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August 29, 2006

Vocabulary for Chapter 1

Students have started working on the Vocabulary in class. they will finish it at home and bring it to the class tomorrow. It will be counted as a homework grade.

Vocabulary.doc

Posted by Kulkarni at 01:23 PM | Comments (0)

Scientific Method

Click the play button to learn about our science lesson on the Scientific Method.


Posted by Kulkarni at 12:28 PM

August 27, 2006

28th Aug- 1st Sept

Last week we finished the gummi Bear lab and the microscope Mania. We discussed the latest science news about the eight planets.

Reminder: Project is due on Tuesday.

We will review for the lab safety, microscope and scientific method test tomorrow. Textbooks will also be issued tomorrow.

Tuesday students will take the test. They will complete the vocabulary for chapter 1 when they are finished.

Wednesday we will discuss living and nonliving things. We will talk about the needs of livings things. Students will work on a mindmap. They will illustrate all the needs of the living organisms on Butcher paper. They will work in groups for this activity.

Thursday students will finish the map and present it to the class. They will then have D.E.A.R for the rest of the class.

Friday we will talk about organs, tissues and organ system. Students will create a 4 tab book on cells, tissues, organ and organ system.
They will then read the article "How Cells work?" and summarize it.

For the next few weeks students will be working on the following skills.

Students will describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
Explain that cells take in nutrients in order to grow and divide and to make needed materials
Relate cell structures (cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria) to basic cell functions.

Looking forward to meet you on Tuesday.

Posted by Kulkarni at 05:18 PM

August 24, 2006

Microscope Mania

microscope.jpg

Students have been working on the "Microscope Mania" a seven station lab. Students are using compound light microscopes, hand-held digital proscopes and a small hand lens to observe different things. Students were able to view gold fish scales,rabbit hair, fowl feather,silk, algae and pond water. By working on these stations students are exploring the parts and functions of the microscope. We will finish the lab tomorrow and will review for the test tomorrow and Monday.

The test will be Tuesday.

Below are some questions that might help the students on the test.
Labsafetyguide

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:50 PM

August 22, 2006

Investigation

To reinforce the scientific method, students will work on a project at home. Students can choose the topic they would like to investigate. They have to get an okay from their parents before they start the investigation. They will follow the steps of the scientific method.
Students put your creative and critical thinking hats and get ready to explore.

The project is due on August 29th. Students will turn in the project sheet for a grade.

Below is the sample project sheet for the paper towel project.
Download file


Posted by Kulkarni at 08:46 PM

August 21, 2006

Gummi Bear lab and "Microscope Mania"

Reminder: Book marks are due tomorrow.

This week in class students will be working on the following skills.

1: Understand the importance of - and keep - honest, clear, and accurate records in science.
2: Use appropriate tools for measuring objects and/or substances.
3: Write clear, step-by-step instructions for conducting particular scientific investigations, operating a piece of equipment, or following a procedure.
4: Scientific investigations usually involve collecting evidence, reasoning, devising hypotheses, and formulating explanations to make sense of collected evidence.

Students will work on the Gummi Bear lab to investigate the effect of water on gummi bear when soaked overnight. They will follow the scientific method to work on this lab.

GUMMIBEAR.jpg

Also this week, they will learn the parts and functions of the microscope. We will have a day of “Microscope Mania” where students will go to different stations to perform activities.
Bring your D.E.A.R book on Thursday.

Test on Lab safety rules, Scientific method and Microscopes will be next week.(Week of Aug 28th).Students should start looking at their binders and review the concepts. I will post the exact date of the test later.

Posted by Kulkarni at 06:52 PM

August 18, 2006

Lab Safety Contract

I have few students who have not turned in their lab safety contract. They will not be able to participate in the lab activity on Monday, if I don't get the contract. Please ask your child if they have turned in the lab safety contract(It is on a white paper).

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:59 PM

Science Journal

Show me your Science journal today to receive the credit, if you did not have it yesterday. The question was :What is Science? Do you like or dislike Science and why? Both the questions should be answered to receive the credit.

Posted by Kulkarni at 10:34 AM

August 17, 2006

Lab Safety Rule:Bookmark

Homework for Friday:
On a bookmark, draw pictures or create a comic strip of a lab safety rule being followed or broken. Select a rule from your lab safety manual which is # 2 in your binder.

For more instructions click on the link below.
Bookmark

Homework is due on Tuesday August 22nd.

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:55 PM

August 16, 2006

Lab Contract

Lab Safety Contract has been sent home. Please bring your lab Safety Contract signed so you can participate in the activities done in class.

Turn in the parent information sheet if you have not done so.

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:39 PM

August 15, 2006

Week 1

First week of school is used to establish routines and procedures in the class.

We will look at different learning styles tomorrow and read the lab safety manual. On Thursday students will take a pretest in science and will D.E.A.R when they are done. On Friday we will review the scientific method. Students will use the scientific method while working on the Gummi Bear lab on Monday.

Posted by Kulkarni at 09:04 PM

Week 1

We are off to a great start this school year! Thank you to all of the parents that sent in their e-mail address! If you have not done so, please send me your email address so I can copy and paste it into my address book. I am enjoying getting to know your child and look forward to meeting you all.

Posted by Kulkarni at 09:03 PM

August 13, 2006

Printable Syllabus

Click below for a copy of the syllabus for this year.

Syllabus 2006-2007.doc

Posted by Kulkarni at 03:50 PM

Expectations

The seventh grade policies and procedures apply to all science classes.
Safety is a primary concern in the science lab and students need to be well behaved.
Students will sign a safety contract as a part of our safety unit during the first few weeks of school. Students who do not follow directions and obey safety guidelines during lab activities may not be allowed to continue the activity for the day. A lowered grade should also be anticipated for the activity. During outdoor learning experiences, students are also required to obey all classroom safety rules and guidelines.
Students are expected to reserve a section of their binder for their science notebook that includes science notes, lab reports, and other activities. Your teacher will give directions for organizing your work. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a neat science notebook. Quality work is desired and expected.

Posted by Kulkarni at 03:27 PM

Grading

Grades will be determined using the following guidelines:
Tests, Major Projects 40%
Classwork, Activities, Labs, Quizzes 50%
Homework assignments 10%

Time at home will be required to preview material, complete projects, finalize lab reports, read the textbook, learn vocabulary and content, and review for tests. These items will not be included in the 10% portion of the grade even though many of these things should be done at home (outside of class time).

Posted by Kulkarni at 03:26 PM

Absences

Students are responsible to make up any missed class assignments or tests when absent. Make arrangements with your teacher when you return to class for a time to make up tests or lab activities. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with your teacher if you have any concerns about assignments.

Posted by Kulkarni at 03:25 PM

Course Description

This year, students will engage in research and inquiry activities that include experimentation, data analysis, and real world issues relevant to science and technology.

Click below on the link to find out the topics the students will be learning this year.
Download powerpoint presentation

Posted by Kulkarni at 03:10 PM

August 07, 2006

Welcome

Welcome to my 7th grade Life Science Blog!

Hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer! Looking forward to work with you this year.

Posted by Kulkarni at 03:59 PM

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