7th Grade Science

 

Ms. Williard

& Mr. Kahan (7R)

awilliard@motthall2.org & jkahan@motthall2.org

212-678-2960


Course Description

This year, scholars will build on the foundations of their scientific knowledge. Scholars will read, write, and think like scientists. They will complete laboratory investigations and field trips to expand their science knowledge and process skills. Learning will be measured through labs, projects, and regular assessments. This year’s curriculum will align to the NY State Science Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards for Reading/Writing Standards for Science & Technical Subjects.


Course Outline

  • First Quarter

    • Chemistry

    • Waves (Sound and Light)

  • Second Quarter

    • Physics (Newton’s Laws of Motion)

    • Begin Science Fair

    • Astronomy

  • Third Quarter

    • Human Body

  • Fourth Quarter

    • Human Body, continued

    • Geology

    • 8th Grade Science Prep


Materials Needed

  • Loose-leaf paper

  • One two-pocket folder

  • Composition notebook for notes

  • Three or more pencils

  • Blue or black pen

  • 3” x 3” Post-It Note cube

  • Handheld pencil sharpener

  • Erasers


How scholars will be assessed:

Homework

10%

Tests & Quizzes

25%

Projects

25%

Labs

20%

Classwork

20%


Policies and procedures to keep in mind:

  • Scholars must have a writing utensil every day. Pencil is preferred but pen (blue or black only) is allowed.

  • If a scholar is absent he or she is responsible for making up their missing work. Scholars are expected to notify Ms. Williard one week prior to any known absence.

  • The 7th Grade Team has a 5-day Missing Homework Policy. If a scholar misses an assignment he or she has five class days to submit his/her missing assignment. Classwork, projects, and labs must be submitted on the day they are due.

  • Healthy snacks and water are permitted. There is no sharing allowed.  During labs or while computers are in use there no eating or drinking allowed.

  • Scholars are expected to keep notebook and folder organized with all notes, handouts, and other work. Many scholars find it helpful to use one side of their folder only for handouts and the other side only for homework/assignments to be completed. Scholars should regularly clean out their folder.

  • When using laptops scholars will be assigned a laptop for use and will be responsible for that computer.  Any scholar found using laptops inappropriately will lose laptop privileges and will be required to make up the work on their own time.


How scholars can be successful in Science:

  • Be active! – Complete the Do Now quickly, volunteer answers, and ask questions.

  • Be organized! – Take neat notes and always have a writing utensil. Once a week, take time to remove clutter from your bag, folder, and locker.

  • Be respectful! – Treat yourself, others (scholars & adults), and the classroom with respect.

  • Be positive! – Encourage yourself and other scholars..

  • Be reflective! — Use the notes taken in class as a resource for homework.  Also, take time to review your graded homework, class work, quizzes, and tests.  The best way to learn is by reflecting your mistakes .

  • Be brave! – Don’t be afraid to share ideas or ask questions when you need help.

  • Be resourceful! – Have reference books, computer access, and/or a library card available to use.


How families can best help scholars succeed in Science:

  • Actively use Engrade and motthall2.org.  This is the best way to check your scholar’s assignments, contact teachers, find online resources, and learn about upcoming quizzes, tests, and projects.  

  • Teach your scholar not to fear Science! If you have a positive attitude, they will too.

  • Make sure that your child does all of his/her homework posted on the calendar.  In order to succeed in Science they need to practice science skills and knowledge outside of the classroom.

  • Encourage them to have a Science buddy or study with friends.  The best way to learn Science is to discuss it with others.

  • Contact Ms. Williard or Mr. Kahan (7R) as soon as your scholar seems to be struggling.