Hello Students! My name is Mr. Samora and I am your science instructor. I was born in Washington DC and raised in Durham, NC. I received a BSc in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University. I also completed graduate courses at North Carolina Central University and Concordia University. Previously, I worked at a cardiovascular research laboratory in North Carolina Central University. We experimented with rats and mice to investigate the role of diet in hypertension. When I wasn’t in the lab, I also taught introductory science courses/labs to undergraduate students. Soon after that, I got an opportunity to teach middle and high school science in the Fujian province of China… and now I’m in Gainesville!

7th/8th grade Science consists of a full year study of Life Science. Students explore their world by participating in a variety of activities that require them to utilize science process skills. Students also apply reading skills to science texts and practice mathematical concepts.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Life science involves studying the characteristics of living things and the relationship of living things to their living and non-living environment. Students will participate in lab investigations and inquiry activities as well as studying historical and current scientific discoveries and research. They will become familiar with the scientific method of inquiry and discovery, and will consider the application of life science knowledge to real world situations, their own lives, and their responsibilities as citizens of our planet.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS
Students will perform science inquiry through the use of the scientific method, measuring, calculating, and laboratory procedures. Students will catalog and explain biological changes over time, describe and compare the functions of an organism in terms of cells, tissues, and organs, identify and illustrate how traits are passed from generation to generation, and recognize and describe the factors that influence the balance of populations in their environment.

Course Questions:
1. Why is the scientific method used to draw conclusions?
2. How do the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors affect each other and the world? 3. How does cell structure support life?
4. How do the different systems of body maintain homeostasis?
5. How do molecular characteristics of organisms determine heredity?
6. What are the evidences that provide an explanation for evolution?

Grading and Assignments
Your grade will be based on the following:
15% Labs & Assignments
30% Quizzes & Projects (Group & Individual)
25% Assessments
15% Semester Exam
15% Participation

Materials for Each Class:
One notebook and folder exclusive to science
Pencils/pens
School planner
Textbook
Completed assignments

Concepts/Skills to Maintain
*Characteristics of Science
*Records investigations clearly and accurately
*Uses scientific tools
*Interprets graphs, tables, and charts
*Writes clearly
*Uses proper units
*Organizes data into graphs, tables, and charts
*Analyzes scientific data via calculations and inference
*Recognizes the importance of explaining data with precision and accuracy
*Uses technology
*Asks quality questions
*Uses safety techniques
*Uses models

******Class participation points will include coming to class prepared and doing your assigned reading. If you are still having difficulty understanding an assignment or concept, come see me AHEAD of the due date for more help. I am available from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, Monday-Thursday. Also, you can email to
srugumamu@millhopper.com.

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