A Full Week of 7th Grade! 8/21-8/25

Checking out the Geauga Observatory Park Celebration on Saturday. Could be a great free field trip visit for you.

Scientists at work!

Welcome back!  You’re off to a great start, you have your science notebook, you know how to open that cranky locker, and you’re starting the first full week of school! If you haven’t shown your parents the purple “Million Word” paper and the yellow “Science Field Trip” paper, do so today.   We have a great week of science ahead.  Just look…

Monday:  We’ll continue our investigation of how a solar eclipse occurs and view the solar eclipse live from the NASA website.  Remember, never look at the sun!  Special glasses are available but without them, you could lose your eyesight.  Not worth it!!  We’ll also take the science pre-test.

Tuesday: Our focus will be on the scientific processes of qualitative and quantitative observations and inferences.  We will also begin an exploration of lab safety procedures.

Wednesday:  We’ll apply our knowledge of qualitative and quantitative observations and inferences to the solar eclipse.  We will also continue our exploration of lab safety.

Thursday:  Time to apply our knowledge of qualitative and quantitative observations and inferences as well as lab safety to a lab experiment!  We will conduct an Iodine Lab.

Friday:  A brief quiz will assess your understanding of Qualitative and Quantitative Observations and Inferences along with Lab Safety.  We’ll also make bowls of cement in preparation for our next experiment.

Welcome to 7th Grade Science!


Hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer!  Be sure to visit my website often. You will find out what’s happening in class, long term assignments, links to various sites, and Extra Credit opportunities!  You will organize a Science Notebook and each required page will also be recorded on my site.  Check out the Homework/Assessment tab for assigned projects and test or quiz dates.  For example, this first week you will receive information about a Million Word assignment (for your parents!), a Field Trip assignment to enjoy with your family, and a Movie assignment due 3rd quarter.  I look forward to enjoying a wonder-filled year of science with you!

Have a fantastic 7th Grade year!

Thursday:  Density Experiment

Friday:  Science class orientation, student and parent handouts, and eclipse introduction.  Please bring a clip binder for science by Monday.  It does not have to be new!  Use an old one you may have around the house.  It must be at least 1 inch in width.

Week of April 3rd – 7th

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Hurrah, we’re almost there!   I’m so impressed with your hard work on the ELA Test and your navigation of our altered schedule!

Monday 4/3:  Continue or exploration of characteristics of the atom and elements.

Tuesday 4/4:  Continue our review for Post Test with an in-class Kahoot session.  (I have Chromebooks for this session.)  Find the Kahoot link on last week’s Friday posting.

Wednesday 4/5:  Post Test

Thursday 4/6:  Introduction to electron shells surrounding the nucleus of an atom.

Friday 4/7:  We’ll continue exploration of the information found on the Periodic Table.  We’ll view Bill Nye explaining Atoms and Molecules.

Week of March 27 – 31

Monday:  Review Atom homework.  AIR Test groupings announced. Sunken Treasure review game.

Tuesday:  We’ll explore the Periodic Table with the help of a PowerPoint presentation and notes.

Wednesday:  AIR TEST DAY

Thursday:  AIR TEST DAY

Friday:  Periodic Table Notes Activity.  You may wish to access the 7th Grade Science End of Year Test review Kahoot:  Post Test Kahoot Review


Chapter 21 Outline: 3/14 – 3/23 Thursday 3/23:

We are starting a new unit on Populations and Communities in an Ecosystem.  The test for this section will be on  Friday 3/24:  Chapter 21 Test over Populations and Communities

Monday 3/13:  Teacher Work/Professional Development Day

Tuesday 3/14:  Snow Day!

Wednesday 3/15:  Snow Day!

Thursday 3/16: Review competition, population density, carrying factors, and limiting factors in an ecosystem. Homework : Read pp.759-764, “Communities”.  Be familiar with vocabulary.

Friday 3/17: Exploration of carrying capacity, population size, and energy flow with station activities.  Homework : Read pp.749-755

Monday 3/20: Complete and review station explorations.   Homework : Page 771 (13, 14, 16, 17, 19-22)

Tuesday 3/21  Mark/Recapture Population Estimation activity  Homework: Food Chain/Web Packet due on Wednesday

Wednesday 3/22:  Exploration of relationships in communities: a.) Predator/Prey b.)Cooperative  c.) Symbiotic Complete Key Concept builder:Communities WS 58/46.  Please bring device tomorrow if you have one for Kahoot.  Review the Chapter 21 Test Study Guide you received last week.

Thursday 3/23: Review Chpt. 21 Populations and Communities  Bring phones for Kahoot Review please.

Friday 3/24:  Chapter 21 Test over Populations and Communities Complete Atoms worksheet for Monday 3/27

Extra Credit Opportunity: (10 Points) Earth Day Photo Contest  When you submit your entry photo and paragraph, bcc lynn.fagerholm@kenstonapps.org to submit to me for the extra credit points.  

Last Week of the Quarter! March 6th – 10th

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Monday:  We’ll finish viewing the video “A Legend Returns to Yellowstone: Reintroduction of Gray Wolves” and review trophic levels from Chapter 20.

Tuesday:  Trophic level worksheet and review of Chapter 20 Reading Guide.

Wednesday: Note Book Check.  Organize your notes using the blue link at the top left side of this page.

Thursday:  Open note quiz over Chapter 20 and Gizmo computer simulations.  We’ll begin our study of populations, competition, and limiting factors of populations.

Friday:  We’ll explore carrying capacity and limiting factors of populations with an Owl activity.

Week of February 27 – March 3rd

Great job on the pH and Acid Rain Lab!

Monday, Feb. 27:  Conclude Photosynthesis Gizmo and begin study of relationships between flow of elements and producers, consumers, and decomposers as we prepare to study animal and plant populations and limiting factors.  Homework ONLY for 7th, 8th, and 9th Periods:  Complete front face of Forest Ecosystem Warm-Up.  The Bear side is extra credit.  (5 pts.)

Tuesday, Feb. 28:  We will actively explore relationships in the food chain through a Forest Ecosystem pre-activity and Gizmo introduction

Wednesday, March 1: You will manipulate biotic and abiotic features of a forest ecosystem in a computer simulation.  We will complete a graphic organizer reflecting the movement of carbon through the forest ecosystem.

Thursday, March 2:  After reviewing the graphic organizer, we will begin a composition using your “Academic Voice”.  We continue to work on 7th grade level communication skills.  Many excellent examples are on exhibit as we refine our informative writing processes.

Friday, March 3:  We will transition to animal populations and limiting factors by watching a video describing the re-introduction of wolves into the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem.

TEST DATE CHANGE! Biogeochemical Test Date has been changed to Wednesday, Feb. 22

The Biogeochemical Test will be on WEDNESDAY 2/22.   Following are some resources you may wish to use in preparation for the test.  Click on the blue links.  

Biogeochemical Kahoot

Biogeochemical Concepts Review

Excellent site for nitrogen cycle with links to the other cycles 

Monday, 2/13: Complete Biogeochemical Booklets.  We’ll complete the Phosphorous Cycle in class.  Use notes and text to work on Review Page and Concept Vocabulary

Tuesday, 2/14:  Discuss characteristics of all living things.  Review the Nitrogen Cycle with game activity.

Wednesday, 2/15:  Computer Gizmo Quest

Thursday, 2/16: Computer Gizmo Quest

Friday, 2/17: Lab Experiement

Monday, 2/20: Professional Development Day – No Classes for You!

Tuesday, 2/21: Kahoot Review

Wednesday, 2/22  Biogeochemical Test

What On Earth Is a Biogeochemical Cycle?! 2/6 – 2/10

It’s good to be back after after a terrific Super Bowl Sunday weekend!  Enjoyed conferencing with your weather newscast teams and glad we managed to fit in  2 days of a Webquest on Global Climate Change during our shortened week.  Global Climate Change Webquests are due, at the latest, on Wednesday, 2/8.  Please hand them in as soon as you are finished. Don’t wait, we have a very busy week ahead!

Monday: What IS a biogeochemical cycle?  We’ll define that term with examples.  Bring your text so we can exchange it for your new book.  (If your class hasn’t already done this.)  We’ll construct a flip book that will guide you through the various cycles as well as receive a sheet outlining the learning objectives for this unit.  Use your 15 Minutes of Science each night to read Chapter 20 and build an understanding of the cycles described.  Focus on the water cycle tonight. (pp. 707-715)

Tuesday:  The water cycle will be our focus for the day.  As always, we will be elevating this concept to the 7th grade level using various resources. NASA Water Cycle Clip and Water Cycle Rap  Be ready for a 2 or 3 question comprehension check at the end of class!  Focus on the oxygen cycle and carbon cycle sections of Chapter 20 tonight. (pp. 717 – 719)

Wednesday:  The carbon cycle will be our focus.  We’ll use cut-and-paste as well as other learning strategies to build our understanding of the carbon cycle.  Be prepared for a short quiz over the water and carbon cycles tomorrow.

Thursday:  We’ll start with a short quiz over the carbon and water cycles.  The next cycle to explore is the nitrogen cycle and it will take a few days.  Tonight, be sure to read over the nitrogen cycle section in Chapter 20 of your text.  Be sure you know why nitrogen is so important.

Friday:  Be prepared for a 2 or 3 question comprehension check on nitrogen.  A Nitrogen Cycle Game will help us build the concept!

Snow Day Changes!

Two Snow Days!  Well that changes our week!  We’ve made a few adjustments to adapt to 2 fewer days in our quarter.  We will not have an in-class test over Chapter 4.  We will have 2 short essays due on Friday over main ideas in Chapter 4.

We will move forward with our Climate Change Web-quest on Thursday and Friday.  By Monday, we will be starting a new unit on Biogeochemical Changes.

Please bring your textbooks on Monday so we can collect and exchange them for the new unit.