Science 7

Science 7

Over the course of this year, the vast majority of student work will be done on Google Classroom. Due dates will appear on students' Google Classroom calendars. 
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Science 7 Course Outline - 2018/19

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.
 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.

~Psalm 19:1-4

 Science 7 is not so much about memorizing definitions or labeling diagrams or remembering processes. It is about finding God’s fingerprints in the world that He has made. It is about entering an attitude of curiosity and exploration. It is meant to help you develop skills to propose ideas then develop experiments to test them.

Through studying science, we realize how much there still is to wonder about and understand in the complexity of this world.  We have been given the responsibility and privilege to be God’s caretakers for the Earth. We will learn how our everyday actions affect the world around us, and how we can make choices that will help to sustain the world for the next generation.

As much as possible, you will be actively involved in your learning through labs and hands-on projects. You will not just be learning concepts, but will also be using critical thinking skills to solve problems and interpret data.

Text: We do not use the badly-outdated ScienceFocus 7 textbook in class, but students may borrow one to supplement their learning if they wish. 

Schedule: The following schedule may change as the year progresses; some chapters may require more or less time.

Unit

Approximate Time Frame

Unit 4: Plants for Food and Fiber

  • Uses of plants: by people, in the environment
  • Structures and adaptations
  • Plant reproduction and breeding
  • Human management of agriculture and forestry
  • Pest and pest control
  • Soil

September - October

Unit 2: Heat and Temperature

  • Using energy from heat
  • Measuring temperature
  • The particle model, temperature, and thermal energy
  • Expansion and contraction
  • Changes of state
  • Transferring energy
  • Sources of thermal energy
  • Conserving fossil fuels

January - February

Unit 3: Structures and Forces

  • Types of structures, describing structures
  • Mass, weight, and gravity
  • Forces, loads, and stresses, how structures fail
  • Designing with forces, stable structures

November-December

Unit 4: Interactions and Ecosystems

  • Human impacts on ecosystems
  • Environmental choices
  • How organisms interact (food chains, etc.)
  • Cycles in the environment (energy, water, carbon)
  • Succession and change in ecosystem
  • Environmental monitoring

March - April

Unit 5: Planet Earth

  • Minerals, Rocks, The rock cycle
  • Erosion and weathering
  • The moving crust / plate tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Mountains
  • Fossils, fossil fuels, geologic time

May - June

Review

June

 

Evaluation:

Quizzes  20%
Tests 20%
Assignments 30%
Projects 20%
Final Exam 10%
Total 100%

Re-work Policy:

Students who are not satisfied with their grade on a project or unit test may request the opportunity to re-work it. This opportunity is not offered on minor assignments or quizzes. The following criteria must be met by students wishing to re-work projects and tests:
-effort must have been demonstrated on the original (re-works will not be permitted on incomplete work)
-re-works will not be permitted in cases of academic dishonesty
-re-writes of tests will take place after school (3:45); multiple times/dates will not be made available
-students must attend a session with Mr. Allison during lunch time, to review the difficulties that they had, before re-writing a test
-for tests, the final score will be an average of the original and the re-write, to a maximum of 90%
-habitual use of this privilege (3 times/term or more) will result in a teacher-student conference to discuss the reasons for this occurrence -- this discussion may include the possibility of the privilege being withdrawn