• 7th Grade Life Science Advance Course Syllabus 

    Course Instructor: Mrs. Donale Cochran

    Instructor’s e-mail: Donale.Cochran@marion.k12fl.us

    Instructor’s room number: 04-231

    Pre-requisites: Willingness to work hard, to spend at least 1/2 HOUR every night reviewing the concepts learned, complete any assignments given, and to think logically.



    • Composition notebook
    • Pencil & paper
    • Student 3 Ring Binder or Folder (1 inch)
    • Definitions (given by instructor per unit)
    • Additional books, worksheets, and other resources will be used throughout this course.
    •   CLASS RULES:
    • 1) Be ready to learn.                                                    4) NO EXCUSES
    • 2) Be on time.             3) Be prepared for class.         5) Use kind words when speaking
    • All topics follow the guidelines of the Florida Standards for the End of Course Exam.
    • Life Science is an introductory course to Biology (from the Greek word bios, “life” and logos “study of”) The Life Sciences comprise the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms – such as microorganisms, plants, animals, and human beings. During this course students will examine the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution and classification of all living things.
    • The unifying principles of this course are as follows: cell theory, human body systems, evolution, gene theory, energy and homeostasis.
    • QSMA: County wide assessments.
    • Quizzes: This includes definition quizzes that are given on every focus topic along with any unannounced quiz.
    • Assignments: This includes the classwork as well as the homework. Assignments are due the next class session unless told otherwise.
    • Students are evaluated by the following criteria: 
    • QSMA, Quizzes, Assignments: 45%
    • One Note Notebook/Study Guides: 10% (this includes additional reviews before a test)
    • Tests & Projects - 45% (this includes test given every focus topic).
    • Advance Science students are REQUIRED to complete a Science Fair project.
    • ABSENT / MAKE-UP:  Students are responsible to request missing assignments to be made up. If a student misses a test it is their responsibility to make up the test, if not, the grade is a zero.
    • If a student is absent, they are required to complete the work. 
    • If a student is absent three days, they have three days after they return to school to have their work turned in for a grade. 
    • PROFESSIONALISM: Late arrivals will not be tolerated and will be considered disruptive unless an authorized pass is presented. Any private conversation during instructional time is disruptive to both the instructor and students and will not be tolerated as well.
    • The classroom is a professional setting and you are expected to act and behave accordingly. After arriving on time, quietly take out materials for the beginning of class, FACE TO FACE or VIRTUAL LEARNING
    • GRADING SCALE                                    
    • Due to certain rulings, if a student passes this course with a 70% or better on their final grade along with passing the End of Course Exam, they will be recommended for Honors 8 – Physical Science – which will earn them a high school SCIENCE credit on their transcript.