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Welcome to 7th grade science! at Laing Middle School of Science and Technology.

Course Description

 

Using the whole school STEM approach, the seventh-grade curriculum will cover the following topics as outlined by the standards of the South Carolina Department of Education:

 

Interactions of Living Things and their Enviornment

Classification and Conservation of Matter

Organization of Living Things

Inheritance and Variation of Traits

                       

Scientific inquiry will be taught throughout the course and will be infused in all the subject areas.  Lab-Aids, a STEM-based laboratory curriculum, brings together tool use, discovery, collaborative learning and writing.  It will be used in conjunction with other CCSD and Laing approved material and teacher-generated curriculum material to round out the course.

 

Many differentiated components of the curriculum will be available to students depending on the unit and the teacher’s discretion. Choices in assessments, project topics, and questioning techniques will be available in many instances to meet many different learning styles and student capabilities.

           

Instructional Design and Approach

Students will use a traditional textbook as a reference tool, in addtion, they will construct a science notebook per the teacher’s instrutions that will act as their textbook.  Students will utilize the notebook to create formal write-ups at the end of selected labs.  Lab reflections will also be composed and recorded in these notebooks.  Students will utilize iPad technology daily and must come to class prepared with iPad fully charged.

 

Students will take on leadership roles within the classroom in order to maximize instruction and premote awareness of group dynamics.  Leadership roles rotate so that students have the opportunity to experience all leadership roles available.  These roles provide a valuable experience for students to learn and utilizie the Engineering Design Process during labs and group challenges and projects.

 

Emphasis is placed on a hands-on approach to this class, however, concepts will be taught through student directed exploration and teacher faciliated instruction.  Students will be expected to take notes, read science passages, and write reflections.  Quizzes and tests can be expected in order to measure student learning.  Assesments include but are not limited to multiple choice items, essay questions, short answer questions, diagrams and labeling, data table analysis, inferences based on data, and analysis questions.  Assements will be administered in a variety of ways: iPads, paper assesments, take home exams and/or projects.

 

Students will have many opportunities to enrich their learning via Google Classroom.  Homework assignments, relevant links, videos, teacher-generated games, recordings, and notes will all be in Google Classroom.

 

Course Outcomes

The following is a list of outcomes that students will acheive at the end of this course:

  • Students will be able to use scientific tools accurately during science investigations.
  • Students will be able to use the controlled scientific investigation and the technological design process to conduct a scientific investigation.
  • Students will be able to recognize common science misconceptions related to the 7th grade science content and explain the inaccuracies of these misconceptions.
  • Students will be able to read above grade level science texts and write purposefully for scientific disciplines.
  • Students will be able to think like scientists and communicate like scientists.
  • Students will be able to use mathematical and analytical skills to deepen their knowledge of the scientific process.
  • Students will understand the impact of science in our society and the different perspectives of

scientific methodologies.