7th Grade Science

About Your Science Teacher:

     My name is Joe Frey, and this is my 14th year of teaching at Estes Park Middle School, and 26th year overall.  I am an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, shooting, gardening, and virtually anything that involves being outside.  I fish over 100 days a year, so that is kind of "my thing".

     I am certified to teach seven different content areas, but I find teaching science and STEAM to be the most enjoyable of all the areas I have taught just because there is so much that seems directly relevant and interesting to our students--as well as to myself.

     Please feel free to stop by our classroom sometime.  We try to learn everyday and attempt to have a good time while doing it!


Class Content & Curriculum:

     Our units of study for this course is as follows:

1.  Introduction to Science

2.  Applied Math in Science

3.  Overview of Living Things

4.  Plants and Animals

5.  The Human Body

6.  Cytology & The Microscope

7.  Inside Earth

8.  Ecology

     With our online learning this year, the order of some of these units will change.

     In addition to those science-specific areas listed above, we also focus a great deal on developing our students in the areas of organization, communication, personal responsibility, problem-solving, and the use of appropriate technologies for the tasks at hand.

Class Rules: 

   This part is easy--we start out with 4 rules, and if everybody does those four simple things, there isn't any need for any more.

1.  Be on time.

2.  Use your time appropriately.

3.  Respect everybody else's time.

4.  When asked to do something, please do it after being asked the first time nicely.

* If we all just follow these 4 simple rules, we have found that we don't need any other rules!

Late Work:

     This is another easy one--turn things in on time.  If you follow the rules listed above, you shouldn't have much homework in this class.  And since what we do one day often builds into what we are doing the next day, turning things in on time is essential.

     So if you use your time in class and are organized, things should be in on time.  If you have an individual situation, please talk to your teacher about it.

Upcoming "Stuff"

Week of Jan. 25-29

Monday January 25:

  • Organs and Organ Systems

  • Begin Organ Systems Project

Tuesday January 26

  • Continue Organ systems

Wednesday January 27:

  • Lab:  External Anatomy of the Earthworm

Thursday January 28:

  • Lab:  Internal Anatomy of the Earthworm

Class Resources:
Unit 5:  Animals
Our Lesson Plan(s)
Animal Notes
Unit 5 Study Guide, Part 1
Organ Systems Chart
Invertebrate Adaptations Project
Organ Systems Project
Earthworm Dissection
Animal Notes Espanol
Unidad 5 Guía de estudio, Parte 1
Proyecto del Sistema de Órganos
Sistema de Órganos Principales
Earthworm Lab:  External
Guía de Calificación de Informes de Laboratorio 
Lab Report Scoring Guide
EPMS Writing Rubric
Rúbrica de Escritura de Formato
Sample Lab Report

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