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     Mrs. Halal

    7th Grade Science - Team 7-2

         Welcome to Hillcrest!  My name is Mrs.Halal this is my 7th year in the district and at Hillcrest. It is my 12th year teaching 7th grade Science and I am very excited to continue working as part of the Hillcrest team. In addition to current hands-on lab practices, this year students will be challenged to work with chromebooks frequently to complete classwork and take quizzes. The links below will take you to the class syllabus and instructions for becoming an observer on the Canvas website. 

  •                                           Class Syllabus                                                    Canvas Observer Instructions - Click here

                                      PDF file link - click here

                                         Word file - click here


    Lesson plans & Assignments 

     All assignments and lessons are found on CANVAS. They are grouped by month in a calendar format.  Assignments are available for 2 weeks. Any paper assignments are available in class at the front of the room and are to be turned into the "TURN IT IN" bin on the due date.

     Materials needed(Students will record observations, draw sketches, and take notes while working online and when we return in person.)

    • a composition notebook 
    • a pencil


    Other recommended materials for in class:

    • scotch tape or glue stick
    • post it notes
    • notecards (for making flashcards to study)
    • highlighters
    • colored pencils

    Any other supplies are welcome but not required. 

    Classwork website link:    Start Learning Monday, August 3rd by logging into Canvas.


    Used by all students to access assignments, Discovery Education, and notes.

     link - click here



  • New Arizona 7th Grade Science Standards


    Standard code



    Collect and analyze data demonstrating how electromagnetic forces can be attractive or repulsive and can vary in strength.


    Develop and use a model to predict how forces act on objects at a distance.


    Plan and carry out an investigation that can support an evidence-based explanation of how objects on Earth are affected by gravitational force.


    Use non-algebraic mathematics and computational thinking to explain Newton’s laws of motion.


    Construct a model that shows the cycling of matter and flow of energy in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. 


    Construct a model to explain how the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures provides evidence of the past plate motions. 


    Analyze and interpret data to construct an explanation for how advances in technology has improved weather prediction.


    Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to provide evidence that all living things are made of cells, cells come from existing cells, and cells are the basic structural and functional unit of all living things.


    Construct an explanation to demonstrate the relationship between major cell structures and cell functions (plant and animal).


    Develop and use a model to explain how cells, tissues, and organ systems maintain life (animals).

    7.L1U1.11 Explain how organisms maintain internal stability and evaluate the effect of the external factors on organisms’ internal stability.
    7.L2U1.12 Construct an explanation for how some plant cells convert light energy into food energy.


    English Language Learner Standards: Speaking and Listening

    Standard code


    Strand 1: LI -6

    • following multi-step instructions/ directions, procedures and processes which contain specific academic content vocabulary

    Strand 1: LI -8

    • responding to questions and statements in an academic discussion by using key vocabulary in complete sentences.

    Strand 1: B-9

    • determining main ideas and supporting details from content area presentations

    Strand 2: B-6

    • making predictions about academic content using complete sentences.
  • Contact Information: 

    If you need to contact me, please feel free to send me an e-mail at christine.halal@dvusd.org,

    or call and leave a message at 623-376-3386.