7th and 8th Grade Science
We are started the year in Chapter 7, Trees, which goes along with the leaf project that students completed. Currently we are in Chapter 1 learning about how Life is classified and organzied.
Chapter 1 is RAQ- read, annotate, and answer all questions in lesson in workbook. I always have students read first and then we discuss all topics in class using the Smartboard.
All middle school students have study hall from 2-2:30pm (exception 7M will do science work during study hall on days middle school attends maass) each day and can see Mrs. Groves for additional help if needed during this time.
Since Schoology allows a student to click on "calendar" and show all work assigned for ALL classes, there is no longer a homework page for each middle school grade.
The book has a study guide at the end of each chapter that lists the key objectives and vocabulary words for each lesson summarized on ONE PAGE. Students are also given class time to work the practice problems on three pages at the end of each chapter. These are not graded but review the chapter to help students prepare for the test.
I will always write any necessary formulas on the board so students don't have to memorize.
Here are some acroymns I use when assigning work in class to help parents better understand:
RNQ - read, take notes using pen/paper, and answer questions in workbook
RAQ - read, annotate, and answer workbook question
C7L1 means Chapter 7 (Plants) Lesson 1 (What is a Plant)- this helps communicate to students which section we are learning
Students will be assigned either RNQ or RAQ for a lesson usually before we discuss in class so they are introduced to the new vocabulary and concepts. For most lessons, I give 15-30 mins in class so they are marked as classwork in Powerschool. If a student didn't finish the assignment in class, it becomes homework for the next day. In order for middle schooler to get practice on taking notes, we alternate between taking notes for one chapter then annotating the next chapter in our science workbooks.