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Mastering Middle School Science With Hands-On Activities, Labs, & Games! (Sem.2)

In this fun, hands-on, ongoing course, topics include: animals, human body systems, earth science, weather, natural disasters. Based on 7th grade standards. Appropriate for 5th, 6th, & 8th grade, too. Join any time, topics change each week!
Stephanie Newton, BSc
68 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 63 learners
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does anOngoingcourse 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

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Mon Jan 16, 2023

Meets Twice per week
Mo, We
4pm - 4:45pm

Next on Mon Jan 16, 2023

Meets Twice per week
Mo, We
5pm - 5:45pm
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Class Experience

Students will learn various aspects of earth and life science. Please see the syllabus in the course description for a detailed list of all concepts taught. Learners will be able to name the types of rocks and describe how the fossil layers are formed, explain how earthquakes occur, understand how animals/plants are classified, describe the process of photosynthesis, understand animal characteristics, and label the parts of the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems (and understand how they work together). After this course learners will be fully prepared to continue onto 8th grade science (or my other 7th grade semester course)
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 ESL and science teacher for over 2 years. I'm also a "hybrid-homeschool" momma to teenagers :)
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.
*Q3 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: Pet Behavior Show and Tell: paper, pencil, camera, your pet (if you have one) Animal Behavior Storyboard: printer paper to print pdf, or use a graphic design program of your choice to create your storyboard Week 2: Invertebrates Worksheet: printer paper to print pdf, colored pencils for matching Week 3: Vertebrate Foldable: copy/construction/cardstock paper, colored pencils Human Body Webquest Project: This is an ongoing project that will be due at the end of week 7. Supplies: printer paper to print 10-page pdf (or upload the pdf to a graphic design program of your choice), colored pencils Week 4: Pictionary: drawing paper, colored pencils Continue Human Body Webquest Week 5: Blood Lab: Plasma: corn syrup (enough to fill up half of a standard water bottle) Red blood cells: red cinnamon candies Platelets: round nonpareils/sprinkles White blood cells: mini marshmallows (about 10) Plastic water bottle Red food coloring, if no red candies available If you are not able to locate some of these specific candies, be creative and find something else to use as a substitute. If you can't find any red candies, I would suggest a few drops of red food coloring. *hint: keep your corn syrup bottle for week 6! Continue Human Body Webquest Week 6: *parental help will be necessary for safety reasons in this week’s lab Lung Lab: sturdy disposable bottle (examples: 20 oz gatorade bottle, corn syrup bottle from week 5, sturdy water bottle), 2 medium-size balloons (other sizes may be ok, too), scissors/box cutter, tape (electrical tape, duct tape, packing tape, or even standard clear tape in a pinch), a parent to help with cutting the bottle Oxygen’s Journey Storyboard: printer paper to print pdf, colored pencils, or a graphic design program to create your storyboard Continue Human Body Webquest Week 7: Label the Muscles: printer paper to print pdf Science Bingo: printer paper to print pdf Finish Human Body Webquest Week 8: Human Body Dice Game: printer paper to print pdf’s, glue or tape, scissors *Q4 SUPPLIES* Week 1: Rock Cycle Lab: 3 crayons (all different colors, label peeled off), carrot peeler, 3 squares of aluminum foil (about 12 inches x 12 inches), a ceramic mug filled with water, access to a microwave (or hot water from the tap), assistance from an adult for the carrot peeler Rock Cycle Diagram: printer paper to print pdf Week 2: Paper, colored pencils/crayons Week 3: Plate Tectonics Activity: 2 square graham crackers, whipped cream/cool whip, a plate (other crackers and gel-like substances can be used, such as mayonnaise, but it won’t be tasty/edible at the end of the lab!) Week 4: *Volcano material (day 1): disposable tin tray (a sheet pan will do if you don’t have the tin tray), glue (any kind), plastic or glass bottle/jar, 6 cups of flour, 2 cups of salt, 2 cups of water, 2 TBSP of cooking oil, food coloring (optional; suggested colors - red, green, black, or orange), mixing bowl, measuring cup, measuring spoon (tablespoon), spatula or whisk for mixing *Lava (day 2): Option 1 (basic recipe): 2 cups of warm water, food coloring (preferably red), 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, vinegar (1-2 cups) Option 2 (elephant toothpaste recipe): ½ cup hydrogen peroxide (6% is best, but 3% will do), 1 tablespoon (one packet) dry yeast, 3 tablespoons of warm water, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap, food coloring (preferably red) Week 5: Weathering/Erosion Model: Several marshmallows (any size), about 10 crushed oreos (or other cookie), choc/strawberry/corn/maple syrup (pick one), jelly beans or other small candy, optional: blue jello (one small container), small baking pan or pie tin or plate. Week 6: Lightning activity: small plate, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, plastic spoon and/or a styrofoam item (cup, bowl, or plate, etc.) Science Bingo: printer paper to print pdf Week 7: none Week 8: Science Bingo: printer paper to print pdf
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learners will be assessed through foldables, independent and class projects, labs, and quizzes. All work turned in will be given feedback and a grade.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Cell division (which touches on sexual and asexual reproduction) is discussed in level 1 of this course (quarter 1).
Please monitor your learner's use of scissors.
Ck12 textbook (available free online), Nearpod, Youtube, Wikipedia.


Stephanie Newton, BSc
Lives in the United States
Teacher Stephanie
68 total reviews
106 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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