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  1. Welcome! • Something about Mrs. Cameron • Graduated from Elon College • Married with 2 girls; one married • Lynchburg College • East Carolina University • I have 4 cats: Checkers, Thumbelina, Salem, Sadie • I have 2 grand puppies: Bella and Duke • Huge Duke Fan!! • My Favorite color is PURPLE!!!!

  2. What is 7th Grade Science? • Science Inquiry • Measurement-The metric system is use by all Scientists • Scientific Method- There is a format of which scientist write a formal lab report • Lab Safety- Special rules apply when in the science laboratory. These must be followed to assure the safety of all!

  3. What is 7th Grade Science? • Earth Science • Weather and Atmosphere • Compare the composition, properties and structure of Earth’s atmosphere to include: mixtures of gases and differences in temperature and pressure within layers • Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on earth. • Explain the relationship between the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions that may result. • Predict weather conditions and patterns based on information obtained from: weather data collected from direct observations and measurement (wind speed and direction, air temperature, humidity and air pressure); weather maps, satellites and radar; cloud shapes and types and associated elevation.

  4. What is 7th Grade Science? • Life Science • Cells, Cell Structure, Cell Functions, Human Body System and Function • Compare the structures and life functions of single-celled organisms that carry out all of the basic functions of life including: Euglena, Amoeba, Paramecium, Volvox • Compare the structures and functions of plant and animal cells, including major organelles (cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, and vacuoles). • Summarize the hierarchical organization of multi-cellular organisms from cells to tissues to organs to systems to organisms.

  5. What is 7th Grade Science? • Life Science • Summarize the general functions of the major systems of the human body (digestion, respiratory, reproduction, circulation, and excretion) and ways that these systems interact with each other to sustain life. • Genetics, Reproduction, Disorders • Explain why offspring that result from sexual reproduction (fertilization and meiosis) have greater variation than offspring that result from asexual reproduction (budding and mitosis • Infer patterns of heredity using information from Punnett squares and pedigree analysis. • Explain the impact of the environment and lifestyle choices on biological inheritance (to include common genetic diseases) and survival.

  6. What is 7th Grade Science? • Physical Science • Speed and Motion • Explain how the motion of an object by can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed with respect to some other object • Explain the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces acting on an object (including friction, gravity and magnets). • Illustrate the motion of an object using a graph to show a change in position over a period of time • Interpret distance versus time graphs for constant speed and variable motion.

  7. What is 7th Grade Science? • Physical Science • Kinetic and Potential Energy • Explain how kinetic and potential energy contribute to the mechanical energy of an object. • Explain how energy can be transformed from one form to another (specifically potential energy and kinetic energy) using a model or diagram of a moving object (roller coaster, pendulum, or cars on ramps as examples).

  8. What is 7th Grade Science? • Physical Science • Recognize that energy can be transferred from one system to another when two objects push or pull on each other over a distance (work) and electrical circuits require a complete loop through which an electrical current can pass. • Explain how simple machines such as inclined planes, pulleys, levers and wheel and axels are used to create mechanical advantage and increase efficiency.

  9. Materials • Everyday you will need to have a 3-ring binder for science with loose-leaf paper, pencils, sharpener, colored pencils, USB Drive, and computer. • You will not receive a textbook. There is a TECHbook that you will use for homework and class work assignments. • To view the Science Techbook go to

  10. Grading Rules Grades are calculated using three main categories: • Test/Projects/Labs = 45% • Class work/Home work = 45% • Testlets =10%

  11. Homework • The purpose of homework is to reinforce what students learned in class • Do not give often so when I do you need to complete it. • Most of the time its to finish something started in class.

  12. Make Up Work • Absent students must turn in missing work. The number of days you have to make up the missing assignments is equivalent to the number of days you were absent. • If you need a print out of a worksheet or assignment please let me know. • You are responsible for getting your missing work. Ask 3 friends and then me!

  13. Tests • To evaluate student understanding of goals and objectives of the standard course of study, tests are given at the end of each goal. • Quizzes are given to check understanding on key items such as vocabulary. • Benchmark tests are given once each quarter by the school district to check overall understanding of the science topics taught during the previous nine weeks. • Benchmark and EOG scores are not reflected in the student’s overall score for the class however please do your best. The only way I can help you improve is to know what you don’t understand.

  14. Expectations

  15. Classroom Rules • Follow directions given by the teacher(s). • Be prepared. Bring your pencil, spiral notebook and 3 ring binder with paper to each class. (Sharpen pencils before class begins.) • Be on time. Class begins promptly – you must be in your seat at that time. • Stay seated and quiet. Raise your hand before asking or answering questions. No talking or getting out of seats without permission. Class time is for SCIENCE work only.

  16. Classroom Rules • Be courteous and respectful to the teacher(s) and other students at all times. Also, have respect for school (and other people’s) property. • Remain in your seats until you are dismissed at the end of the class. • Pay attention to lesson being taught and ask questions when you don’t understand. • Work hard while at school and stay on task. • ALL SCHOOL RULES are in effect in this classroom at ALL TIMES.

  17. Classroom Procedures • What to do when they enter the classroom • Take out the materials you will use in this class. • Start working on the warm-up assignment immediately.

  18. Classroom Procedures • What to do at dismissal of class / when bell ring • You are to remain in your seat until I dismiss the class. The bell does not dismiss the class. You do not dismiss the class. The Teacher dismisses the class. • Criteria for Dismissal • Clean desk, work area and put chairs under table. Last class chairs go on tables.

  19. Classroom Procedures • Signal for your immediate attention • When you see me raise my hand or turn off the lights, I need you to do the following: • Freeze and stop talking • Turn and face me; pay attention and keep your eyes on me. • Be ready for instruction. I will have something to say.

  20. Classroom Procedures • When finish work early • Start working on your homework, assignment or see me for extension work on the topic. • When a school wide announcement is made • During announcements, you are to sit quietly (no talking) in your seat and listen and/or watch the announcement. We do not want to miss important school information. • When visitors are in the classroom • Continue to work quietly if a visitor enters the room. I will alert you if I need your attention.

  21. Classroom Procedures • Responding to fire drill • At the sound of the alarm, quietly stop working and form a single file line at the door. Wait until I open the door, then proceed quietly to our designated area in a single file line. Maintain the single file line while outside and when returning to the classroom. • There is to be NO talking, or horseplay during a fire drill. • These at the be taken seriously!! Your life could depend on it one day!

  22. Classroom Procedures • When walking to another location, all students will line up in the hallway and silently walk in a single file line. • So we do not disturb other classes.

  23. Lab Safety • I have a no tolerance for inappropriate behavior during a laboratory activity. • Students will be asked once to stop the inappropriate behavior. • The second time it occurs the student will be asked to stand in the hall until the activity is complete.

  24. The Bottom Line • Mrs. Kerner is the 7th Grade Administrator. • Rules & Procedures are designed to keep you OUT of her office. • If a behavior is preventing me from teaching or preventing students from learning, I will do something about it.

  25. The Bottom Line • If I see inappropriate behavior, I will deal with it. You may not always know. • If you don’t think I saw it or know about it, report it to me and I will watch for it. • Fair doesn’t mean equal – we don’t treat everyone the same. Sometimes for reasons I’m not allowed to discuss with you.

  26. The Bottom Line • In a recent study, it was determined that an average teacher makes close to 3000 decisions a day. • I’m going to make mistakes! I’m human. • If you aren’t happy with a decision I make, I would like to know about it. Lets discuss it one on one.