Comfort Middle School 7th Grade Science Syllabus Welcome to the wonderful world of discovery in 7th Grade Science. Teacher: Mrs. Walden Phone: call the office Email Address: [email protected] Conference: Fourth Period M-F (10:45-11:35am) Course Description: 7th Grade science integrates all disciplines of science (Life, Earth, Chemistry, and Physics) and their interaction. The main focus will be Life Science. Major Objectives: 1st 6-weeks – Lab Safety, Scientific Method, Food chains & webs, Force/Motion/Energy 2nd 6-weeks – Natural Disasters and Environmental Impacts, Requirements for Life, Solar System 3rd 6-weeks – Space Exploration & Travel, Ecosystems and Organisms in the Environment 4th 6-weeks – Cell Structure and Function, Structure and Function of Living Systems 5th 6-weeks – Homeostasis, Physical, Chemical, and Energy Changes in Digestion 6th 6-weeks – Genetics, Genetic Variations and Adaptations Grading Scale: Tests/Projects 40%, Labs 40%, Quizzes/Daily Work/HW 20% Textbook & Resources: Science Fusion: New Energy for Science!, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Copyright 2015. Lessons & Instructional Focus Document & Project Based Learning Activities, 2013-2014. Copies of all papers and lessons can be accessed on Mrs. Walden’s webpage by going to CMS website and clicking on CMS Staff and finding Mrs. Walden under Science and then clicking on the website link across from her name. Supplies for all classes: Always bring your Agenda and Laptop computer. Pen or Pencil (bring with you every day) Composition Book (usually stays in class) Highlighter (stays in class) Glue Stick (stays in class) 1 pkg of Washable Markers (stays in class) Honors Science: In addition to the above you will need the required book reading for the fall and one for the spring. Project Based Learning activities from these books will connect to real world science. (Fall: Brilliant Blunders by Mario Livio; Spring: A Home for Animals by Jane Goodall) Classroom Procedures for 7th Grade Science Please read through the classroom rules, expectations and procedures. I will discuss these procedures with you and the consequences if you fail to follow the rules. Classroom Rules 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Steps for Consequences 1. 1st Written Apology and agreed solution 2. 2nd Written Apology and parent contact 3. Office referral Be Prompt Be Prepared Be Polite Be Productive Be Positive Starting the Class By the time the bell rings, all students should be in their assigned seat, reading the board, and focused on doing the tasks. End of Class Mrs. Walden will announce that class is dismissed; the bell only lets you know it’s time to move to the next class. Please stay in your seats, or finish cleaning up after yourself and your group/classmates. After the inspection of the condition of the room is cleared by Mrs. Walden; then she will dismiss the class. Classroom Participation You will be required to Self-Manage and Self-Discipline your behavior appropriately while working in groups on experiments and projects. PLEASE refrain from chatting throughout class as this will only disrupt other students and interfere with my attention to teach and your ability to learn. I will use multiple hand and sound techniques that you will learn that let me know you are finished with an activity and ready to move on, or if we need to stop and discuss what is not clear. During class, your job is to work hard and learn. A major part of your Science learning will be to understand the steps in scientific investigation and you will be able to write an investigation on your own. REMEMEBER: There are NEVER any dumb questions or dumb answers. We learn from each other through communication. We will CORRECT your questions or answers to guide you to success! Science Equipment: Occasionally, you may enter the room to find equipment and/or lab materials on the counters, on your table, or on my desk. Please leave all equipment alone until you have been given instructions to use them for the activity that day. Failing Work: I will assign an OFI (Opportunity For Improvement) as an at home Project or Research activity for any students who are failing a test, or who have a failing average, to give you opportunities to re-enforce the learning concepts. Extra work will NOT replace a failing grade. To be successful in my class you just have to do two things: Always be POSITIVE and Always be POLITE.