7th Grade Science Course Description and Introduction to Class Format
Instructor: Mrs. Melissa Tietz, B.S., Secondary Education
Oklahoma State University
Major: Secondary Science Education
After completing competency tests with the State Board of Education, I am certified to teach: Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Botany, Computer Application, Earth science, General Science, Physical Science, Zoology, and a special endorsement in Middle School Science.
Course Title: 7th Grade Science
Planning Period: 8:45-9:45
School Phone: 918-923-4205 ext 3550
My Email: email@example.com
Course Description: All students will be presented with an "honors" level science in order to prepare them for the eighth grade and high school. Seventh graders will have a semester of physical science and a semester of life science. Studies will include the characteristics of life, the cell, the interaction of living things, motion, forces, matter and energy. Creativity, imagination, experimentation, investigation, research, discussion and student directed activities will be used to explore these sciences. Reading, spelling and thinking skills will be strengthened throughout this course of study. Projects will require out of class time and preparation.
Class Materials: The following materials should be brought to class every day.
- Class notebook
- Writing utensil
Major Course Requirement:
- Class Assignments: The students will be assigned sections for reading and a set of questions to complete concerning that material. Other assignments and projects will be assigned.
- Lab Write-Ups: At least one lab write-up will be completed each nine weeks. If not completed, this paper can drop your overall grade a complete letter grade.
Grading policy: Points will be added up and divided by the total points possible.
100-90 = A 89-80 = B 79-70 = C 69-60 = D 59-0 = F
Example: The student’s points add up to 734 and the total points are 925.
(734/925) X 100 = 79.35 The students grade will be a C.
Makeup Work and Late Assignments: It is the to make sure all class notes, text assignments, and or other work missed due to excused absences are completed promptly. Work not made up within allowed time (2 days for every day missed) will receive a zero.
***If your are present the day an impending test is announced (tests are announced in advance) and you are absent one or two days prior to the test, you WILL be expected to take the test with the class. See me for occasional exceptions to this rule.
If you are ill the day of the test and were not absent prior to the test, you will be given the test when you return within two days only.
Daily work is due either before or at the end of class. I will inform you as to which. It may be handed in at the beginning of the next class period for half credit. Mark your paper at this time as “late”. After this, a zero is given. Excused absences will receive full credit upon their return.
Reassessment: Should a student’s overall score become dangerously low, the student and teacher will meet and create a plan of improvement.
HINTS FOR SUCCESS:
- Safety is always first.
- Allow others to learn.
- Wait for permission to:
- Leave your seat
- Speak (raise hand)
- Start an experiment.
- Be prepared, listen, and volunteer.
- Be responsible for your actions.
- Bell rings for the teacher, listen to final directions.
- Discussions are part of each lesson.
- Experiments may be re-written for 75%.
- FOOD: NO!
- E-mail: feel free to use it! firstname.lastname@example.org
- Writing is a must!
- Use your best handwriting.
- Be neat and organized.
- Spelling counts!
- Yes, you may use a computer to write reports and experiments, .
- Meet your deadlines.
- Question: the best way to learn.
- “Tests” are only one means of evaluating your progress… (Be prepared, relax, do your best, TRY, move on.)
- Grade updates will be given occasionally. Parents should feel free to email for an update.
- Utilize any class time allotted for studying.
- Pencils can be purchased for 25 cents.
- Technology not working is not an excuse to be unprepared.
- The term “shut-up” is not acceptable.
Our book can be found online at: http://my.hrw.com
If you need help please come see me. Occasional extra credit is given. Your parents are welcome to contact me if they have any questions or problems they would like to discuss. REGARDLESS of your feelings toward me, I do care a great deal about my students; I am here to see to your education. Don’t be afraid to approach me concerning your success in my class.
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