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3rd Grade Gifted Earth Science With Lab Component-Semester 1: 15 Weeks

This gifted science course will cover a semester of third-grade science curriculum with a first semester focus on Earth and Space Science. Students will enjoy engaging lessons, labs, and interactive test options. Sign your child up today!
Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
66 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$11 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 15 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. She is certified in science and gifted education.
Students will have weekly assignments-5 mini tasks each week. 
Students will be given lots of labs to try at home, hands-on activities/crafts, and diagrams to draw in their science spiral resource. 
 4 files available upon enrollment
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 (*If allergic to play-dough, use clay or opt out of the lab that day please) spoon for fossil lab vinegar and baking soda for volcano lab pennies chalk of any color Styrofoam balls to paint or other items to recreate a 3-d solar system model 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 dinosaurs (2-3) sugar cubes for igloo craft coffee grinds cardboard box tape (clear) highlighter scissors watercolor paint set paint brush drawing paper construction paper
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Provided via
    Families will be given a code to take the test online when ready, and it will be graded immediately for parent records. 
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. .

Assessments: 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.

Please check your messages upon enrollment for additional class information, the science template, and class expectations. 

I hope the above information is helpful and I want to thank you for taking the time to read it. I strive to give 200% to my families on Outschool so please reach out if you have questions. 
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.
66 total reviews
155 completed classes

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