7th Grade Life Science
Middle School         2018 - 2019
                                                       Periods 7 & 8          Room 222
                                   Julie Humphrey     Email: jhumphrey@oakarts.org
Message Phone: 510-873-8800

Course Description
The study of science in 7th grade is based on the relationship between structure and function in all living things. With this theme in mind, students will begin to explore life at the cellular level. We will learn the beginning concepts of genetics. We will explore evolution. Students will look at living creatures from viruses (living or not?) to bacteria, the study of ecology and our influence on all living systems in our environment. This class will have at least one hands-on learning experience each week.

Required Texts & Materials
We have found that students are more successful when they have the proper supplies available. Please make sure your student has the following items with them every day:
Students should also have the following items available, but these supplies should remain in their lockers unless requested for class:
We will provide a Science textbook and hand-outs for in-class use and we will try to make these materials accessible online.

Lab Fee Donation: This year we are requesting a lab fee donation of $20 per student. We believe that using inquiry and hands-on science is the best way to learn abstract concepts. The lab fee will allow us to purchase materials that support this type of learning. Please contact me individually if you are not able to provide the lab fee at this time.

Weekly Check-in: We encourage you to help your student keep track of their supplies and notebooks. Please go through their backpack with them once a week to locate important forms, missing homework, and to keep their papers correctly placed in their notebooks. Students should have a folder or notebook at home where they can keep older work that they may need to refer back to during the year. Thank you for your help with organizing!

Cell Phones and Electronic Device Policy
Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used in the classroom unless the student has permission from the teacher. Cell phones will be placed in a classroom pocket ñ with charging available ñ before class begins and retrieved after the bell has rung. If a device is used during class without permission, it will be confiscated and will need to be retrieved from the Dean of Students.

California State Standards Covered
All academic courses are aligned with California State Standards, which are now called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). For a comprehensive listing of state standards, visit the California Department of Education website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssstandards.asp

Student Assessment
Homework                ~       20%
Participation                   20%
Class Work/Labs ~               30%
Quizzes                         15%
Tests                           15%

Class Expectations
Students will be assigned homework approximately once per week. Homework assignments will be posted on the teacherís website at
The homework will be due on the day after it is assigned. Any missing homework will become a zero on the studentís grade report. When students miss school due to an excused absence, they will be allowed one day make-up time for each day they were absent. A quiz will be given periodically to serve as a review of the current topic. Several times during the year, students will be assigned a longer project to work on at school and at home. In general, students will not have homework over the weekend.

Course Outline

What is Science?
Plant Kingdom
What is Life?
Characteristics of Plants
Cell Processes
Growing Plants
Cells & Genetics
What is an Animal?
Sponges, Cnidarians, Worms, Mollusks, Insects
Vertebrates, Fish/Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds
Humans and Human Physiology

7th Grade Life Science
        2018 - 2019 School Year

Ms. Humphrey

I have reviewed the entirety of this syllabus (2 pages) with my student and both my student and I understand all course policies.

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