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 May 4, 2020
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7th and 8th Grade Pacing 

7th Grade Life Science





8th Grade Physical Science





Scientific Reasoning, Logic, & the Nature of Science (Week 1-4)


Introduction to Life Science & Scientific Problem Solving
Lab Safety and Scientific Method

Experimental Design and Measurement

Scientific reasoning, logic & the nature of science

Planning and conducting investigations Science process skills

Think Like a Scientist (Science process skills) (Week 1-4)

PS.1 a,f,g,h,l,n

Safety and Scientific Method

Experimental Design and Measurement

Scientific method & reasoning, logic & the nature of science

Planning and conducting investigations Science process skills

Life Processes & Cellular Organization (Week 4-5)
LS.3, LS.1

Basic Needs of Living Things

Cells, tissues, organs, & systems
Patterns of cellular organization & their relationship to life processes in living things
Science process skills (infused)

Nature of Matter (Week 5-7)

PS.2, PS.5 a & b, PS.1 a,b,c,d,e

Particle (kinetic) theory & phases of matter

Elements, compounds, & Mixtures

Solutions, acids, bases, & salts

Physical and Chemical Properties of matter
Science process skills (infused)

Cell Structure & Function (Week 6-14)
LS.2 a-c, LS.1
Cell structure and function
Compare/contrast plant/animal cells

Development of cell theory/microscope

Cell history
Science process skills (infused)

Structure & Organization of Matter (Week 8-10)


Modern and historic models of atomic structure

Atomic Structure – subatomic particles

Modern structure
Science process skills (infused)

Photosynthesis (Week 15-18)
LS.5a-b, LS.1
Energy transfer between sunlight and chlorophyll
Transformation of water and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen

Science process skills (infused)


Structure & Organization of Matter (Week 11-16)

PS.4, PS.5

Periodic Table organization and use

Symbols, atomic number, atomic mass, valence electrons, chemical families/groups, & periods

Metals, nonmetals & mettalloids

Formation of compounds/Bonding
Science process skills (infused)

Classification of Living Things (Week 19-22)
LS.4, LS.1
Characteristics of domains of organisms

Characteristics of kingdoms of organisms
Characteristics of major animal phyla & plant divisions
Characteristics that define a species

Science process skills (infused)

Forms of Energy & Transformations (Week 16-19)

PS 6, PS.5c

Changes in Matter

Physical & Chemical changes

Nuclear fission & fusion

Law of Conservation of Matter

Chemical equations

Formation of compounds/Bonding
Science process skills (infused)

DNA & Heredity (Week 23-26)

LS.12, LS.1
Structure and role of DNA

Function of genes and chromosomes

Sex cell production (meiosis)
Genotypes and phenotypes
Characteristics that can and cannot be inherited

Genetic engineering and its applications
Historical contributions and significance of discoveries related to genetics
Science process skills (infused)

Thermal Energy & Heat Transfer (Week 20-22)

PS.6b & PS.7, PS.1 b, d

Potential & kinetic energy

Common forms of energy: mechanical, chemical, nuclear, thermal, radiant, & electrical energy

Energy transformations

Temperature Scales

Phase changes

Heat transfer: conduction, convection, & radiation
Science process skills (infused)

Cell Growth & Reproduction (Week 26-27)
Cell division (somatic cell)

Science process skills (infused)

Work, Force, Motion (Week 23-26)

PS 10, PS.1 b,c,d

Work, mechanical advantage, efficiency, & power

Simple & compound machines

Technological advances
Science process skills (infused)

Evolution & Genetic Variation (Week 27-28)
LS.13, LS.1

Evidence of evolution

Relationship mutation, adaptation, natural selection, and extinction

How environmental influences, as well as genetic variation, can lead to diversity of organisms.

Science process skills (infused)

Sound & Light Energy (Week 27-29)

PS 8, PS 9

Sound & Light Waves

Compression (longitudinal) waves

Transverse waves

Wavelength, speed, frequency, amplitude, & resonance

Reflection, refraction, diffraction, &


Lenses & mirrors

The electromagnetic spectrum
Science process skills (infused)






Welcome to Life and Physical Science!

Welcome to 7th and 8th grade Science! My name is Dr. Lisa Daniels. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you and your parents/guardians.  I am looking forward to a fun and productive school year.  Seventh grade curriculum areas that we will focus on this year include characteristics of living things, cell function & structure, cell theory, cell processes & photosynthesis, cell division, evolution & genetic variation, classification, DNA & heredity, ecology, and biomes. Eighth grade curriculum areas that we will focus on this year include nature & conservation of matter, atomic structure & organization, the Period Table of Elements, energy & transformations, thermal energy & heat transfer, sound & light energy, electricity & magnetism, work, force, and motion.  Emphasis will be placed on the developing the following skills through both grades: scientific literacy, experimental design, scientific thinking & problem solving, scientific applications and S.T.E.M. infusion, introduction to engineering design (8th grade), laboratory protocols and safety, and scientific writing & presentation skills.  Below you will find several important pieces of information pertaining to science class.  If you find you still have questions, please feel free to email me at

Please refer to my weekly newsletter and/or calendar updates (calendar on left side of page) for class communication. If your email is not current in the the ParentVue Hub, please send me an email at so that I can ensure you can receive updates.


Materials needed for Science Class: 

**Other than the 3-ring binder, the science supplies are the same supplies that most students will need for many of their classes.  We suggest that the pencils, pens, colored pencils and sharpener be kept in a pencil pouch that is carried to all classes throughout the day.  Keep a small supply of paper in your binder and simply add more later in the year as necessary. The only “science specific” supply needed is the binder!**

  1. One 3-ring notebook (1-2”) used only for science (rings hold papers inside) – by Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  2. Lined notebook paper
  3. Several pencils, dark -ink pens (blue or black), one set of colored pencils and/or pens, highlighter, and small pencil sharpener
  4. Page dividers and sheet protectors (optional)


Student FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

1. What should I bring to class each day?    Science notebook with paper, pencil, pens and colored pencils.

2. Will students be assigned projects?  Yes, sometimes students will work together in class to do an in-class project.  There will also be an independent research project that all students must complete.

3. Must students create a science fair project (independent inquiry project)?  No, however all students have the opportunity to complete an independent project, which they can choose to present at the Science Fair if they wish.  Science Projects are an important part of the overall middle school science experience.  Science Students will be encouraged to complete a traditional science fair project.  The Parkside Middle School Science Fair will be held in February.

4. Is there a lot of homework?  Students are expected to spend a few minutes in the evenings reviewing any new material learned in class that day.  It is particularly important that students learn ALL vocabulary words so that they understand the language of physical science.

*Additional information regarding grading, policies, and science class can be found under course specific tabs located on left side of page.



About me

I love science!  I have a B.A. in Biology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a M.A. in Biology from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D., along with R.D.N., in Nutrition/Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. I grew up in Northern Virginia and have a daughter attending school in Prince William County so I am not only a teacher in the Prince William County Schools, but a parent.  I love a hands-on, logical approach to learning about science and the world around us. This will be my second year teaching at Parkside Middle School.  I look forward to bringing my experience into the classroom.