7th Grade Life Science

Welcome to Life Science!

This course is dedicated to the study of living things, our place in nature, cell biology, genetics and evolution, health and human body systems, and the process of scientific investigation. My grade book comprises homework, quizzes, labs, projects, some classwork assignments, and three tests each marking period.

You will have many opportunities to demonstrate your progress, but to do well you must keep up with the work, spend some time each evening reviewing what we've done, and always have your work ready on the due date.

My grading is broken down as follows:
   Tests/Labs/Projects -- 45%
   Quizzes -- 40%
   Homework -- 10%
   Miscellaneous (classwork, notebook checks, etc.) -- 5%

I look forward to working with each and every one of you this coming school year.

7th grade 2014-2015

We are now into genetics, and have already had our first genetics quiz on Monday Jan 12th (postponed due to illness from original date of Friday Jan 9th).
Our next quiz will be on more advanced genetics problems, and is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 21st. This quiz will include basic Punnett Square problems, as well as problems involving our upcoming topics of sex-linked genes (such as color-blindness) and incomplete dominance (blood types, sickle-cell anemia), etc.
Class notes are provided below.

General Downloads

The completed outline will be graded as a homework assignment, and then used to create the final project, which will be graded as a test grade.
Notes for the small unit on Mitosis & Meiosis, which leads up to the larger unit on Genetics
Basic punnett square problems involving dominant and recessive genes.
More advanced genetics problems, involving co-dominance (aka incomplete dominance) with such genes as color-blindness and sickle-cell anemia.