TO 7TH GRADE LIFE SCIENCE!
Telephone Messages: (781) 529-8060 x _______
Office Hours: After School, 3 PM-4 PM. Please confirm appointment during
class or by e-mail.
Science Explorer Series:
supplied by the school, and are kept at home . Homework, syllabus, and
weblinks will be posted regularly on homeworknow.com.
- Nick Lane,
Life Ascending- The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (WW
Norton) --One of the 10 best science books of the year- connects all
Lane describes how
each of evolution’s great inventions—from DNA to sex, from
hot blood to consciousness and finally death—transformed life
and often the planet itself. The result is a stunning, lucid account
of nature’s ingenuity and a work of essential reading for anyone
who has ever questioned the science underlying evolution, or wondered
at how we came to be here.
- Neil Miller and
Joe Levine, Prentice
- Mahlon Hoagland
and Bert Dodson, The
Way Life Works-The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide
to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along: ; See also
for The Way Life Works which has many outstanding links
and web exercises.
- Steven Johnson,
The Ghost Map -The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How
It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World [Paperback]
This is surprisingly,
one fascinating and important read that spins the historical reality
of pathogenic disease with a well crafted story regarding the plight
of a society facing a treacherous epidemic. Combining an in-depth
view regarding the indefatigable energy and brilliance of Dr. John
Snow in his quest to solve the deadliest outbreak of cholera in the
history of London, with the history of epidemic plagues, `The Ghost
Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic- And How it Changed
Cities, Science, and The Modern World' provided me with one page-turning,
gripping historical tale that also provided further insight into the
plight free societies face today in lieu of the possabilities of biological
or chemical attacks on innocent people.
- Neil Shubin, Your
Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human
".... The book looks at aspects of human anatomy and senses--hands,
smell, hearing, vision, etc--and traces them back--way back! Some of
this, of course, has been done before, but Shubin writes with a flair,
a clarity, and a precision that brings it all into a new focus. There
is also an emphasis on DNA, in particular recent DNA experiments that
combined with the paleontology and anatomy makes a very compelling case.
Emperor of All Maladies- A Biography of Cancer
about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7 million humans
around the world, will die of cancer." With this sobering statistic,
physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee begins his comprehensive
and eloquent "biography" of one of the most virulent diseases
of our time. An exhaustive account of cancer's origins, The Emperor
of All Maladies illustrates how modern treatments--multi-pronged chemotherapy,
radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care--came into existence
thanks to a century's worth of research, trials, and small, essential
breakthroughs around the globe.--Lynette Mong
Evolution project's eight-hour television miniseries
travels the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound
effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment
of Charles Darwin to the scientific revolution that spawned the tree
of life, from the power of sex to drive evolutionary change to the
importance of mass extinctions in the birth of new species, the Evolution
series brings this fascinating process to life. The series also explores
the emergence of consciousness, the origin and success of humans,
and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding
life on Earth.
Course Objectives-Grade 7 Science
7 Life Science curriculum aims to give students an appreciation of the
processes of life and the natural world of which they are a part. Major
content objectives are based on the Massachusetts Frameworks.
include learning how to think scientifically; note-taking skills; organization;
non-fiction reading, research, and writing skills; and greater confidence
in presentation and public speaking.
need the following supplies to get you started: (bring to class on Tuesday
(1) 3-Ring Binder 1-1/2”-2”
• (2) sets of 8-section dividers
• About 25 pages of lined paper in the 3-ring Binder
• (1) 3-Ring binder Pencil bag with pens, pencils, and 6 colored
markers or pencils
Finder: A Manual for the Identification of Trees by Their Leaves
(Nature Study Guides) (Paperback)($3.50)
by May T. Watts- Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
Class. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find
out from your homework buddy what was missed. In addition to major labs,
graded class work also includes notes, observations and activities.
Work missed need to be made up within 5 school-days- see the teacher
cooperatively and safely with your partner to perform labs (we’ll
have lots), clean up, and complete laboratory reports.
the assigned pages of the textbooks, and explore supplementary
reading and websites.
notes on your reading. Many of the quizzes are open-notes.
Taking notes in your own handwriting are one of the best ways
to learn new material.
assigned homework sheets, and turn in by the due date. You
must put your full name on all work to be handed in. Homework more than
3 school-days late will receive a maximum grade of 70%.
will be given weekly. Quizzes may be re-taken.
will be given at the end of each unit. They may not be re-taken.
projects, including the Leaf Project, Cell Model Project, Animal Report,
and Backyard Bird Observation, will be assigned approximately once per
student notebook binders (see #5 below).
Rules for Classroom Behavior:
directions the first time they are given. Do not interrupt when the
teacher or another student is speaking to the class.
with laboratory safety rules, and help clean up.
feet, and objects to yourself.
be dismissed from your seat.
who repeatedly disrupt the learning of others, or behave in an unsafe
manner, may need to be removed from class. It will be your responsibility
to arrange to make up, within five school-days, any work missed as a
result. Missed work that is not made up will receive a grade of zero.
Binders will be graded every quarter. Save everything!
sections include Summary/Index, Notes/Class work, Homework, Labs, Quizzes
and Tests, Handouts, and References. Parents should check notebooks
at least three times per quarter (look for completed worksheets, filing
in order, satisfactory grades and work that reflects effort).
Grading is done on a point basis, which is summarized with a
letter grade four times a year (at the end of each term).
will be distributed as follows:
and Quizzes: 30 %( 1 Test= 3 Quizzes)
work and participation: 20%
Work (includes report, working with your partner and cleanup): (20%)
The purpose of grading in my class is not to rank students,
but to inform instruction and study- to indicate what assignments have
been completed, and which require additional work. Work which is not
of adequate quality will receive only partial credit. However, it is
strongly encouraged that students re-do any such work in order to receive
If your have any concern that you wish to discuss, or have any requests
or suggestions towards improving your child’s learning, please
don’t hesitate to give me a call at (781) 529-8060 x 6142, or
drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to talk
or meet to discuss the issue.
Teaching: Parents with an expertise or interest in a topic
we are studying are strongly encouraged to become guest-teachers in
our class. Please let me know in advance if you are interested.
forward to a GREAT year,
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