We are officially in the second half of the third quarter now. and it wont be long before it is time to enjoy Spring Break! In the meantime, we are working on learning about how traits are inherited, or passed on, from parent to offspring.
We will end our third quarter by learning about change over time, and start the final nine weeks with our ecology unit.
This is a good time to take stock of school supplies and see what, if anything, needs to be replenished! Make sure you have your needed supplies!
Happy Spring! :)
We have completed our graphic organizers for all six (6) kingdoms. Please be sure you have all your organizers as these are your notes! If you need to add anything to your animal kingdom pages, use the file called "animal phylum descriptions for filling out notes" in the Taxonomy folder.
We will have a quiz on the kingdoms next week!
Happy New Year to all!
We are currently finishing up our unit on Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis. Tuesday, January 10 we will have our Cellular Respiration assessment, and also our Photosynthesis PiP.
As we learned Cellular Respiration last week, we reviewed Photosynthesis each day as the two topics are closely connected and learning one, automatically leads you to learn the other!
Wednesday we will begin our Taxonomy unit. As always, check the calendar and files for important dates and any needed documents. Both are updated regularly.
These past few weeks we learned about Cell Transport, and we have also learned about Photosynthesis. All students took their transport quiz, and the PiP was offered last Friday. Many students enjoyed a significant increase in their score after taking the PiP. Any student who was absent on Friday will have an opportunity to PiP on Tuesday, December 20.
Tuesday the 20th we will take our Photosynthesis quiz. We have been very busy learning all about the energy transformation that takes place in plants as they make their food through photosynthesis. The notes and the student-generated note cards should be a very useful tool for all students to use as they prepare for the quiz. Any student that needs to PiP this quiz will have an opportunity when we return in January. Fortunately we will review a little as our next topic, Cellular Respiration, will "piggy-back" on what we have learned these past two weeks.
Wishing everyone a wonderful, restful break!
This week we have learned about how our cells are organized to perform complex functions. We discussed body systems, such as the circulatory and digestive system, and how they are made of organs that work together to perform an important life function. Today we will review by setting up a flipbook/foldable that will have explanations and examples of each level of cellular organization.
The last few days of the quarter are here! It has been a wonderful start to the year. We will be learning to use the microscopes this week so that we can further study animal and plant cells.
Enjoy your time off and return refreshed and ready to learn!
This week we worked on identifying the various cell organelles. Next week we are working on an in-class project creating cell analogies which will help the students to better learn and understand the functions of the organelles. On Friday, October 28 there will be a quiz on the functions of cell organelles. Very soon we will begin learning how to use a microscope so that we can actually look at some real cells in lab!
Two weeks left in the first quarter!
This week we completed our study of the Cell Theory, and we are now transitioning into learning the various parts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Thursday we spent time in the computer lab exploring animated cells at the Cells Live! website.
(You can visit this site by clicking on the link on my "useful links" page!)
Next week we will color and label cells, and then begin a project on cell analogies that is meant to help students to better remember the function of each of the many cell organelles, by relating each one to something familiar to them.
Only three weeks left in the first quarter! We are in the homestretch!
This week we learned all about the scientists who discovered cells, and how their work was combined to form the Cell Theory. We worked on our Cell Theory timeline project, which we will finish in class next week Wednesday. Tuesday, October 11, there will be a quiz on this material. Every day in class this week we discussed what exactly will be on the quiz, and what students should be doing to prepare. Students all have a vocabulary sheet and a "R.A.W.B." paper that they can use to study the required information.
Next week we will go to the computer lab to explore plant and animal cells!
It has been a terrific first month of school! I have really enjoyed class this past month and am having fun getting to know everyone.
We just finished up our measurement lessons and now we are moving on to learning the traits of living organisms. Probably the highlight of this past week was when we compared and contrasted a living and a non-living thing. We were observing live worms and rocks in class! Our conclusion was that living things can respond to their environment, while non-living things cannot. Next month we will begin to learn about cells and how cells do their specialized jobs to keep organisms alive.
Happy Fall! :)
Welcome to Life Science!
Welcome to 7th grade Life Science! My name is Mrs. Rachel Ferrufino. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you, your parents/guardians and I am looking forward to a fun and productive school year. Curriculum areas we will focus on this year include the study of cell function and structure, cell theory, cell processes, cell division, evolution and genetic variation, classification, photosynthesis, DNA and heredity, and ecology. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials needed for Science Class:
- One 3-ring notebook (1-2”) used only for science (rings hold papers inside)
- Lined notebook paper
- One set of color pencils and pens.
- *1 box of sheet protectors (50) (*optional)
- Small pencil sharpener
Science Info: Students will learn Life Science through the “hands-on” approach. I encourage all students to discuss and review science topics at home with the family. Both parents and students have the opportunity to monitor students’ progress by using the County’s parent portal. Student will also be tracking grades on a regular basis through the use of data folders
REMIND APP FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS This year in my classroom I will be using the app REMIND. This does not require any app download. It is a teacher/school friendly app that will allow me to send text messages to the entire class. For example, if there is a quiz the next day I will send out a reminder. It does not give my phone number nor does it allow me to see any student/parent numbers. Follow these instructions to sign up for reminders.
For my P1 students: Enter this number (just like a phone number) 81010 and text this message @d2383
For my P2 students: Enter this number (just like a phone number) 81010 and text this message @cfh4h
For my P3 students: Enter this number (just like a phone number) 81010 and text this message @ca32ch
For my P4 students: Enter this number (just like a phone number) 81010 and text this message @9474dd
For my P5 students: Enter this number (just like a phone number) 81010 and text this message @bkbek
Each night, Monday through Thursday, students are expected to review for 10-15 minutes any new content and/or any vocabulary words for the current unit. It is strongly encouraged that students create flash cards at home from their vocabulary sheets that they are provided. On occasion, students will be asked to do an assignment at home in lieu of this nightly review
Parkside Middle School will follow standards based grading, ensuring that all students are assessed soley on their academic ability for all classes during the 2016 - 2017 school year. Grades will be entered into the grade book using targets and summative (tests quizzes and projects), only. Any assignment that receives below 70% for middle classes and 80% for high school classes will immediately require a retake. Failure is not an option. Please see the Parkside website for further information.