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Science & Nature

Continental Drift STEAM Challenge (FLEX - Middle School)

Create a 3D model of the ocean floor in this four week, collaborative, STEAM Challenge!
Kristin Olsen
37 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$1 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings

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Class Experience

This class meets the following standards:
NGSS - Earth's Systems
NCTM - Problem Solving, Communication, Connections, Representation
ITEA - Nature of Technology, Technology and Society, Technological World
CCSS - English Language Arts Standard: Science and Technical Subjects
Week 1:  Write an essay.  The group should write a two-page paper summarizing their collective research on sea floor spreading and continental drift.  Sources should be cited properly.  The paper can include up to two images.  DUE: Wednesday of Week #2.

Week 2:  Construct a model of the ocean floor.  Learners will make a diagram and explain their strategy, then create the system individually.

Week 3:  Once learners have determined their model depicts the ocean floor as accurately as possible, they will collaborate to create a short video presentation, evaluating their model's ability to show the process of seafloor spreading and subduction, and discussing the process, to submit to the teacher.  DUE: Wednesday of Week #4.

Week 4:  Reflect and Evaluate.  Learners will complete the "Reflection" handout and evaluate their performance as a team member by completing the "Self-Evaluation Rubric."  DUE: by close of class.
 3 files available upon enrollment
The materials needed will be determined by student research.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners will self assess their performance by completing a scoring rubric.
Learners will be assessed using a scoring rubric within one week of end of section.
No live meetings, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.


Kristin Olsen
Lives in the United States
37 total reviews
88 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  My name is Kristin.  I was a licensed Teacher in Oregon prior to having children (ages 6-11) and focusing on their education.  I earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Western Oregon University in Middle and Secondary Education... 
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