7th Grade Science Syllabus

  • Ms. Phillips’ 7th Grade Science Syllabus

    Course Objectives

    Welcome to 7th grade Science! In 7th Grade Science, scholars explore the cross-cutting concepts of energy & matter and cause & effect, while learning about animal interactions within the ecosystems and their reliability on resources. We will be doing many activities that will help us explore and ask questions about the world around us, as well as be active in making good changes. I am very excited to be working with you.

    Course Goal:

    By the end of this course, you will have gained a basic understanding of how to think and ask questions like scientists working in the real world. There will be many different opportunities to engage and demonstrate your ability and knowledge of life science through activities that we will explore together as a class.

    Course Materials

    • Chromebook and charger
    • Student agenda

    *If a student is caught destroying any of the class supplies or materials, you will be responsible for replacing the item.

    Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is using someone else’s work or ideas without their permission, without their knowledge, or without giving them credit. Cheating is getting or giving someone else answers. During many in-class assignments you will work with other students but are responsible for recording your own ideas and work. If you do research for an assignment, you must put what you learn into your own words. All students who are caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero on that assignment.


    Please be present every day! Absence and tardiness will have a negative effect on your grade and participation. You are responsible for getting all of your missing assignments and notes if you miss class. Please check Google Classroom regularly to access your assignments Contact me if you have any questions.

    Late Assignments:

    Late Work is accepted, however, 10% of your overall grade will be deducted. Late assignments are only accepted if they are submitted before progress reports are due. Failure to submit them will lead to a 0. If there is a special case, your student can come talk to me about the situation.

    Evaluation Criteria Method of Evaluation Grading

    Evaluation Criteria

    Method of Evaluation



    Quizzes, common assessments, written/oral presentations, projects, and laboratory reports.


    Student work

    Classwork, class activities and homework



    Class participation/discussions



    Units of Study

    Modules 1 and 2 – 

    The Resource Race and The Plastic Tide 

    Modules 5 and 6 – 

    Science on the Main Stage and Turtle SOS 

    Modules 3 and 4 – 

    Volcano Hunters and Dinosaur Trail 

    Modules 7, 8, and 9 – 

    Future Food, A Place Called Home, and Green Monster 


    Classroom Management Policy



    x Student in seat and working on daily warm up activity by the time the bell rings

    1.     Verbal Warning

    x Respect is shown for teacher, self, and classmates

    2.     Parent Contact

    x Materials are brought to class daily

    3.     Referral to counselor and/or assistant principal

    x Student behaves in a way that helps self and others learn

    4.     Suspension from class and/or school

    x 10-10 Rule is followed-No student is allowed outside of class for the first or last 10 minutes of class

    Contact Information

    I am available to meet with students and/or parents before and after school and during second period. Email contact: nicole.phillips@sausd.us if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns. You can also check your child's grades through Lathrop's website portal to the district's web site: https://www.sausd.us/lathrop