M/J Comprehensive Science 2 – Grade 7

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: November 2018


This course is recommended for students in 7th grade. There are no prerequisites for the M/J Comprehensive Science 2 course.


MJ Comprehensive Science 2 is the second in a series of three consecutive middle school science classes. It builds on concepts introduced in the first course of the series, including the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course.

Follow the links below for the Department of Education descriptions for this course:

Regular course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13072

Advanced course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13073

Major Topics and Concepts


Module 01—Matter and Energy

  • Balance Within Ecosystems
  • Food Chains and Food Webs
  • Classification
  • Energy Forms and Energy Transfer
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Advanced Thermal Energy
  • Scientific Models


Module 02—Interdependence of Life

  • Biological Interactions
  • Limiting Factors
  • Theories and Laws
  • Evolution-—Natural Selection
  • Advanced Natural Selection— Inherited Variation, Competition, Differential Reproductive Success



Module 03—The Earth

  • Geologic Age
  • Relative Dating and Radioactive Dating
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Advanced Tectonic Plate Interactions



Module 04—Patterns of Change

  • Rock Types
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Advanced Landforms
  • Convection Currents
  • Geologic Events
  • Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
  • Human Impact on Earth, Air Quality, and Water Quality


Module 05—Energy Resources

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Properties of Light
  • Phases of Matter
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental Adaptations


Module 06—Heredity and Genetics

  • Biotechnology
  • Heredity
  • Punnett Square
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Mitosis and Meiosis


Required Materials


Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.

Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple-choice questions, projects, Discussion-Based Assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 22 @ 02:25
02:25 — 03:25 (1h)


Kaaren Embertson, Mike Long, Patrick Kailey