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Intro to Seventh Grade

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Introduction to Seventh Grade








Performance Expectation Analysis


Performance Expectations represent the things students should know, understand, and be able to do to be proficient in science. Performance Expectations are the standards. Each Performance Expectation is built around A Framework for K-12 Science Education recommendation that science education in grades K-12 be built around three major dimensions:


1. Science and Engineering Practices

2. Crosscutting Concepts

3. Disciplinary Core Ideas (NRC, 2012, p. 2)


The additional components in the standard documents serve as support for instructors in providing clarity and further guidance for each Performance Expectation.


Analysis for each standard is provided in a manner to support deep understanding for the teacher. A Framework for K-12 Science Education includes grade band endpoints for second, fifth, eighth, and twelfth grades. This information provides guidance on where students should be in their understanding of each objective by the ends of those grade levels.




Instructional Bundles


The instructional bundles represent curricular resources developed by Oklahoma teachers to help teachers translate standards into classroom practice. The Framework Overviews represent how a group of Oklahoma teachers, at a given grade level, might bundle performance expectations/standards found in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. Bundling is how teachers would group performance expectations/standards for the purpose of developing instructional units of study.  

Vertical Progressions


Vertical progression documents are provided for the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and the Science & Engineering Practices. There is also a Domain Comparison Chart that provides a quick look at the DCI found in each grade level.

Note: Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, the OSDE will be working with Oklahoma educators to revise and add to the existing Oklahoma Science Frameworks. Interim science frameworks for Grade 7 are now available to support educators in implementing the shifts associated with the 2020 science standards. Additional supports and resources for implementing the 2020 Science Standards can be found in the OKScience Implementation Toolkit.



Students in middle school continue to develop understanding of four core ideas in the physical sciences. The middle school performance expectations in the Physical Sciences build on the K – 5 ideas and capabilities to allow learners to explain phenomena central to the physical sciences but also to the life sciences and earth and space science. The performance expectations in physical science blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge to explain real world phenomena in the physical, biological, and earth and space sciences. In the physical sciences, performance expectations at the middle school level focus on students developing understanding of several scientific practices. These include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations; and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas. Students are also expected to demonstrate understanding of several of engineering practices including design and evaluation. 




















Introduction to the OKSci Framework 

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