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Science & Nature

Our Green Earth | Hands on Learning With Plants & Soil

In this 3 week hands on science class students will grow a bean plant while learning soil sciences, plant biology, and skills for scientific observation
Tom Durrant
309 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 10 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 3 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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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Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of soil science and plant biology. They'll learn how plants go from seed to fruit, and the factors which effect their growth along the way. Students will also learn key skills in scientific observation, note taking, and experimentation.
I have a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Florida State University C/o '14. I've studied soil sciences and agricultural practices extensively, and have been an avid gardener my whole life. I am also a mushroom and truffle forager, with a passion for mycology.
Students will be asked to check-in with their beans a few times a week and note any major changes as they occur.
Class 1: 1 mason jar 1/3 dirt from a local area. Add 2/3 tap water 30 minutes before class. We'll shake and settle our jars in class, so its best o have a lid on the jar, or a big spoon nearby for stirring Class 2: 3-5 beans (Black, white, or mung beans are best) 1 small jar or pot with dirt from a local area or potting soil 1 plastic bag or small container 1 small paper towel In class we'll place 1 bean in the soil and plant it. We'll place the other beans in between the paper towel, wet the towel, and close them inside the plastic bag or container Class 3: 1 root vegetable sliced in half long ways (carrot or potato is best) Class 4: 1 or more mushroom(s) of any variety. Store bought or responsibly foraged is great Class 5: 2 cups 2 types of food coloring 2 stalks of celery (leaf on if possible) Class 6: 1 piece of the students favorite fruit. If a hard fruit, slice in half through the center before class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Tom DurrantConnecting learners to the nature of their worlds
309 total reviews
219 completed classes

About Me

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I've spent the better part of the past decade teaching young learners and adults. Here on Outschool I hope to guide students as they understand the natural environment and the human experience, through the lens of... 
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