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),
    • 2 composition books 
  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 summarize an article about a new scientific discovery in the life science field. Topics can range from medical advances, genetic research, endangered species, climate change, pathogens, etc.Article being summarized needs to be printed and attached to the hand-written summary.Student can earn 2 bonus points for each article and can complete up to 10 summaries each nine weeks.

       

      1. Units of Study

       

       

       

      Alabama Course of Study Objectives

      Description

      Chapter in Textbook

      Weeks 1-3 Introduction to Life Science

      NOS

      Scientific Method, Measurement, Lab Procedures, Graphing

      Nature of Science, 1

      Weeks 4-6 Ecology

      8, 10, 11

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

      20, 22

      Weeks 7-9 Changes in Populations

      5,6,7,8,9

      Kingdoms of life, Limiting Factors, Adaptations, Changes to the Ecosystem, Successful Traits

      21

      Weeks 10-12 Cells and Cell Structures

      1,2,3

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

      2

      Weeks 13-20 Human Body Systems

      4,5a

      Overview of systems

      14,15,16,17,18

      Weeks 21-23 Cell Reproduction

      2

      Mitosis, Meiosis, Gamete formation

      3,4

      Week 24-27 Genetics

      11,12,13,14

      Mendelian Laws of Genetics, Exceptions to the laws, Pedigrees

      5

      Weeks 28-31 Genes and Mutations

      12,13,14

      Structure and function of DNA, Mutations, and Genetic variation

      5

      Week 32-35 Classification and Natural Selection

      15,16,17,18

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

      6

      Week 35 Dissections

       

      Dissections

       

      Week 36 Finals

      All

      All

       

       

       

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
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