Science & Nature

Cracked up Science: A 6-Week FLEX Class on Plate Tectonics

In this 6 week FLEX course, learners will be able to understand how we know what we know about the Earth's plate movements.
Lynette Wehner
4 total reviews for this teacher
New class
Class

No live meetings

Over 6 weeks

11-13

year olds

2-12

learners per class

per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Wed Jun 1

Jun 1 - Jul 18 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Wed Aug 3

Aug 3 - Sep 18 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Description

Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
*Science is based on observations. 
*Science ideas can change over time if new evidence is found. 
*The Earth is in constant motion. 
*We have evidence of this constant motion.
*Technology can provide us the means to make observations so that we can come up with our scientific ideas
*Scientists collaborate, ask questions, and are always testing their ideas
*Students will understand the difference between our old way of thought (Continental Drift) with our new (Plate Tectonics) and what evidence we have now that we didn't have then. 
*Students will find evidence for which plate boundary movement produces which geologic event. 
*Students will be introduced to using GIS maps.
*Students will learn the difference between conceptual and physical models and why they are important in science. 
Each week there will be learning activities posted to the class along with that week's lessons. 

The type of assignments will be varied. One topic leads into the next, so it is important to go in order. 
 Assignment types:  Answering questions, proposing questions, drawing models, exploring online maps, posting videos

This class will likely take 2-5 hours per week.  
Paper
Pencil
Colored Pencils
Various materials around the house (nothing valuable, fragile or dangerous!)- will be used to create models
Scissors, tape/glue..
Any other supplies will be posted before class begins in the classroom. 
If interested, I can provide a written report on learner progress and understanding at the end of class. Please request. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Please read how the following will be used in class. 

Google: 
Learners having a Google account would be ideal, but I can work around it if not.  This way we can all access the documents, share, and work on them. All Google Drive items (docs, slides, forms,..) will be housed in the classroom. 
     -Google Docs/Forms: Helps to share documents being shared and worked on. 
     -Google Earth: Learners to view Earth and make inferences on observations; will use seafloor age/volcano maps. 
     -Google Forms- for in class surveys; understanding of concepts. 

Padlet: This is an OutSchool approved source. Learners will be able to access our class Padlet to add in ideas/pictures as we collaborate to figure out phenomena. Parental approval needed for this site. 

Flipgrid:  This is an Outschool approved source, but parental approval is needed for learners. We will use this tool to share our thoughts on different topics; and to build on ideas. 

YouTube:  A variety of videos used to reinforce with understanding concepts. All embedded within my presentations. Students do not
                have access. All are Plate Tectonics related, except for a music video from The Amoeba People on continental drift. 

Learn.ArcGis.com:  A GIS mapping site. We will be working with the mapping lessons on plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes. No
         account is needed, but parental approval is needed to use this site. 

Learner.Org:  We will be using the Dynamic Earth activity within Annenburg Learner. No account needed. Parental approval needed. 

PBSLearningMedia.org: Various video clips on our topic embedded into the teacher presentation. No learner account; Parental approval needed. 
                                        
 Authoring.Concord.org: Activity Investigating Plate Boundaries. No account needed. Interactive map that can create 3-D sections of  Earth. Parental Approval needed. 

TeachEngineering.org; Earthquakes Living Lab. Learners interact with site. No student account needed. Parental Approval needed

Parents: Please make sure that you are able to access these sites from your computer. 

BY ENROLLING YOUR LEARNER IN THIS FLEX CLASS YOU ARE GIVING YOUR PERMISSION FOR YOUR CHILD TO USE THESE SITES DURING CLASS. Any questions, please contact me before enrolling. Thank you so much!

 
*Google 
     -Google Earth, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms
*Padlet
*Flipgrid
*YouTube Videos:  Embedded within slides. Students do not have access. 
*A variety of quality websites that include:
   - learn.arcgis.com (GIS mapping activity) 
   - learner.org (Annenburg Learner- Dynamic Earth)
   - pbslearning.com (various video clips) 
*YouTube video from The Amoeba People song on Continental Drift and Various Plate Tectonic videos embedded into teacher slides. 
*TeachEngineering.org. Living Labs-Earthquake
*Authoring.Concord.com. Interactive resource to explore scientific model

Teacher

Lynette Wehner
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Always Learning!
4 total reviews
13 completed classes

About Me

Hello and thank you for visiting my page! My name is Lynette Wehner. I am a certified elementary teacher, and a certified Holistic Wellness Coach and I LOVE helping kids explore the world and themselves! 

I taught middle school science for over... 
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