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7th Grade Science Inquiry Lessons

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Teri Barenborg M.Ed
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(139)
This class is designed to teach all of the National Science Standards required for 7th graders. This is a class geared toward Homeschool Students that wish to learn the science concepts and vocabulary associated with the National Science Standards. There are many follow-up activities, labs, videos, simulations, games, and notes so that science can continue throughout the week. The teacher keeps an interactive notebook and posts her notes after class to encourage students to review and copy the notes into their notebooks. The teacher also offers a semester exam at the end of the course and sends students that pass it and that have attended most weeks, a certificate of completion.

Class experience

US Grade 7
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will learn the Grade 7 National Science Standards

Matter:
MS-PS1-3 Matter and its Interactions
MS-PS1-4 Matter and its Interactions
MS-PS1-5 Matter and its Interactions
MS-PS1-6 Matter and its Interactions

Forces:
MS-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
MS-PS2-3 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
MS-PS2-4 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Energy:
MS-PS3-3 Energy
MS-PS3-4 Energy

Earth and Human Activity:
MS-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Earth and Human Activity

Engineering Design:
MS-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-4 Engineering Design

Earth's Place in the Universe:
MS-ESS1-4 Earth's Place in the Universe
MS-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-3 Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-4 Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-5 Earth's Systems
MS-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity

From Molecules to Organisms:
MS-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-3 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-5 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-7 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-8 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
MS-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
MS-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-5 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity


This course is meant for 7th graders and the sensitive topics will be treated with respect to scientific theory. Parents will also be given a heads-up on sensitive topics (usually by means of an email ahead of time). I have taught middle school science for many years and treat sensitive subjects very carefully and I stick to the standards without adding my own bias. 

I have bachelor's and master's degrees in education with a specific concentration and certification in middle school sciences. 
Homework Offered
Students will be offered videos, websites, games, and challenges as review assignments. Vocabulary supports will also be sent after class.
Assessments Offered
An optional benchmark test will be offered for students to take at the end of both semesters.
Grades Offered
I will send out a supply list before and during the first week of class and periodically throughout the class. The list generally includes common or low-cost items. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There are two units at the end of the Spring Semester that has sensitive subjects: From Molecules to Organisms and Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits (Genetics) and Unity and Biodiversity (fossil evidence for theories). Both of these topics can be controversial and I cover them as THEORIES as the standards are stated. 
ScienceSaurus A Student Handbook by Great Source (Green Cover) for grades 6-8. I have the 2002 Copyright version and purchased mine on Thriftbooks for a fraction of the price of a new book. It is not required, but is a great resource and I refer to it in class frequently. 

A notebook is HIGHLY suggested and I keep one as well and send out my pages of notes after class. I suggest that students copy and read the pages into their notebooks. I use a composition notebook and show students how to set it up the first day of class. 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(139)
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I teach S.T.E.A.M. classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to students in elementary and middle school. I can also teach pedagogy for parents as teachers so that they can learn more engaging ways to connect with their kids.

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Group Class

$15

weekly
1x per week
50 min

Completed by 102 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-13
2-15 learners per class

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