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Plant Science: An Introduction to Horticulture & Agronomy (Self Paced)

Taylor Rhoads, Certified Science Teacher
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(21)
In this 9-week FLEX course, students will learn about concepts related to plant science including soil science, plant propagation, irrigation methods, and more! This class also includes a few optional lab activities.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Beginner Level
9 lessons//9 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Horticulture
 Week 2
Lesson 2
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Plant Propagation
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Introduction to Soil Science
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Soilless Growing Media
 Week 6
Lesson 6
 Week 7
Lesson 7
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Integrated Pest Management
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Irrigation Methods
I have a B.S. in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in Plant Science, and a M.S. in Instructional Technology. I have six years of experience teaching science in public schools. I started teaching on Outschool in June 2023.
Homework Offered
For each lesson, students will be assigned a lecture video on Edpuzzle. On average, videos are a little less than fifteen minutes long. Edpuzzle videos have embedded questions and may take a total of around thirty minutes to complete. Students will be assigned a practice assignment with each lesson to review the material covered in lecture. The amount of time it takes to complete homework may vary depending on the student and the topic for the lesson. On average, homework should take an additional 30 minutes or so to complete. I will also provide students with several optional lab activities during the course. Timing for these activities will vary.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
The following supplies are needed for optional lab activities:

Week 1: Seed Dissection Lab
- Large bean seeds (such as green beans or pinto beans)
- Magnifying glass (optional)

Week 2: Photosynthesis Leaf Disk Lab
-Fresh spinach leaves OR ivy leaves
- Straw OR metal paper hole punch
- 10 mL plastic syringe (without needle) - ask your local pharmacy
- Baking soda and liquid dish soap
- Clear cup
- Light source (either a sunny window OR some type of grow light)

Week 4: Soil Texture Lab
- A large glass jar with lid (like an old spaghetti sauce jar with lid)
- Enough backyard soil to fill the jar half way (NOT potting soil_
- Liquid dish soap

Week 6: Liquids & Plant Growth Lab
- 8 seedlings (I recommend planting radish seeds because they sprout quickly)
- 4 different liquids of your choice (tap water, salt water, fruit juices, soda, coffee, tea, or even
diluted liquid fertilizer with parent permission and supervision)
- Ruler
- Measuring cup

In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Parent supervision is recommended for optional lab activities. Some activities might require the use of materials, such as fertilizer, that should not be used without parent supervision.
This class will use curriculum materials developed by Taylor Rhoads. We will also reference agriculture industry data provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Joined May, 2023
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in Education
California Teaching Certificate - Science
Bachelor's Degree
Hi there! Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a certified science teacher with six years of experience teaching students grades K-12 in a public school setting. 

I received my B.S. in Agricultural Education and went on to receive my M.S. in... 
Self-Paced Class


weekly or $100 for all content
9 pre-recorded lessons
9 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

Completed by 7 learners
Ages: 12-16

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