Seventh grade Life Science -goals Provide a supportive environment Rigorous, engaging curriculum Develop academic language Develop conceptual understanding Active discourse Robust assignments Uncovering misconceptions CSTA vision statement • The California Science Teachers Association describes science as “an extension of everyone’s natural curiosity and permeates our lives.” National, State, and Core science standards • The course and textbook are aligned to reflect a standards-based curriculum. National Standards • National Standards are designed to encourage all students to learn science, develop scientific habits of mind ~ to become scientifically literate. • New National Standards are currently being reviewed. California State Standards • The State Standards promote participation in lab investigations, conducting research, and analyzing and representing data. Expectations • Personal responsibility • The 7th grade focus promotes personal responsibility, encourages open communication, and establishes effective study habits. Homework Expectations • Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday;Monday and Tuesday night’s assignments are due the following day Homework website • The 7th grade Life Science website is a valuable tool for monitoring your son’s or daughter’s assignments Assessments • • • • • Tests 35% Lab assignments 25% Quizzes 20% Journal 15% Homework, participation, lab conduct 5% Communication tools • Binder reminder * Life Science website -(access through Hall website) course outline, grading policy, homework, resource pages, link to on-line text • Phone 927-6978 ext 2201 • E-mail [email protected] Six Steps to Academic Success • • • • • • Be organized Manage your time Create success in the classroom Read effectively Study smart Stay connected Thank you! • The seventh grade Life Science students thank the PTA and SPARK for contributions that support the curriculum!