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Miss Adcock's Life Science Syllabus  

7th Grade Life Science Syllabus 2017-2018 (R)

Ms. Deb Adcock


Primary Textbooks: Concepts and Challenges in Life Science, Globe-Fearon

Georgia CRCT Coach for Science


I. Course Description

                Seventh grade life science includes the study of the following: science process skills, measurement and the metric system, scientific problem solving, lab safety, cells, dichotomous keys, classification of life forms, microbiology, plants, animals, ecology, genetics, biological succession/adaptations, fossil records, and the human body.


II. Grading

Evaluation of each student’s performance will be issued on the basis of the quality of his or her work completed in these related areas:

·         Tests/Larger Quizzes/Major Labs/Projects- 40% of overall grade.

·         Class work/Homework/Minor Labs/Smaller Quizzes- 40% of overall grade.

·         Notebook grade(s) per nine weeks- 10% of overall grade.

·         Nine weeks exam- 10% of overall grade.

·         Grades for each of the above may be viewed on a regular basis at from the parent link regarding grades.  

·         Homework, class work, and other pertinent information will be posted at at Ms. Adcock’s website.

·         Grading Scale- A= 90-100; B= 80-89; C= 70-79;  and F= 69 and below.


III. Planned Order of Instruction (Complete list of standards for these may be found at within the seventh grade life science section).   

·         Science Process Skills,MetricMeasurement, Scientific Method, Lab Safety (Handbook A & B in textbook, plus selected resources)

·         Characteristics of Life, (Chapter 1)

·         Cells (Chapter 2)

·         Genetics (Chapter 3)

·         Dichotomous Keys & Classification (CRCT Coach; Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8)

·         Ecology (Chapters 11 and 12)

·         Evolution (Chapter 4)

·         Human Body Systems (CRCT Coach and sections of Chapters 13-18)

·         Review for CRCT/review of science process skills and measurement (CRCT Coach; Handbook A & B)

·         Extending activities: Invertebrates & Vertebrates/Dissection Labs (CRCT Coach; Chapters 9 & 10; Lab)


IV. Supplies

                Students will need a 3-ring notebook (1.5 or 2 inches size only) with pockets OR a folder with prongs AND pockets for each nine weeks, loose-leaf paper, and pencils/pencil pouch (preferably mechanical pencils). They will also need a set of coloring pencils to keep at home in order to complete various homework assignments; other supplies may be requested as needed. Class sets of colored pencils, rulers, etc. will also be used during the year for in-class assignments, and I will provide those.

                IMPORTANT: Students will need to pay a $5.00 lab fee this year to purchase lab materials to be used in this science class. This will go to purchase items such as owl pellets, earthworms, microscope slides, lab equipment, etc. the students will use in the classroom. Please send correct change with your child for this, and have your child to turn the money in to his or her SCIENCE teacher, not homeroom teacher. Thanks so much. 


V. Other General Guidelines

Respect for the teacher, other students, and the general learning environment as well as participation and on-task behaviors are important components of learning and are expected so that knowledge relating to concepts may be mastered.  Parents are strongly encouraged to check their student’s progress by examining science folders/homework nightly as well as checking Ashworth’s Internet site for assignments needing to be completed for class work/homework and then placed in that folder. Homework is assigned nightly and is practice/reinforcement for each day’s lessons. Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty; no cheating, including plagiarism (copying another’s work), is allowed.

Occasionally, circumstances may require the student to miss a class.  Upon returning with an excused absence, each student should check the assignment folder in the classroom for day(s) missed, get the necessary assignments, and complete the work in a timely fashion. In addition and under most circumstances, students are allowed to make up work for unexcused absences; however, additional tutoring after school may be required to assist the student in the completion of this work in a quality manner. Please check the guidelines concerning make-up work as outlined in the student handbook. 

Also, any student wishing for assistance with make-up work or with any other assignments needing to be completed to earn better grades may stay for after-school tutorials with me in order to receive that additional help. Students whose weaknesses may prevent future success or who are not completing work in a timely fashion may be required to stay for mandatory tutorial/academic detention. There is no charge for this tutorial service, and work missing will be completed during that time and make-up grades assigned. Students who stay for tutorial(s) must be picked up on time due to other commitments needing attention by the teacher.  Students who are not picked up on time may lose future privileges to stay for after-school tutorials and may run the risk of retention if appropriate academic progress is not made. Please know that your child’s success is of the utmost importance to me, and that these tutorials are a key factor to insure your child’s continued success. J

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have. I am anticipating a wonderful year, and I thank you for the opportunity

to teach your child. Please use the website mentioned for further contact information, class schedules, and other general information pertaining to class.


Parents and Students: Please sign below that you have read the syllabus.  A copy of this will remain in student’s folder.

Parent’s Signature________________________________________Date___________

Student’s Signature_______________________________________Date___________