MAMS 7th Grade Science!
We have an exciting year ahead of us! As a 6th grader, your child explored the world of science from the insides of the Earth as well as studying weather, the lunar cycle, and the solar system. As a 7th grader, your child will explore cells and genetics and the physical world of science. We will begin by learning about Waves, Light, Electricity, Circuits, and Energy Conservation, Forces and Motion, then move on to Cells, Genes, and Heredity. By the end of the year, your child will be more than ready for the challenges of 8th-grade science.
By the end of this class, you [or your child] will be able to:
- Students will investigate phenomena of fields that exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact. Students will learn about electricity and magnetism simultaneously as they build off one another. Concepts like a simple working circuit and an electromagnet will be introduced to give the students a better understanding of how the electronics around them work and are given power. We will also discuss what waves are and how any wave shares certain qualities and characteristics.
- Students will be asked to explain the relationship between KE/PE, energy transfer, and understand the cause and effect of Newton's Laws of Motion. This unit is extremely project-based and students will need to brainstorm, design, blueprint, build, and if time allows, redesign their projects to better solve the tasks at hand. Students will complete the preceding tasks by creating paper roller coasters to explain the law of conservation of energy as well as bottle rockets to elaborate on Newton's Laws of Motion.
- Students will be required to explain how a cell system functions by labeling and describing the organelles found within the plant, animal, and bacteria cells. Students will use the knowledge gained throughout the unit to continue to delve deeper into the cell by explaining how a cell is able to maintain homeostasis in different types of environments. Finally, we will discuss a few of the important energy transfers which occur within cells found both in our bodies and in the world around us, which allow us to breathe and gain energy to perform work through photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
- Students will be introduced to the scientific field of genetics. Students will be introduced to the Punnett square to better their understanding of monohybrid crosses which they will use to determine possible genotypic and phenotypic offspring based on a given set of parents. Students will continue to use Punnett squares to assist them in developing patterns to the point where they should understand each trait we possess is being put through a Punnett square which results in all of our genetic diversity. The processes of asexual and sexual reproduction will be introduced to show how genetic diversity can be both a pro and a con depending on the situation.
💻 Course Communication
Announcements will be made on the STREAM page of Google Classroom
All assignments will be posted on the CLASSWORK section of Google Classroom.
In the SUBJECT line: write a few words about the message.
In the BODY of the email: Explain in detail the message. Remember you are in school and your writing should be formal.
It’s a nice gesture to say hi first!
When writing a message, please follow the expectations below:
- Include your first and last name, the class name/block, subject of the message (e.g., Heather Smith--science block ½--waves diagram)
- Be specific about what you need or what you are asking.
Note: It may take up to 24 hours to receive a reply during the week and 48 hours on the› weekend, so do not wait until the last minute to send a message if you need help.
If you have a question about the course or an assignment, I encourage you to post your question in the Google Classroom “classwork” assignment comments. Each comment is visible to the entire class community, so I encourage you to both ask and answer questions there. If a classmate asks a question and you know the answer, please jump in and help them out!
💬 Participation Policy
Students are expected to take an active role during their class block and be actively engaged during the class discussion and activities. Active engagement includes but is not limited to:
- Verbal participation
- Written participation
- Engagement in PearDeck activities
- Participation in small groups
📚 Required Materials
You will need the following for this course:
- CHARGED Chromebook
- Science Folder
- Pens and/or Pencils
- Composition Notebook
Use of technology is necessary. Please make sure all technology is charged and ready to go before class begins. It is expected that any class related comments are school appropriate and related to the task. If a student is found to be using their technology inappropriately, disciplinary action may be taken, as per district policy.
📝 Grading Policy
The Grading Policy for Science is:
- Long Term Assessments - 50%
- Short Term Assessments - 35%
- Class Work - 15%
Long Term Assessments - 50%
Long Term Assessments include Tests, Quizzes, and Projects. Tests and quizzes will be announced in advance. Students are expected to use their completed assignments to study for tests and quizzes. Projects will have clearly defined requirements through the use of rubrics. Students are expected to complete their own work and use their own words to express their understanding. Plagiarism is a serious offense and may result in a zero on the assessment.
Short Term Assessments - 35%
Short Term Assessments include assignments, activities, and science labs. Assignments, activities, and science labs are expected to be completed within the given time. All assignments must be completed in their entirety and submitted when requested on the due date to receive full credit. No partial credit will be given for late or incomplete assignments unless approved by the teacher. Assignments will be checked regularly and students are expected to make corrections based on teacher feedback.
Classwork - 15%
Classwork includes Do Nows, Discussion Questions, Reflections, etc. Classwork is expected to be completed by the due date. Once classwork has been checked or graded by me, no late or partial credit will be given.
-If you require additional time on an assignment, it is your responsibility to reach out through email and ask for it, otherwise, it will be considered late or missing
All grades will be posted on Parent Portal in a timely manner. Please check Parent Portal on a regular basis to stay updated on student progress throughout the year. It is helpful if students can also access the Parent Portal for up to date information about their assignments and grades.
- Students can visit their Lockers 4x per day.
- AM Start of School Day
- Just Before Student Lunch
- After Student Lunch
- PM End of the Day
- No visits to lockers during any other times during the day
- Tardiness related to lockers will not be accepted as an excuse.
- Excessive tardiness may result in the loss of locker privileges.
🙋🏻♀️ Study Hall Policy
- Silent Study
- Cell Phones Not Permitted
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