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Dig Deep Into the Earth: An Introduction to the Geology of Rocks and Minerals

Mrs. Atwood
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Have you ever wondered about the processes that make up the rocks and minerals of the earth?

Class Experience

US Grade 3 - 6
4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Geology & Precious Gemstones
In this lesson, students will be provided an introduction in the amazing world of geology! In addition, they will take an in depth look into amazing gemstones and explore their fascinating characteristics that give them their unique function and appearance.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Different Rock Types & The Rock Cycle
In this lesson, students will explore some of the different rock types that exist in the environment as well as take an in depth look into the unique science behind the rock cycle.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Processes & Commonly Used Minerals
In this lesson, students will learn about some of the minerals that exist in our everyday environment as well as explore some of the unique processes that occur in the geological world around us.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Rock Identification
In this lesson, students will explore some of the amazing techniques scientists use to identify different rock types. They will look at everything from simple techniques, exploring aspects such as color and clarity, to more advanced science utilizing the work of magnetism and chemical analysis.
 My entire life I wanted to explore the ocean and the environment.  I have always had a great appreciation for the processes that are not completely understood and the unknowns that have yet to be discovered in the environment.  In the beginning of my professional career in research, I worked as a naturalist on a whale watch boat and as a laboratory technician working on environmental clean up projects such as water and land pollution. Then I moved into my dream job of being a research chemist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in marine & geochemistry where I was able to be in the foundation of the research community and learn from many amazing scientists & researchers who devoted their life to exploring the mysteries of the environment as well as protecting the animals and organisms living in it.  For me, working as a student mentor with graduate and post graduate students, made this experience one I will always cherish.  As a teacher, I want my students to be excited about what they are learning and with my background in research, I will work extra hard to make sure that if there is an aspect of a topic that a student is interested in, I will make every effort to alter my lessons to include those topics.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: Available upon request
Feedback: Available upon request
Details: Each week a question will be posted to the discussion board that students will be asked to answer. If a student does not feel comfortable posting their answer to the class board, they are more than welcome to send their answer through email. The students will also be provided with reading s and activities pertaining to the subject matter. The assignments do not have a time limit, so students can complete their assignments at their own pace. More information will be provided when the class is in process. At the end of the class, students will be given a fun and interactive Gimkit quiz to assess knowledge.
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: Each week, the students will be required to complete the weekly discussion question in addition to answering the questions in the articles posted with the lessons. Students may also complete the questions in the nearpod lessons while they are watching the recording for the week. This will help to them to reinforce the concepts presented in the lessons. In addition, students will also be provided a login to Ck-12, where they can access supplemental materials such as readings, videos, and interactives. Quizzes in Ck-12 are offered as a way to gauge student understanding of the optional lessons given in Ck-12. In addition, students will be assigned an optional project as part of the class curriculum. Assessments can be provided at the end of the class, but the teacher will provide feedback on assignments weekly. If a family requires an assessment sooner, that can be provided as well. A Gimkit review will be provided at the end of the course to help assess student's understanding of the overall class.
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: Grades and/or progress reports can be given if requested by the learner or parent.
Students do not need to have any previous knowledge of geology or geoscience. 
Links to relevant websites will be provided by the teacher. No materials are required to purchase. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There will be a couple of third-party tools used during the duration of this class including Nearpod, Ck-12, and Gimkit. Links and login information will be provided by the educator. No personal information will need to be shared by the students. 
Joined September, 2017
I have been working as a private tutor for grades 5-12 in Science and English since 1999.  I also worked as student mentor to post doctoral and summer student fellows for over ten years while I worked as a Research Chemist in marine & geochemistry... 
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weekly or $48 for all content
4 pre-recorded lessons
4 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

Completed by 10 learners
Ages: 8-13

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