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Sparkology Education by Elizabeth Pope
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,078)
Join me once a week for lively lessons where we will take a deep dive into Ecosystem interactions!

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
NGSS MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
NGSS MS-LS1-4 Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
NGSS MS-LS-2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem
NGSS MS-LS-2-3 -Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among
living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
NGSS MS-LS-2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
NGSS MS-LS-4-6 -Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.
I am a certified middle school science teacher, and have been teaching middle school science both in the public school setting, and  online since 2014. It is very important to me that students enjoy the experience of learning about science and consequently, much effort is put into making lessons interactive, varied, and memorable. My experience allows me to focus on the importance of building relationships with my students and use those relationships to tailor lessons to their interests and abilities. I grow and become a better teacher every time I interact with my students! 
Homework Offered
🟡 Students will receive access to 1-2 homework assignments each week throughout the course. These are small tasks that I feel would be more suitable as an individual activity rather than an in-class activity. 🟡 We will also complete two projects. These projects can be as time/labor-intensive as your student wants to make them, the purpose of the project is to give students an opportunity to show their understanding of the topic. I will give them several ideas to choose from, but they also have the option to come up with their own project idea for consideration. 🟡 A vocabulary quiz and a unit test are also provided for those that would like to test their knowledge in this way. 📣 We let all students know that assignments, projects, and tests are optional based on what the adult in charge of their education requires them to do.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
📒 We grade and/or give feedback on all work completed by the student, and a report card will be available for each student. 📒 We also informally asses students by using Nearpod during lessons, and by using their verbal or chat box responses to questions and discussions during the live lesson. 📒 Adults can access assignments and grades at all times through the link given at the beginning of the course.
Grades Offered
0Learners may need to print a few handouts throughout the course, or have access to view handouts on a separate device during class. (Less than 5 pages per unit.) We typically used Nearpod, Kahoot, and Google Classroom for these courses, but take the time to clearly explain and provide support for each of these!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Kahoot will be used during our last class only as a review tool. It does not require an account.

Nearpod will be used during our first three classes as an interactive presentation tool. It does not require an account.

Google Classroom will be used to distribute activities and materials that can be used outside of class. However, all private messages will remain on Outschool. This does require a google email to use as a log in. 

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,078)

I’m Elizabeth, owner and online teacher at Sparkology. I’m also a mom, and I get it - we have to be masters at juggling roles in today’s world. Every day we are parents, tutors, teachers, principals and curriculum designers! Playing... 
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for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(13)
Completed by 63 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 12-15
3-11 learners per class

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