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Junior Explorers: Wild Animal Collectors' Club (Zoology + Nature Studies + Field Guide)

Do you love animals? Big, small, scaly, furry, fins or feathered: Let's travel the world in search of earth's wonderful creatures and add them to our weekly "field guide" journal. Includes games, stories, social skills, show+tell, art.
Alexandra McCarty - STEM - Art - Dinosaurs & More
613 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 30 learners
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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While the main focus of this weekly club will be on allowing young animal enthusiasts to share their love of earths' coolest creatures, we will also be practicing important primary-age social and educational skills as we learn about habitats, adaptation, and other STEAM concepts.  The short creature lesson at the beginning will provide a framework for these discussions and will help the young explorer to build and develop observation, recreation, and communication skills, as well as foster curiosity, wonder, and interest in the world around them, with an eye to honoring and protecting nature and its inhabitants.  The field guide will serve as a fun keepsake and reference for future animal studies and reflection.
I'm so excited to share my love of nature and animals with you!  I've been teaching STEAM and nature-studies topics like this one to preschool through middle school for 8 years through an independent STEAM education company, and I'm really looking forward to connecting with new students here on Outschool.  Not only will we be learning about the wild world of animals--but we'll sneak in some colors, numbers and math, comparing and contrasting, observation, movement and more--all things that preK-through-2nd graders love to learn and practice!  Best of all, your child will have the opportunity to share, share, share all of their favorite animal facts and stories!  I truly love the expertise that so many of these young learners possess, and delight in their unending enthusiasm for this topic.
Occasional extension activities or videos may be provided between meetings, but are always optional and will not affect in-class participation.  Students who wish to complete these extra activities will be encouraged to share them virtually in the classroom posts or during the "show and tell" portion of our weekly live meeting.
Access to a printer is required for this class. A sketchbook, preferably spiral bound for ease of use, at least 8X10 inches or larger, with a side-by-side format if possible. Colored pencils, crayons, markers. Pencil and eraser. Scissors and glue. Other creative materials may occasionally be requested, such as creative construction blocks or other building bricks, clay, playdough, or other building/making supplies. Extension activities may require additional materials, but will mostly be easy-to-find, common household items, and are never required.
No formal assessment unless by parent request.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
All material will be presented in a sensitive, age-appropriate manner.  The approach will be light-hearted, fun, and often silly.  The emphasis will be on what these creatures look like, their main features, their unique traits and habits, where we find them.  Carnivores will be carnivores...but we will keep all of our discussions "kid-friendly."

Regarding supplies/activities:
Movement activities are basic in nature (animal moves, etc) but please be sure to provide adult supervision if you feel it is necessary.  Participation in movement activities is not required.  Please contact the teacher with any concerns.
Allergy Note: Playdough may contain wheat, which could cause an allergic reaction if ingested in those sensitive to wheat gluten or with Celiac disease.  I am happy to provide a recipe for gluten-free playdough upon request, or suggest alternative supplies. 
Please provide adult assistance with cutting/scissor-use as needed per the parents' discretion and child's ability.


Alexandra McCarty - STEM - Art - Dinosaurs & More
Lives in the United States
STEAM Teacher, homeschooling mama, indie artist, and maker of messes (the good kind!)
613 total reviews
263 completed classes

About Me

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