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Flex Class: Understanding Cells: Frankenstein's Alive! or Not?

In this four week course, students will learn about what makes something alive (cell theory), the organelles of a cell, the history of cells, how to use a microscope, and the size of cells.
Corrie Ostrem, M. Ed, B.S. Elem. Ed
143 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 6 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course 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

Tue, Sep 27

Sep 27 – Oct 25 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
Only 2 spots remaining

Wed, Sep 28

Sep 28 – Oct 26 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
Only 2 spots remaining
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Learning Goals for each week: 
Week1:  Biotic vs. Abiotic Matter
Week 2: Organelles of a Cell
Week 3: Famous Microbiologists
Week4: Size of the microscopic world
Having taught over 16 years of science in a full time classroom and hundreds of students, I know how to redirect confusion, stop-out misconceptions, and break down difficult concepts into small manageable pieces. I have worked with students of all levels and ages, and extensive trainings in multiple science programs and curriculums. 
Students will need pencils to complete their weekly tasks. For menu projects, students will choose from a variety of projects which may require different materials such as markers or colored pencils. These projects are meant to use things typically already found in the home. There should not be a need to purchase materials for a project. Alternatives for materials are often available and only require a quick email to the teacher for suggestions. Paper, markers, colored pencils and scissors are often the most common materials.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Feedback on each project will be provided by the teacher to the parent. Since students are also posting their weekly project in the class feed, other students will provide additional positive feedback on their peers' work.  
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Parents may need to monitor students while they are doing research on the internet. **Parents, please be aware that Flex classes do not have live meetings during the course. Directions for all course activities will be posted by the teacher in the classroom. 
All content in this course has been created by the instructor, Corrie Ostrem, and is protected by copyright. The worksheets provided are the sole property of Corrie Ostrem and only the named and registered participant of the course is granted permission for use during the course. No other copying, distribution, or use of the printed materials found in this course is authorized.  Passwords for any PDF's will be sent to participants at the beginning of each week.


Corrie Ostrem, M. Ed, B.S. Elem. EdHighly Experienced, Certified, Elementary and Middle School Teacher
143 total reviews
740 completed classes

About Me

Hello Learners! My name is Corrie Bowman Ostrem and I have been a full-time, certified teacher for 19 years teaching grades 2-7. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction... 
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