2021-2022 Science Syllabus

                                   Syllabus: 7th GRADE SCIENCE 2021-2022     

                                   

CONTACT INFORMATION
School Phone Number        628-0824               Email address    karen.king@bcsemail.org

LMS: Google Classroom

COURSE OVERVIEW

Course Description

This course emphasizes the North Carolina New Essential Standards (2009).  Our major goal is to help students become better learners and be ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  We use an integrated approach of 21st century skills to assist students in developing investigative and critical thinking skills through exposure to the three disciplines of science:  physical science, life science, and earth science.  Students will improve scientific literacy through access of a variety of non-fiction texts.   Students will be exposed to numerous methods for recording their thinking which can be utilized across curricula.  This course incorporates diverse learning styles and teaching methods.  Students work both independently and in cooperative groups.

Course Essential Standards

This course will address North Carolina Essential Standards for seventh grade science with an emphasis on inquiry, physical science, life science, and earth science.  Detailed standards can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org

 

CLASSROOM POLICIES and PROCEDURES

 GRADING SCALE                                           Breakdown of Grading:                                  

A    90 -100                         Major grades (counts 2x each)     Daily grades (counts 1x ea)

B    80 - 89                            *Test/formal assessments                * Quizzes/Voc Quizzes

C    70 - 79                            * Notebook                                          * Class work

D    60 - 69                            * Projects                                             * Lab assignments

F    59 – below                      * Unit Exams/Final Exam                   * Specified assignments
                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                              * Homework

                                              

POWERSCHOOL

 Parents and students are urged to check PowerSchool regularly for updated grades.

CLASS EXPECTATIONS - PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support)

RESPECT *Follow adult direction the 1st time *Treat others as you would like to be treated *Be honest *Use a calm voice and appropriate body language *Value property of others

RESPONSIBILITY *Have all materials needed for class *Be on time *Be on task *Give your best effort and make good choices *Keep track of your belongings.
 
Video Calls (Remote/Virtual) RESPONSIBILITY *Have all your materials *Be on time *Stay engaged (nod or thumbs up) if others are talking *Mute your mic if you're not speaking *Only use the chat or raise hand to share appropriate ?/ideas *Wait for teacher to call on you or unmute your mic *Take notes in a doc or on paper for reference *If using video, look at the camera, not the screen

 Consequences (in no specific order) of poor decision making: warning, teacher-student conference,  parental contact, teacher-parent-student conference, minor incident report, major  referral,  moving seating assignment, after-school detention.    

NOTEBOOKS

Students need 4 composition notebooks - one for each unit.  Students will keep one active notebook and Mrs. King will keep the other 3 notebooks until needed.  Please have all 4 notebooks in class by Thursday, August 26.  We will set-up up the notebooks together in class.  All assignments will be kept in the notebook other than tests.   All scientists keep detailed descriptions of their work to help clarify their learning and in order to build new discoveries.  The student notebook will be a resource for continued learning throughout the year.  Notebooks are a major grade and count the same as a test.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete all assignments and keep an up-to-date notebook.

 VOCABULARY 

Science vocabulary is very important to understanding and mastery of the content.  Vocabulary words are introduced as part of the content.  Students need to set up a free account at quizlet.com (if they do not already have one) to help practice vocabulary with flashcards, games and quizzes. Vocabulary words/definitions will be given out during class and placed in the student notebook.  Homework will be to create flashcards with the given definitions either on quizlet or index cards.  The given definition is packed with notes to help you prepare for the upcoming quizzes and test so be sure to study the definition as given.  Students should study vocabulary daily.  It is vital that students NOT get behind practicing vocabulary.   VOCABULARY QUIZZES:  Quizzes are announced at least a week in advance.  There are no retakes on vocabulary quizzes.  Students need to be prepared for each quiz by studying vocabulary daily.

HOMEWORK

Homework is given Monday - Thursday nights.  Homework generally takes 15 minutes or less.  I do not assign over the weekend homework or Monday tests.  However, you may need to study or catch up over the weekend.  Students receive 2 homework grades per 9-week grading period: 1 at the beginning of the grading period and 1 after midterms.  The homework grade starts at 100 points and 5 points are deducted for each incomplete/missing assignment.  

Homework assignments should be written down in the designated area of the science notebook at the beginning of class.  The assignment will be explained during class.  Homework assignments will also be posted on Google Classroom.

COOPERATIVE GROUPS

One of the primary ways we learn in science is through cooperative groups. Groups will be 3-4 students.  Each student will have responsibilities for helping the group to complete the task/assignment.  It is important that all students learn to get along with others and contribute to the learning experience.   

LATE ASSIGNMENTS

Assignments are due when designated. It is unacceptable not to complete assignments.  It is the student’s responsibility to turn in all work on time. Ten points will be deducted from the score for each day past due.

 ABSENCES and MAKE-UP WORK

It is important to be in class daily.  If a student must be absent, it is his/her responsibility to make up assignments missed.  All assignments must be in the student science notebook.  Being absent from school is not an excuse for incomplete notebooks and work.    This work should be made up as quickly as possible or within 3 days!  Students will get further behind and have “gaps” in their learning if work isn’t made up in a timely manner.  Everything we do in science class builds on what we did the day(s) before.  If a student is absent the day an assignment is scheduled, the assignment is expected the day the student returns (written assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.). If you need help, please contact Mrs. King. 

TEXTBOOKS

 We will be using the CK-12 online textbook as one of our resources along with an in-class textbook.

In Case of REMOTE/VIRTUAL LEARNING

Learning Management System (LMS): Google Classroom
Zoom - video calls (live class instruction, discussions, individual conferences, student/parent conferences)