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Life Science (Biology) for Middle Schoolers: Year Long Course- Ongoing

Science & Nature

Keeping up With the Kingdoms: An Introduction to Life Science (Multiday Course)

In this multi-day class we will learn about life's six kingdoms in an informal, interactive format. Each week, we will learn characteristics of one of life's kingdoms and meet members of that kingdom. We may use Kahoot! in some classes!
Mary Dansak
626 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn characteristics of living things, and the names and characteristics of the six kingdoms of life. Students will participate in conversations about each of life's six kingdoms by asking questions, contributing their own findings, synthesizing information, making connections, and summarizing. 
I've been studying science all my life. My father was a renowned herpetologist. As such, I grew up surrounded by animals, plants, and other life forms. I followed my interests in college by studying biology as well as education. I taught middle school science for 21 years, then worked as the middle school science education specialist for the State Department of Education in Alabama for 6 years. In retirement, I am still actively involved in many scientific communities, and stay engaged with groups such as the North American Association for Environmental Education and the National Science Teachers Association. I am passionate and knowledgeable about the study of life, and about passing on this passion to youngsters.
Assignments will be offered for students needing to build their science portfolios. All homework will be optional. 
Students should bring something to write with/on. I suggest a dedicated science notebook. Colored pencils are encouraged. Students playing Kahoot! will need a second device, or will need to be able to open a new window on their computer. The Kahoot! app is optional. Please check the classroom the day before class for any handouts.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There will be no formal assessment. At the end of each lesson, students will participate in a fun check for understanding. We will use Kahoot! in some classes. I will offer a suggested culminating activity for students needing that.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
In some classes I will use YouTube for videos of 2 minutes or less to illustrate lessons.
For illustrations that are otherwise difficult to obtain, I may share my screen to original websites. I will only use websites that are educational, and we will only spend a minute or two on these sites.


Mary Dansak
Lives in the United States
Science Nerd, Nature Lover, Passionate Writer, Certified Teacher (she/her)
626 total reviews
449 completed classes

About Me

A Note: I have a very limited teaching schedule on OUTSCHOOL during the school year. Thank you!

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