7th Grade Science Ms. Desiree Henriksen Upper Devotion School 879-4930 Email: [email protected] Website: http://henriksenscience.wordpress.com/index/ Course Objectives: 7th Grade science has two big areas of focus: life on Earth and Earth’s history. We will study relationships of structure and function in living organisms and how these organisms interact with the world around them. We will also investigate the structure of the Earth and how Earth has changed over time. We will learn to look at problems objectively and make intelligent decisions through investigations and scientific methods. Most importantly, we will learn that science is not just a subject that we learn in school – it is all around us!! Major Topics for 7th Grade Science Traits of Living Things Classification of Living Things Ecosystems: Energy Flow and Matter Cycles Cells DNA and Genetics Natural Selection Earth Structure Rocks and Minerals Plate Tectonics Volcanoes and Earthquakes Materials (required daily): Three ring binder (one inch) with 5 dividers Marbled composition notebook Two-pocket folder Pen or pencil Student agenda (purchased from the school for $6.00) OPTIONAL: Simple 4 function calculator (for some topics) Classroom Supplies (optional) – If you are able to contribute any of the following items it would be greatly appreciated. Roll of paper towels Box of tissues Clorox wipes Bottle of dish soap Staying Informed 1) Blog posts at http://henriksenscience.wordpress.com/category/classroom-updates/ This post will have updates on classroom activities and upcoming due dates for major assignments and tests. I suggest following this blog (click the +follow button in the bottom of your browser window) so that you get email reminders when I post. I anticipate posting no more than once each week. Posts will be password protected so that I can include pictures and specifics about what is going on in the classroom with some privacy. Password will be 2015Devo7thScience 2) The classroom website at http://henriksenscience.wordpress.com/7th-grade-science/ This site is for day-to-day lessons and assignments. You can check this page as frequently as you want. It is a good way to get copies of assignments or classwork that may have been misplaced! Textbook: We will use a classroom set of Prentice Hall Science Explorer texts. You will also have the option to check out a personal copy from Ms. Henriksen to keep in your locker or at home. Evaluation: Each quarter grade will be calculated based on the weighted percentages indicated below. Homework and warm-ups 30% Labs and activities 30% Exams, quizzes, and projects 40% Assignments: Homework will be assigned regularly in order to provide you with opportunities to understand the concepts from class. Completion based homework is due at the start of class and will not be accepted for credit after that. Projects, labs, activities, and other collected work will be accepted late for partial credit, but will lose approximately 10% credit. Late work will be accepted up until the date designated by the teacher. Retaking Tests You will generally have 1 week from the day that you receive the original test score to schedule a retake. You must complete the study guide for the test or show evidence that you have adequately reviewed the material before you come in to retake the test. This shows me that you made an effort to study before taking the test again. If your original tests grade was a 70% or higher your retake and original grade will be averaged to give your new grade. If your original tests grade was below a 70% your retake will be averaged with 70% to give your new grade. If your retake grade is lower than your original test grade, I will keep your original test grade as your full grade. Make-up Work: Daily assignments and material will be posted on the class website. Your missing work will also be placed in the absent folders hanging in the classroom. It is your responsibility to collect the missing work from your folder and consult the class log to ensure that you make up the work within one week of your absence unless other arrangements are made. Lab make-ups will be on a case-by-case basis, and I may choose to substitute a comparable assignment in place of a lab. Behavior: Students will not be allowed to talk during tests or quizzes. Students who do so or otherwise cheat will have their test confiscated and receive a zero for the test. Copying, plagiarism, and academic theft or dishonesty will not be tolerated. Respectful behavior will be required at all times. This includes respect for yourself, fellow students, and the teacher. You are required to read and sign a safety contract, and lab safety rules will be strictly enforced. Any misbehavior will result in your being pulled from participating in the lab and receiving a zero for the assignment. This is a safety necessity! Other expectations will be discussed during the first days of class.