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Indian Woods MS Course Syllabus
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Title                                            Mr. David Neubecker
Number            913-993-0667                   School:
Indian Woods Middle School
Department        Science                        Year:
2010-2011
7th Grade science is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in
Course            the following topic areas: Scientific Method and Process Skills, Measurement
Description
and Graphing, History of Science, Motion and Forces, Matter and Energy,
Ecology, Diversity of Living Things, Cells and Heredity, Earth and Space
Science, Human Biology, and Health.

In addition, students will learn how to write a laboratory report, methods of
conducting scientific research, organizational skills, and personal responsibility.

Students need to be prepared to work when coming to class. This means
bringing all necessary supplies to class and having homework completed.

My goal is to have every student learn and succeed in this course, but every
student is ultimately responsible for his or her own learning.

Course Syllabus
Course
Objectives        The student will

   Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
   Design and conduct scientific investigations safely using appropriate tools,
mathematics, technology, and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
   Communicate scientific procedures, results, and explanations.
   Use a light microscope.
   Identify the relationship between evidence and logical conclusions.
   Observe and communicate how light (electromagnetic) energy interacts with
matter: transmitted, reflected, refracted and absorbed.
   Evaluate the work of others to determine evidence which scientifically supports
or contradicts the results, identifying faulty reasoning or conclusions that go
beyond evidence and/or are not supported by data.
   Compare and classify the states of matter: solids, liquids, gases and plasma. a.
Measure and graph the effects of temperature on matter.
   Understand the relationship of atoms to elements and elements to compounds.
   Describe, measure, and represent data on a graph showing the motion of an
object (position, direction of motion, speed).
   Recognize and describe examples of Newton's Laws of Motion.
   Understand that when work is done energy is transformed from one form to
another, including mechanical, heat, light, sound, electrical, chemical, and
nuclear energy, yet is conserved.
   Understand that heat energy can be transferred from hot to cold by radiation,
convection, and conduction.
   Investigate and explain how simple machines multiply force at the expense of
distance.
   Analyze the relationships between the structures and functions of cells.
   a. Identify cell organelles and their functions.
   b. Identify human body organs and their characteristics and relate
characteristics to function (i.e., circulatory, respiratory, digestive, integumentary,
immune, skeletal and nervous).
   c. Compare and contrast plant and animal cells (i.e., cell wall, cell membrane,
chloroplast, nucleus and cytoplasm)
   Recognize that all populations living together (biotic resources) and the physical
factors (abiotic resources) with which they interact compose an ecosystem.
   Understand the cell theory; that all organisms are composed of one or more
cells, cells are the basic unit of life, and that cells come from other cells.
   Differentiate between asexual and sexual reproduction of organisms.
   Understand how some traits are inherited through genes and chromosomes and
some result through interactions with the environment.
   Understand that internal and/or environmental conditions affect an organism's
behavior and/or response in order to maintain and regulate stable internal
conditions to survive in a continually changing environment.
   Compares and contrasts the characteristics of stars, planets, moons, comets,
and asteroids.
   Demonstrate and model object/space/time relationships that explain
phenomena such as the day, the month, the year, seasons, phases of the
moon, eclipses and tides.
   Understand that earth processes observed today (including movement of
lithospheric plates and changes in atmospheric conditions) are similar to those
that occurred in the past; earth history is also influenced by occasional
catastrophes, such as the impact of a comet or asteroid.
   Identify properties of the solid earth, the oceans and fresh water, and the
atmosphere.
   Model earth's cycles, constructive and destructive processes, and weather
systems.

Course Syllabus
   Identify properties of the solid earth, the oceans and fresh water, and the
atmosphere.
   Model earth's cycles, constructive and destructive processes, and weather
systems.
   Identify properties of the solid earth, the oceans and fresh water, and the
atmosphere.
   Identify the scientific variables that affect the maintenance of a healthy body.
   Recognize that new knowledge leads to new questions and new discoveries,
replicates historic experiments to understand principles of science, and relates
contributions of men and women to the fields of science.
   Understand that adaptations of organisms (changes in structure, function, or
behavior that accumulate over successive generations) contribute to biological
diversity.
   Associate extinction of a species with environmental changes and insufficient
   Trace the energy flow from the sun (source of radiant energy) to producers (via
photosynthesis-chemical energy) to producers and decomposers in food webs.
   Relate structure of cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, and whole organisms
to their functions.
   Use the basics of personal hygiene.
   Describe the processes of conception, prenatal development, and birth.
   Draw the structures and describe the functions of the male and female
reproductive systems.
   Describe how the reproductive system develops, grows, and changes through
   Explain the causes of changes as a result of puberty and maturity.
   Describe human growth patterns.
   Review the interrelationships between the body systems.
   Identify ways to prevent food-borne illnesses.
   Identify individual nutrition, exercise, and rest needs based on science and uses
a scientific approach to thinking critically about personal health, lifestyle choices,
risks, and benefits.
   List and understand the different components identified on food labels.

Course Syllabus
2010-2011

The 7th Grade science curriculum has several small textbooks designed
Textbook(s) and   for each topic. However, students will not receive a textbook for each topic
other resources   studied. Other resources, such as notes, handouts, etc. will be provided by
Used              the teacher in place of textbook material.
TOPIC                                 QUARTER
Major Topics      History of Science                                    1
Covered by
Quarter           Measurement and Graphing                               1

(projected        Scientific Method and Process Skills                   1
schedule)
Motion and Forces (including simple machines)           1

Matter and Energy                                       2

Ecology                                                 2

Diversity of Living Things                             2

Cells and Heredity                                      2

Earth Science                                           3

Space Science                                          3

Human Biology                                           4

Health and Wellness                                    4

Students in 7th grade science should expect to be graded in two major
Methods of        categories:
Evaluation of         1.) test/quizzes
Student               2.) task completion (which includes homework, class work, labs, class
Progress
notes, group activities and projects, individual and group
presentations, etc.)

The overall science grade will be determined based on total points.
A 100% - 90%
B 89% - 80%
C 79% - 70%
D 69% - 60%
F 59% and below

Course Syllabus
Necessary Supplies:
Student               1. Composition Notebook
Expectations/
2. Black or blue pens, pencils, and a red, purple, or green grading pen
Responsibilities
3. Highlighters
4. Colored pencils
5. Loose leaf notebook paper (to be kept in school binder)

Behavior Expectations:
1. Bring all books and materials to class.
2. When you walk in to the classroom sit in your assigned seat, be
quiet, and ready to learn every day.
3. Follow directions the first time they are given.
4. Be respectful to yourself, your classmates, and the teacher.

Course Syllabus

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