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Earth Science for Middle School

Mrs. Victoria Laird, M.S.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(13)
In this class students will dive into the wonders of Earth Science where we'll look at climate, continents, ecosystems, geology, rock formations, erosion, fossils, glaciers, and so much more!

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Beginner - Intermediate Level
This class is taught in English.
Learning goals are based on the National Next Generation Science Standards and Utah's Science and Engineering Education Standards. 

Students will be able to: 
- Develop models using evidence to explain Earth's water and rock cycles. 
- Determine how weather changes based on air masses and temperature. 
- Use a model to show how circulation due to temperature changes affects Earth's oceans, weather, and climate. 
- Describe with evidence how Earth's surfaces have changes over time. 
- Create a model showing Earth's geologic time scale. 
- Explore solutions for engineering where natural hazards are present. 
- Ask questions and determine solutions for constraints on natural resources. 
- Analyze and interpret data for how and where volcanoes occur. 
- Engage in argument on how to mitigate harmful effects humans have on the environment. 
I have a masters in Earth Science science and I have taught integrated science at the middle school level as well as high school Biology, Wildlife Biology, and Zoology.
During the last two years, I have worked as a Science Specialist for a large school district in Utah, supporting teachers and administration in science education. 
Homework Offered
Students will be required to complete 20-30 min of homework, reading, activities, etc. per each live lesson (totaling about 1 hour per week). These will be assigned before the end of each live class if needed.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessments will be given as an indication of how well a student is learning the content and skills for the class and to help me continuously develop a better curriculum. Students will be assigned a number on a proficiency scale* that lets the student, parent, and teacher know how the student is doing. Each assignment will have a rubric attached to it letting the student, parent, and teacher know the expectations for the assessment. Assessments may be multiple choice, free response, modeling, or many other types. Most assessments will be taken in class, but some may be at-home projects. Assessment retakes and/or revisions will be provided and encouraged. *See Grading Policy for our Proficiency Scale
Grades Offered
Grades will be provided by default to all learners. If students do not want their student graded or to not have access to their grades, please let me know. Grades allow students, parents, and myself to understand where the student is at in their learning. For each assignment or assessment, students will receive a "grade" according to the rubric below. 0 - The student demonstrates no evidence of learning. 1 - The student demonstrates a minimal understanding of the concept. 2 - The student demonstrates a partial understanding of the concept. 3 - The student demonstrates a complete understanding of the concept.
1 pencil with an eraser
1 notebook, lined
1 pack of colored pencils, colored pens, markers, or crayons
Climate Change and use of Natural Resources - We will be talking about how human action has changed the global climate. 

*If you would like your student to skip certain weeks due to concern over the topic of the week, please message me and reach out with any questions.
I will be referencing the Utah Science Curriculum Consortium's SEEd Storylines and 
Jordan School District's (Utah) open-source curriculum. Both are created by certified expert teachers. 
If you would like more information please see
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(13)
Hi there! I'm an enthusiastic science teacher, committed to sparking curiosity and making learning enjoyable. From middle school to high school classrooms, even extending my reach to mentoring teachers in Utah, I've consistently striven to present... 
Group Class


weekly or $240 for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Completed by 8 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
1-6 learners per class

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