• Seventh Grade Integrated Science

     

    Mr. Kopf

    Parent Meetings by Appointment:                 Thursday 8:40 a.m.– 9:35 a.m.

    Email: marvin.kopf@slps.org

    Telephone Number: (314) 329-5683

     

    Seventh Grade Science

     Course Description: The first quarter in science students will explore the structure of matter, states of matter and changes of state, and chemical processes and equations in Chemistry. During the second quarter, students will begin to investigate Energy and Energy Transfers.

     

    Text(s):

    HMH Science Dimensions Module J: Chemistry

                HMH Science Dimensions Module I: Energy and Energy Transfer

     Methods of Instruction: This class will engage in multiple modes of learning to explore science concepts. As young scientist, students will engage in scientific inquiry, discussion, science journaling, science notebooking, research, projects, presentations, labs and field experience. Students will be learning through a cooperative learning style that will employ investigative and discovery-based learning. This class emphasizes science literacy.

    Course Objectives:

    Chemistry: Students will be able to:

    • Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
    • Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
    • Gather, analyze, and present information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and how they impact society.
    • Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
    • Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms remains the same during a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.

     

    Energy and Energy Transfer: Students will be able to:

    • Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.
    • Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.
    • Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
    •  Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and the speed of an object.
    • Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

     Assignments: In-class assignments and homework should be completed on time and to the best of the student’s ability. Assignments will take a variety of forms including reading articles, written responses, creating graphic organizers, illustrations, conducting labs, making observations in the world around them and then seeking to find conclusions.

     Late Assignments Policy: Assignments will receive reduced credit of 10% points each day the assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after 5 days.

     Absences and Missed Assignments: Students are expected to be in class on time every day. If an absence is unavoidable, the student is responsible for any and all missing work and will be given the opportunity to make up work. For example, a student absent 2 days will have 2 days to turn in the missed assignments. Students are encouraged to talk to their fellow classmates to receive any notes. Agendas will be in the organizer by day. In addition, students may access worksheets, videos and additional resources used in class on the teacher website: https://www.slps.org/Domain/8433  

     Exams/Tests/ Quizzes: Students will complete a culminating project and/or test for each unit covered. They will also take bi-weekly quizzes to check their progress and the quality of their notes. Any student that scores below 70% may retake the test to improve their score.

     Grading Criteria:  Student’s grades will be comprised of the following:

     

    Class Work

    35%

    Class Participation

    20%

    Homework

    15%

    Test

    15%

    Projects

    15%

     Course Requirements: The goal for academic achievement is that all students attain an 80% or better in each of their classes.  In order to accomplish this, students should come prepared and ready to learn, be responsible for all his/her own work, and behave with respect.

     Attendance Policy:

    At Compton-Drew ILC Middle School, it is expected that all students are to be at school and in class on time every day. If a student has an excused absence, the student is responsible for obtaining all missing work.  Students will be given one day for each missed day of school. For example, if a student is absent 2 days, then the student will have 2 days to turn in the missed assignments. Students are encouraged to talk to their fellow classmates to receive any notes. Agendas will be in the organizer by day. In addition, students may access worksheets, videos and additional resources used in class on the teacher website: https://www.slps.org/Domain/8433 

     Homework Policy: Homework will be assigned regularly Monday through Thursday. The expectation for 7th grade is 20 minutes of homework per core class each night.