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Mastering Middle School Life Science: Hands-On Activities/Labs/Games! (Q2)

Stephanie Newton, BSc
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(85)
In this activity-based Life Science class, we will learn genetics/Punnett Squares, DNA, classification, plants. DNA Alien Project! This is Q2 of my MS science series, based on 7th grade standards. 5th, 6th, & 8th graders welcome. #academic

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Mendelian Genetics & Punnett Squares
Nearpod slides and activities Genetic foldable Inspect your family's traits Punnett Square Practice Weekly quiz
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Non-Mendelian Genetics & Punnett Squares
Nearpod activities and slides Alien DNA Project Weekly quiz
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Nearpod activities and slides Strawberry DNA Lab Weekly quiz
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Nearpod slides and activities DNA Escape Room Make a DNA Model Weekly quiz
 Week 5
Lesson 5
DNA Mutations & Cloning
Nearpod slides and Activities DNA Bingo Weekly quiz
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Classification of Living Things: Bacteria/Archaea
Nearpod slides and activities 3 Domains Cut and Paste Activity Weekly quiz
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Classification of Living Things: Protists and Fungi
Nearpod slides and activities Write a Protist Story Pictures of items in your home made from protists/fungi Weekly quiz
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Classification of Living Things: Plant Kingdom
Nearpod slides and activities Venn Diagrams Weekly quiz
Students will learn various aspects of life science. Please see the syllabus in the course description for a detailed list of all concepts taught. Learners will be able to understand the development of the study of genetics, create an "alien" using a punnet square, label and identify the parts of DNA, understand how mutations occur, understand how organisms are classified, and describe the process of photosynthesis in plants.  After this course learners will be fully prepared to continue on to my 3rd and 4th quarter 7th grade curriculum if you so choose.
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 over 2 years. I'm also a "hybrid-homeschool" momma :)
Homework Offered
Learners will be assigned homework each week. Homework will involve the following activities: creating foldables, or independent projects. Homework should take no more than 1 hour most weeks. Keep in mind that you are the "administrator" of your learner's homeschool education, so if there are too many assignments given you may modify the amount of homework you require your learner to turn in.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learners will be assessed through foldables, independent and class projects, labs, and quizzes. If you wish for me to issue the learner a grade, please let me know when you register for the course.
Grades Offered
All work turned in will be given feedback or a grade. Contact me for a cumulative grade.
Lecture/Slides/Discussion is broken up by Nearpod Interactive Slides for improved learner engagement and fun! Flexible deadlines. Homework is optional.

Doing the hands-on portion of the labs is not required, however it will definitely make the class more fun for learners! There are usually follow-up activities that ARE required even if the hands-on portion is not done (a lab report, post-lab questions, a nearpod activity, etc.). Often you can make substitutions for some items (or only do a portion of the lab) if it is difficult to get some of these items. I usually strive to do labs that only require items commonly found around the home. 

Turning in your assignments: you can take a picture(s) of your labs/activities and either upload them to the classroom (under the appropriate week’s post), or send it to me privately through Outschool in a message. 

Week 1: 

Foldable: printer paper to print pdf paper, scissors, glue

Week 2: 

Alien Genetics Project: printer paper to print pdf, a coin, colored pencils, drawing paper (printer paper is fine)

Week 3: 

Strawberry DNA Lab: 
3 Strawberries, cutting board, knife, rubbing alcohol, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/3 cup of water, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid (for hand-washing dishes), small bowl and small glass, cheesecloth or coffee filter, funnel, resealable plastic sandwich bag, toothpick

Week 4: 

DNA Model Project: We will be creating a 3-D model of DNA. Some learners like to use candy, others like to use origami or other non-edible items (like craft supplies). You will need a longer candy/item to create the “ribbon” part of the DNA, and 4 different colored candies to create the “ladder” part of the DNA. More info will be provided in the week 4 post and you will have 2 weeks to finish the project on your own time. You can start researching ideas online now if you would like. 

Week 5: 

Science Bingo: printer paper to print pdf, coins or other small items to use as “markers” on your bingo card as you play

Week 6: 

3-Domains Cut and Paste activity: printer paper to print pdf, glue, scissors

Week 7: 

Paper, pencil, camera to take pics of items around your home that are related to the lesson

Week 8: 

In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Evolution and Creationism will not be taught in this course, however feel free to contact me if you would like for me to share with you the unit materials (slides/worksheets/foldables) on the topic of Evolution, as this is one of the national standards for 7th grade. I am also happy to set up a private tutoring section to walk your child through this unit. I do not have materials on Creationism (Outschool only permits secular topics).  
Please monitor your learner's use of scissors.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses CK12, YouTube, Nearpod, and Wikipedia.
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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