Seventh grade begins the year learning about Science Lab Safety and laying the foundation for how we will approach the study of science all year. We use the lab at least once per unit and I am very strict about students following lab rules and safety procedures. Lab investigations and engineering challenges are worth as many points as the unit test, so we balance learning science with doing science.
Seventh graders are studing the new Kentucky Academic Standards for Science (which is what we named the Next Generation Science Standards when they were adopted by the Commonwealth.) The new standards focus on science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross-cutting conepts. Students also engage in the engineering design process.
Seventh grade science/engineering units of study include: Energy, Waves, Electromagnetism, Chemistry, Cells, and Enviornment.
The Science Resources for Students section of my webpage is an excellent place to begin if your child needs help with homework or in preparation for a quiz or test. There are several interactive links and fun activities to fuel curiousity and critical thinking!
Seventh grade science students will create Interactive Notebooks this year. This will be an excellent tool for students to build their vocbulary, complete homework, and study for tests. At the closing of each unit, students will self-assess their mastery of our learning objectives, explain two things they learned, and share with their parents.
Because we will add to the notebooks each week, it is very important for students to bring their Interactive Notebook (or INB) to class each day. Students will also receive a quiz grade each quarter for keeping their INB current and well maintained.
If you are curious about the Next Generation Science Standards, please read the parent guide featured on my website. Although some schools are using commercial STEM curriculum for science courses, KSD is developing its own K-12 Science/Engineering curriculum (from the same NGSS standards) to fit the unique needs and learning styles of our students.