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Grade 7 Earth and Space Science Teacher Resources

​​​​​​Grade 7 Earth and Space Kit Teacher Guide  (Designed by SD 71 Educators)

Quick Links to Online References Found in Teacher Guide:

Lesson Plans:

Reading nonfiction ~ Many students find it difficult to navigate nonfiction text.  In this link ideas for explicit instruction are provided.  Making Notes

Online Resources:

The folowing page provides a bit of background information about Darwin's finches, adaptive radiation, and evolution. Darwin's Finches Explained

The Boxing strategy gets students talking to one another, sharing background information about the topic at hand. The Boxing Strategy

The following link provides another version of the Boxing Strategy.  In it students are asked to figure out how long man has been on Earth in comparison to the historical time period in which Earth has been around. Boxing Timeline.pdf

 The following online games go a long way in providing background information in a child=friendly format:  Who Wants to Live a Million Years?  (http://www.sciencechannel.com/games-and-interactives/charles-darwin-game/)

Introduce students to NOVA Labs Evolution – This site contains a full set of lessons with videos and games to learn about evolution (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/evolution/)

Climate Kids - Nasa's Eyes on Earth - There is a tonne of information here about climate change.  ​

Videos:

YouTube Video
The adaptive radiation of Darwin's Finches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA0NF41tLn8

 

 

YouTube Video
A scientist's explanation of adaptive radiation of Darwin's Finches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7mLxvNTSog

Adaptive radiation is the relatively fast evolution of many species from a single common ancestor. Adaptive radiation generally occurs when an organism enters a new area and different traits affect its survival. An example of adaptive radiation is the development of mammals after the extinction of dinosaurs. http://www.brightstorm.com/science/bi...

 

YouTube Video
Natural Selection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SCjhI86grU

Natural Selection is one of the main concepts found within the theory of evolution. It was discovered by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace though Darwin championed the idea in his book "On the Origin of Species".

Natural selection can be defined as the process by which random evolutionary changes are selected for by nature in a consistent, orderly, non-random way.

When coupled with descent with modification, Natural Selection can cause a population to evolve for fitness within a given environment over multiple generations.

Natural Selection is an observable fact. By carefully observing populations of living things with short life cycles you can actually watch it happen.

YouTube Video
The Theory of Evolution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhHOjC4oxh8

Evolution is often considered a complex and controversial topic but it's actually a very simple concept to understand. Watch this short animation to see how evolution works.

 

YouTube

4.5 Billion Years in 24 Hours

http://dovga.com/video/2333/the-evolution-of-life-on-earth/educational

What does 4.5 billion years of evolution look like in a simple animation?

YouTube

The 6 craziest extinctions ever

http://dovga.com/video/2333/the-evolution-of-life-on-earth/educational

An animated look at history's mass extinctions.

 

YouTube Video

BBC The First Moments in the Life of a Maruspial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lCKc8tURtc

Amazing footage of a grey kangaroo giving birth filmed by Australian filmmakers Green Cape Wildlife Films http://www.wildlifefilms.com.au/ . This clip from the BBC's Life of Mammals looks at the different ways of giving birth that have developed in Australia

YouTube Video

Australia's biodiversity: major features

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAhpy-fMUEc

Published on Jul 22, 2014
In the millions of years since Australia separated from Antarctica and drifted north, our continent's biodiversity has evolved mostly in isolation, while periodically taking on new 'passengers' from Asia. Dr Leo Joseph talks about the factors that have shaped Australia's unique biodiversity and how new technology is providing new insights into its evolution. (06:01)

YouTube Video

Mother Nature with Julia Roberts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVLcj-XKnM

Published on Oct 5, 2014
This video features Julia Roberts as Mother Nature.  Other videos in the series include: Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder as they join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at 
http://natureisspeaking.org

Website

An Inquiry Unit on Extinction

http://partner.galileo.org/schools/bpeak/extinctions/index.html                                                                                                       The website Galilea.org has an inquiry unit on extinction that begins with fossil work and connecting with local experts.  While it was created for a primary class, the sequence of suggested activities would work equally well in an upper intermediate class.

 

YouTube Video
Ice Age

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTRZWQg_-os

*(Please note that a commercial popped up just before the 7 minute mark. Click, "Skip Ad.")

Website

How was our local area affected by the last ice age?

http://www.cgenarchive.org/nanaimo-climate.html

http://geog.uvic.ca/viwilds/ul.html  unique landscapes on Vancouver Island and their geological origins

 

YouTube Video
BBC The First Moments in the Life of a Maruspial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lCKc8tURtc

Amazing footage of a grey kangaroo giving birth filmed by Australian filmmakers Green Cape Wildlife Films http://www.wildlifefilms.com.au/ . This clip from the BBC's Life of Mammals looks at the different ways of giving birth that have developed in Australia

YouTube Video

Australia's biodiversity: major features

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAhpy-fMUEc

Published on Jul 22, 2014
In the millions of years since Australia separated from Antarctica and drifted north, our continent's biodiversity has evolved mostly in isolation, while periodically taking on new 'passengers' from Asia. Dr Leo Joseph talks about the factors that have shaped Australia's unique biodiversity and how new technology is providing new insights into its evolution. (06:01)

YouTube Video

Mother Nature with Julia Roberts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVLcj-XKnM

Published on Oct 5, 2014
This video features Julia Roberts as Mother Nature.  Other videos in the series include: Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder as they join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at 
http://natureisspeaking.org

YouTube Video
Ice Age

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTRZWQg_-os

 *(Please note that a commercial popped up just before the 7 minute mark. Click, "Skip Ad.")​

http://geog.uvic.ca/viwilds/ul.html  unique landscapes

on Vancouver Island and their geological origins.

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Other Online Resources:

Science First Peoples-Unit 5: Perspectives on Climate Change​

Science First Peoples-Unit 8: Ocean Connections​​