Welcome to 7th Grade Life Science, Otters Team!

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Updated 4/2/2020

I hope you are all remembering to acting like Otters at home - be polite to one another!  Be safe, get outdoors (while practicing social distancing) and enjoy this time at home with your family.

Here is a relaxing nature hike from the comfort of your home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YluBecqmVu0

As a reminder, from the Instructional Update (Phase 3): March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020 - All instructional staff will begin providing ungraded learning resources/activities on their online platform. Staff Communities pages are being  updated to include a variety of resources to support teachers in this effort. Parents can access these pages through each school’s webpage. The Home Learning webpage will also continue to be updated with additional resources.

Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.  


I am available by Microsoft TEAMS Chat between 8a-3p M-F.  You can also email me at cookas@pwcs.edu with any questions you have about previous content you learned, or any assignments you may be missing. 

Please check Studentvue or Parentvue for missing assignments and/or missing tests or retakes that should be taken.  I have emailed students and parents on 4/1/2020 who NEED to finish a test or take a retake.  Retake codes are posted on Microsoft TEAMS in a post regarding the Classification test.  You may also take a test retake for an assessment during Marking Period 3.  First, go to Study Island to practice reviewing that material, then message Ms. Cook for a  Naiku code.  

I am posting daily on Microsoft TEAMS for you to think about and respond to, if you would like.  It is a way for us to stay connected and keep thinking about science while we are social distancing from one another.  It is great to see you interacting with one another about science concepts!  Just as we have rules and guidelines to follow in the classroom so that school is a safe environment for all, there are rules for going to "virtual school." 

TEAMS is a school-run site and you should be following all school rules regarding technology there.  ​This is not intended to be used for personal social media​.  School is still in session and privacy issues are not to be compromised.

Please be polite - use appropriate vocabulary.  Allow one another to submit their own thoughts - you may see a post before Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Cook will be the one to determine if someone's answer is correct or not.  I am encouraging you to build off of one another's ideas, just like you would in the classroom.  Remember, principals are watching over all modes of communication, just as they would be watching over everyone in the halls and classrooms, so be on your best behavior online too!

To answer a post question on TEAMS, please respond in a private chat so that other students do not see your answer and have a chance to answer the question after you.

The library staff has put together a great list of websites for you to go to and keep your brain working.  Be sure to check the sites out!  Let me know what one(s) you liked the most: 


 If you want to play some music that we used in class to help you relax, try these links:
Narnia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wTJenOQaBo
Hang Drum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7IbAv6qOlI
Study music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPni755-Krg

Be safe & I hope to hear from you about how you are learning about science at home!

:) Mrs. Cook