Science & Nature
Wildlife Wonders: Animals of Africa
In this one-time science class, students will learn about the geography of Africa as well as the biology, ecology, and zoology of different animals from the vertebral animal classes: mammal, bird, reptile, fish, and amphibian.
Shields Scholars by Cassondra Shields
215 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
45 minute class
In this one-time class, learners will go on an animal expedition to the African continent to learn about one animal from each vertebral animal class. The list of animals in this lesson is comprised of five vertebrates: mammal, bird, reptile, fish, and amphibian. These are some of the most interesting animals that are/were either endemic to or living abundantly in Africa. Lesson Structure: Mammal - African Elephant Bird - Ostrich Reptile - Parson’s Chameleon Fish - African...
Learners will gain an understanding about the characteristics of each animal class, their habitat, diet, and conservation status. They will also learn about specific traits of each animal and some interesting and fun facts.
Cassondra Shields (Ms. Cassie): Cassondra has been an ESL (English as a second language) teacher for four years to the age groups 3-15. She graduated from the Honor's Program at The University of Nevada, Reno with a research thesis on adolescent conduct disorder attributes and how those attributes were statistically represented in adult incarceration and recidivism rates based on longitudinal study results. In order to conduct this type of research, Cassondra studied behavior, neurology, and psychology of children for several years as well as additional English and writing courses to write about this type of research. She has brought her expertise on child development and learning behaviors to Outschool as the curriculum developer for Shields Scholars. Cassondra is also a homeschool mom to her own children. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● Heather Boone (Ms. Heather): Heather has been an Elementary Teacher for the past 10+ years. She has taught in First, Second, and Third Grade, giving her background knowledge in a variety of different levels and skill sets. Heather has also been an online ESL (English as a second language) teacher for five years to the age groups 4-15. She graduated from the Honors Program at Bloomsburg University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She then continued her education by obtaining a Master's Degree in Special Education. Heather's expertise in the elementary classroom, coupled with her online teaching has her excited to teach on Outschool via Shield's Scholars. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● Kate Morales (Ms. Kate): Kate has been in the field of education for the past 12 years. She has spent 5 years as instructional support to grades K-5, 8 years of teaching (mostly in preschool, 1 year in 2nd grade) and has privately tutored for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Master’s in Early Childhood Education and is completing her EdS in Early Childhood Education currently. She is a huge advocate for playful learning and loves to make learning engaging and fun! She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and skills to Outschool via Shield’s Scholars. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● Rheagan Bloomquist (Ms. Rheagan): Rheagan earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She has a passion for helping people, and she believes every child can succeed when given the chance. She has experience working with elementary school children in her local independent school district. She also has prior experience teaching special needs kids. What Rheagan wants most is to make education exciting rather than scary; her goal is to help all children feel welcome, safe, and smart. She is excited to create a nurturing and fun learning environment for all children with Shield’s Scholars. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● Savannah Kaufman (Ms. Savannah): Savannah earned her bachelor’s degree in counseling from Arlington Baptist College. While earning her bachelor’s degree, she worked with preschool students (aged 2-4). Since graduation, she has worked in education for 10 years. She began her career as a fifth grade teacher for two years. She then moved into middle and high school classes as a history, speech performance, and ASL teacher. Her speech performance students won multiple state titles. She also worked as the guidance counselor for high school seniors. She has spent the past five years as a middle and high school English teacher and the past three years as the principal of a small private school. Her approach to learning is fun and lively. She wants all students to feel welcome and excited to learn while in her classroom. She is excited to bring this fun and creative energy to the Shield’s Scholars students. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
1 file available upon enrollmentNEARPOD: NearPod is an interactive, online resource that we use for class. NearPod includes games relevant to the lesson to keep learners engaged the entire time since there is something for them to be focusing on and physically doing every few minutes. This can include little quizzes, matching, drag & drop, drawing, 3D, virtual reality, etc. NearPod is necessary for your learner to participate in addition to Zoom. If available, two devices is ideal for these classes. Most of my students like to have Zoom up on one device and NearPod on a touch device such as a tablet, iPad, or smartphone to make clicking on answers easy for little fingers. However, two separate devices is NOT necessary to participate if not available! ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS Check our classroom posts! Within the hour prior to the class start time, there will be a classroom post with the NearPod hyperlink AND 5 digit code to our specific lesson. The hyperlink will take you straight to the lesson via your browser. If using a tablet/iPad/smartphone, download the NearPod application and enter the 5 digit code . Enter your learner's name on the top line Leave the second line blank Click "Join Lesson" ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● DEMO LESSON FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS Practice logging in to the demo lesson below to get an idea of how to use and setup NearPod: Link: https://app.nearpod.com/?pin=IYDQ5 Code: IYDQ5 ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● EXPECTATIONS **Your learner will likely need your help the first few times they use NearPod because of this age group. Please stay close during class in case they need assistance. **Each class will have a different link and code available in a new post prior to each lesson. You can also message us at any time with questions! We are happy to answer. :)
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Since we are talking about wild animals, there will be talk about each animal's diet and habits. Our lesson includes many carnivores, study of defense mechanisms, and overall character traits which can be construed as violent. Nature can be unforgiving.
www.nearpod.com or the NearPod application on a tablet/phone will be used. The link and code to the lesson content for each week will be updated in the classroom page. **You do NOT need to create a NearPod account to join the lesson.
Shields Scholars by Cassondra Shields
Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Curriculum
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
215 total reviews
236 completed classes
Hello! My name is Cassondra Shields. I am the owner, developer, and creator of "Shields Scholars", which is an organization on Outschool dedicated to learners 3-8 years old. At Shields Scholars, we focus heavily on core material that is not only...