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Science 8: Physical Science (Summer Class)

Science & Nature

10 Weeks of Hands-On Science

This ten-week class is part of a series and can be taken in any order. We will spend 6 weeks on physical science and 4 on life science.
Brenda Cranson
256 total reviews for this teacher
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$10 per class
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45 minutes per class
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Learners will gain confidence in core areas of science and build a foundation in several scientific disciplines.  Learners will have a chance to discover and discuss what they learn and see real-world examples of the science we are learning about.
Ms. Brenda loves science and enjoys learning about science for fun.  She studied Geology at Mesa Community College, received certificates in Anatomy and Physiology at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, completed an Astronomy and Cosmology course on Khan Academy, and is currently working her way through a Physics course on Khan Academy.
Weeks 3, 7, and 10 require advanced prep.  I will give the instructions for the experiment the week before.  I will also be demonstrating the experiments so students who don't have their own experiments prepared will be able to watch my demo and still participate in the discussion.
-If you want additional content aligned with what we are learning in class, you may wish to purchase "5th Grade Science Daily Practice Workbook by Argo Prep". The lessons in this class are aligned with weeks 1-10 of that book. The book is not required for the class, however. Supply List Each week learners should have: -lined paper or notebook -a pencil Week One -A glass of water (preferably clear) -1 tsp of sugar Week Two -ice cubes -water -pan or pot -stove (an adult should be nearby while we are using the stove) -a clear, plastic, disposable cup or jar -a permanent marker (We will be freezing water in the cup/jar for next week's experiment so make sure freezer space is available.) Week Three - cup/jar or ice from week two - permanent marker - kitchen scale - towel/ dry rag Week Four - a golf ball - a ping pong ball Week Five - a glass or cup - a plate/ mat to help contain the mess -baking soda -vinegar - measuring spoons -water Week Six Packages can be empty or full. We need the full nutrition label. -pasta package - candy bar package - milk carton/jug - beans (canned or dry) - frozen veggies Week Seven -a leaf -something to draw on - something to draw with **Optional Experiment** The following is a list of supplies from a demo Ms. Brenda will do in class. We will not have time to do the experiment in class but it can be prepped ahead of time or completed after class if the student would like to try it. -water -baking soda -a piece of aquatic plant such as elodia, ludwigia, caboma, or stonewart. (Available at pet supply/ aquarium supply stores) - a clear jar with a tight-fitting lid that will fit your plant Week Eight - pet or toy animal (optional) -something to write on -something to write with Week Nine -something to write with -something to write on and scissors OR sticky notes OR index cards Week Ten -something to write on -something to write with **Optional Experiment** The following is a list of supplies from a demo Ms. Brenda will do in class. We will not have time to do the experiment in class but it can be prepped ahead of time or completed after class if the student would like to try it. - 2 bananas - active yeast - 2 clear ziplock bags
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Each lesson in this class aligns with a "Next Generation Science Standard".  Upon request, I will provide parents with a brief report outlining the Next Generation Science Learning Standard for each week and whether their learner met the standard or needs more work on a particular standard.  In order to receive the report from me, parents must send me a direct message with the request and the name of their learner or learners.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
In Week 2, we will boil water on a stove to observe water as a gas.  An adult should be nearby to assist.  If you prefer your learner not to use the stove, the learner may observe my demo and participate in the discussion. 

Week 5 may get messy.  We are looking at chemical reactions.

In Week 6, we will be looking at calories and serving sizes of foods. Calories are a unit of energy and we will be discussing them as part of our lesson on food and energy.  We will be reading food labels and discussing the number of calories per serving size.  We will not be discussing weight management or "counting calories" as a form of weight management.  

If your student is using scissors in Week 9, make sure you are aware of their ability and be nearby if needed.

Kahoot!- Some weeks I will include a Kahoot for after-class follow-up on what we learned in class.  The Kahoot will be accessed through a link I provide.  The link will take your learner to a trivia game.  They do not need an account and can join the game using either their first name or a nickname.  If your student uses a nickname, please send me a message to let me know so that I know which student is which.

Videos- Some weeks I may screen share videos from YouTube or another video source.  I will share the videos in class in the Zoom call and there will be no need for your learner to visit YouTube or any other video site.
This course follows the lesson order from "5th Grade Science Daily Practice Workbook by Argo Prep".  However, the lessons are tailored to the level of the class and students need not be in 5th grade to participate.

Additional sources include:
The Usborne Science Encylopedia
The DK Encyclopedia of Science
A+ Science Projects

SciShow Kids


Brenda Cranson
Lives in the United States
Lifelong Learner and Big Nerd
256 total reviews
174 completed classes

About Me

Hi!  I'm Brenda and I'm a homeschool mom, an author, a swim instructor, and a really big nerd.  I love stories. I like books, movies, and games.  I love to learn about EVERYTHING!  Some of my favorite things to learn about are math, dinosaurs, the... 
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