Science & Nature

The Exciting World of Middle School Science--Astronomy

This is a course for middle schoolers from 5th-8th grades. Chemistry Astronomy, Physics, Biology and Geology will be explored in the 5 parts. The parts may be taken in any order. This class will focus on Astronomy.
Gina Oldendorf
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50 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 10 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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Class Experience

This curriculum will introduce students to scientific skills and thinking with a focus on the subject of astronomy.  In this course, students will be taught the concepts that they should know before taking high school astronomy.  This will include the basics of matter and energy, how scientific subjects are intertwined, and how to think like a scientist.
The teacher is a 7th-12th grade certified teacher in General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science.  She has over 20 years of experience teaching in brick and mortar schools and 4 years of teaching science and chemistry for Outschool.   
Students will be assigned a homework after each class period.  Homework assignments are due by the beginning of the next week.  Homework will consist of questions discussed during the first weekly class period and lab writing from the second weekly class period.  All homework will be graded and returned to students.
Students will be assessed based on their homework and open book tests.  A letter grade based on a 10 point scale will be earned by the students and reported to parents at the end of the course.  If something different is needed for a charter school, please let teacher know and it can be accommodated.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parental guidance is needed for any student wanting to do the labs outside of class.  Students will be required to keep camera on if doing a lab during class.
This class will use the Focus on Middle School Astronomy Student Textbook (3rd Edition) (ISBN:9781941181683) and Focus on Middle School Astronomy Student Laboratory Notebook (3rd Edition) (ISBN:9781941181683).  Both can be purchased from many online retailers for about $20-$30 each.


Gina OldendorfDon't tell me the sky is the limit when I know there are footprints on the moon.
183 total reviews
242 completed classes

About Me

I have 20 plus years experience in middle and high school Math, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and  Social Studies and am starting my 4th year teaching on Outschool.  I graduated from Louisiana State University and definitely am a Tiger... 
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