Standards and Benchmarks
Content Area: Science
Grade / Course: 7 Quarter: 1
The Benchmark Map is developed with the following premises:
• All benchmarks for the grade level/course will be achieved in a school year.
• Major understandings are the big generalizations for the topic/concept.
◊ Italicized benchmarks are taught and assessed in more than one quarter.
Big Idea(s) / Major Understanding(s): Students will understand that...
- Scientists ask questions and explore possible answers by conducting scientific investigations.
- Questioning and observing are the basis from which hypotheses are formed to be tested in scientific investigations.
- The goal of scientific inquiry is to understand and explain the natural world.
- Scientific inquiry is a process that can be used by anyone who understands it.
- Safety is an essential component in conducting a scientific investigation.
- Inquiry continues after the original investigation, with new questions, new evidence, and revisions.
- It is essential to critically review all sources of information.
HCPS III Benchmarks:
◊ 7.1.1 Scientific Inquiry
Design and safely conduct a scientific investigation to answer a question or test a hypothesis
◊ 7.1.2 Scientific Inquiry
Explain the importance of replicable trials
◊ 7.1.3 Scientific Knowledge
Explain the need to revise conclusions and explanations based on new scientific evidence
◊ 7.2.1 Science, Technology, and Society
Explain the use of reliable print and electronic sources to provide scientific information and evidence