Science & Nature

20 Weeks of Hands-On Science

In this semester-long class, students will learn the basics of physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering through hands-on activities.
Brenda Cranson
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45 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 20 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

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.
Each week students will receive a short homework assignment consisting of a paragraph or two of reading and 3-6 questions.  This allows me to make sure that the learners and I stay on the same page.
 1 file available upon enrollment
-(Optional) Text Book- 4th Grade Science Daily Practice Workbook by ArgoPrep (About $15 on Amazon) -Lined paper -a pencil Week One - A marble - Blocks or snap together bricks - An empty card thin cardboard box (like a cereal box) or poster board. - tape (scotch or masking will do) - a yard/meter stick Week Two - A few students will need something that makes noise. This can be a music player, TV, toy or phone. Week Three -Two tennis balls - an empty section of wall Week Four - a flashlight with no batteries in it - batteries for the flashlight Week Five - clay or play-doh - toothpicks Week Six - flashlight - mirror This will work best in a dark room. Does not need to be pitch but the darker the better. Week Seven - flashlight Week Eight - blank paper or drawing paper - drawing utensils Week Nine - a flower, leaf, or another plant (optional) Week Ten - Jelly Beans Week Eleven - patterned fabric or scrapbook paper in two different colors (the more different the better) - many different colors of construction paper - colored pencils -scissors Week Twelve - a small box (like a shoebox or similar) - enough pebbles to cover the bottom of the box - sand - potting soil - a small figurine This project may get messy. An outdoor location is best. Week Thirteen - something to draw with -something to draw on Week Fourteen - A sandbox or a large plastic tub (like a dishpan) filled with sand (or dirt) - water This project may get messy. An outdoor location is best. Week Fifteen - 9V solar panel (about $10) - 9V motor kit (about $10) - thin cardboard (like from a cereal box)** - scissors** - A sharp pencil or ice pick to poke a hole in cardboard with.** ** If your motor kit comes with plastic gears and propellers, you will not need the cardboard pieces. Send me a direct message for my recommendations on solar panels and motor kits. Week Sixteen - drawing paper - drawing supplies Week Seventeen - something to draw on - something to draw with - an object in your house with a function (This can be a toy, piece of furniture, piece of clothing, appliance- anything the learner knows how to use) Week Eighteen - something to draw on - something to write on - a pencil with an eraser - Some recyclable items. We'll need a variety of shapes and sizes. Consider: - a tube (like a frozen juice can or toilet paper tube) - a carton (like for oatmeal or milk) - pie plate or take out container - butter tub/ yogurt tub Week Nineteen Everything from last week - bird seed (optional) - glue or tape or both - scissors - other supplies as needed Week Twenty - Paper - Ruler - measuring tape We will be designing and flying paper airplanes. A big open space is best.
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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.
When we are discussing the form and function of plants and animals, we may reference evolution and Charles Darwin.  We will not be discussing evolution at length.  If you have any questions you may contact me directly.  Outschool is a secular platform so any alternatives to evolution will need to be discussed outside of class amongst learners and their families. 

Week Fifteen we will be creating solar-powered machines.  We will be doing some wiring as well as using a sharp tool to punch holes in cardboard.  Parental assistance may be required.  Please make sure there is an adult nearby during that class.

Week Nineteen we will be building bird feeders that we design in week eighteen.  Depending on your learner's design, parental assistance may be required.  They may need help cutting plastic or punching holes in cardboard or plastic.  Please be sure to have an adult nearby.
The primary source for this class is the 4th Grade Daily Science Workbook by Argo Prep. 

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
246 total reviews
162 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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