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Seventh grade science is designed as a life science class. Our texts are part of a series by Prentice-Hall, Inc. Check out the information at the bottom of the page regarding how to access our science books online.

Daily Materials Needed for Class:

• Blue or black pen

• Pencil

• Science Book

• Science folder

• Loose leaf paper

• Spiral notebook for science only

• Assignment notebook

Upon Request:

• Highlighter

• Art supplies

Lab Activities and Computer Usage

Seventh grade science students participate in laboratory activities that will aid them in comprehending and applying the objective of the chapter. Students will receive specific instructions and will be expected to follow them. Because laboratory activities use special equipment and materials, lab safety is stressed. Students will be instructed in laboratory safety. During labs, students will be working with partners with whom they must cooperate. Students will receive a copy of the science lab rules. We will go over them in class. Please read over these rules with your child and return the signed form.

We will use the SmartBoard daily to enhance lessons.  The internet and computer simulations will also be used to enrich and motivate students during most of our units.


Students’ work will be graded using a point system. Homework is typically worth 5 - 20 points, quizzes are typically worth 20 - 40 points and tests are usually 50 - 100 points. The point value is determined based on the importance and time spent on each topic. Students will be made aware of the points possible on quizzes and tests prior to the quiz or test.

Since helping your child learn and be responsible is the major purpose of homework, any work turned in one day late will receive 50% credit.  Homework turned in more than one day late will receive a zero.  However, late assignments are still expected to be completed. 

Any student who is absent must see the teacher to find out what work was missed and to schedule a time to take any missed tests.  The due date for make-up work will correspond to the number of days absent. It is the student’s responsibility to find out what work was missed and to complete the work within the specified time.  The student is responsible for turning in the missed work without being asked for it. 


Disruptive behavior negatively affects the learning environment of other students in the classroom and will not be tolerated.

  • Students will first receive a verbal warning.  If the negative behavior continues, the student will receive a lunch detention.  Parents will be contacted if unacceptable behaviors do not improve. If necessary, a referral to the office will be issued.  Depending on the severity of the behavior, it may warrant an immediate referral to the office.

    Topics of Study For the Year:

    • Lab Safety/ Equipment

    • Microscopes

    • Scientific Method

    • Cell Structure and Processes

    • Fossil Record/Early Earth  
    • Body Systems (Frog Dissection)


    Textbook Online

    We are very excited to announce the addition of Pearson SuccessNet to our educational curriculum here at Palos South Middle School. Pearson SuccessNet offers you the opportunity to look inside your child's day-to-day learning.

    How to get started? It's as easy as 123!
    Success at school can be a shared learning experience!
    As a partner helping your child make the most of learning, Pearson SuccessNet offers the right tools for you and your child. It all begins with a simple login at the web site.

    How to access the Web site:

    1. Enter the URL (site address) --

    2. Then, use the following information to get started in Mrs. Hanley's "Hanley Science" (your child’s class period) classroom:

    Your child will receive their user name and password in class.
    Note: User name and password are case sensitive

    3. Congratulations! You should see your home page.

    P.S.: If you run into technical difficulties, there is a Pearson SuccessNet online help connection to serve you between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (CST) You can reach them at 1-800-234-5832.