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Science (Section 7B)

Mr. Neil Cypher-Tierney

Course Description

Welcome 7th graders!
This is the online page for 7th grade science.
7th grade is a big year! It's important for students to be successful and learn science this year to build a foundation of knowledge for 8th grade and high school.
Currently we are learning about atoms and molecules, elements and bonding, and the periodic table! Learning about this is a milestone for 7th graders and will set them up for success in all future science classes. It helps them construct a foundation to build upon for the rest of the year. So it is so important that they receive all the support they can get during this crucial learning time. 
Parents, to help your child be successful please encourage them to complete their daily homework, to participate in class, and to study for quizzes and tests. Secondly, it is crucial for every student to have their supplies in class. These supplies include a pencil, science composition notebook, and science folder. Third, Positive classroom behavior helps students succeed in the classroom.
New Questions and Learning Targets:
1. Why is water important?
2. Where is water found?
3. What is the water cycle?
Old Questions and Learning Targets:

Know what atomic number is.

Know how to find elements on the periodic table

Know how to use the group numbers on the periodic table to find the number of valence electrons for a given element.

Know the maximum amount of valence electrons an atom can have.

Know how many electrons an atom must gain to get a full outer shell of valence electrons.

Know how to draw the Lewis dot diagram of an element.

Know the difference between a single, double, and triple bond.

Know which elements can engage in covalent bonds and that covalent bonding is the sharing of electrons.

Know how to solve for the amount of electrons two elements must share in order to collectively have 8 valence electrons.

Know the difference between a physical and a chemical change. 

Know how to interpret and write chemical formulas.

Know how to predict the outcome of chemical reactions given the reactants or products. 

Be able to write a chemical reaction formula given the elements involved in the reaction. 

Predict how elements will bond. 

Cite evidence and make claims about a phenomenon being a physical or chemical change. 

Successfully balance equations using Coefficients. 

Classify reactions as synthesis, decomposition, or replacement.

The following are my classroom rules and expectations.
1. Come to class on time, with all your science supplies ready to learn.
2. Keep your desk and your surrounding area clean.
3. Pay attention, participate, and ask questions.
4. Do your own work.
5. Try your best! I will award good grades on homework and entrance quizzes as long as students make an attempt! Michael Jordan missed many shots, and lost many games. As long as students learn from their mistakes and give 110% effort, they WILL succeed.
Classroom Rules:
1. Raise your hand before you speak.
2. Please keep your hands and feet to yourself.
3. Ask the teacher for permission before leaving your seat. 
4. Use polite and appropriate language.
5. Teamwork makes the dreamwork: teamwork and cooperation are expected in class.
6. Follow all directions.
7. Enjoy yourself!
Lab Rules:
1. Always wear goggles when working with any liquids, EVEN WATER.
2. Be familiar with where the eyewash station, fire extinguisher, first aid, fire blanket, and sanitation stations are.
3. Misbehaviors such as running, jumping, throwing objects, pushing, or shoving will not be tolerated. 
4. Students who cannot follow the rules will have to leave the room and receive a zero.
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