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Whitwell Middle School
7th Grade Science
Dr. Jennifer Patton
Welcome to 7th grade science!!!! Please read over this entire syllabus with your
parents and place it in the front of your science binder after you and your parents
have signed it.
Classroom Instruction: In order to be successful in science this year, it is crucial
that you come to class each day prepared to learn. This includes bringing your
science book, science binder, science workbook, planner, paper, pencil, and a good
attitude. From time to time, I may ask you to bring other supplies to class
dependent upon activities planned for that day.
I feel that I have a very important job as a teacher and I am going to take this
responsibility very seriously. I would ask each of you to take the responsibility of
being a student just as seriously.
Homework: Homework will be given at the teacher’s discretion. If homework is
assigned, it is the responsibility of the student to complete the homework and turn
it in at the appointed time. Any student who does not complete a homework
assignment will be placed in detention to complete the assignment. If you are
absent, it is your responsibility to complete both classwork and homework that you
missed. Students are given three days to complete homework after an excused
Grading System: Grades will be derived in the following way:
In order to support the common core state standards, math and reading skills will
be reinforced in both science and social studies. Below you will find the 7th grade
science student performance indicators and science literacy common core
Student Performance Indicators
SPI 0707.Inq.1 Design a simple experimental procedure with an identified control and appropriate
SPI 0707.Inq.2 Select tools and procedures needed to conduct a moderately complex experiment.
SPI 0707.Inq.3 Interpret and translate data in a table, graph, or diagram.
SPI 0707.Inq.4 Draw a conclusion that establishes a cause and effect relationship supported by
SPI 0707.Inq.5 Identify a faulty interpretation of data that is due to bias or experimental error.
SPI 0707.T/E.1 Identify the tools and procedures needed to test the design features of a
SPI 0707.T/E.2 Evaluate a protocol to determine if the engineering design process was
successfully applied.
SPI 0707.T/E.3 Distinguish between the intended benefits and the unintended consequences of a
new technology.
SPI 0707.T/E.4 Differentiate between adaptive and assistive engineered products (e.g., food,
biofuels, medicines, integrated pest management).
SPI 0707.1.1
Identify and describe the function of the major plant and animal cell organelles.
SPI 0707.1.2
Interpret a chart to explain the integrated relationships that exist among cells,
tissues, organs, and organ systems.
SPI 0707.1.3
Explain the basic functions of a major organ system.
SPI 0707.1.4
Sequence a series of diagrams that depict chromosome movement during plant cell
SPI 0707.1.5
Explain how materials move through simple diffusion.
SPI 0707.3.1
Compare the chemical compounds that make up the reactants and products of
photosynthesis and respiration.
SPI 0707.3.2 Interpret a diagram to explain how oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged
between living things and the environment.
SPI 0707.4.1
Classify methods of reproduction as sexual or asexual.
SPI 0707.4.2 Match flower parts with their reproductive functions.
SPI 0707.4.3 Describe the relationship among genes, chromosomes, and inherited traits.
SPI 0707.4.4 Interpret a Punnett square to predict possible genetic combinations passed from
parents to offspring during sexual reproduction.
SPI 0707.7.1
Use a table of physical properties to classify minerals.
SPI 0707.7.2 Label a diagram that depicts the three different rock types.
SPI 0707.7.3 Identify the major processes that drive the rock cycle.
SPI 0707.7.4 Differentiate among the characteristics of the earth’s three layers.
SPI 0707.7.5 Recognize that lithospheric plates on the scale of continents and oceans continually
move at rates of centimeters per year.
SPI 0707.7.6 Describe the relationship between plate movements and earthquakes, mountain
building, volcanoes, and sea floor spreading.
SPI 0707.7.7 Analyze and evaluate the impact of man’s use of earth’s land, water, and atmospheric
SPI 0707.11.1 Differentiate between the six simple machines.
SPI 0707.11.2 Determine the amount of force needed to do work using different simple machines.
SPI 0707.11.3 Apply proper equations to solve basic problems pertaining to distance, time, speed,
and velocity.
SPI 0707.11.4 Identify and explain how Newton’s laws of motion relate to the movement of
SPI 0707.11.5 Compare and contrast the different parts of a wave.
SPI 0707.11.6 Differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves in terms of how they are
produced and transmitted.
Common Core Science Literacy Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and
technical texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an
accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out
experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domainspecific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to
grades 6–8 texts and topics.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including
how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.6 Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing
a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words
in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model,
graph, or table).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.8 Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research
findings, and speculation in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments,
simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical
texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.