Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
The seventh grade SEEd standards look for relationships of cause and effect which enable students to observe natural phenomena and to make predictions. Students will explore how forces can cause changes in motion and are responsible for the transfer of energy and the cycling of matter. This takes place within and between a wide variety of systems, from simple forces on individual objects to the deep, long- term forces that shape our planet. In turn, Earth’s environments provide the conditions for life as we know it. Organisms survive and reproduce only to the extent that their adaptations allow. Evidence for the evolutionary histories of life on Earth is provided through the fossil record, similarities in the various structures among species, organism development, and genetic similarities across all organisms. Additionally, mechanisms shaping Earth are understood as forces affecting the cycling of Earth’s materials. Questions about cause and effect and the ongoing search for evidence in science drive this storyline.
The curriculum has been divided into the following 10 essential outcomes. Daily learning targets are focused on students gaining this critical knowledge and set of skills.
Schedule for I Can Statements and their assessments:
#1 – I can predict and explain the motion of an object using Newton’s Laws.
#2 – I can explain electromagnetic and gravitational forces and how they act on objects.
#3 – I can explain how chemical composition and density affect the arrangement of the interior layers of the
#4 – I can identify patterns and explain the processes that change the surface of the Earth.
#5 – I can explain and diagram the rock cycle.
#6 – I can identify the structure and function of organelles in various types of cells.
#7 – I can explain the five levels of organization from simple to complex.
#8 – I can explain how genetic traits are passed from parent to offspring.
#9 – I can explain how natural selection impacts genetic variation in a population.
#10- I can cite evidence for evolution.
· Term 1 = I Can Statements #1-2
· Term 2 = I Can Statements #3-5
· Term 3 = I Can Statements #6-8
· Term 4 = I Can Statements #9-12
(HONORS: Students have additional daily learning targets beyond those of regular science classes that will be assessed. These are designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of each I Can Statement. Honors students will also be expected to be more independent thinkers as they participate in labs and activities.)
Assessment of Progress
Students will be assessed to determine the depth of knowledge they have gained.
Depth of Knowledge Description Score reflecting DOK
4 Exceeding learning goals 90% or above Demonstrates understanding
in multiple ways
Answers are detailed Can teach others what they learned in a new way
3 Meets learning goals 70% – 89%
Might need some help
2 Meets learning goal some of the time 50% – 69%
Understands parts of the learning goal
Needs regular help
1 Not meeting learning goal 49% or below
Does not understand
Needs constant help to proceed
Formative Assessments – Students will be assessed formatively based on the interactions in class, written assignments/lab sheets, and science journals.
Summative Assessments – There is one written quiz planned per I Can Statement. If students pass the quiz on their first try (score = 3 or 4), formative assessment scores can be changed in order to reflect successful progress in their learning. If students do not pass the quiz the first time, they will be given opportunities to do test corrections, get additional instruction, and retake the quiz. The final grade is based on evidence collected throughout each unit rather than on a single final assessment.
Final Grade Calculations – Formative Assessments will determine 30% of the final grade and Summative Assessments will determine 70% of the final grade.
Students are recommended to have the following supplies for Science classes on a daily basis:
1 Notebook to be kept in class (70 pg. Spiral Notebook or 100 pg. College Rule Composition Notebook recommended)
Colored Pencils (optional…some will be provided by the teacher)
Planner (provided by Dixon)
1 Roll of Clear Tape (optional…some will be provided by the teacher)
Online textbook is available: https://tinyurl.com/zrgrjhh
Dixon Handbook available on website: dixon.provo.edu
Attendance expectations: Mrs. Tippetts expects all students to be in class and on time every day possible. Consequences for truancy and tardies are outlined in the Dixon Handbook. Work missed during excused absences will be handled on an individualized basis.
Behavior expectations: Mrs. Tippetts expects all students to understand and model the “Dixon Way” as outlined in the Dixon Handbook. If help is needed in modifying behaviors, parents and/or administration will be contacted. Citizenship grades will be posted according to the school rubric also located on the school website. Citizenship will be updated at the beginning, middle, and end of each term.
Hall Passes: Students can have up to 3 free hall passes a term. Additional passes will count as tardies and not allowed with few exceptions. If no passes are used during a term, extra points can be added to the final grade. If extenuating circumstances exist, please speak with Mrs. Tippetts. All passes must be documented in the hall pass section of the planner.
Late/Make-up work: If no pre-arrangements are made, work is expected on time. Late work can carry a 20% penalty. Exceptions must be discussed with the teacher.
Other: Mrs. Tippetts holds high expectations of respect for self and others. Please come ready to learn, have fun, and help others.
- Snacks are allowed, if not a distraction.
- Water bottles are highly recommended.
- “Never give up, never surrender” You can do this!
- Always try
- Dare to make mistakes, that is how learning happens
- Awaken the curiosity within
- Improve your organizational skills
- Lab Safety comes first, or participation will not be allowed
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
I Can quizzes: “I Can” quizzes are expected to be passed. Opportunities to master missing “I Cans” will be provided during iTime or after-school until proficiency is demonstrated. Passing off “I Cans” is the basis for earning credit and passing classes at Dixon. Summer school will also be offered to those students needing additional time to pass.
Major Term Projects:
- Term 1 = Science Process Skills Activity – Edible candle is required for Honors’ Class, and optional for others
- Term 2 = Science Project*
- Term 3 = Research Project
- Term 4 = Model
* Science Fair Projects: The Dixon Science Fair will be held in late January and all students are invited and encouraged to participate. All 7th grade science students will be doing multiple experiments during the year, some requiring home data collection time or other homework, but an individualized Science Fair Project will only be required in 7th grade honors science.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
* Grades will be updated on a weekly basis.
* Please allow 3 days for updates on make-up work turned in.
*Please read notes attached to assignment grades in Powerschool
*Report cards are usually sent home with your student on the first Friday following the end of a term. Report cards are also posted on Powerschool.
*You are invited to attend Parent Teacher Conferences on September 20 and February 21 (2:00 – 8:00 pm)
Connecting Home to School
Student progress can be monitored by:
- Check planner weekly.
- Grade summary slips will be given to each student and stapled in the current week each Monday.
- Learning Targets will be listed by most teachers on a daily basis
- Check Powerschool
- watch for “I Can” quiz results and missing assignments
- weekly emails can be requested through the parent portal
- Email teachers
- email addresses for all teachers are listed in the staff directory on the main website (dixon.provo.edu)
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Welcome to middle school!
I am so excited for you to come to Dixon Middle School, and honored to have you in my class. Your success is my main goal. Here are a few resources Dixon can offer you in your educational journey.
- After-school tutoring in the Library (There will be a science teacher available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
- iTime is an opportunity to complete make-up work, retake or correct “I Can” quizzes, get additional instruction time during regular school hours…take advantage of this opportunity!
- School Counselors are available to help with schedules or conflicts that might arise at any time.
- PAWS teachers (homeroom) are there to advocate for/help you and help you keep up your grades….talk to them.
- Get involved! Talk to your teachers, form help groups with friends, join the after-school program. There is a lot to do here at Dixon to help your progress in your education and help you enjoy your time here!