Looking for an engaging and hands-on resource that teaches students about the form and function of structures? This packet is just for you! The Grade 7 – Unit 2: “Form and Function” unit. This activity packet provides you with lessons, activities, readings and rubrics that can be used to address the following Grade 7 Ontario Science overall expectations:
- Analyze personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that need to be considered designing and building structures and devices;
- Design and construct a variety of structures, and investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them.
This packet is also designed to address the following big ideas:
- Structures have a purpose;
- The form of a structure is dependent on its function;
- The interaction between structures and forces is predictable;
What LESSONS are included in this packet?
This packet is thorough in the sense that it includes 22 lessons. Some lessons are designed to set the stage for students in terms of content knowledge and terminology, and other lessons are designed to have students further investigate structures.
Lesson 2.1: Introducing the Unit
Lesson 2.2: Types of Structures
Lesson 2.3: Structure Stability
Lesson 2.4: Centre of Gravity
Lesson 2.5: Forces Acting on Structures
Lesson 2.6: Forces and Structures
Lesson 2.7: Forces and Structures
Lesson 2.8: Purpose of Structures
Lesson 2.9: Role of Symmetry
Lesson 2.10: Structures and Loads
Lesson 2.11: Paper Experiment
Lesson 2.12: Failing Structures
Lesson 2.13: Structural Failure
Lesson 2.14: Overcoming Failure
Lesson 2.15: Creating Bridges
Lesson 2.16: Creating Bridges
Lesson 2.17: Creating Bridges
Lesson 2.18: Factors to Consider
Lesson 2.19: My Structure Plan
Lesson 2.20: Ergonomic Design
Lesson 2.21: Choosing Materials
Lesson 2.22: Unit Review
Each lesson includes a lesson introduction, core learning activity and a lesson consolidation. Each lesson plan also includes a side bar that lists the expectation addressed, learning goal, materials needed, assessment and the success criteria for the lesson. The lessons at a glance pages at the beginning of the unit provide you with a connection to the big idea, guiding questions and the learning that students will be able to complete by the end of the lesson.
There are 25 activity worksheets, 10 readings, 1 test, 2 assignments and 4 reflection cards included in this packet.
What ASSESSMENTS are included?
There are 2 assignments included in this packet that have students demonstrate their understanding of the above curriculum expectations. There are 9 rubrics to assess student understanding of the concepts addressed in this unit. Please note that there are a few answer keys provided in this packet, as many activities involve an open answer and it is up to you to determine whether students have appropriately demonstrated their knowledge. There is a final test along with a grading guide.
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