Seventh Grade Science

Week of 10/19 Science:

This week we will review the 3D models of eyes we built in class. We will discuss what features make a great model and add to our understanding of how eyes communicate with our brains. We will have an end of unit test on Friday.


Eye anatomy:

Eye/Brain communication:



Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  We will be exploring life science for the 7th grade year.  Life science explores the structures, functions, and interactions of many living things.  Students will learn to distinguish living organisms from nonliving objects and understand the building blocks of life. Students will use properties to identify, describe, and categorize living things based on similarities and differences. 

Required Materials:

      1. A pencil, pen and a red pen.
      2. A folder for handouts and returned homework.
      3. Loose paper.
      4. Your completed homework assignment.
      5. Science composition journal.
      6. A positive and supportive attitude!

Next Generation Science Standards:

This school offers a comprehensive, standards-based program of study.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the following overarching standards.  For a more detailed description of each content standard and the corresponding sub-standards please visit

Life Science Concepts Covered in this Course

      • · Light & Matter
      • · Thermal Energy
      • · Chemical Reactions
      • · Cells & Development
      • · Metabolic Reactions
      • · Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis
      • · Ecosystem Dynamics


Homework is assigned regularly. Homework is due at the beginning of class on the day after the assignment is given. Missed homework can be turned in; however, students will not receive a full grade.  Any work that is greater than two weeks late will not be accepted.

Classroom Guidelines:

      • Work is completed on time. No folds, wrinkles, doodles, frayed edges, etc.
      • Homework questions are written, diagrams are drawn, and all work is shown.
      • All work is in pencil.
      • Follow all directions.
      • Ask questions!
      • Engage and work hard in class.
      • Utilize resources and time efficiently and properly.



Every day is important! Your success in this course is directly related to how often you are present. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get the work and notes that you missed. If you are at school during any portion of the school day, your homework for that day will be due and any scheduled quizzes or tests must be taken. It is your responsibility to come see me if you arrive late to school or leave early and miss my class period. 

If you miss the class the day before a test and return the day of the test, you will be expected to take the test as scheduled. If you have missed two or more days before a test and return the day of the test, come see me and we can make arrangements for you to take the test at a later date. 


Students earn their science grades by actively participating in class and completing class work, lab journals, homework, quizzes, projects, tests and semester exams. The grading system we will be following is based off of current research into student comprehension levels and how grades reflect their understanding. My hope is that these grades will be accurate predictors of a student’s true understanding of a given topic. Grades will be split into the following two categories: Major grades and Minor grades (rather than the typical tests, quizzes, homework, etc). Major grades are a direct assessment of an individual student’s comprehension. Minor grades assess the student’s ability to practice concepts individually or in small groups. 

    • 60% Major grades 
      • Ex) 100 pt Major grade: Exam 
      •       25 pt Major grade: Quiz 
    • 40% Minor grades 
      • Ex) 100 pt Minor grade: Project (individual or group) 
      •       25 pt Minor grade: 20-30 min homework 
      •       5 pt Minor grade: Notebooks, small activities 

Tests and Quizzes:

Students will be notified in advance of quizzes and tests. All graded tests and quizzes below passing will be sent home, reviewed by parents and signed before being returned to school. All tests and quizzes are to remain in students’ classroom portfolios, but can be reviewed by students at any time. 

Missed Work/Make-up Policy:

It is the student’s responsibility  to ask for make-up work when he/she has been absent from class. Students will receive the same amount of time absent to make-up work…for example; if they are absent 3 days, they will receive 3 days to turn in missed work.

Retake Policy: Any quiz or test can be retaken one time provided the following conditions are met:

      1. The retake must be scheduled immediately and completed within one week of the original test date.
      2. When about to take a retake, your test or quiz must include a parent signature.
      3. Any missing assignments specifically relevant to the tested material must be completed before the retake is done.