7th Grade Science Addendum

7th Grade Integrated Science Addendum

Ms. Spencer     leanna.spencer@jordandistrict.org

Goal:

Learn to value and use science as a way to gain knowledge based on observable evidence, and to develop the skills associated with scientific inquiry.

Discipline:

Each student is accountable for his or her own actions and behavior. Treat everyone and everything in the classroom with courtesy and respect. You are responsible for your own actions, assignments, and studies.

General Expectations:

Science is a field that requires students to ponder, explore, and think outside the box. It must be done with curiosity and an open mind. We live in a world of instant gratification and feedback at the speed that technology and social media can give it. Science takes time and most importantly it takes work, students must give both to fully appreciate the joy science can bring.

Tardies:

Students are expected to show up to class everyday on time. If they are not in their seats when the bell rings they will be marked tardy, unless a teacher/office slip has been given directly to the teacher at the start of class!

 

Work Expectations:

Work is due on time, completed, and finished at high quality.

  •    On Time means that it is turned in when the teacher asks for it. All work that is not turned in when asked for by the teacher will be considered late, no excuses (saying I couldn’t find it, or it’s in my locker means the assignment is late).
  •    Completed means that every predication, diagram, data table, graph, question, etc. on an assignment must be finished as instructed. High quality means that the assignment is neat, free of rips, tears, stains, random unnecessary drawings, and all answers are written with complete sentences. (Complete sentences start with a capital letter, contain minimal pronouns, have full meaning, and end with a period.)

o   Turning in an assignment that is not completed (by the definition above) may mean that the assignment(s) will remain as a zero, can be redone on a new handout, and WILL receive a penalty of the points being lost on the assignment. Please be organized and neat to avoid penalties.

 

Absent Work:

In Integrated Science, the curriculum is “hands on,” which means there are labs, activities, and demonstrations that may be difficult to make-up. If your child is absent for any reason (sick, vacation, or extra curricular activity) and misses the assignment(s) planned for the day(s), they will need to make time to discuss the appropriate plan of action for make-up work. **This needs to be done before or after school, not during class time!** Options could include:

  •    A different, (but equal in effort) assignment given to the student. Some labs can’t be made up outside of the classroom or labroom, but to help students understand the concept they are still required to complete an assignment for credit. (This may seem unfair, however it is the only way to insure that students receive the missing information, and get appropriate practice on his or her own time.)
  •    Coming in before or after school, to collect and/or make-up assignments/notes from the day with the teacher, or to get clarification/help on any work needed to be made up.

 

Late Work:

All assignments are due on the assigned day, usually at the beginning of class as explained above. (Some assignments may be handed in at the end of class.) Late work is accepted until the day of that unit’s final test (there will be usually two weeks notice of when the test will be.) We will follow a progressive late penalty policy:

  •    The first quarter late assignments will be docked 10% when turned in late.
  •    Second quarter the penalty moves up to 20% when turned in late.
  •    Third quarter, 30% when turned in late.
  •    Fourth quarter, 40% when turned in late.

Students that constantly turn in late work may cause this late penalty inflation to occur faster on themselves. BE RESPONSIBLE.

 

Study Expectations:

Measuring student progress is very important and we have developed ways of measuring student learning. Every unit will begin with a pre-test that will show us what the students know about the topics before we start. The unit will then end with a final unit test (100 points) to measure each student’s growth and understanding.

Every unit will have quizzes, planned/announced, and possible surprise quizzes, (20-50 points) focusing on multiple topics in the unit. Everyday, class will begin with a small quiz called a Bell Ringer (4 points/day) to measure understanding from recent topics of study. (We will go over these Bell Ringers at the start of the day in class. There shouldn’t be any reason not to get these points!)

Helping students retain information from unit to unit is one of our biggest goals. Some test/quizzes could include questions from a previous unit to help this.

 

Unit Maps:

To help students learn, understand, and retain information in this class we have developed a tool to help students prepare for tests, quizzes, and Bell Ringers. Every so often, students are expected to come home and teach what they learn in class to a parent/guardian. If parents feel that the information taught to them by their student was sufficiently clear, and that the parent/guardian now knows what the topic is describing, then the student has done their job, and a signature is placed in the “taught it” box on the Unit Map. If a student struggles to explain the topic so the parent/guardian can’t understand what it means, then don’t sign it. They can come back to the teacher for more assistance, and then return to reteach to the parent/guardian for a signature if desired. If the Unit Map is completely filled in (all categories finished and complete), and with the individuals parent/guardian signatures in the “taught it” box, and returned on the day of the test, the student will not only be fully prepared for the tests, quizzes, or Bell Ringers, but they may also earn an extra 10% if passed on their unit test score.

  •    For example, if ‘Andrea’ has a fully completed Unit Map turned in on Test Day, and they received an 85% on the test; she would then gain an extra 10% back to her test for the extra work done with the Unit Map. Getting a 95% on the test. **Again, this extra credit is only given if the student passed his or her test.** (Check the School Policy for Grading to see passing scores.)

 

State Final (SAGE):

We must mention that students will be taking the SAGE Test for 7th Grade Science in April/May as a way for the state to assess students learning, teacher, and school performance during the school year. Please make sure your student is in class during this time (will be announced closer to Spring) to help us administer the test.

Citizenship Expectations:

Student citizenship is an important part of middle school philosophy. We not only teach students about science we also train them how to act in public, treat each other, and be responsible for their actions. This is a critical time in their personal/social growth, and while some students know how to act in class, others still struggle with self-control. We will be preparing students for high school and therefore treat them how high school students are expected to act. Students who cannot control talking, off-task behavior, disruptions, and tardiness will receive a verbal warning, and then lose citizenship points after every offense. Students will start with an ‘S’, and can earn an ‘H’ by showing honorary citizenship behavior. This can include, but not limited to:

  •    Participation: Volunteering, answering questions in class, working well in groups/partnerships.
  •    Professionalism/Organization: All assignments have been turned in on time, neat and complete.

**Students who misbehave in any way, or are constantly turning in work late will be receiving a U until the behavior has improved.**

(H=Honorary, S=Satisfactory, U=Unacceptable)

 

Some Class Rules:

  • Cheating in any form will not be tolerated and will result in a 0% score on the assignment, and an email/call home – this includes tests, quizzes, labs, and class assignments.
  • Cell phones/iPods/etc. are not allowed during class time UNLESS authorized by the teacher. School Cell Phone Policies will be enforced in the classroom.

Digital Usage and Work:

Students are expected to use the schools technology (computers, iPad’s, etc) only for the intended activities as instructed by the teacher. Any misuse of devices, or online browsing will result in students losing access for the time the teacher determines is appropriate. The student will still be expected to complete the work on his or her own. Personal devices may be used as teachers instruct according to the school policy. If you don’t have internet/computer access at home, discuss with your teacher options that you have before and after school.

Needed Materials:

Please have the following materials with you every day of the class:

  • Pencils (No pens on tests!)
  • 1 inch, 3-ring binder (Just for science!)
  • Lined paper
  • Planner (School Issued, or Personal)

Optional materials

  •    Colored pencils/Markers
  •    Highlighters
  •    Notecards
  •    Calculator

We desire to help each student achieve his/her best. We are available 30 minutes before and after school. We want to make Science enjoyable for every student. Please contact us about any questions, or concerns. Thank you for your support.