Welcome to Miss K’s Dna, Biology, Science, Helix,

Science Class

Hello Parents/Guardians & Students!

My name is Kristin Roach, otherwise known as Miss K! I’m excited to have your child in my science class, and to get the chance to work with you and your child throughout the year. Just like a scientist, this year your son or daughter will be using a variety of texts and instructional materials in my classroom to gather information on the topics we cover. Each student will also have many opportunities to apply what they have learned in lessons through various labs and activities that will be informative, fun and highly engaging.

As for grades, the following items will be included in your child’s progress report halfway through every nine weeks, as well as every report card.

Interactive Notebook: This year we will be using interactive notebooks in class. This notebook will house all notes, foldables, critical thinking questions, class discussions, lab questions/answers, diagrams and any other information we cover in class. This notebook will stay in my classroom unless it is sent home for studying purposes before a test or otherwise noted. Periodically, I may request each student to take their interactive notebook home in order for parents to stay connected to their child’s science information. I will require a parent's signature and I ask that parents sit down with their child, review the notebook and ask questions about each topic.  I expect each student to be creative and colorful with his/her notebook - let’s have fun while learning!

Homework: Students will be assigned homework each week. Homework may be a reading assignment, a worksheet, review questions, take-home activities, or unfinished class work. I encourage you to review homework on a regular basis so that you know how well your child is doing.


Labs: Students will be doing a number of exciting laboratory activities this year. To ensure that  students have fun and succeed in the laboratory, it is important that they have a good understanding of safe lab practices. Please help reinforce lab safety.


Quizzes and Tests: To ensure that students are regularly completing and understanding their course work, I will try to administer one quiz per week. I assess student progress with a more formal test at least once per grading period. If your child earns a test grade of C or lower, please encourage your child to visit with me about ways to improve his or her progress.


Late or Makeup Work: If your child is absent, please encourage him or her to visit the Missing Assignment Box  immediately upon returning to the classroom. Please know that it is my priority to ensure that each student has adequate assistance and ample opportunities to succeed in this class. If you have any questions about the class or your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me at roachkr@daytoncity.net, or call the school - extension #8272.

7th Grade Science Year-At-A-Glance: (Chapter in parenthesis)

1st Nine Weeks: Minerals (13), Rocks(14), Plate Tectonics(15), Earthquakes(16), Volcanoes(17), & Energy Resources(18)
2nd Nine Weeks: Matter in Motion(19), Forces and Motion(20), Work and Machines(21), The Energy of Waves(22)
3rd/Early 4th Nine Weeks: Cells(2), the Cell in Action(3), Body Organization & Structure(8), Heredity(4), Plant Processes(7), Body Systems(8-12 partial chapter sections)
After State Test: The Engineering Process - Build toothpick bridges


This year we will be using Remind in my science class. Remind: http://www.remind.com/join class code: 2764k Please follow these directions to become a member of my class and open the door for more communication.

Thank you! I am looking forward to this year!

Ms. K

Newton’s Laws Internet Scavenger Hunt Websites:









Extra Educational Websites:

Games & Interactives: http://www.centreofthecell.org/games/

Cell Organelle Quiz: http://www.quia.com/mc/65947.html

Cell Organelle Web Activity: http://www.cellsalive.com/

Interactive Cell: http://www.ibiblio.org/virtualcell/tour/cell/cell.htm

All About Minerals: http://www.mineralogy4kids.org/mineral-properties

The Mineral Factory: http://ees.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/elearning/module09swf.swf

Mineral Lab: http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/science/virtual_labs/ES03/ES03.html

Mineral Identification: http://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/geol101/labs/minerals/Min01.htm

Rock & Mineral Identification Video - YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MvXv66b5h4&noredirect=1

Rock Cycle Interactive: http://www.learner.org/interactives/rockcycle/index.html

Newton’s Three Laws of Motion: http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/history/newton3laws.html

Motion Basics: http://www.physics4kids.com/files/motion_laws.html

Fun simple machine websites:



DNA Jewelry: http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/connections/genetics/beadproject/tpage.html