Mr. Kaufmann's 7th Grade Science Class

    - We are using Canvas which is an online learning platform.

    Link to DVUSD Portal --> https://portal.dvusd.org/

    Students will need their student login information to access the DVUSD Portal

    The Canvas Icon in the portal looks like this -----> Canvas Icon


    For science class students should have access to:

    a device with internet access

    pencil, pen, or something to write with

    lined paper (notebook or loose)

    colored pencils, crayons, or markers

    index cards or blank paper

    - Readings and videos are from Discovery Education and embedded online on Canvas.

    - I have high expectations of each of you.

    - We will be kind, responsible, and respectful.

    - I am here for you.

    Screen Shot funtion not working on your Chromebook? Watch this Youtube video by a DVUSD student.


     District Canvas help page (wonderful resource) --> https://www.dvusd.org/Page/48958

    Parents Tutorial to become observer in Canvas --> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W_caoq2OaaCjjbJP-cbVhNfz5nqGGjEk/view?usp=sharing

    Parents, still haveing technical issues? Fill out this Google:




    What are we doing this week in Science?

    8/3/2020 Getting to know you/me and how to be a succesful 7th grade science student

    8/4/2020 Continue getting to know you. Read/Listen to and ask questions about 1st four assignment for Week 1

    8/5/2020 Need two sheets of paper (any paper). Will do next assignment Week 1(Discovery Education Textbook) and spend class exploring how to use our Techbook.

    8/6/2020 Will do next assingment Week 1 (Gizmos) We will spend class exploring what Gizmos are and what I expect when we are assigned a Gizmo.

    8/7/2020 Finish last two assignment for Week 1 (Notifications and How to Canvas). We will spend class getting more comfortable with Canvas.


    Contact info for Mr. Kaufmann

    Email - chad.kaufmann@dvusd.org

    I send and receive emails between 7am and 4pm Monday - Friday. I will do my best to get back to you within one school day. 

    Students should contact me through Canvas. We will go over this the 1st day of class and is on my Canvas page.


    See the image below? Do you think this guy gave up?

    I hope you answered "No way." 

    If the shark gave up then it would starve and that would be bad...right?

    I except that all of my students continue to try even after experiencing failure.

    Failure drives success! 

    Shark jumping out of the water


    • IMPORTANT CLASSROOM WEBSITES!!!                  AND                       IMPORTANT SCIENCE CURRICULUM WEBSITES!!             


    Other things for 7th grade science!

    Link to Engineering Expo Packet (2nd semester, not like 6th grade)


    In January your student(s) will receive a packet for Engineering Design. This year we are focused on Rube Goldberg Machines & Whirligigs. This is a student

    center project & all of it will be accomplished at home. Please DO NOT spend any money on this project other than things like glue & other things to attach

    items. This should be a low to no cost project utilizing what is around your home & my classroom. Your student(s) can come to me if they need specific

    items & I will help locate it.




    We have many classroom pets. I will send home permission slips to handle forms the first week back to school. 

    - Most of the critters and cages are either donated/rescued or are from my own house.

    - any help with upkeep/food for the pets is always appreciated



    Donors Choose for classroom equipment/lesson materials 


    Check it out if you wish to donate above and beyond to any of the wonderful teachers that are in need.

    I am so lucky year after year to have parents that are supportive of the needs of their children.


    Thank you,

    Chad Kaufmann

    Canyon Springs STEM Academy

    Science isn't just for scientists and guys in lab coats. It's something that everybody can do. Jamie Hyneman