Saturday, November 15, 2014


Click on the links below to help you study for your test for Unit 1: Human Body

Topic 1: Cell Parts
  • organelles - small cell parts
  • cell membrane - the outer covering of the cell
  • nucleus - control center of the cell
  • mitochondria - convert energy from food to a form the cell can use
  •  cytoplasm - the jelly-like substance between the cell parts

Topic 2: Levels of organization in the body (CTOS)
  • Cells - smallest unit of life
  • Tissues - made of cells working together
  • Organs - made of tissues working together
  • Organ Systems - a group of organs working together

Topic 3: Functions of each of the body systems
  • Digestive
  • Circulatory
  • Respiratory
  • Excretory
  • Endocrine
  • Skeletal
  • Muscular
  • Reproductive

Topic 4: Organs and structures of each system

  • Circulatory
    • Heart
    • blood vessels: veins, arteries, capillaries
    • valves keep blood from moving backward
  • Respiratory
    • mouth/nose
    • trachea
    • pharynx/larynx
    • bronchi
    • lungs
    • alveoli - tiny air sacs where oxygen goes into the blood
  • Excretory
    • Urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra
    • Skin
    • Lungs
    • Large intestine/rectum
  • Endocrine
    • glands produce hormones
    • hormones control processes in the body
  • Skeletal
    • bones
    • ligaments
    • joints
  • Muscular
    • muscles
    • tendons
  • Reproductive
    • female: ovaries, uterus, eggs
    • male: testes, sperm

Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome to 7th Grade!

Thanks so much for visiting this 7th Grade Science page.  We will begin our school year with expectations for scholars' behavior and academic success.  You were given a summer science assignment: to visit the Museum of Natural History and Central Park.  I asked you to write a one-page reflection for each location.  Please send your reflection to me at  In the subject line of your email, type your name and SUMMER HOMEWORK.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Review for the Organisms Unit Test

Organisms Unit Test is Monday, May 19
The format will be multiple choice and short answer.

Use your study guide we created together in class to review, as well as your binder.  Rewrite vocabulary words and their definitions, then quiz yourself using the techniques you learned in class.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Unit 3: Dynamic Equilibrium: Other Organisms

March 3-March 7: How are organisms classified?  What makes an animal an animal?

Key ideas:
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Organisms are living things. 
Scientists classify (organize) living things into categories based on their similarities.
Large categories of organisms are called Kingdoms. 
The most specific group of organisms is called a species.
A species is a group of similar organisms that can mate and reproduce AND their offspring can reproduce.  (In class we discussed lions and tigers being different species, even though they can produce offspring; their offspring CANNOT produce offspring.)

The Animal Kingdom is a group of organisms that:
-are made of many cells
-have cells that have a nucleus and other organelles (parts with specialized functions)
-have to eat their food (they can't make food in their cells)
-can move around to find shelter, escape predators, find food

March 10-March 15: Using physical characteristics to classify animals. Using a dichotomous key to identify organisms.