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FROM:            MS. PATTERSON


RE:                   SCIENCE 7 INFORMATION SHEET, 2014-2015


Please read the following information carefully.




·        Three-ring Science Binder

·        White notebook paper, wide or college rule

·        Pens (blue or black ink) for writing and contrasting color (green or red) for correcting, and a pencil

·        Textbook, Prentice Hall,  Life Science

·        Any other assigned materials



Homework assignments will be announced in class and posted on-line at this website.   Students should check the Homework website daily and record assignments each day in their student planner.  Students are expected to have homework completed when due, otherwise points are deducted from the homework grade.  See HomeworkNorth Cross Student & Parent Handbook, on-line at 




Each student is to keep a science binder that will contain all science assignments, notes, and other pertinent materials. A Table of Contents is posted at this website to help students know the expected content of the binder, as well as how to best organize the materials.



Grades are posted at NetClassroom.  Go to the bottom right of the Home Page under Quick Links to find the link to NetClassroom.  You will need your Username and Password.  If you need to get a Username/Password or need help, please contact Reed McGinn ( or 540-989-7288). 



Students will participate in the Trout-in-the-Classroom Project.  Each student will be responsible for helping raise brook trout during the school year for release in the spring.  This will require learning to test for and control the proper water quality requirements necessary for maintaining a healthy trout environment.     





This course complies with the Honor Code as it is stated in the North Cross School Student & Parent Handbook, on-line at  A more detailed policy for this class is posted under Science 7 on this page.  


Each student receives a year's subscription to Science World Magazine.  The magazines are handed out in class and students will have assignments from this resource.  



Following is the planned course overview for this year.  Due to the unpredictability of certain aspects of the school year, i.e. weather, schedule changes, added field trips etc., not all the topics may be covered as originally anticipated.

 First Trimester:

Students will start the year with a brief review of science safety and scientific inquiry.  Content will then address the study of ecology with major focus on watersheds, ecosystems and biomes, populations and communities, and natural resources.  During this unit, students will integrate activities such as, but not limited to, the following: students will make live insect observations, investigate the behavior or termites, do a research project on biomes, and dissect owl pellets.  The study of ocean ecology will include working in teams to solves marine environmental problems in The Great Ocean Rescue Students will also learn about local ecology through participation in the Trout-in-the-Classroom project.  


Second Trimester:

      Environmental studies will continue into the second trimester.  This trimester will also include an anatomy unit comparing the major systems and              organs of frogs and humans.  This unit will require students to participate in a frog dissection. 


     Focus will then progress to identifying the characteristics of living organisms.  Students will study cell theory, cell structure, cell processes, and             energy flow (photosynthesis and cell respiration).  Students will do activities to model the process of mitosis.  Scientific classification will also be             studied.


Third Trimester:

     Students will continue their study of the characteristics of living organisms.  Topics covered will be heredity and genetics, and adaptations                       and mutations and their relevance to the theory of evolution and natural selection.  Students will also compare asexual and sexual                                     reproduction.  Students will make DNA models and learn about protein synthesis.  They will compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis.  The             year concludes with a look at how Earth and its biodiversity have influenced each other over the course of billions of years.  During the spring            trimester, students will participate in a day-long field trip to study the watershed of Catawba Valley.