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Beaverton School District
Beaverton School District

Beaverton Schools

7th Grade Science Learning Targets

Science, 7 (Rubrics)

ALT 1 - Science Practices: Uses the practices of science inquiry to design, investigate, model, and explain phenomena using appropriate tools, techniques, and variables.

  • AST 1.1 - Asks Questions:  Asks testable questions that arise from observations of phenomena, models, or unexpected results.
  • AST 1.2 - Develops and Uses Models:  Develops, uses, evaluates, and revises models to describe, test, and predict phenomena.
  • AST 1.3 - Designs Investigations:  Plans and carries out investigations that identify and appropriately measure variables to provide data as evidence to support explanations or solutions.
  • AST 1.4 - Analyzes and Interprets Data:   Analyzes and interprets data, using graphical displays, to provide evidence for phenomena. Accurately labeled includes title, column titles, description of units, proper intervals.
  • AST 1.5 - Mathematical and Computational Thinking: Uses mathematical and computational thinking to identify patterns and trends in data sets in order to evaluate and support scientific conclusions.
  • AST 1.6 - Constructs Explanations: Constructs explanations based on valid and reliable evidence and applies scientific ideas and principles to explain the phenomena.
  • AST 1.7 - Engages in Argument from Evidence: Engages with evidence to construct or critique a convincing argument that supports or refutes a claim and uses argumentation to listen to, compare, and evaluate competing ideas supported by scientific reasoning.


ALT 2 - Engineering Design: Designs, constructs, tests and evaluates a solution to a defined problem using appropriate tools and materials.

  • AST 2.1 - Defines the Problem:  Defines the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. (MS-ETS1-1)
  • AST 2.2 - Evaluates Competing Solutions:  Evaluates competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. (MS-ETS1-2)
  • AST 2.3 - Analyzes Design Solutions:  Analyzes data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. (MS-ETS1-3)
  • AST 2.4 - Develops and Iterates Solutions:  Develops a model or prototype to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. (MS-ETS1-4)


ALT 3 - Disciplinary Core Ideas: Uses the disciplinary core ideas of science to explain phenomena and design solutions.

  • AST 3.1 - Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes:  Demonstrates knowledge of the organization of matter in living and nonliving systems and how energy and molecules flow through those systems.(MS-LS-1; MS-LS-2)
  • AST 3.2 - Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics:  Demonstrates knowledge of the relationships and dynamics within ecosystems; including between humans and the environment. (MS-LS2)
  • AST 3.3 - Earth's Systems:  Demonstrates knowledge of how Earth’s surface changes over time due to water and Earth’s processes driven by the cycling of energy in the Earth. (MS-ESS2)
  • AST 3.4 - Earth & Human Activity:  Demonstrates knowledge of the role of geological processes and human activities on the unequal distribution of natural resources and natural hazards.(MS-ESS3)
  • AST 3.5 - Matter & Its Interactions:  Demonstrates knowledge of the structure and properties of matter, the reactions that occur between chemicals, and thermal energy. (MS-PS1)


ALT 4 - Science & Society: Constructs an explanation of how science and engineering influence our understandings, decisions, and changes to societies over time.

  • AST 4.1 - Interdependence of Science and Technology:  Synthesizes how science and engineering have supported the development of scientific theories, technology, and changes to society.
  • AST 4.2 - Scientific Ethics:  Evaluates the short and long term effects of applying scientific understanding to address issues in the natural world and society.
  • AST 4.3 - Personal Impacts:  Articulates the impacts of personal, traditional, and community knowledge and practices on the natural world and society.


ALT 5 - Literacy in Science: Obtains, reads, evaluates, and communicates scientific information.

  • AST 5.1 - Obtains Information:  Obtains information from multiple credible sources.
  • AST 5.2 - Reads Informational Texts:  Reads information critically to determine the central ideas or conclusions, collect evidence, and/or obtain scientific information.
  • AST 5.3 - Evaluates Sources:  Evaluates the evidence, bias, and usefulness of multiple information sources (scientific, technical, text-based, and media / visual).
  • AST 5.4 - Communicates Ideas:  Communicates and synthesizes scientific and/or technical information or ideas in multiple formats effectively (including orally, graphically, textually, and mathematically).