Pete's Pond....an environmental adventure in writing

     Pete's Pond.....an environmental adventure.
    Welcome to the Lair of the Mad Scientist !
    I am excited to be a part of the Fieldale Collinsville Middle School family , working with Mr. Overstreet, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Worrell. 
    I am teaching 7th grade science.
    We will explore the wonders of the cell, biomes, genetics and much more using a hands-on approach.
    I am incorporating a year long assignment in science: Pete's Pond/Africa Cams. Students will adopt an animal and complete research as requested. They will also use their IPads/phones/computers to watch the live feed making 3 journal entries of 5 lines each on the activity at the pond. This is an incorporation of research, writing, and observation skills that compliments our study of biomes, predation, symbiotic relationships and conservation. The three journal entries will count as one weekly grade. The journal entries will be written in their notebooks.  Students may watch the pond as the bell ringer activity in class so lack of internet is not accepted as an excuse for not having the assignment. It is on the screen daily. Due to some technicial issues at Pete's Pond, we will be using the Wild Earth Cams at Dujama and Kwa. 
     There will be homework. Late work is NOT accepted. Please do not get behind in your assignments. 
    Assignments will be sent hme on REMIND.
    I use a combination of teaching methods in science. These include vocabulary study, reading assignments, singing/music, readers theater, writing prompts, hands-on-labs, projects,  comics and graphic novels, presentations and much, much more. My goal is to immerse your student in science and history.   
    I look forward to meeting students and their families.  
    Mrs. S Landreth 
    National Board Certified Teacher EA-Science renewed 2020 
    Our Daily Schedule........
    1st Exploratory .......8:30 - 9:15
    2nd Exploratory.....9:20 - 10:05
    3rd Core .....10:10 - 11:15
    4th Core....11:20-12:55
    lunch  ....11:50-12:15
    5th Core...1:00 - 2:05
    6th Core....2:10-3:15
    First Nine Weeks:Scientific Inquirey, Lab Safety, Cells, Cell Theory, Plant and Animal Cells, Cells Form and Function ( LS.1, LS.2,3,4,5,6)
    Second Nine Weeks: Cell reproduction , Genetics, Photosynthesis, Plant Needs ( LS.13,14)
    Third Nine Weeks: Ecosystems, Populations and Change, Cassification  (LS. 1,3,4,5)
    Fourth Nine Weeks: Biomes, Adaptations, Symbiotic RelationshipsLS. 1,5,7,8,9,10,11,15)
    Locker and restroom breaks will be scheduled. Since we start with Exploratories, students are encouraged to go to the restroom before school or during Exploratories. 
    Students will have a restroom break at lunch 
    Students will be issued a planner. This has 4 pages - one for each quarter. There are 30 slots on each page. When those 30 slots are filled, students will not be relased from class.
    If a planner is lost, the replacement cost is $5.00
    Students are responsible for their planners. 
    Students will be using the Swords  For Success discipline policy shared on the school website. 
    My classroom discipline policy is aligned with the Swords For Success policy.
    Severe clause.....Immediate removal to office for insubordination, fighting, any disruptive physical /verbal/other behavior deemed disruptive by teacher.
    Students are held to a high level of appropriate behavior due to the nature of a science class where hands-on activities are  experienced. Because students will be handling chemicals and lab equipment, absolutely no rough-housing or refusal to follow teacher directions will be tolerated. This is to promote and maintain safety in the science classroom.  Our chosen behavior is seen by all so there is no premise of privacy. 
    100-90 = A
    80-89 = B
    70-79 = C
    60-69 = D
    59 and below....F
    Assignments are "weighted" by assignment of multiple grades for projects, labs/experiments and some tests. Students will know exactly how many times a grade will count when the assignment is made. I do not use percentages to reference grades. Example: A three day lab will be recorded as Lab _____ 1, Lab ______ 2,             Lab ____ 3. Same for project : Project ______ 1, Project ______2, Project _____ 3. 
    I expect students to come to class with book, Ipads ( charged  80% and ready), notebooks, pencils and any assignments that are due. Assignments do have a stated due date. Late work is not accepted.  I do not give extra credit. I expect students to turn in work which is legible and has first and last names plus class period stated. Printing is acceptable. Colored pens are not acceptable for class work. I will not grade papers written in neon or missing the name. 
    Your student needs a separate notebook for science and social studies.  I prefer a 70 page wire-bound notebook. They also need pencils, colored pencils, and erasers.
    Supplies that would be greatly appreciated........ paper towels, hand sanitizer, kleenex, quart and gallon ziplock bags and latex gloves ( size medium, large or extra large for experiments), clear 20 ounce cups, clear vinegar, clear corn syrup.
    Students are expected to write their assignments in their planner daily.  
    Students are expected to:
    Follow all school and classroom rules. Complete all work, including homework.
    Come to class prepared with necessary supplies and a positive attitude.
    Respect everyone.
    Cooperate with teachers and peers.  
     Life Science Syllabus
    1st Quater ....Scientific Method, Lab Safety, Laboratory Equipment, Cells, Genetics, Heredity.  (Cornerstone)
    2nd Quarter.....  Cells, Genetics, Heredity, Classification and Organization of systems, Natural Selection
    3rd Quarter.... Relationships in Ecosystems, Photosynthesis
    4th Quarter....Conservation of Resources , Ecosystems and Biomes, Populations, Communities  (Cornerstone)
    Please note.......Students whose behavior is disruptive ( by my definition), who refuse to follow teacher instructions or who are failing science will be given an alternative assignment in place of the hands-on lab.  Horseplay and gum are not allowed in  my science classroom - no exceptions.  Refusal to complete the alternative lab assignment will result in a grade based on both the quality and the completeness of the alternative.  
    I look forward to meeting you at Open House.
    Mrs. L....the Mad Scientist 
    Please make sure your student keeps all their papers in their notebooks. This notebook will prove invaluable to them both this year and in the future. It will be used to prepare for the end of year science and social studies assessments.  A flash/thumb drive is extremely helpful.  Student notebooks can be used to review for the 8th grade Science SOL. 
    Have a great day.  
    Happy Back to School!!!!!!
     Students are reminded that the Pete's Pond/Africa Cams journal writing assignment is due weekly and is a year long assignment. Please refer to the handout you were given at the beginning of school. Students must have 3 separate "viewings" on 3 different days and each viewing must be a minimum 5 sentence paragraph. This counts as one weekly grade. This assignment is aimed at improving student writing and reading as well as the science SOL's on biomes, symbiotic relationships, and populations. This assignment will continue weekly through both science and history. 
     Please remember some classroom basics.....
    Come to class prepared with notebook, pencil and any assignments.
    No gum allowed.
    Late work is not accepted. 
    You will have  class assignments and homework....posted on REMIND. The expectation is that any work not completed in class is to be finished as homework.  
    Phones are not allowed in class .