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

In this activity-based Life Science class, we will learn genetics (Punnett Squares), DNA, classification, and plants. DNA Alien Project! This is Q2 of my MS science series, based on 7th grade standards. 5th, 6th, & 8th graders welcome.
Stephanie Newton, BSc
71 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 23 learners
Class
No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
10-14
year olds
2-14
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

Available Times

Pacific
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Description

Class Experience

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 :)
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.
*Q2 SUPPLIES* 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: none
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
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.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
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.

Teacher

Stephanie Newton, BSc
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Teacher Stephanie
71 total reviews
126 completed classes

About Me

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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