Grade 7 Science and Engineering

Mr. Cranston's class at a glance...



  • Curriculum

    In grades 6-8, students learn science through the IQWST curriculum offered by Activate Learning. It is best summarized by this quote from Activate Learning:  “Students investigate questions relevant to their lives by: conducting investigations; collecting and analyzing data; developing and using models to explain phenomena; engaging in argument from evidence; all in a literacy and discourse-rich environment.”

    For 2018-2019 four units will be taught. They are (in the order in which they will be taught):

    1. Physics: Why Do Some Things Stop While Others Keep Going - Transfer, Transformation and Conservation of Energy

    2. Chemistry: How Can I Make New Stuff from Old Stuff? - Chemical Reactions and Conservation of Matter

    3. Earth Science: What Makes the Weather Change? - Atmospheric Processes in Weather and Climate

    4. Life Science: What Is Going on Inside Me? - Body Systems and Cellular Processes 

    ENGINEERING A fifth unit, unrelated to IQWST, will be taught at the end of the year. It is an engineering unit on robotics.



  • Amount of Homework

    There are typically 2-4 homework assignments due every week. Each homework assignment should take about 10-30 minutes to complete. Upcoming homework assignments can be viewed through Schoology.



  • Homework Grading

    Homework makes up 15% of the term grade. Each homework assignment is worth 10 pts. Full credit is awarded if all of the HW expectations are met. If any of the expectations are not met, the HW grade will be a 7. If a significant portion of expectations is not met, the grade will be a 0 or 5. Homework assignments that are graded a 0 or 5 can be brought up to a 7. Late or revised homework that is over one week old must be emailed to the teacher. No late homework will be accepted one week after the unit test.



  • Complete Homework Policy

    For more information on the homework policy, including homework expectations, please see my Homework page.



  • Grades

    In grade 7 science, there are three grading categories on the report card: Achievement, Effort, and Citizenship.

    Achievement: The science achievement grade is determined by tests (30%), quizzes (20%), writing (20%), classwork (15%) and homework (15%). Tests occur at the end of each unit. Quizzes occur 2-3 times during a unit. Graded writing assignments occur about 2-3 times a unit. During one term, we will cover about a unit and a half. Grades can be viewed through Schoology. This grade is a letter grade (A-D).

    Effort: This grade is a reflection of the student's attempt to so the very best one can. The grade is based on class participation in discussions, HW completion, classwork completion, teamwork participation, seeking help, taking risks and following directions. This grade is a letter grade (A-D).

    Citizenship: This grade reflects how well a student demonstrates citizenship (as described by the student handbook) within the science classroom. This grade is a 1-4 expectations grade, in which 1 means Does Not Meet Expectations and 4 means Exceeds Expectations.



  • Effort

    Effort is the attempt to do the very best one can.

    The effort grade is based on participation in discussions, HW completion, classwork completion, teamwork participation, seeking help, taking risks and following directions. This grade is a letter grade (A-D).