This year I am teaching 7th grade life science and am putting together a notebook page that includes the handouts, ppts, and docs I use in my class.
Please feel free to check it out and use what you may need.
So far, we have covered Domains and Kingdoms, classification, the cell, mitosis, genetics, and meiosis:
I keep a collection of hidden pictures from Highlights in my classroom for the students to work on if they finish their work early. I place them in hanging folders in the back of the classroom and usually organize them by seasons since I have many years worth.
Using a colored pencil, they color in the items as they find them. It is a great way for them to practice their observation skills and challenge themselves, esp when they find something that is really hard to spot!
You can get the current month’s download for free at:
You can also have them emailed to you by signing up at:
You can also visit their website and print out as many as you like:
Or, you can play Hidden Pictures Online:
If you are looking for video tutorials for your students to use to reinforce concepts, or even explore new concepts, Khan Academy has TONS of videos for science (and math) and they are FREE.
For example, here is a detailed video about Mitosis, Meiosis, and Sexual Reproduction:
The homepage is: http://www.khanacademy.org/
3 domains or 6 kingdoms – which do you emphasize in your life science class? What activities or lesson plans do you use for this topic? Would love to hear from you and bounce ideas. Thanks!
I am looking into this pretty cool social networking application for educators – Schoology.com . It allows you to share documents, media, links, post grades, take attendance, perform online assesments, run thread discussions, etc… And it is FREE, which is always a plus!
I am looking into its viability for my 7th grade science class. We are a laptop school and 7′s have Macs that go back and forth from school to home.
Has anyone used this website, or similar one for their classes?
In September, I will be teaching one 7th grade life science class in addition to my 5th grade classes. I am really excited about diving back into life science , it has been many years since I last taught this class. So I will spend the summer looking for/making new resources, materials, lessons, activities, links, ppts, and handouts to use with my class.
I will be one of 3 teachers: Mr. M will teach three 6th grade classes and one 7th, Mr. D will teach three 8th grade classes and one 7th, while I teach three 5th grade classes and one 7th. We will team teach so all 3 of us cover the same topics/lessons each cycle.
7th grade life science meets 4 days out of a 6 day cycle, with each class approximately 50 minutes long. The topics we will cover are:
- What is life/6 kingdoms (briefly)
- The Cell
- Skeletal/Muscular/Integumentary Systems
- Nervous System
This school year flew by and now I am done for the summer. Phew! I am sorry that I have neglected this blog, please refer to my website for all up to date information for what goes on in my classroom.
My 5th grade notebook is updated and posted, as well as my planbook:
While the interactive notebook worked really well these past two years, for September I am going back to using a 1/2 inch binder and numbering the handouts as I hand them out to keep the consistency of a notebook.
The main reason I am switching back is purely the amount of paper and glue that is needed to upkeep these notebooks. It is also harder to recycle the notebooks once they are done with them.
Over the summer, I plan on reorganizing my handouts and photocopying mini-units for the kids to place directly into their binders to maximize using the front and back of every handout.
After 3 years, I have the 5th grade program fleshed out and exactly how I want it, so there may only be a few minor changes next year.
Whenever we talk about the atom, the topic of the atomic bomb comes up. This year, I spent a few days talking about it and showed some video clips as well. We read Einstein’s letter to FDR, as well as his response. Reading the letters was a great activity, we talked about letter writing, formal vs friendly, typing, zip codes, WW2, the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, and the kids were really interested. I ended with two video clips: one was “Duck and Cover” and the other was a graphic representation of all the bombs that have been detonated starting with the Trinity Test.
Atomic Bomb Testing – NY Times Photos
Trinity Test - video clip History Channel
“Fat Man Little Boy” video clip
Einstein’s letter to Roosevelt
Einstein and the atomic bomb video clip
50 years – Trinity Test
Simple lab using markers, water, jelly jar, and coffee filter paper. (You can use rubbing alcohol instead of water, results are similar). Shows how you can physically separate a mixture, as well as demonstrate capillary action.