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7th Grade Science Course Syllabus and Expectations

Melinda Brock

North Laurel Middle School

(606) 862-4715


Course Description:

Seventh grade science is a required yearlong course of middle school students. It is the combination of scientific processes, biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and Earth-space science. Students will use and build upon prior knowledge as well as develop and explore new scientific concepts. Seventh grade science is very rigorous and it is expected that students will work independently in and out of the classroom frequently.

Classroom Instruction and Group Work:

Students will work in collaborative groups and individually on a regular basis to approach topics conceptually. The only way students will master the ideals in science is by being actively involved in their learning.

Daily Assignments and Homework:

Assignments and classwork will be given on a daily basis to practice and master the skills and topics addressed in the standards and core content for seventh grade. Homework will be given on a weekly basis. Homework assignments should take between 1 and 2 hours to complete. Those that require more time to complete will not be due the next day.


Technology will be used frequently in science for daily assignments, homework, and assessments. It is expected that students will need to complete certain assignments online. Students will be using computers, calculators, and iPads in class. The public library has access to computers for students when it is needed for homework assignments if access isn’t available at home.

Student Assessments:

Quizzes will be given weekly/biweekly in class to determine students understanding of content. Tests will be given at the end of each unit. Tests are cumulative, meaning any content covered previously throughout the year will appear on the test. Tests consist of 30 – 50 multiple choice questions and one extended response question. Students will take a Standards Master Assessment each time we complete a standard to test for student comprehension. Vocabulary tests will be given quarterly. Students will have a vocabulary final that will consist of 100 vocabulary terms at the end of the year.

First Nine Weeks:

Matter and Energy, Organisms and Ecosystems

Growth, Dev, and Reproduction of Organisms

Second Nine Weeks:

Structure, Function and Information Processing



Third Nine Weeks:

Chemical Reactions

Energy Transformations

Fourth Nine Weeks:

Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

Forces and Interactions

***Order of units is subject to change as needed due to weather, student progress, etc.***

Cheating Policy:

Cheating is not tolerated. If a student is caught cheating, they will receive a zero for the assignment or assessment and will not be given the opportunity for a retake. Cheating consists of talking during a test or quiz (whether the conversation is about the test or not), borrowing another student’s classwork or homework to copy, or looking at another students work and using it as your own.

 Late Work:

Late work will only be accepted if the student has been absent. The number of days absent will be equal to the number of days students have to turn in their work. If a student is absent on the day an assignment is due, then it must be turned in the day the student returns to school. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up the missing assignments when they are absent.

Parent Involvement:

Parents, the following suggestions will help students be successful and have a positive experience in science:

  • Encourage and support completion of homework. Seventh grade is very rigorous and requires a large effort on the student’s part.
  • Talk on a regular basis about the concepts being taught.
  • Create an atmosphere at home where there is a designated study space and study time.
  • Offer to help with homework and suggest that students get help at school when necessary.
  • Look through student’s science notebook on occasion and help with organizational strategies.

Remind 101:

To receive texts about homework, tests, or upcoming team events, sign up for my remind texts. To sign up, text @kge3a9 to 81010. You will be prompted to give a name. Parents and students are encouraged to sign up.


I use my website to put links to homework and websites. Student should become familiar with the site and be able to access it throughout the year. My teacher website can be accessed from the North Laurel Middle School homepage or from vising the following address: http://www.laurel.kyschools.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=974


  • (1) Notebook
  • (1) 3-prong or 2 pocket folder
  • (1) Binder
  • Pencils
  • Coloring Pencils or Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Loose leaf paper



Please see the student handbook about NLMS attendance policy. Understand that if students are frequently absent, they are not learning the content that they need to be successful and their grades may suffer.

Grading Scale:  A (90-100)  B (80-89)  C (70-79)  D (60-69)  F (59-0)