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The Quest - A Science RPG - MS Physical & Earth Science Course (Semester 2 of 2)

Peter (Professor Wigglebottom) Edwards
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(121)
Semester 2 of a NGSS Middle School Physical & Earth Science class taught as a fun to play Role Playing Game!

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Here are the NGSS Standards to be covered:
MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. 
MS-PS1-3. Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. 
MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.  
MS-PS1-5. Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. 
MS-PS1-6. Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.
MS-ESS1-4. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history. 
MS-ESS 2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales. 
MS-ESS2-3. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. 
MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. 
MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions. 
MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. 
MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively. 
MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.nt Boundary: Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms, gene regulation, or biochemical processes.]
MS-LS3-1. Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. 
MS-LS3-2. Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation. 
MS-LS4-5. Gather and synthesize information about technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms. 
Homework Offered
The homework, "at home" labs, and other assignments are all optional based upon their need for their schooling (Charter School, Homeschool, etc.). However, all of the assignments help their Hero “level up” and aid them to “win” the game. There will be the typical assignments for a middle school science student that make great samples for charter school programs. However, it never feels like busy work because it is all disguised as ways to "win" the game.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
There are experience points awarded for each individual assignment. Students will be keeping a log of every point earned. The total of the point can determine a grade if it is required. Especially if your student is a Charter School Student. However, depending on your situation and schooling status, it is completely up to you as the parent.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
All "at home" labs are done with typical house hold products that you probably have on hand. If not, they are usually easily acquire at a grocery store. We also provide alternatives if, for whatever reason, those items are unavailable in your area. There might be a few craft supplies etc. for the engineering part (such has cardboard, glue, etc.). A full list of supplies will be available on the first day of class. The only thing truly needed is a great imagination and a willingness to be a little silly as we learn!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There are a few things that are "battle" oriented as per a typical Dungeons and Dragons game. However, ever thing is kept at a G/PG level as to not trigger sensitive kids. Whenever anyone is hurt, it is the darkness or the illumination that takes over, not blood and guts. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(121)
I am a lifelong learner and I hope I can pass that on to your student, so their life can be enriched by the power of learning! My motto as a teacher is to always teach the class that I would want to take as a student. :)

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Group Class


for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
90 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(3)
Completed by 31 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 11-14
5-18 learners per class

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