7th Grade: Life Science/Health
Course Syllabus


Course Title:

7th Life Science/Health


Mrs. Nikki Cosper
Childersburg Middle School
Phone: (256) 315-5505 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (256) 315-5505 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: dcosper@tcboe.org
CMS website: http://cms.tcboe.org/
Wikki website: http://cosperscience.wikispaces.com/

Planning/Conference Time: 2nd Period 8:47 to 9:34


Glencoe Life Science
Teen Health

Course Content/Outline:

Welcome to the exciting world of 7th grade science. Students in this class will discover and learn a variety of science topics including the process and application of science, exploring and classifying life, cells and their processes, heredity and genetics, basic human anatomy and physiology, and a complete overview of animals and plants,. The overall tentative outline is as follows:
1. Science Applications and Processes
2. Exploring and Classifying Life
3. Cells: Processes and Reproduction
4. Heredity and Genetics
5. Animal Diversity and Behavior
6. Human Body Systems
7. Human Reproduction
8. Plants: Processes and Reproduction
9. Interactions of Life
10. Ecosystems

As part of this class, the students will also explore health topics such as: You and your health, Keeping your body healthy, Understanding yourself and others, Protecting your health, and Safety and the Environment. Human reproduction will be discussed in an appropriate and state-mandated manner.


IN ADDITION to the standard 7th Grade supply list you will need:
1. A $10.00 Science Donation (For Lab Supplies) Due September 3rd.
2. Hand Soap
3. Roll of Paper towels
Note: From time to time students may be asked to bring materials for projects.

Grading Scale:

All grades will be determined using the Talladega County grading scale (Board Policy):
90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59-below F

Grading Procedure:

Grade totals may not exceed 100%
9 Weeks Grade: 80% Class Daily Average
20% 9 Weeks Exam
Class Daily Average will be determined by dividing the
total points earned by the total points possible.

Assignments and Grades

will come from the following:
Daily Assignments (class work and homework)
Daily Starter Questions
Notebook Grades and Tests

Make-up Work:

Work should be neat, thorough, have correct headings (name, date, period, and assignment), and should be turned into the box when they are due. Late work will not be accepted without an excused absence. All make-up work must be turned in within 3 days after the student returns to school. Students needing to make up tests or quizzes should expect to stay after school or during planning time if time is available. It is the student’s responsibility to ask for his/her make-up assignments when he/she returns to school.

Late Work/Incomplete Work:

If a student does not turn in an assignment on the due date their missed assignment(s) will be posted on my door on Tuesdays and they will have only 3 days (Friday)to turn it in for a late grade(one letter grade off), after that the assignment will not be accepted and the assignment will be counted as a zero.

Student Expectations:

Students in 7th grade should be respectful, responsible, and resourceful. They should come to class prepared with all materials needed for class and their class work and homework done. They should remain quiet and give 100% attention in class and on their work as well. I do not accept excuses such as: I left it at home, I forgot to do it, or I left it somewhere (locker, car, friend has it). You are expected to write down all of your assignments in your planner and have your parents check and sign your planner on a daily basis. Success equals consistency in effort, so do your best and keep up with your work and assignments and you will do very well in my class.

Tardy Policy:

Class attendance is crucial to academic success. Students who are repeatedly tardy to class (seated in their desk when the bell rings) will face disciplinary action. If the student is tardy to class 4 times, then they will receive detention during their P.E. time. After the 5th tardy, the student will receive an office referral.

Class Rules:

1. Be Respectful: Respect others, their property, and classroom property.
2. Be Responsible: Be on time and prepared, always follow directions.
3. Be Resourceful: Always look for the best way to solve the problem. Give 100% effort, never say “I can’t” Failure is not an option!
4. No talking while I am talking or without my permission.
5. No food, drink, candy, or gum allowed!

Class Consequences:

Minor Offences
1.Sign Consequence Card
2. 5 offences on the card- after school detention
3. Detention: After school detention, usually will be on Thursday’s until 3:45
Parents may be contacted at any time about behavior in class.
Major Offences: (Ex. Fighting, Directed profanity, Defiant Behavior)
Immediate Office Referral

7th Grade Science/Mrs. Cosper's Class
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