7th Grade science at Valley Academy will follow the Utah State Office of Education Core Standards for Science. The theme for 7th Grade Science is structure. The concept of density is used to help understand the sorting and distribution of matter on Earth. 7th Graders should begin to relate the structure of matter to the properties of materials. The “Benchmarks” in the 7th Grade Core emphasize “structure” as an organizing concept to understand matter. All substances are made of smaller parts and are themselves parts of larger wholes. When parts come together, the whole often has properties that are very different from its parts. Inherited traits are carried on structures called genes. Structure is used to classify plants, animals, rocks, stars, and other things. Classification is a way to give a unique description to all things.