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Syllabus PreAP

Pat Smith            Malvern Middle School                 Class: 7th Pre AP Science

Course Description:  Pre-AP 7th Grade Science is an integrated science class that incorporates the major fields of science into one class.  This curriculum will have students participating in many interactive labs to learn about Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science and Nature of Science concepts. In a Pre-AP/GT course the students will be expected to perform at high academic levels. All students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate and explore objectives outlined in the Arkansas Standards for Science and Common Core Standards.  This will be accomplished through a combination of teaching methods such as hands-on activities, cooperative learning groups, discussion, journal writings, and individual practices.  This course is intended to help students discover how science works in the classroom as well as in the real world.


Classroom Policies & Expectations:
Be prepared to start class when the bell rings (binder, paper, and pencil)

Begin copying the objective and answering the problem of the day when the bell rings

Raise your hand to speak
Show respect to everyone in the classroom


Supply List:

Section in binder designated for Science or notebook for Science Journal

 Pencil or Pen

Folder with pocket for worksheets                      

Colored pencils

Transparent Tape to use with Science Journal




 Although written homework may not be assigned on a daily basis, every student is responsible for reading over his or her notes/book or preparing for test & quizzes.  Tests are announced in advance and will be posted on the board and written in Science Journal. 


Grading Policy  

All assignments must be turned in by the due date for full credit. 


Grade Ranges                          Grades are based on:

90-100= A                                   Homework assignments

80-89= B                                      Labs

70-79=C                                       Projects

60-69=D                                      Science Journal                                  

0-59=Failing                                Quizzes





Replacement grade:

Students may replace one low test (100 pts) grade per nine weeks with an extra project approved ahead of time.  To receive credit, students must turn projects  two weeks before the end of the grading period.


Science Journal
All students are required to keep a Science Journal. Required assignments, notes, handouts, and problems of the day will be kept in their journal. Also, students will take test periodically from their journals. Science Journals are a major tool for studying for test and taking journal quizzes.


1st 9 Weeks

Nature of Science

Lab Safety

Scientific Inquiry

Metric System

Structures and Properties of Matter

2nd 9 Weeks

Atomic Composition

Elements and Compounds

Models of Molecules

Physical/Chemical Reactions and Thermal Energy’s Effect

Physical and Chemical Properties

Conservation of Matter

Design project to construct, construct, test and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical process

Solvent, Solute, and Solution

Solubility Rates/Graphs



 3rd 9 Weeks

Nature of Science

Relationships in the Ecosystem (competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial interactions, biodiversity, population)

Biotic and Abiotic components of ecosystems (flow of energy)

Water purification, nutrient recycling, or prevention of soil erosion


4th 9 Weeks

Geoscience Processes

Cycling of Earth’s Material and Flow of Energy (Model Rock Cycle)

 Renewable and Nonrenewable resources (location of resource

Synthetic material

How the Earth’s surface has changed

Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. (Continental drift, sea floor spreading, ocean ridges, fracture zones, or trenches)

Analyze and Interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events (natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions and severe weather) Types of technologies used to allow for reliable predictions  

Because our primary goal is to maximize student achievement, material may be added, deleted, and/or substituted at the teacher's discretion based on individual needs, levels, and learning styles of each class. Creative projects, written assignments, & supplemental material may also be included throughout the year as opportunities arise.

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