the rock and dissolving the copper mineral.

PART 2 - Copper extraction from rock Measuring how much copper is in the solution. Uses a visible light spectrometer.

PART 3 - Copper extraction from rock Using electricity to produce the copper metal.

Booklet (all parts) -Copper extraction from rock All parts together with a cool title cover

Learning Goal 3 (3 lessons, 1 week) - Students will understand that substances can be classified into two groups: mixtures and pure substances, and identify at least two examples of each

See the image on the right - classifying pure substances and mixtures

Pure substances versus Mixtures notes. Two pages but print to fit one A4 page. Use for notes.

Pure substances v Mixtures. 15+ mins. By Chem academy. Long, but very simple and clear.

Pure substances v Mixtures. 7 mins. By Kathy Meyer. Not totally sure why I like this one, but it does make it's points very clear.

Solutions and Separation notes. A two pager on solutions, suspensions, colloids, and separating techniques. More than is in the SC, but can always cut down.

Worksheet - Questions on Solutions

Learning Goal 4 (12 lessons, 4 weeks) - Students will understand that mixtures, including solutions, contain a number of pure substances that can be separated using a range of techniques

Separation techniques. This linked poage goes forever and has all the info you need (I think - honestly couldn't read it all in detail, just skimmed). A pdf version (30 odd pages in length) of this page is here. Courtesy of SIYAVULA - a South Africa organization.

Worksheet - Separating a complex mixture. Good two pager which leads students through the process of separating the components of a complex mixture.

Background on Indigenous Separation techniques. Link to Aust. Curric. site. Use for notes or some questions.

Background on Separation applications in the home. Link is to a Aust. Science Teachers Association document. Use for notes or some questions.

Revision Test. From the Text provided a few reources ago. Simple and not too difficult.

Assessment task - link is not live yet. Will be handed out in week 7. The student planner says week 8, but this assignment is for 7N and is more complex (although not necessarily more difficult to complete. It does require more planning, so more initial time will be given. The report is due in week 9 (last lesson).

I am constructing this page, slowly (teaching Yr 7 for the first time in 2020), and construction will continue for the rest of this year. This text marks where I am up to.

Unit 2: Classification and Food Webs

Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Student Term Planner

Unit 3: Forces

Learning Goals and Success Criteria - this is the key document for know what to study and what we will cover in the course. I will teach this more or less in order.

Unit 4: Resource Management and Astronomy

Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Student Term PLanner

Animal cell

Plant cell

This was the trial one I made to see if it would work. The students built one (see plan on left) slightly larger than this.

Gary Turner Science
QLD Alan Druery Excellence in Teaching Award (QCT)
QLD Secondary Teacher of the year Award (AISTL)
QLD Centenary of Federation Teaching Award (RACI)
Peter Doherty Excellence in Science Teaching Award
Prime Minister Commendation for Science Education Award