Mrs. Woods' Science Class
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Mrs. Kristina Woods
Hello! You may have seen me on the water sailing or out at all of the little kids' activities in the area. I am an avid sailor/racer and the mother of three wonderful children. I have spent my summer keeping the kids out of the house in order to enjoy the fantastic hometown we all love. Therefore, you may have seen us at Menauhant Beach, the library, Waquoit Bay, at the Commodores games, and in town, too.
The reason for homework is to practice the skills you are learning in class so that you master them. Students will be given homework daily. It is expected that students will spend 15-20 minutes on assignments, more if they assignment is to study. All students will be expected to obtain and complete any assignments missed due to absences. All homework should be handed in on time or will lose points for lateness. It should also be complete, neat, and legible. Work will not be accepted after the unit assessment. Homework is graded on a scale of 0-10 points.
It is important to learn to be responsible and to turn things in on time. Nightly worksheets will be marked as a zero if not completed at the beginning on the due date’s class. If you return it completed the next day, you will receive half-credit. After that, late work will not be accepted. Longer assignments turned in late (labs, projects) will lose 10 points per day. Work will not be accepted after the last day of the quarter!
Class participation and group work
Students are all expected to participate in class. This means that they should be alert and attentive and that they contribute frequently to class discussions. In addition, students will frequently work in small groups. They are graded on their participation, group work, based on the completion of their assigned tasks, their further contribution to the group, and their ability to work productively and cooperatively with others.
If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. All in-class work must be made up by the beginning of the next class. If you miss a lab, you may have to do an alternate make-up assignment or come after school to complete the lab. If you are absent, you will be allowed one day per absence to make up work. Anything due on the first day you were absent is due on your return to class (Please meet with me when needing to make up tests and major projects).
Student work that is not their own may result in a 0/F for the assignment (ex. word for word lab reports, copying homework, copying quizzes/tests, etc).
All coursework will be graded on a point system. For example, an on-time homework assignment may be worth 10-20 points, in-class work 25-50 points, quiz or lab report 100 points, common assessments 200 points, independent project 200-300 points. Points are deducted for incomplete and late work. At the end of each term, earned points are added up and divided by the maximum points the students could have earned. This number correlates to a letter grade for your report card. Lab Report corrections can be re-done within a week of the lab’s return.
Common Assessments and Final Exam
Each quarter we will administer the Science Common Assessment. The entire grade will take this assessment, covering the previous material. The final exam covers material from the entire year. All printed note sheets handed out during the year should be saved to review for the final. Maintaining an effective Interactive Science Notebook will be invaluable come test time.
Students will sign a science lab safety contract as a part of our safety unit during the first few weeks of school. Students who do not follow directions and obey safety guidelines during lab activities may not be allowed to continue the activity for the day. A lowered grade should also be anticipated for the activity. During outdoor learning experiences, students are also required to obey all classroom safety rules and guidelines.
Grade 7 Concepts
Earth & Space Science (ESS2, ESS3)
•Explaining how Earth’s surface has changed over different scales
•Developing a model of the sun and Earth’s gravity in the water cycle
•Using data to explain that Earth’s resources are unevenly distributed
•Communicating how past geologic events are used to make predictions
•Constructing an argument about human activities and technologies on the consumption of resources
Life Science (LS1, LS2)
•Developing an argument that body systems interact for life functions
•Explaining how animal behaviors and plant structures lead to reproduction
•Interpreting data about available resources and organism populations
•Describing the relationship between organisms across ecosystems
•Developing a model to describe the transfer energy of matter in an ecosystem
•Analyzing data about disruptions to an ecosystem and population shifts
•Evaluating designs to protect an ecosystem
•Explaining biodiversity and resource availability within an ecosystem
Physical Science (PS2, PS3)
•Analyzing data about the effects of electric charges on the strength of electric forces •Interpreting data on the relationship of kinetic energy, mass, and speed
•Developing a model of the relative position and energy of objects
•Creating a device to control thermal energy transfer
•Investigating relationships involved in energy transfer
•Providing evidence linking changes in motion to energy transfer
•Modeling energy transfer mechanisms
•Describing the relationship between kinetic and potential energy
Technology/Engineering (ETS1, ETS3)
•Constructing a prototype
•Explaining a communication system
•Comparing benefits and drawbacks of various communication systems
•Researching transportation systems
•Explaining how components of a structural system work together
•Using systems engineering to model components of technology systems
Science and Engineering Practice
- Asking Questions and Defining Problems
- Developing and Using Models
- Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
- Analyzing and Interpreting Data
- Using Mathematics, Information & Computer Technology, and Computational Thinking
- Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
- Engaging in Argument from Evidence
- Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Evidence