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Science 7 (Period 5)

Instructor
Grace Colgan
Department
Science

Course Description

 Welcome to 7th Grade Science with Ms. Colgan! This year we will be covering physical science, life science, and chemical science. 

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Week 31 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

4/15 

Use and Consequences CER: Reasoning 

Finish the CER if you weren't able to finish in class  

 

Tuesday  

4/16 

Suicide Awareness Presentation 

 

Wednesday 

4/17 

Field Trip! 

 

 

Thursday 

4/18 

Graphing: How has our use of resources changed? 

 

Friday 

4/19  

Introduction to Fracking: Graphing data 

 

Week 29 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/25 

Cheeseburger in Acid 

 

Kiwi to Plastics 

 

Tuesday  

3/26 

CER: Why does fruit rot? 

 

Wednesday 

3/27 

Begin Unit 4: Natural Resources (IN19) 

 

Renewable or Nonrenewable (IN20) and Reflection (IN21) 

Finish Reflection Questions (IN21) 

Answer the following questions, rephrase the question in your answer 

  1. What are some examples of substances that humans need or want but that are not natural resources?  
  2. What is the source of substances that are not natural resources?  
  3. What is the difference between a renewable and nonrenewable natural resource?  
  4. Why is it important to pay attention to how we use our natural resources?  

 

Thursday 

3/28 

Natural Resources: How was it formed, where is it located, how do we use it? (IN22-23) 

 

Friday 

3/29 

Natural Resources: How was it formed, where is it located, how do we use it? (IN22-23) 

Have a fantastic Spring Break! 

Week 28 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/18 

Sub Day: Vocabulary Blurt Game 

 

Tuesday  

3/19 

Lab Day: Chemistry Clues Part II 

 

Wednesday 

3/20 

Wrap-Up Chemistry Clues 

 

Fireworks Research 

 

Thursday 

3/21 

Fireworks Research 

 

Socratic Seminar 

 

Friday 

3/22 

Sub Day 

 

Bill Nye: Chemical Reactions 

 

Week 27 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/11 

Begin Unit 3 (IN 1) 

 

Invisible Ink (IN 2) 

Finish Reflection question on handout (IN2) 

  1. Why did the grape juice make the invisible ink appear?  

Tuesday  

3/12 

Lab: Characteristics of a Chemical Reaction (IN 4-5) 

 

Wednesday 

3/13 

Lab Day 2: Characteristics of a Chemical Reaction (IN 6-7) 

 

  1. List four indications (signs) that tells you a chemical reaction is occurring 
  2. Which of the reactions were chemical reactions? Provide evidence from your data table 
  3. How did the chemical equation word cards demonstrate a chemical reaction? 

Thursday 

3/14 

Stemscopedia: Physical and Chemical Changes 

Finish Cornell Notes if not finished in class as well as page 4 of article 

Left side questions:  

  1. What is the difference between physical and chemical properties? 
  2. What is an intensive property vs. An extensive property? 
  3. How do we measure accurately? 
  4. How do we know a chemical reaction occurred? 

Summary 

Friday 

3/15 

Lab: Chemical Changes 

 

Week 26 Tentative Agenda

Week 26 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/4 

Water Engineering Project: Finish Packet 

Buy a new spiral notebook:  

We will be using the new notebook MONDAY 

Notebook must be:  

SPIRAL 

AT LEAST 100 PAGES 

COLLEGE RULED 

8.5X11 

Link to appropriate notebook: https://www.staples.com/staples-accel-durable-poly-cover-1-subject-notebook-college-ruled-8-1-2-x-11-assorted-52112m/product_2842761  

Please do NOT buy the 8.5x10. It does not fit the handouts and makes it difficult for students to stay organized. 

 

Tuesday  

3/5 

Sub Day 

Water Engineering Project: Work on PowerPoint 

 

PowerPoint Presentation: 

PowerPoint due by beginning of period THURSDAY 

Water Engineering Project Packet due FRIDAY 

  1. Complete analysis page 
  2. Complete/redo design sketches if not accurate 
  3. Complete data table 
  4. Make sure you use EVIDENCE for each question 

Buy a new spiral notebook:  

We will be using the new notebook MONDAY 

Notebook must be:  

SPIRAL 

AT LEAST 100 PAGES 

COLLEGE RULED 

8.5X11 

Link to appropriate notebook: https://www.staples.com/staples-accel-durable-poly-cover-1-subject-notebook-college-ruled-8-1-2-x-11-assorted-52112m/product_2842761  

Please do NOT buy the 8.5x10. It does not fit the handouts and makes it difficult for students to stay organized. 

Wednesday 

3/6 

Sub Day 

Bill Nye: Wetlands 

 

 

PowerPoint Presentation: 

PowerPoint due by beginning of period THURSDAY 

Water Engineering Project Packet due FRIDAY 

  1. Complete analysis page 
  2. Complete/redo design sketches if not accurate 
  3. Complete data table 
  4. Make sure you use EVIDENCE for each question 

Buy a new spiral notebook:  

We will be using the new notebook MONDAY 

Notebook must be:  

SPIRAL 

AT LEAST 100 PAGES 

COLLEGE RULED 

8.5X11 

Link to appropriate notebook: https://www.staples.com/staples-accel-durable-poly-cover-1-subject-notebook-college-ruled-8-1-2-x-11-assorted-52112m/product_2842761  

Please do NOT buy the 8.5x10. It does not fit the handouts and makes it difficult for students to stay organized. 

Thursday 

3/7 

PowerPoint Presentations 

PowerPoint Presentation: 

PowerPoint due by beginning of period THURSDAY 

Water Engineering Project Packet due FRIDAY 

  1. Complete analysis page 
  2. Complete/redo design sketches if not accurate 
  3. Complete data table 
  4. Make sure you use EVIDENCE for each question 

Buy a new spiral notebook:  

We will be using the new notebook MONDAY 

Notebook must be:  

SPIRAL 

AT LEAST 100 PAGES 

COLLEGE RULED 

8.5X11 

Link to appropriate notebook: https://www.staples.com/staples-accel-durable-poly-cover-1-subject-notebook-college-ruled-8-1-2-x-11-assorted-52112m/product_2842761  

Please do NOT buy the 8.5x10. It does not fit the handouts and makes it difficult for students to stay organized. 

Friday 

3/8 

PowerPoint Presentations 

 

Buy a new spiral notebook:  

We will be using the new notebook MONDAY 

Notebook must be:  

SPIRAL 

AT LEAST 100 PAGES 

COLLEGE RULED 

8.5X11 

Link to appropriate notebook: https://www.staples.com/staples-accel-durable-poly-cover-1-subject-notebook-college-ruled-8-1-2-x-11-assorted-52112m/product_2842761  

Please do NOT buy the 8.5x10. It does not fit the handouts and makes it difficult for students to stay organized. 

Week 25 Tentative Agenda

Week 25 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

2/25 

Water Engineering Project: Build Design 

DUE THURSDAY Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Tuesday  

2/26 

Water Engineering Project: Set-Up experiment, work on PowerPoint 

 

DUE END OF PERIOD MONDAY Water Engineering Project PowerPoint: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/ESKOJFy7PslMvz35MdoHVK4BNBoS9rIxq2J5_Q9Ci3DFOQ?e=iQ9LGv  

 

 

DUE THURSDAY Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Wednesday 

2/27 

Water Engineering Project: Collect Data, work on PowerPoint 

 

 

DUE END OF PERIOD MONDAY Water Engineering Project PowerPoint: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/ESKOJFy7PslMvz35MdoHVK4BNBoS9rIxq2J5_Q9Ci3DFOQ?e=iQ9LGv  

 

DUE THURSDAY Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Thursday 

2/28 

Water Engineering Project: Collect Data, work on PowerPoint 

DUE END OF PERIOD MONDAY Water Engineering Project PowerPoint: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/ESKOJFy7PslMvz35MdoHVK4BNBoS9rIxq2J5_Q9Ci3DFOQ?e=iQ9LGv  

Friday 

3/1 

Water Engineering Project: Collect Data, work on PowerPoint 

DUE END OF PERIOD MONDAY Water Engineering Project PowerPoint: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/ESKOJFy7PslMvz35MdoHVK4BNBoS9rIxq2J5_Q9Ci3DFOQ?e=iQ9LGv  

 

Week 24 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

2/18 

Presidents Day Holiday 

 ALL LATE WORK DUE MONDAY 2/25

Tuesday  

2/19 

Day 1 of Water Engineering Project: Assign team roles, decide design, begin research 

 

ALL LATE WORK DUE MONDAY 2/25

Water Engineering Project:  

Make sure you have page 2 "Logistics" completely filled out.  

  • Design Choice 
  • Team Member Roles 

 

 

Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Wednesday 

2/20 

Day 2 of Water Engineering Project: Research design, begin brainstorm of materials and design sketch 

 

ALL LATE WORK DUE MONDAY 2/25

Water Engineering Project:  

Make sure you have page 3 "Research" completed before class tomorrow 

  • Two different sources 
  • Completed notes on your assigned research topic 

 

Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Thursday 

2/21 

Day 3 of Water Engineering Project: Finish materials list and design sketch 

 

 

ALL LATE WORK DUE MONDAY 2/25

Water Engineering Project:  

Make sure you have pages 4 and 5 completed 

  • Which materials you will be using as well as rationale for each 
  • Which materials you are bringing from home and rationale 
  • Initial design sketch completed with ALL dimensions and ALL materials labeled 

Bring any materials you need from home to build your design 

 

Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Friday 

2/22 

Day 2 of Water Engineering Project: Begin Building Design 

ALL LATE WORK DUE MONDAY 2/25

Water Engineering Project:  

Bring any materials you need from home to build your design 

Week 23 Tentative Agenda

Week 23 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

2/11 

Lincoln Holiday

No School

Tuesday  

2/12 

Finish San Andreas 

 

Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Wednesday 

2/13 

San Andreas CER

 

San Andreas CER due Friday 12/15:

We will be working on this in class all day Wednesday and Thursday, it is due Friday

 

Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Thursday 

2/14 

San Andreas Evaluation CER 

 

San Andreas CER due Friday 12/15:

We will be working on this in class all day Wednesday and Thursday, it is due Friday

Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points!  

Friday 

2/15 

Intro to Water Filtration Engineering Challenge

Extra Credit Opportunity: We have been learning about earthquakes for the past few weeks and you now know that we are in danger of an earthquake happening at any time. It is important to be SAFE.  

Discuss with your family members that you live with AT LEAST TWO strategies you can implement to make your family/home more prepared for an earthquake. Bring proof you have implemented both of these strategies (can be a note, photo, email etc from you parents/guardians)  

 

Up to three extra credit points! 

Week 21 Tentative Agenda

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

1/28 

Work on Earthquake PPT 

 

Tuesday  

1/29 

Work on Earthquake PPT 

 

Wednesday 

1/30 

Finish Earthquake PPT 

 

Begin Presentations 

-Practice your oral presentation so you are prepared and DO NOT read off the slides. BE self-confident through practice! 🙂  

 

Permission Slip for San Andreas movie DUE FRIDAY

Thursday 

1/31 

Continue Presentations 

-Practice your oral presentation so you are prepared and DO NOT read off the slides. BE self-confident through practice! 🙂  

Permission Slip for San Andreas movie DUE FRIDAY

Friday 

2/1 

Finish Presentations 

 Permission Slip for San Andreas movie DUE FRIDAY

Week 20

Week 19 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

1/14 

No School 

 

Tuesday  

1/15 

Mesosuarus Poster Gallery Walk 

 

Intro to Earthquake Project 

 

Wednesday 

1/16 

Sub Day (Ms. Colgan on 8th Grade Fieldtrip) 

 

Continue Earthquake Project 

 

Thursday 

1/17 

Continue Earthquake Project 

 

Friday 

1/25 

No Pupil Day 

 

Week 19 Tentative Agenda

Week 19 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

1/14 

Mesosaurus Museum Sketch 

Study for Plate Motion Final Quiz: 

Use Amplify "Plate Motion"  Chapter 2 Lesson 2.6 to study. This is the previous quiz 

  1. I can explain what the Earth layers look like underneath land and water.  
  2. I can explain the difference between a divergent plate boundary and a convergent plate boundary. 
  3. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a convergent plate boundary.  
  4. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a divergent plate boundary.  
  5. I can explain and model how new plates form at a divergent plate boundary.  
  6. I can explain and model how new plates form at a convergent plate boundary.  
  7. I can explain how plate movement affects distribution of fossils. 
  8. I understand and can use fossil/soil evidence to predict what the plates positioning used to look like millions of years ago.  
  9. I know the definition of a cross-section and can apply it to diagrams.  
  10. I can explain what the patterns of volcanoes and earthquakes can teach us about plate boundaries and plate movement. 

Tuesday  

1/15 

Mesosaurus Museum Sketch Gallery Walk 

Study for Plate Motion Final Quiz: 

Use Amplify "Plate Motion"  Chapter 2 Lesson 2.6 to study. This is the previous quiz 

  1. I can explain what the Earth layers look like underneath land and water.  
  2. I can explain the difference between a divergent plate boundary and a convergent plate boundary. 
  3. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a convergent plate boundary.  
  4. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a divergent plate boundary.  
  5. I can explain and model how new plates form at a divergent plate boundary.  
  6. I can explain and model how new plates form at a convergent plate boundary.  
  7. I can explain how plate movement affects distribution of fossils. 
  8. I understand and can use fossil/soil evidence to predict what the plates positioning used to look like millions of years ago.  
  9. I know the definition of a cross-section and can apply it to diagrams.  
  10. I can explain what the patterns of volcanoes and earthquakes can teach us about plate boundaries and plate movement.  

Wednesday 

1/16 

Review Day 

Study for Plate Motion Final Quiz: 

Use Amplify "Plate Motion"  Chapter 2 Lesson 2.6 to study. This is the previous quiz 

  1. I can explain what the Earth layers look like underneath land and water.  
  2. I can explain the difference between a divergent plate boundary and a convergent plate boundary. 
  3. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a convergent plate boundary.  
  4. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a divergent plate boundary.  
  5. I can explain and model how new plates form at a divergent plate boundary.  
  6. I can explain and model how new plates form at a convergent plate boundary.  
  7. I can explain how plate movement affects distribution of fossils. 
  8. I understand and can use fossil/soil evidence to predict what the plates positioning used to look like millions of years ago.  
  9. I know the definition of a cross-section and can apply it to diagrams.  
  10. I can explain what the patterns of volcanoes and earthquakes can teach us about plate boundaries and plate movement.  

Thursday 

1/17 

Plate Motion Final Quiz Part I 

Study for Plate Motion Final Quiz: 

Use Amplify "Plate Motion"  Chapter 2 Lesson 2.6 to study. This is the previous quiz 

  1. I can explain what the Earth layers look like underneath land and water.  
  2. I can explain the difference between a divergent plate boundary and a convergent plate boundary. 
  3. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a convergent plate boundary.  
  4. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a divergent plate boundary.  
  5. I can explain and model how new plates form at a divergent plate boundary.  
  6. I can explain and model how new plates form at a convergent plate boundary.  
  7. I can explain how plate movement affects distribution of fossils. 
  8. I understand and can use fossil/soil evidence to predict what the plates positioning used to look like millions of years ago.  
  9. I know the definition of a cross-section and can apply it to diagrams.  
  10. I can explain what the patterns of volcanoes and earthquakes can teach us about plate boundaries and plate movement.  

Friday 

1/18 

Plate Motion Final Quiz Part II 

Study for Plate Motion Final Quiz: 

  1. I can explain what the Earth layers look like underneath land and water.  
  2. I can explain the difference between a divergent plate boundary and a convergent plate boundary. 
  3. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a convergent plate boundary.  
  4. I can explain and model what happens to plate movement with a divergent plate boundary.  
  5. I can explain and model how new plates form at a divergent plate boundary.  
  6. I can explain and model how new plates form at a convergent plate boundary.  
  7. I can explain how plate movement affects distribution of fossils. 
  8. I understand and can use fossil/soil evidence to predict what the plates positioning used to look like millions of years ago.  
  9. I know the definition of a cross-section and can apply it to diagrams.  
  10. I can explain what the patterns of volcanoes and earthquakes can teach us about plate boundaries and plate movement. 

Week 18 Tentative Agenda

Week 18 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

1/7 

The lithosphere 

 

https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/EeOaQQaJS_FJqY_f1HGYf0oBrXNRVS7NOmrXPJGnRJAfIg?e=F9lZHl  

  1. Cut out plates  
  2. Using the fossil evidence provided, reconstruct the plates into one giant super landmass and glue/tape onto the green piece of paper  
  3. Glue paper onto page 104

Tuesday  

1/8 

Reconstruction Gondwanaland 

 

Amplify Ch 3 Lesson 3.3 

 

Wednesday 

1/9 

Writing about Mesosaurus 

 

Amplify Ch 3 Lesson 3.4 

 

Thursday 

1/10 

Mesosaurus Seminar 

 

Friday 

12/21 

Mesosaurus Seminar 

 

Week 17 Tentative Schedule

Week 16 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

12/16 

Considering Rate of Plate Movement 

 

Amplify Ch 3 Lesson 3.1 

 

Complete page 97  

 

Amplify Chapter 3, Lesson 3.1, Activity 2

Tuesday  

12/18 

A Continental Puzzle 

 

Amplify Ch 3 Lesson 3.2 

 

Wednesday 

12/19 

Reconstruction Gondwanaland 

 

Amplify Ch 3 Lesson 3.3 

 

Thursday 

12/20 

Writing about Mesosaurus 

 

Amplify Ch 3 Lesson 3.4 

 

Friday 

12/21 

Assembly Schedule and Minimum Day 

Have a fantastic break!

Week 16 Tentative Agenda

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

12/10 

Explaining Plate-Mantle Interactions  

(Chapter 2 Lesson 2.3) 

Study for Quiz:  

Topics:  

-Plate Tectonics vs. Continents 

-Divergent Boundaries 

-Convergent Boundaries 

-Mid-Oceanic Ridges 

-Trenches 

-How earthquakes and volcanoes are linked to different types of plate boundaries 

  

IN Page: 70-94 

Tuesday  

12/11 

Modeling Plate-Mantle Interactions 

(Chapter 2 Lesson 2.4) 

Study for Quiz:  

Topics:  

-Plate Tectonics vs. Continents 

-Divergent Boundaries 

-Convergent Boundaries 

-Mid-Oceanic Ridges 

-Trenches 

-How earthquakes and volcanoes are linked to different types of plate boundaries 

  

IN Page: 70-94 

Wednesday 

12/13 

Identifying Plate Motion at a Plate Boundary (Chapter 2 Lesson 2.5) 

Study for Quiz:  

Topics:  

-Plate Tectonics vs. Continents 

-Divergent Boundaries 

-Convergent Boundaries 

-Mid-Oceanic Ridges 

-Trenches 

-How earthquakes and volcanoes are linked to different types of plate boundaries 

  

IN Page: 70-94 

AMPLIFY Extra Practice: Chapter 2, Lesson 2.5 "Homework" and Chapter 1 Lesson 2.4 "Homework" 

Thursday 

12/14 

Sub Day 

 

Quiz on Amplify Ch 1 and 2 

 

Friday 

12/15 

Exploring Iceland's Plate Boundary  

(Chapter 2 Lesson 2.6)