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3rd Grade Science: A Semester of Discovery and Inquiry, Part 2

This 12 week course will meet twice per week and will include hands on investigations focused on Earth Science and Life Science. #academic
Susan Laforet, M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction
141 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year old learners
3rd grade
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$10 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 12 weeks
55 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Students will learn scientific process and procedures through the content typically taught in the second semester of 3rd grade. Strands include  Earth Science and Life Science.
I taught 5th grade science in the largest public school system in my state for 17 years. During that time I attended intense science training programs led by Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and i3Laser through the Smithsonian Institution/Department of Education.  I was honored as Teacher of the Year on my campus and a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year. After 17 years, I moved from the classroom to become a STEM instructional coach, supporting teachers across the district in the STEM content areas, and finally as a math and science instructional coach, leading professional development and supporting teachers and students at low performing campuses. I retired from the school district in 2021, and now I am blesses to focus on instilling the love of science in students without the requirements of state and district assessments. In my classes, students will learn and love science; they will not learn science tests!
Some weeks will have short assignments for students to complete individually, typically requiring no more than 30 minutes. There will be a final semester project based on student choice from a product menu to summarize learning in the course.
Students will keep an interactive science notebook throughout the course, using a standard composition book. They will also need general art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, ruler, etc.). Specific supplies for inquiry lessons will be posted on the class page at least 2 weeks prior to the lesson. Most will be easily available around the house. A complete supply list will be posted one month prior to the beginning of class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Formative assessment will be embedded throughout the course through a variety of games and activities. Parents will be provided with a written report at the end of the course.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Some YouTube videos will be included, all of which are pre-screened for content and appropriate instructional level, and some created by the teacher. Lessons will be presented through the interactive Nearpod platform and will sometimes include Google applications, (docs and slides). Students will upload their assignments to the class page or to a designated Google Drive folder, open only to the teacher and enrolled students. Some Kahoot games will be used for assessment and engagement.
This class will follow best practices guidelines as set forth by the National Science Teacher's Association and Next Generation Science Standards.


Susan Laforet, M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction
Lives in the United States
Super Science and Math
141 total reviews
190 completed classes

About Me

I have been sharing my love of science and math with elementary students in public schools for over 26 years. I served most of that time in the classroom and then moved into Instructional Coaching to help other teachers improve their practice in... 
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