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3rd Grade Earth Science (17 Weeks-Semester 1 Flex Course)

This course will cover a semester of third-grade science curriculum with our focus on Earth and Space Science. Students will enjoy engaging lessons, labs, crafts, and interactive test options. Families will be provided a $35 off coupon for semester 2 after this session.
Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
77 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 11 learners
year old learners
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Charged upfront
$10 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 17 weeks
No live meetings
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Class Experience

Earth and Space Science
S3E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the physical attributes of
rocks and soils.
a. Ask questions and analyze data to classify rocks by their physical attributes (color, texture,
luster, and hardness) using simple tests.
(Clarification statement: Mohs scale should be studied at this level. Cleavage, streak and the
classification of rocks as sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic are studied in sixth grade.)
b. Plan and carry out investigations to describe properties (color, texture, capacity to retain
water, and ability to support growth of plants) of soils and soil types (sand, clay, loam).
c. Make observations of the local environment to construct an explanation of how water and/or
wind have made changes to soil and/or rocks over time.
(Clarification statement: Examples could include ripples in dirt on a playground and a hole
formed under gutters.)
S3E2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information on how fossils provide evidence of
past organisms.
a. Construct an argument from observations of fossils (authentic or reproductions) to
communicate how they serve as evidence of past organisms and the environments in which
they lived.
b. Develop a model to describe the sequence and conditions required for an organism to become
(Clarification statement: Types of fossils (cast, mold, trace, and true) are not addressed in
this standard.)

Mrs. Collins is a certified teacher with over 23 years worth of teaching experience. 
Students will have 5 mini tasks to complete each week to help with comprehension. In addition, an Earth Science project will be assigned. 
 4 files available upon enrollment
paper pencils coloring pencils, markers or crayons highlighter spiral notebook ziploc bags 2 shoeboxes-one for diorama and the other to hold rock collection playdough or clay for fossil recreation spoon for fossil lab vinegar and baking soda for volcano lab chalk of any color (chalk pastels are great) Styrofoam balls to paint or other items to recreate a 3-d solar system model paint for styrofoam balls chopstick or wooden stick foil ribbon marbles any type of play ball to use as a large crater pan flour cocoa powder ruler chocolate chip cookie toothpicks honey plastic dinosaur (2-3) newspapers sugar cubes for igloo craft watercolor paint paint brush
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Assessments provided via Quizizz for the family to use.  Quizizz provides the test, and grades the test immediately. 

No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Please carefully read the class description, review the supply list, and reach out if you have questions. 
Outschool disclaimer: Please look over the supply list and do not use any items the child maybe allergic to. 
Class Information For Parents:
I am only a small piece of your homeschool puzzle. My goal is to provide your family quality curriculum, fun labs, crafts and assessment tools. I have over 23 years of experience in the classroom and homeschooling my own children. Over the years I have taught in the private, public and college setting providing quality labs and curriculum. I currently write science curriculum for 3 states to be used in public school classrooms. Over the years I have improved my craft by taking countless professional development on assessment methods, how to integrate technology into the classroom, and hands-on activities that promote learning. I am now taking my experience to provide quality curriculum for homeschool families. 

Because my classes are flex, the option for live testing is not included. Instead I have a paid premium teacher membership to Quizizz and Quizlet. When it is time for an assessment I provide the student a website link and special code to take the test. Quizizz and Quizlet both grade test immediately for the family and allow the student the option to retest for a higher grade. Then students are asked to write down the grade, test name and date in their spiral on the "test score" page. All flex parents are asked to look at the spiral and test score page periodically to keep informed and to see how well the student is progressing in the class. If you are participating in a co-op that requires live testing, please let me know. I have a special Outschool one day option add-on that you can use for live testing. You can simply request the time/day for live testing that works for you. I have found that some flex parents use my Quizizz/Quizlet tests, but some families opt out of testing so it is whatever works best for your family. But I do provide the assessments if you would like to use them. Once the student is on the testing site via my special code they may also use the site for test over other subjects also. 

How To Grade: 
I recommend that parents add up all of the test scores at the end of the session, and divide by the number of test to get the final average for the class. At the end of the class I provide a general letter of completion that can be used for your records or charter/private/co-op use. If you need me to put a specific average on the letter, I am more than happy to just let me know the average your child has or seen me a list of their test scores to average.

Technology & Class Expectations:
Please read over the class technology expectations attached to the class description. Please take a moment to discuss the expectations with your child before the class begins. The first week of class will contain practice assignments. Those are meant to be completed by the student and parent together, it is the key to success in the class. The practice assignments will allow us to make sure the student knows how to find work on the class wall, how to upload an image/video/pdf, how to sign in to take a test, how to find the Outschool inbox to ask for help, and how to setup their science spiral with the provided science template needed. These first 4-5 practice assignments should not be completed by the individual student alone, so please help with those and at that time discuss these expectations. For my classes I use a variety of resources to help my students. These sites house videos I have created and that are currently shared with many students online and in my public school classroom. All families are asked to discuss upfront with their child the expectations for using my videos and provided site links. I ask that students, please click and use these programs for Outschool learning purposes only. Students are not allowed to message using one of the provided platforms (example: sending messages on YouTube, using the comment section of YouTube videos for social purposes, etc.). If an Outschool student needs help they will need to use the Outschool inbox. Students are asked to not leave reviews, or comment on links/videos provided. These sites are used by hundreds of my students each year so please use them appropriately. Students will not use outside provided links to be unkind to other students, post unkind remarks, or bully other students or the teacher. In assessment programs, students will be asked to add a username. I recommend the first name and last name initials be used. Students should not use inappropriate nicknames of any kind.  Such behavior will result in immediate removal from the class without a refund option. Sadly, before this type of letter was not needed but over the past few years we are seeing more and more students be irresponsible with the technology provided. I take a risk providing my online lessons, tests, and other types of technology I use in my classroom with Outschool families so I want to make sure the expectations are known upfront. I have seen many students post inappropriate words, use my links for social purposes with other students, and post unkind things about other students/me for fun. I can not easily remove videos and links that I use with over 200+ students so that is why this letter of expectations is needed. 

Holt Third Grade Science
Glencoe 3rd Science 
CK-12 Flexbooks (Third Grade)

The above textbooks will be used by the teacher, but any chapters the student needs will be provided for free. 


Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
Lives in the United States
Come learn about science from a certified teacher with 23 years of experience.
77 total reviews
196 completed classes

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