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Planets Unit Study Semester Class

Come join in on this in-depth 9 week unit study on each of the 8 planets where we will be creating a fun Tab-It book and ending the unit study with an art project of the solar system using oil pastels.
Vanessa Fowler
112 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 9 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

The Planets Unit Study series will cover the following over the 9 weeks: 

Week 1: The sun, rocky planets, and Mercury 
Week 2: Venus
Week 3: Earth
Week 4: Mars 
Week 5: Gas giants and Jupiter
Week 6: Saturn
Week 7: Uranus
Week 8: Neptune and Solar System labeling
Week 9: completion of art project using oil pastels
I have taught elementary education for 16 years in the public school setting for grades 1-3.  I have a strong background in reading and love using reading to teach across other content areas.  It is my goal and desire to show every child that reading can be fun and that it can cover a variety of interests and that we can learn many things while reading. 
The students are asked to have the book printed and stapled together for their first live class (I will share the pages they will need the Sunday prior to their class). They will also need: a journal, a pencil, colors (optional), glue (to glue books into journal), stapler (to staple books together), and internet access to research kid-friendly sites the teacher lists each week. For the last session - class #9, the students will need a set of oil pastels (crayons will work if you do not have oil pastels) and an 11''X13'' sheet of black construction paper.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The student will be conducting research through kid-friendly online sources to complete a book over each of the eight planets.  At the end of the unit the student will complete an art project in which they draw each of the eight planets on black construction paper to scale using oil pastels.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parents may need to help assemble the book for students that have never created a Tab-It book before.  Even though it will be modeled the first class, they may benefit from a little extra support when putting it together.


Vanessa Fowler
Lives in the United States
Elementary teacher who connects reading to learning
112 total reviews
73 completed classes

About Me

Hi there!  My name is Vanessa Fowler.  I graduated from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and I currently hold a degree in elementary education. I have worked for the past 15 years teaching 1st - 3rd graders.  I have spent over 10 years... 
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