Course Overview and Grading

Seventh Grade Science Course Outline                                    Ms. Ewart

 Current Unit

Earth Science:

          -Rocks vs. Minerals

                   -Types / Characteristics of each          

                  -Similarities vs Differences

          -The Rock Cycle

                    -Igneous / Sedimentary / Metamorphic

                   -Human Impact

          -Weathering

                   -Chemical

                   -Physical/Mechanical

          -Glaciers

                   -Changes over time/ Evidence

          -Layers of the Earth

                   -Location/Temperature/Composition

          -Continental Drift

                   -How the surface of the planet has changed over time…

                   -Why has it changed?

                   -Where/what is our evidence?

          -Earthquakes

                   -Types of Seismic Waves

                   -Categories

                   -Effects

          -Volcanoes

                   -Types

                   -Locations

                   -Effects

           -Age of the Earth

                   -Where is our evidence?

                   -Superposition

 

Physical Science:

          -Simple Machines

                   -6 types

                   -Examples and uses

                   -Incorporation in complex machines

          -Energy

                   -What is it?

                   -Potential

                   -Kinetic

                   -Examples and uses

                   -How energy changes from one form to another

Life Science:

          -What is life?

-Characteristics of life

          -Levels of organization-from atoms to organisms

          -Cells

                   -Plant vs Animal

                   -Types of Organelles / Organelle Functions

                   - Cell Processes- Cellular Respiration / Photosynthesis

          -Cell Division

                   -How a single cell makes more cells

                   -Mitosis – steps

          -Body systems

                   -Respiratory System

                   -Circulatory System

                   -Digestive System
                
                   Diffusion
          

                   Frog Dissection

                   -Excretory System

                   -Skeletal System

                   -Muscular System

                   -Outdoor activity

                             -“Feel the Beat” – activity connecting Circ. and Resp. Systems

 Materials:

-1-inch binder        -pen   -pencil         -highlighter            -reinforcers

 

 TMS Science Department Grading Framework:

 

40%- Assessments/Projects- Examples: tests, quizzes, performance tasks, research projects engineering projects, final models…

 

30%- Labs/Activities

 

20%- Scientific Communication- Examples: Group work, classwork, exit slips, initial/ongoing models, discussions/responses, peer feedback, participation in small/large group discussions ...

 

10%- Independent Practice-Examples: homework, tool checks, notebook…