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Exploring Space & Creating an Edible Solar System Model! Ages 10-14

Stephanie Newton, BSc
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(85)
In this "out-of-this-world" 5-week middle school science flex class we will explore space science concepts such as: sun, solar system, constellations, meteors/comets. Featuring: Edible Solar System! 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade. #academic

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Beginner Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
5 lessons//5 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Sun & Solar System
*Topics - Sun and Solar System *Activities - Video lesson and Nearpod interactive slides *Project - Sunspot & Solar Eclipse Viewer
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Inner Planets
*Topics - Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth (Moon), Mars *Activities - Video lesson and Nearpod interactive slides *Project - Rocket Ship Foldable (about your favorite planet)
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Outer Planets
*Topics - Outer Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune *Activities - Video lesson and Nearpod interactive slides *Project - Edible Solar System; Solar System Pictionary
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Stars, Black Holes, and Worm Holes
*Topics - Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Stars, Black Holes, and Worm Holes *Activities - Video lesson and Nearpod interactive slides *Projects - Marshmallow Constellation Lab; Constellation Station Digital Activity
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Star Systems, Star Clusters, Galaxies, Universe, Big Bang Theory
*Topics - Star Systems, Star Clusters, Galaxies, Universe, Big Bang Theory *Activities - Video lesson and Nearpod interactive slides *Project: Sidewalk Chalk Drawings
Learners will understand the similarities and differences between our planet and other planets in the solar system. We will learn 12 well-known star constellations, and discover the vast universe (including galaxies, comets, black holes, worm holes, etc).
I have a BS degree in Nutrition and Food Science (pre-med track) from Florida State University. I later became a certified middle school science teacher and taught middle school science in the Florida public school system for 5 years. I have been an online teacher for Outschool and other platforms for 3.5 years. I'm also a homeschool momma :)
Homework Offered
Learners will have an optional hands-on project assigned each week (see course syllabus in description). Projects are optional and it should be decided by the parent if the learner will be required to do them. I will grade any work that is turned in.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I will assess learner understanding by looking at nearpod activity slides submitted each week. I will communicate with learners about their submitted slides. I will also grade projects that are turned in.
Grades Offered
I will grade all projects turned in. Please let me know if you would like for me to calculate a cumulative grade for this class.
Lecture/slides/discussion are broken up with Nearpod Interactive Slides to keep learners engaged. Homework is optional. Flexible deadlines. 
Week 1 - Sunspot & Solar Eclipse Viewer:
Cardboard box (any size)
White copy paper
Aluminum foil (2 in x 2 in)
Tape (packing tape or duct tape if you have it)
Push Pin or needle

Week 2 - Rocket Ship Foldable: 
Rocketship pdf (will be provided in week 2)
Colored pencils

Week 3 - Edible Solar System: 
sheet pan, black construction paper or cardstock, 10 Oreos, edible marker food coloring pens  (or just food coloring) OR rainbow sprinkles, 2 large marshmallows, mini M&M’s or other similar-sized candies

Week 4 - Marshmallow Constellation Lab
15  mini-marshmallows, 10+ toothpicks

Week 5 - Sidewalk Chalk Galaxy
Sidewalk chalk (any color)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
For learners under age 13, parental consent and guidance is required for some of the resources used in this class (ck12.org, smithsonianmagazine.com, and nearpod.com). All resources used in this class will be embedded in the nearpod slide deck. In addition, youtube links will be embedded in the class posts within the Outschool classroom. Direct nearpod links to the lessons will be given in the classroom. Learners are not required to make an account for any external resources. Parental guidance is suggested with the use of scissors and food coloring. The Big Bang Theory is discussed on the very last slide of the last week. 
CK12.org, Youtube clips, wikipedia, Nearpod, ABCya.com, Smithsonian Magazine
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(85)
Hello, welcome to my "classroom" :). My classes are listed below, but first...a little about me! 

I am a certified middle school science teacher and taught for 5 years in the public school classroom. My educational background is in... 
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weekly or $85 for all content
5 pre-recorded lessons
5 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

Completed by 4 learners
Ages: 9-14

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