Welcome to Ms. Rutter's 7th Grade Science Class 

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Life Science Pacing Guide can be found in Files and Documents which has been closely followed.
There are also 7th grade review materials that my previous students have used to prepare for the Science SOL.


Announcements

6/10/20
LS 1 and LS 4
Good morning I wish we were in class to dissect our frogs. Yes they have already been bought and are now waiting in storage for the next group of 7th graders - they are dead of course.
Here is a website of frog dissection activities.
Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
Check your emails for NJHS invitations I can still give you a recommendation.
Please come see me when school is back to get your textbooks for your 8th grade SOL.
Have a GREAT summer.
6/3/20
LS 1
Enjoy an hour of code today. Play a game that interests you as you learn.
Hour of Code
5/27/20
Today we are reviewing LS 13 Genetic Evolution & Genetic Variation
Please watch Animals, Adaptations, and the Galapagos Islands and complete Levels 1 and 2; you may do level 3 also.
Animals, Adaptations, and the Galapagos Islands
Complete Brainpop Charles Darwin and Natural Selection- play movies, take quizzes, and email results to ruttercm@pwcs.edu.
Brainpop  - access Brainpop through my EasyLink page in Files and Documents.
Login Username: PTMSProud   Password: PTMSProud

5/20/20
Today we are reviewing LS12 DNA & Heredity.
Watch Amoeba Sisters Monohybrid Crosses and complete the worksheet below or found in files and documents and email your answers.
Amoeba Sister Monohybrid Cross
Monohybrid worksheet
Then use virtual lab to see how traits are passed from parent to offspring using a Punnett square. Follow the directions on the lefthand side of page.
Punnett Square virtual lab

5/13/20
We are reviewing LS 5 Photosynthesis today.
Study Jams Photosynthesis - Play Video and then Test Yourself

Study Jams Photosynthesis
Brainpop Photosyntheis - play movie, take quiz, and email results to ruttercm@pwcs.edu.
Brainpop  - access Brainpop through my EasyLink page in Files and Documents.
Login Username: PTMSProud   Password: PTMSProud

Worksheet "What is Photosynthesis?" found in Files and  Documents Unit 3 Photosynthesis folder. Complete and email your answers.
Brainpop game TimeZone X: Photosynthesis
Then read about
Killer Plants and practice your STEM skills if you’re up for a challenge and email me your answers showing your work.
Killer Plants

 

5/6/20
Today we are reviewing LS 2d Cell Growth and Reproduction.

 

Brainpop  - Please access Brainpop through my EasyLink page in Files and Documents.
Login Username: PTMSProud   Password: PTMSProud
Please do the following Brainpops and email me your quiz results to ruttercm@pwcs.edu.
Cell, Cell Structures, Cell Specialization, and Mitosis.
Then there are 2 games in Brainpop I would like you to try
The Meaning of Beep:Cells And Time Zone X: Cells.

4/29/20

Good morning today we are reviewing LS 3 Life Processes and Cellular Organization.

Please review the videos and then go through the power point which has 5 questions you are to answer and email to me..  Just write your answers on notebook paper.. Then you can do the 2 Brainpop videos on Passive Transport and Diffusion.

   https://Introduction to Cells

Characteristics of Life

 Amoeba Sisters Characteristics of Life

Go through the Life Process & Cellular Organization ppt  found in files and documents Unit 2 folder and email your answers to ruttercm@pwcs.edu.

 

Brainpop Review - Please access Brainpop through my EasyLink page in Files and Documents.
Login Username: PTMSProud   Password:
 PTMSProud

4/22/20

1st if you have missing assignments work on those first or please complete the Yellowstone coyote activity or Amoeba Sister Nature of Science so I can use that for a 3rd qtr grade. Otherwise review Cells.

LS 2 Cells  - please go to the website below and explore -- compare Eukaryotic cells to Prokaryotic cells , look at the different organelles and then go to the study tab and chose one activity to do . When completed email me what you did and your rating of the website -- ruttercm@pwcs.edu.
Cells Alive

4/15/20

We will be reviewing concepts taught this year.

LS.1 Scientific Reasoning, logic and the nature of science.

Please watch these 2 videos on the Nature of Science and independent and dependent variables.

Amoeba Sisters Nature of Science

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nAETHZTObk

Variables independent and dependent. Remember the control is what does not change in the experiment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqj0rJEf3Ew

Then complete the Amoeba Sisters Nature of Science Recap Worksheet in files and documents  and email to me at ruttercm@pwcs.edu.


4/2/20
Brainpop Review - Please access Brainpop through my EasyLink page in Files and Documents.
Login Username: PTMSProud   Password: PTMSProud
Search for one of these 3 videos:Sun, Photosynthesis or Cell Respiration.
Watch video then click 'quiz' and take the
 graded quizWhen quiz is completed click "email your results"and email your results to me. my email is Ruttercm@pwcs.edu. Then watch other 2 videos at your convenience.
The results are not a grade but for my benefit to determine your understanding -- you can also play the games on Brainpop.
3/31/20

Yellowstone Realm of the Coyote Assignment

Instructions:

 1. Click on the video link and watch..

Yellowstone Realm of the Coyote Video 52:37 min

 2. Complete the video notes and email to me at ruttercm@pwcs.edu

  Yellowstone realm of coyote video notes are found in Files and Documents Unit 9.

3/27/20
Brainpop Review -
Please access Brainpop through my EasyLink page in Files and Documents.
Login Username: PTMSProud   Password: PTMSProud
Search for one of these 3 videos: Food Chain, Energy Pyramid, or Symbiosis.
Watch video then click 'quiz' and take the
graded quiz. When quiz is completed click "email your results"and email your results to me. my email is Ruttercm@pwcs.edu. Then watch other 2 videos at your convenience.
The results are not a grade but for my benefit to determine your understanding -- you can also play the games on Brainpop.

Home Learning

Following Virginia state superintendent guidance, PWCS will use a phased approach to supporting our students learning while they are at home (this is subject to change based on circumstances). Our goal is to ensure that all students and families are supported, but not overwhelmed by our support and guidance during this unprecedented health emergency and school closure. None of this work is for submission to a teacher or for a grade. The use of these resources is completely optional and we encourage parents to preview the learning resources prior to students using them to determine which ones are most appropriate for your family to support the learning of your student(s) at home.  
The following link is for 6 - 8th grade students:  http://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=41506907
9

March 25, 2020 -  I will be posting review material for the students to work on per Prince William County Schools PWCS and Potomac Middle School PTMS. As stated before students were working on  Populations and Communities. In Files and Documents there are 2 review ppt in Unit 9 folder.


Students started Unit 9 LS 7 & 8 Populations & Communities

Most students have left their textbooks in the classroom although we have covered the majority of the material.  Key concepts they are to continue learning for LS 7 are; Competition, cooperation, social hierarchy, territorial imperative and influence of behavior on a population. Key concepts for LS 8 are: the relationship among producers, consumers, and decomposers in food webs; predator prey relationships; competition and cooperation; symbiotic relationships; and niches.


Unit Test  was scheduled for March 26th.
This will be adjusted for when the students return to school.

See files and documents for study materials.

3/17/20 blueworldtv.com has 2 episodes on symbiosis that are good refreshers (please watch):
Anemonefish & Clownfish webisode 30
Symbiosis in the Sea webisode 46


Have a restful and healthy break!