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This Week in Nature (Ages 10 To 14)

Students will learn about biology as they engage in studies of pets, wildlife, and plants in their own backyards. We will explore ecology as we engage in scientific research and experiments.
John Jorgensen B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
103 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 15 learners
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
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Students will learn how to study nature and animal behavior, and keep a nature/ science journal as they take and draw notes from class. We will learn the scientific methods of observation, data collection, and interpretation as well as be introduced to peer-review studies. 
We will have class discussions as students review literature and videos on the subjects of wildlife, biodiversity, and nature conservation in their own regions of the world.
Every student has something to contribute as they become experts in their own habitat and local nature!
I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology. I was an AP Environmental Sciences Teacher for many years and have also been a Wildlife/ Biological Technician (GS-4) with the U.S. Forestry Service, and a research assistant with the Biosphere II Center in Arizona. I was also a classroom science and mathematics instructor in both public and private schools for nearly two decades.
Optional homework will vary depending on the project we are working on and the student's interests. It will mainly be of two types:
15 minutes to 1 hour spent outdoors or looking out a window to conduct a nature investigation.
15 minutes to 1 hour spent on reading or viewing assignments for later classroom discussion.
Have a notebook and pen or pencil for note-taking and your nature journal. None of these items will be mandatory for the class but many of them may be helpful: a magnifying lens, a pair of binoculars, a bag of birdseed, and a pack of wildflowers native to your area. Some students may choose to record wildlife or nature using a camera or device with a built-in camera. This is always optional and is not a requirement for the class. We will have occasional labs with common household items such as paper cups, tweezers, straws, spoons, and the like. Complete materials lists will be provided well ahead of class time. The main item to bring is your curiosity!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
My assessments are informal, friendly, and completely supportive of learning.
I teach the students how they can evaluate their own understanding of a topic, where they can decide how much more of a topic they need to understand to gain mastery.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parental permission is advised for collecting any samples such as plant parts or small invertebrates (insects, worms). We don’t want to accidentally collect poison oak or ivy!
Parents may choose to opt-out of providing the name of the state or province their learner resides in. I only ask about their state or region in order to provide resources from that area of the country or world.
If we view any videos from YouTube, a link will be provided. An account is not required to view a YouTube video.
Links to educational videos from YouTube will also be provided for students to review and discuss.
I will be using learning materials from educational-scientific organizations such as the Cornell Ornithology Lab, the Audubon Society, the Royal Society, and the National Butterfly Center. Students' own state wildlife agencies and conservation districts will also be useful resources and I make it a point to provide each student with a guide or a resource from their own area of the world.
No memberships or accounts are required to use any of these PDF printouts or resources for educational purposes.


John Jorgensen B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Lives in the United States
Science Teacher, Ecologist, Mentor to Change-Makers
103 total reviews
343 completed classes

About Me

I teach STEAM topics. That is Science, Technology, Arts, and Mathematics with a focus on the environment and ecology. I have tutored mathematics to university students in a specialized program for students with learning and attention challenges*.... 
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