About This Course
Join me as we dive into the miracle of life on planet earth and explore how our physical planet fosters such life! Designed to align with 7th and/or 8th grade science cirriculum and based off the NGSS and TEKS (Texas Standards), this course will prepare students to tackle the more advanced and specific science courses they will experience in high school. Students will engage in thought provoking lessons designed to challenge their thinking of the planet and the possibilities that abound from our understanding of it. We will begin our learning journey by diving into the biological world, introducing the topics students are sure to revisit in high school biology. Students will identify what life is, how it exists, and how our planet fosters such life with elaborate ecosystems and recycling of nutrients & energy. In addition, students will explore what makes life unique and how genetics and heredity dictate the way life exists on the planet today. We will continue building our comprehensive understanding of the planet by addressing how molecules make up cells, practicing basic chemistry principals, and applying these principals to our ever-changing planet Earth. Students will then explore how our planet responds to these principals and supports the life that inhabits it. This comprehensive course will inspire those who take it to see the world through a new set of eyes, leaving students to appreciate the beauty of life and our planet with a hunger to learn more!
The target audience for this course is 7th and/or 8th grade students preparing for more advanced high school science coursework. This course is designed to align with 7th and 8th grade science cirriculum but also serves as an excellent precursor to high school biology, ecology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. Students will become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in any high school level science course!
Number of Lessons: 48 complete lessons
Number of Reviews: 48 reviews (one to accompany each lesson)
Total videos: 97 (Course Intro, Lessons, and Reviews)
Number of Units: 6 units (listed below)
Average Video Lesson Length: 17 minutes
Total Hours of Video Lessons: ~14 hours
Average Review Lesson Length: 4.5 minutes
Total Hours of Review Lessons: ~3.5 hours
Quizzes ("Tests"): 48 (one for each lesson)
Test answer sheets: 48 (compiled into one document)
Average Quiz Size: 3 questions
Each Lesson Includes:
- Video Lesson comprised of an in-person introduction followed by an interactive explanatory video with colors, drawings, diagrams, and photos to make things interesting, fun, and easy-to-follow! Video lessons range between 12 and 22 minutes long, with most falling around 15-18 minutes in length.
- Practice Exercise or Activity - These range from application worksheets to research activities, inquiry projects, text analysis, and even a few at-home labs! Some lessons are equipped with more than one exploratory activity. Labs and activities can be found embedded in the corresponding lesson, NOT on the resources tab, in an effort to keep the course flow.
- Review Video in which the exercise/activity is reviewed and answer keys are discussed. Answer keys are embedded into each review video following each lesson. Review videos range between 2 and 10 minutes long, with most falling around 4 minutes in length.
- Short Quiz to summarize and confirm comprehension of the concept learned.
Units of Study
1. Unit 1: Communicating Science - In this unit, students will learn how to effectively study, analyze, and communicate science! To learn is one thing, but to communicate what you learn is a skill of it's own. Scientific literacy is paramount in a student's academic success for any science discipline and I make it my mission to ensure that students are equipped with such skills! Students will learn the scientific method, how to graph like a pro, best practices in communicating results, and what sort of exciting careers are waiting for them in the science world!
2. Unit 2: Energy in Ecosystems - In this unit, students will explore how energy is transferred through the living and non-living parts of the planet. We will explore the organization of life and how nutrients and energy flow through living ecosystems. We will analyze the interactions between species and take a look at the impact that certain populations have on others. This unit serves as a comprehensive study of ecology!
3. Unit 3: Cells -In this unit, students will dive into the microscopic world of the cell! We will begin by learning about the different types and complexitites of cells in general, followed by the organelles that fill them. We will focus on several cellular processes such as membrane transport, respiration and photosynthesis, gene expression, cell communication, cell specialization, cell division, and DNA replication. This unit serves as a wonderful precursor to high school biology and will leave students with a clear understanding of the microscopic world around us!
4. Unit 4: Genetics and Heredity - In this unit, students will explore the study of genetics and trait inheritance! We will learn to predict genetic outcome in offspring following Gregor Mendel's laws and students will leave hungry to know more about what makes their DNA so unique! We will learn to use tools such as punnett squares, pedigrees, and karyotypes to derive and communicate assumptions. This unit will also explore topics such as genetic disorders, natural selection, and biodiversity - another excellent precursor to high school biology!
5. Unit 5: Matter and Energy - This unit dives into both chemistry and physics! Students will learn about the structure of the atom and how to predict an atoms behavior by understanding its structure and placement on the periodic table. Students will learn the difference between chemical and physical changes, and will study each of Newton's 3 laws of motion. This unit aligns well with 8th grade science cirriculum for any state and will cover all the essentials of physics and chemistry needed prior to entering high school!
6. Earth's Forces - This unit ties it all together in a perfect bow with an analysis of how the materials and forces on the planet impact the planet's surface, motion, and many of the phenomena witnessed around us! We will take a look at Earth's composition, plate tectonic theory, weather, natural disasters, and more! An exciting end to an enlightening adventure through our planet, this unit leaves students eager to go out and explore the world around them!