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Science & Nature

Cracks in the Earth STEAM Challenge (FLEX - Middle School)

Create 3D models of normal, reverse, and strike-slip faults, in this four week, collaborative STEM/STEAM Challenge.
Kristin Olsen
36 total reviews for this teacher
New class
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
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

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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: Science & Technical Subjects
Week 1:  Write an essay:  The group should write a two-page paper summarizing their collective research on Plate Tectonics and faults.  Sources should be properly cited.  The paper can include up to two images.  DUE Wednesday Week #2.

Week 2:  Create a model:  Learners will create and evaluate three different models of faults based on what they learned in their research.  Each learner should make their own models.

Week 3:  Test the models:  Learners will test and revise their models, recording short video clips of their models in action.  As a team they will combine their video clips into a presentation, demonstrating the three primary faults.  DUE: Wednesday 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.

Scoring Rubrics for each assignment will be provided in the classroom.
 2 files available upon enrollment
Scoring rubrics will be provided. Materials for the models 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
36 total reviews
78 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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