With the transition and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards following the Preferred Integrated Science Framework recommended by the State of California, seventh grade science is going to be teaching concepts that were previously taught in sixth grade. After collaborating with the sixth grade teachers, organizing the science supplies, and taking inventory there are a number of resources we would like to purchase for seventh grade science. These activities include rock and mineral reference charts for students to consult as they identify unlabeled rock and mineral specimens. A variety of different rock and mineral specimens that students can identify using a streak test, glass plate, hand lens, magnet, nail, penny and the Moh's Hardness Scale (included in the kit below). An Investigating the Rock Cycle reference chart that shows specific rock specimens and samples at different stages in the rock cycle.
As we teach the Rock Cycle we're also going to be covering the geoscience processes that have changed and shaped the Earth's Surface. The Earth Science Skill Builder Kits include a blended instructional model that allows for hands-on review, reinforcement of concepts, the scientific and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts. The kits include a student learning guide, illustrated explanations, a lab investigation, and potential assessment questions. The kits also include four different teacher flip charts that are laminated, double sided, and have "write-on/wipe-off" activities. Additionally to help solidify student learning the kits come equipped with educational student games.