GEMS Correlations with the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science
Grade 7


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Science, Grade 7.

Knowledge and skills.


(1) Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices. The student is expected to:

(A) demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Color Analyzers, Convection, Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Global Warming, Height-O-Meters, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Microscopic Explorations, Moons of Jupiter, More Than Magnifiers, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(B) make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Dry Ice Investigations, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Paper Towel Testing, River Cutters

(2) Scientific processes. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations. The student is expected to:

(A) plan and implement investigative procedures including asking questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Convection, Dry Ice Investigations, Experimenting With Model Rockets, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Paper Towel Testing, River Cutters

(B) collect data by observing and measuring;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Color Analyzers, Convection, Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Experimenting With Model Rockets, Fingerprinting, Global Warming, Height-O-Meters, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Microscopic Explorations, Moons of Jupiter, More Than Magnifiers, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(C) organize, analyze, make inferences, and predict trends from direct and indirect evidence;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Color Analyzers, Convection, Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Experimenting With Model Rockets, Fingerprinting, Global Warming, Height-O-Meters, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Microscopic Explorations, Moons of Jupiter, More Than Magnifiers, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(D) communicate valid conclusions; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Color Analyzers, Convection, Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Experimenting With Model Rockets, Fingerprinting, Global Warming, Height-O-Meters, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Microscopic Explorations, Moons of Jupiter, More Than Magnifiers, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(E) construct graphs, tables, maps, and charts using tools including computers to organize, examine, and evaluate data.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Color Analyzers, Convection, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Experimenting With Model Rockets, Fingerprinting, Global Warming, Height-O-Meters, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Microscopic Explorations, Moons of Jupiter, More Than Magnifiers, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(3) Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions. The student is expected to:

(A) analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Convection, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Moons of Jupiter, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters

(B) draw inferences based on data related to promotional materials for products and services;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Bubble-ology, Environmental Detectives, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Only One Ocean, Paper Towel Testing

(C) represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Convection, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Learning About Learning, Mapping Animal Movements, Messages From Space, Moons of Jupiter, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(D) evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Convection, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Moons of Jupiter, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters

(F) connect Grade 7 science concepts with the history of science and contributions of scientists.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Bubble-ology, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Fingerprinting, Global Warming, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Moons of Jupiter, More Than Magnifiers, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters

(4) Scientific processes. The student knows how to use tools and methods to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to:

(A) collect, analyze, and record information to explain a phenomenon using tools including beakers, petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, weather instruments, hot plates, dissecting equipment, test tubes, safety goggles, spring scales, balances, microscopes, telescopes, thermometers, calculators, field equipment, computers, computer probes, timing devices, magnets, and compasses; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Chemical Reactions, Color Analyzers, Convection, Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density, Dry Ice Investigations, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Experimenting With Model Rockets, Fingerprinting, Global Warming, Height-O-Meters, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Microscopic Explorations, Moons of Jupiter, More Than Magnifiers, Mystery Festival, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Oobleck, Paper Towel Testing, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(B) collect and analyze information to recognize patterns such as rates of change.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Bubble-ology, Color Analyzers, Convection, Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density, Earth, Moon, & Stars, Environmental Detectives, Experimenting With Model Rockets, Fingerprinting, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Learning About Learning, Messages From Space, Microscopic Explorations, Moons of Jupiter, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Plate Tectonics, The Real Reasons for Seasons, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(5) Science concepts. The student knows that an equilibrium of a system may change. The student is expected to:

(A) describe how systems may reach an equilibrium such as when a volcano erupts; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Ocean Currents, Plate Tectonics

(B) observe and describe the role of ecological succession in maintaining an equilibrium in an ecosystem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Environmental Detectives, Global Warming

(6) Science concepts. The student knows that there is a relationship between force and motion. The student is expected to:

(A) demonstrate basic relationships between force and motion using simple machines including pulleys and levers;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(B) demonstrate that an object will remain at rest or move at a constant speed and in a straight line if it is not being subjected to an unbalanced force; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(C) relate forces to basic processes in living organisms including the flow of blood and the emergence of seedlings.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(7) Science concepts. The student knows that substances have physical and chemical properties. The student is expected to:

(A) identify and demonstrate everyday examples of chemical phenomena such as rusting and tarnishing of metals and burning of wood;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives

(B) describe physical properties of elements and identify how they are used to position an element on the periodic table; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(C) recognize that compounds are composed of elements.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Chemical Reactions

(8) Science concepts. The student knows that complex interactions occur between matter and energy. The student is expected to:

(A) illustrate examples of potential and kinetic energy in everyday life such as objects at rest, movement of geologic faults, and falling water; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(B) identify that radiant energy from the Sun is transferred into chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Environmental Detectives

(9) Science concepts. The student knows the relationship between structure and function in living systems. The student is expected to:

(A) identify the systems of the human organism and describe their functions; and
Learning About Learning

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(B) describe how organisms maintain stable internal conditions while living in changing external environments.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Only One Ocean

(10) Science concepts. The student knows that species can change through generations and that the instructions for traits are contained in the genetic material of the organisms. The student is expected to:

(A) identify that sexual reproduction results in more diverse offspring and asexual reproduction results in more uniform offspring;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(B) compare traits of organisms of different species that enhance their survival and reproduction; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Learning About Learning, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean

(C) distinguish between dominant and recessive traits and recognize that inherited traits of an individual are contained in genetic material.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(11) Science concepts. The student knows that the responses of organisms are caused by internal or external stimuli. The student is expected to:

(A) analyze changes in organisms such as a fever or vomiting that may result from internal stimuli; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(B) identify responses in organisms to external stimuli found in the environment such as the presence or absence of light.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Learning About Learning, Mapping Animal Movements, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean

(12) Science concepts. The student knows that there is a relationship between organisms and the environment. The student is expected to:

(A) identify components of an ecosystem;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean

(B) observe and describe how organisms including producers, consumers, and decomposers live together in an environment and use existing resources;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Environmental Detectives, Only One Ocean

(C) describe how different environments support different varieties of organisms; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean

(D) observe and describe the role of ecological succession in ecosystems.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Environmental Detectives, Global Warming

(13) Science concepts. The student knows components of our solar system. The student is expected to:

(A) identify and illustrate how the tilt of the Earth on its axis as it rotates and revolves around the Sun causes changes in seasons and the length of a day; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: The Real Reasons for Seasons

(B) relate the Earth's movement and the moon's orbit to the observed cyclical phases of the moon.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Earth, Moon, & Stars

(14) Science concepts. The student knows that natural events and human activity can alter Earth systems. The student is expected to:

(A) describe and predict the impact of different catastrophic events on the Earth;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Global Warming, Plate Tectonics

(B) analyze effects of regional erosional deposition and weathering; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Environmental Detectives, River Cutters, Stories in Stone

(C) make inferences and draw conclusions about effects of human activity on Earth's renewable, non-renewable, and inexhaustible resources.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, River Cutters

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