7th Grade Science Syllabus

  1. Materials & Resources
    • Textbook, Life iScience                
    • Pencils/pens
    • Colored pencils, and ruler (optional)
    • 3-ring binder (at least 1” in width),
    • 1 packet of dividers
    • 1 3-prong folder


  2. Assessment & Grading Policies

    The forms of assessment used in this course will include:  in-class assignments, homework, laboratory work, performance assessments, tests, final exam, and student-created projects.


    A.  Assignments/Labs

    • Points will be earned in four areas:  completeness, following directions, correctness/effort and timeliness.  Points may be deducted if students turn in work that is messy or illegible.


      B.  Makeup Work:

    • When absent from class, students are responsible for all work missed and must make up the work in a timely manner.


      C.  Tests/Exams

  3. Units of Study
  • Each regular test will be worth approximately 100 points.
  • Students can earn 5 EXTRA POINTS on tests by:
    1. Taking the test on the assigned day
    2. Using a pencil with an eraser
    3. Erasing all mistakes made on answer sheets
  • Grades on INOW will reflect a “0” until the test or exam is completed and assessed.


    D.  Late Work

  • Grades on INOW will reflect a “0” until the work is completed and assessed.  It will be possible to earn partial credit for late work. 


  1. Grading

    100-90       A                     Nine weeks grades will be calculated according to the

    89-80         B                      following percentages:

    • 79-70C                      60% - tests/quizzes/projects
  • 69-60D                     40% - classwork, labs, and homework



  1. Extra Credit
    • To obtain extra credit, the student must go to “The Progress of Science” timeline at http://timeline.hudsonalpha.org/.

      They must pick an event on the timeline, click on it, summarize what the timeline says about the event.  They will then find another source of information about the topic and summarize that as well.  The second source must be noted (write the URL).  There are other sources linked on each event on the timeline below the description.  Each event summarized will be worth 2 points.  The student may summarize 10 events in a 9 weeks.  This would give the student 20 possible bonus points each 9 weeks.






Alabama Course of Study Objectives


Chapter in Textbook

Weeks 1-3 Introduction to Life Science


Scientific Method, Measurement, Lab Procedures, Graphing

Nature of Science, 1

Weeks 4-6 Cells and Their Structures

1, 2, 3

Cell Theory, Cell Organelles, Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes, Cellular Structure and Function


Weeks 7-14 Human Body Systems

4, 5.a

Overview of systems


Weeks 15-16 Cell Formation


Mitosis, Meiosis, Gamete formation


Week 17-18 Genes and DNA


Structure and function of DNA, Mutations, and Genetic variation


Weeks 19-22 Genetics


Mendelian Laws of Genetics, Exceptions to the laws, Pedigrees


Weeks 23-25 Classification of Life


Taxonomy, Scientific Names, Phylogenetics, Characteristics of Life


Weeks 26-27 Kingdom Plantae

5.b, 10

Characteristics of plants


Weeks 28-30 Ecology and Adaptations


Adaptations and interactions of organisms, Biotic and Abiotic Factors, Food Chains and Webs, Symbiotic Relationships


Weeks 31-32 Populations



Limiting Factors, Adaptations, Changes to the Ecosystem, Successful Traits


Week 33-34 Natural Selection


Patterns of anatomical change, cladograms, embryonic relationships, evidence of natural selection


Week 35 Dissections




Week 36 Finals










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