Yeager Middle School 7th Grade Science Course Syllabus 2019-2020


Teacher Name:  Ms. Jennifer Moon


Planning Periods:  3rd & 4th Periods

Tutoring Times:  Upon Request

Goal:  The middle school Life Science course is designed to give all students an overview of common strands in Life Science including the investigating of the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically, examining the dependence of organisms on one another and their environments, describing the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, and recognizing and examining how biological traits are passed on to successive generations.

Content:      Unit 1 Characterizing & Classifying Life Grading Weights:    50% Classwork

    Unit 2 Cells   35% Assessments/CDAs

    Unit 3 Organization of Life                                   10% Homework

    Unit 4 Genetics                     5% Participation

    Unit 5 Interdependency of Life

    Unit 6 Change Over Time

Textbook:  Georgia Life Science Grading Scale:  A=100-90 B=89-80      C=79-71

  Holt Science & Technology       D=70         F=69 and below

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Science Notebook:  The students will maintain all assignments and handouts in an interactive notebook (INB).  The INB will be assessed throughout the year through a series of notebook checks. There will be a NEW NOTEBOOK each semester. 

Late Work Procedure:  Late work will be accepted within TWO DAYS of the assigned due date and assessed a penalty of 25 points.  All extended projects will be graded based on the guidelines in the grading rubric for each project. If a student is present in class, but chooses not to complete an assignment, the ability to earn partial credit will be determined after a discussion with the student, a coach, case manager, or a parent.

Make Up Work Procedure:  If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the make up work and complete it in a reasonable amount of time, with a minimum of 3 days for each day absent.  If a student needs to make up work that must be done in the classroom, the student should schedule a time to meet the teacher before school, during homeroom, or during a connections break.

Lab Safety:  The students must follow all lab directions and safety procedures.  Failure to do so will result in the removal from the lab activity.

Homework:  The homework assigned EVERY night will include bringing the INB to class daily.  This will be graded as 20 points per day for a total of 100 points per week as a homework grade.  Weeks with fewer than five days will be graded on an adjusted scale. Other homework assigned is due the following class period unless a specific due date is announced. 

General Expectations Specific Expectations

Be Respectful Be prepared for class with all materials

Be Responsible Follow directions the first time given

Be Kind Raise your hand before speaking

Follow all classroom and school procedures

Respect yourself, your peers, your teacher, & your surroundings

Complete assignments by given due dates

Academic Integrity:  Students will do their own work at all times.  Students will not plagiarize, copy, or turn in anyone else’s work...EVER.  If this happens, a parent will be contacted, and the student will earn a zero for that assessment.  The offending student may earn 50% credit if they complete an alternative assignment in an acceptable manner within one week of the parent contact.