WELCOME TO THE WOLF DEN
7th Grade Life Science Topics of Study:
* why "the wolf den"?
* measuring in metrics and English and converting from unit to unit
* cell organelles and their functions with the help of microscopes
* classification system & how it applies to organisms
(viruses, bacteria, fungi, protists, plants, and animals)
* environmental topics throughout the year
* labs and other hands on activities
LIFE Science FUSION site & Textbook Online - - go to LINKS on left side of home page - the FUSION site is the first one!
site has the student text book as well as an audio version of the book
so that students can follow along! Please note that, with the challenging terms, sometimes the computer does not know how to properly pronounce them!
Caution: If the link does not work, this is not an excuse to not have assignments done on time!
Be sure to check out the PA Native Species Garden area
across from the NC public library!
No doubt about it....Life Science is challenging content!
Bring your positive energy, ideas, questions and suggestions
(along with your materials)
to class each day!
Together we will sort through the content
using different methods and activities!
Some thoughts to help you be successful:
Be sure to reference the "Daily Howl" and other tabs on the homepage - AND use the helpful info in the classroom!
are a variety of old Life Science texts available in the classroom;
these will often have a different way of explaining concepts and terms.
They may also have different figures and examples that may help you to
understand the content better than our current textbook and activities.
These texts must be used in the classroom - sign up for help sessions
if you would like to use them in addition to class time when they are
YOUR PLANNER to keep track of work! Pretty much EVERY day, class time
is offered to complete your planner! Have it out on your desk, open
to the current page!
you do not have something done for the day it is collected or checked
in class; write it in your planner....every day until it's done....then
write yourself a note to turn it in the next day OR to make an
appointment with Miss M to go over it!
all of your notes organized for the current unit/chapter of study! ASK
FOR HELP if you need it! OR if you need folders, binders, etc!
Study your notes on a regular basis!
You should plan on 15-30 minutes of HW each night!
(ONE time over the weekend! Friday night - get it done! Or parts of the time Friday, Saturday or Sunday)
Reference Power School regularly!
& Homework is utilized in an effort to help students learn concepts
and practice skills. In addition, it is an important assessment tool
for Miss M to determine areas of mastery and areas for additional
instruction and practice.
the work will be to assist the students to discover what they know,
think they know, or don't know! The focus is for students to DO WHAT
THEY CAN, then get help and/or clarification to check and correct until
mastery is achieved.
student can always do SOMETHING! Work is often checked for effort and
quality. Students are given various opportunities to achieve mastery
throughout the quarter! If unsure of an answer or expectation, write
what IS known that is related to the assignment. Students could also
write the resource where they located information related to the topic
or specific questions they have to ask Miss M in order to be able to
move forward. Just do NOT leave it "blank"! Show Miss M what you CAN do
and together we will move forward from there!
or inappropriately prepared work will appear to be lack of knowledge
and/or effort. This work will be returned to the student for completion
and/or corrections so that appropriate progress can be assessed.
Students will receive partial credit when turned in complete/correct
Late Work Policy
= 1-2 calendar days late: maximum of 80%
= 3-7 calendar days late: maximum 70%
= 8 or more calendar days: maximum 50%
= Deadlines will be provided for marking period end date
= No work will be accepted from previous marking periods.
are granted to assist in the learning process; work will only be
accepted when it is complete and to a high quality effort
= Miss M reserves the right to NOT accept work turned in beyond the end of the chapter/unit of study. REMINDER:
the main goal in assigning work is to assist in the learning process;
it is NOT for the purpose of putting points in the grade book!
Example: If student earned 18.5/20
On-time: 18.5/20 = 93%
1 or2 days late: 80% = (.93)(.8) = 74%
3-7 days late: 70% = (.93)(.7) = 65%
8 or more days late: 50% = (.93)(.5) = 47%
*** If you are absent, you will get additional time (numbers of days you were absent) to complete the assignment.
*** Individual accommodations - through meeting with Miss McCallus is on a case-by-case basis.
(If students are struggling or absent - they must sign up with Miss M for help sessions during and/or after school BEFORE the day it is due for late credit)
are always welcome to talk with Miss M to make individual adjustments
to requirements, deadlines, grades, etc! This is to Miss M's discretion
and we may be limited in options as we approach the close of each
quarter! So don't wait until you are overwhelmed! Raise the flag as
soon as you begin to be unsure!
does not mean equal! Different students have different backgrounds,
different interests, different abilities and different challenges!
Therefore, Miss M will work with students and parents to help find a
way to achieve mastery of the required content and skills! Stay on top
of things.....ask for help.....accept help....offer help to
others....you can always do something.....keep trying!
is an opportunity for students to propose ways of learning or
re-learning science related concepts, sharing with their peers, and
earning additional points on their grade.
Extra Credit is NOT intended to replace regularly assigned work.
interested should see Miss M during "help sessions" to discuss their
ideas. Please check to be sure that you have all assignments completed
and turned in for credit before requesting an extra credit opportunity.
Also check with Miss M BEFORE you begin working on extra credit to
receive approval and direction!
Need some extra help...or just some extra time or space?
See Miss M for a pass to come in
during AFT times (selected HR and MOD6) , selected lunches,
selected after school sessions until 3:30
(Student must bring in a signed note to stay after school and
will need to be picked up out front of the main office, or permission
to walk home by 3:45. Dates for after school sessions are posted on the
DAILY ASSIGNMENTS and on the front chalk board)
OR, see Miss M to schedule a different time to fit your schedule!