Welcome to Science!
"All the world is waiting for you...
And the powers you possess!"
(Wonder Woman theme)
**scroll down for calendar
No, this is not a class to train terrorists or to appeal to your child's "darker side"--this is a class geared toward bringing out the best in your child while encouraging and fostering a desire to know more than the basics.
I will expect a lot from your child, and I hope that you will be involved in your child's school year by helping study, volunteering for class activities, checking homework, and checking the planners on a regular basis.
This is a quest for lifelong learning, so get ready for an adventure!
BIOGRAPHY OF A SUPERHERO
I am originally from Meridian, Mississippi, and I taught 7th, 8th,
and 9th grade science there for 10 years.
I moved to Texas in 2003 and began teaching at Moorhead.
I am a proud graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi -- B.S. in Secondary Education and Zoology.
I also have a Master's degree (M.Ed.) in Secondary Education/Marine & Environmental Biology from the University of West Alabama.
In 2005 I earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science.
This is my 23rd year of teaching science!
My home is full of animals--I have chickens, dogs, cats, and fish--so I understand that sometimes home can be a noisy place to be!
Tutorials will be offered for students who need extra help--all of the 7th grade science teachers will provide tutorials.
My tutorials time will be on TUESDAY
MORNINGS from 7:15-8:15 am. Students will be picked up IN THE CAFETERIA.
If your child needs to stay, he/she can stay with any of the science teachers--they all offer tutorials (some are in the morning; others are in the afternoons).
My hope is to help unlock the "superhero" in your child!
I'M HOPING FOR A FANTASTIC YEAR!!!!
To access my classroom calendar, click on the SCIENCE CALENDAR link in the upper left-hand corner of this page.
This nine weeks, we will be covering the following topics:
Latin vocabulary--many of the science terms we use have roots/stems from Latin and Greek--these will help your child better understand the science vocabulary...sets of 10 terms will be assigned, and quizzes will be periodically given throughout the year.
Lab Safety (test 3 Sep 2015)
**this will cover lab safety and lab equipment
**students must score at least 90 on this test...if 90 is not achieved, the test must be retaken until the necessary score is attained.
Measurement & Equipment
Graphing (test 18 Sep 2015)
*this test will involve using metric measurement, interpreting data from graphs and tables, and identifying/applying the steps of the scientific method
Force & Motion (test 1 Oct 2015)
*this test will cover calculating work done, energy transformations, graphing motion and speed, and application of simple machines
Water & Human Impacts (test Oct 22 2015)
*this test will cover changes in earth's surface due to external factors, catastrophic events and their impacts, ecological succession, groundwater and surface water, and human impacts on water
Earth & Space
**test dates subject to minor changes
Biomes, Ecosystems, and Biodiversity
Test--10 November 2015
Photosynthesis, Food Webs & Chains, Organic Compounds, and Energy Pyramids
Test-- 3 December 2015
**MIDDLE OF THE YEAR BENCHMARK
9 December 2015
**This score can be swapped for a lower unit CONTENT test score if the benchmark score is higher.
NOTEBOOK CHECK-- 9 December 15
**This is worth a major test grade, so a good notebook can definitely help you out!!
Cells & Cell Theory
Test: 21 January 2016
**this test will cover the cell theory, cell organelles, and cell processes
**all assignments for this unit are due BEFORE the end of the unit
Tropisms and Behaviors, Dichotomous Keys, Specialty Tissues in Plants
Test: 4 February 2016 **this test will cover how cells and organisms react to stimuli, how organisms are identified and classified, and how xylem and phloem help plants