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Biology Program Goals and Objectives
Grade Level 7

About the Biology Program
All students will participate in the Barrier Island Ecology Course at the same time. Small groups of approximately twelve students together with a Sound to Sea instructor each start in a different habitat area and begin a rotation. This component introduces students to the five habitats (beach/ocean, maritime forest, freshwater pond, salt marsh, and sound/estuary), geological history, basic ecological concepts and general habitat study skills that are reinforced throughout the entire program. Sound to Sea instructors encourage exploration and present various ecological concepts (such as habitats, cycles, communities, populations, species, food webs, decomposition, etc.) as students discover concrete evidence that relates to that concept. As the groups explore each habitat, students observe the differences and make comparisons. The Habitat Study skills include: observation, measurement, data collection, and analysis and assessment of habitat conditions with respect to soil, air, water, wind, temperature, and human impact; and observation, identification, classification, mapping and representative sampling of species present within the habitat.

Main Curriculum Area: Science
Other Curriculum Area: Health Education

Grade Level: 7


Primary Goals and Objectives:
These objectives will be covered during all Biology Program classes. Some objectives are more specific to one habitat than another, so if your schedule does not allow you to take all offered classes, or if there are particular objectives that you want to make sure we cover, please let us know what your specific needs are.

Essential Standard 7.E.1

Understand how the cycling of matter (water and gases) in and out of the atmosphere relates to Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate and the effects of the atmosphere on humans.

Clarifying Objectives
7.E.1.2 Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on Earth.

7.E.1.5 Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions.

Essential Standard 7.L.1 Understand the processes, structures and functions of living organisms that enable them to survive, reproduce and carry out the basic functions of life.

Clarifying Objectives

7.L.1.4 Summarize the general functions of the major systems of the human body (digestion, respiration, reproduction, circulation, and excretion) and ways that these systems interact with each other to sustain life.
Essential Standard 7.G.1 Understand how geography, demographic trends, and environmental conditions shape modern societies and regions.

Clarifying Objectives

7.G.1.3 Explain how natural disasters (e.g. flooding, earthquakes, monsoons and tsunamis), preservation efforts and human modification of the environment (e.g. recycling, planting trees, deforestation, pollution, irrigation systems and climate change) affect modern societies and regions.
Health Education

Essential Standard 7.MEH.1

Analyze the relationship between healthy expression of emotions, mental health, and healthy behavior.

Clarifying Objectives

7.MEH.1.2 Infer the potential outcome from impulsive behaviors.

7.MEH.1.3 Organize resources (family, school, community) for mental and emotional health problems.

Essential Standard 7.MEH.2

Evaluate positive stress management strategies.

Clarifying Objectives

7.MEH.2.1 Critique a variety of stress management techniques.

7.MEH.2.2 Design a stress management plan that is appropriate for the situation and individual traits and skills.

Essential Standard 7.MS.1

Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Clarifying Objectives

PE.7.MS.1.1 Execute complex combinations of movements specific to game, sport, or physical activity settings in at least one of the following activities or compositions: aquatics, team sports, individual sports, dual sports, outdoor pursuits, self-defense, dance, or gymnastics.

PE.7.MS.1.2 Illustrate fundamental motor skills and complex skills that contribute to movement proficiency in small-sided game situations.

Essential Standard 7.ICR.1

Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships.

Clarifying Objectives

7.ICR.1.1 Contrast characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

7.ICR.1.2 Predict short-term and long-term consequences of violence to perpetrators, victims, and bystanders.

7.ICR.1.3 Illustrate strategies that can be used to manage anger in healthy and non-hurtful ways.

7.ICR.1.5 Explain why tolerance is beneficial in a society characterized by diversity.

7.ICR.1.6 Illustrate the appropriate role of bystanders in preventing and stopping bullying and violence.

Essential Standard 7.MC.2

Understand concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement.

Clarifying Objectives

PE.7.MC.2.2 Contrast information from a variety of sources, both internal and external, in terms of their relevance to guiding, improving, and modifying performance.

PE.7.MC.2.3 Apply game strategies and tactics at appropriate times and in appropriate ways.

Essential Standard 7.HF.3

Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Essential Standard 7.PR.4

Use behavioral strategies that are responsible and enhance respect of self and others and value activity.

Clarifying Objectives

PE.7.PR.4.1 Contrast between appropriate and inappropriate strategies to seek greater independence from adults when completing assigned tasks.

PE.7.PR.4.2 Contrast between appropriate and inappropriate strategies for communicating ideas and feelings.

PE.7.PR.4.3 Understand the role of diversity in physical activity, respecting limitations and strengths of members of a variety of groups.

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