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Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Dear Parents:

 

I welcome your child to my Science/Health class. Our endeavors in the classroom are going to be exciting and cooperative.

A brief outline of the educative process is given in the accompanying handouts* for your information. I hope you will go through them and lend a helping hand to make the program a great success.

I want your child to be stimulated, enjoy science, and grow intellectually. If you child has difficulty in my class, or you have any questions, please feel free to call me or setup a conference through our Magnet Coordinator. S/he can be reached at 818-654-3355818-654-3355.

If your expertise is in the area of Health/ Biology, I invite you to be a resource person in our classes. Please let me know what you can contribute.

I am looking forward to a successful year.

Very truly yours,

Darshana Shah

Mrs. D. Shah

Teacher: Mrs. Shah

Biology/Health is a one-year course that provides the students with opportunities in scientific thinking, communication and investigations.

Health emphasizes the development of basic concepts, values and skills needed for effective decision-making in matters of personal, family and community health. Language arts will be integrated into the curriculum. The students will also make connections between the disciplines of biology, earth sciences, and physics.

This course will be standards-based. State content standards describe in specific and comprehensive terms what students need to know and be able to do. There are content standards for each grade level and subject.

The following topics and activities are included to address the state standards for the 7th grade curriculum.

  1. Biological skills and techniques – Review of the scientific method, metric measurements and microscopes. Students will conduct individual research in an area of personal interest. (Science fair project)
  2. Cell structure, function and cell processes. (Construct 3-D scale model of a cell organelle, reflect their research in a poem.)
  3. Genetics and genetic engineering. (Extraction of DNA, DNA jewelry model, and two week hands on lab activity using molecular biology techniques and research tools.)
  4. Human biology – Human reproduction. (Lab activity – observation of fertilization of sea urchin eggs)
  5. The effects of drug and tobacco use.
  6. Evolution – labs simulating radioactive decay and natural selection)
  7. Current issues – (reading, and discussing current biology/health related issues)

Textbooks: Biology (Prentice Hall), Life Science (Holt), Life Science (Prentice Hall).

**Each student will be issued this textbook to keep at home. Please encourage your child to take good care of his/her book by covering it.

Shah


The following are the 7th grade California standards:

  1. All living organisms are composed of cells, from just one to many trillions, whose details usually are visible only through a microscope.
  2. A typical cell of any organism contains genetic instructions that specify its traits. Those traits may be modified by environmental influences.
  3. Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species developed through gradual processes over many generations.
  4. Evidence from rocks allows us to understand the evolution of life on Earth.
  5. The anatomy and physiology of plants and animals illustrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
  6. Physical principles underlie biological structures and functions.
  7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.

Log onto http://www.cde.ca.gov/standards/science/grade7.html for all the standards.

  

The 7th grade curriculum is mapped into two instructional components. At the conclusion of each instructional component students will take a periodic assessment. These diagnostic assessments are designed to measure teaching and learning. The dates for the assessment will be announced when the information will be available.

 

Shah

 


Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

Dear Parents,

I welcome your child to my science health class. Our endeavors in the classroom are going to be exciting and cooperative.

A brief outline of the education process is given in the accompanying handouts* for your information. I hope you will go through them and lend a helping hand to make the program a great success.

I want your child to be stimulated, enjoy science, and grow intellectually. If your child has difficulty in my class, or you have any questions, please feel free to call me or setup a conference through our Magnet Coordinator. She can be reached at 818-654-3355818-654-3355.

If your expertise is in the area of Earth science/ecology, I invite you to be a resource person in our classes. Please let me know what you can contribute.

I am looking forward to a successful year.

Very truly yours,

Mrs. D.Shah

Teacher: Mrs. Darshana Shah

 

Sixth grade science/ health is a one-year course. It focuses on life science, physical science, earth science, and health with a major emphasis on earth science. Language arts will also be integrated into the curriculum.


The students will be given opportunities for scientific thinking, communication investigation and experimentation.

 

The following are the California 6th grade science standards:

 

  1. Plate tectonics accounts for important features of Earth’s surface and major geologic events.
  2. Topography is reshaped by the weathering of rock and soil and by the transportation and deposition of sediment.
  3. Heat moves in a predictable flow from warmer objects to cooler objects until all the objects are the same temperature.
  4. Many phenomena on Earth’s surface are affected by the transfer of energy through radiation and convection currents.
  5. Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.
  6. Sources of energy and materials differ in amounts, distribution, usefulness, and the time required for their formation.
  7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.

Log onto http://www.cde.ca.gov.standards/science/grade6.html for the complete list of standards.

 

The following units are included in the sixth grade curriculum and are aligned with the state science framework and district learning standards:

 

  1. Scientific method – Skills, tools, and metric measurements.
  2. Earth science – Plate tectonics, and Earth’s structure, changes in the earth surface (volcanoes and earthquakes). Mineral and rock formation.
  3. Ecology – Classification of living things, how energy travels through an ecosystem using food chains, webs, and pyramids.
  4. Physics – Heat energy, effects of energy upon matter.
  5. Health – Nutrition, anatomy and physiology of the human body.

 

Textbooks: Focus on Earth Science, Ecology, Human Biology (Prentice Hall), Earth Science (Holt).

 

**Each student will be issued this textbook to keep at home. Please encourage your child to take good care of his/her book by covering it.

 

            The 6th grade curriculum is mapped into three instructional components. At the conclusion of each instructional component students will take a periodic assessment. These diagnostic assessments are designed to measure teaching and learning. The dates for the assessment will be announced when the information is available.

 

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