Category Archives: Middle School

October 18th, 2020 by 
A Planet of Viruses - Family SeriesJoin Scientist Blair Lee for a 10-week Discussion about Viruses - Activity Guide included!Science Everyone Should Learn! When we think about life, we think about elephants, redwood trees, and people. Most of us do not think about organisms so small we cannot even see them, and we certainly do not think about those particles called viruses that are right on the border of living and non-living. Each Week there will be a presentation about the science followed by discussions about topics from the reading. There will also be a guide with labs and activities …
October 13th, 2020 by 
Middle School Writing with The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie Is Barbie a phenomenal example of pop culture influence who has sparked creativity and joy? Or is she a sign of the ills of our society that has brought about poor self esteem and vanity? Take a look at Barbie through multiple perspectives while learning more about the changes she's undergone and the biography of her creator, Ruth Handler. We'll read the book The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie and write two multi-draft essays based off our work. Taught by Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason Class ClosedWhat Makes SEA Online …
October 12th, 2020 by 
Advanced Fantasy Map-Making: World-Building In a continuation of the Fantasy Map-Making class, learn more advanced techniques in map-making while collaboratively building a storyline for a fantasy world. Drawn, relief, and printed maps will be explored with more complexity, and new methods, including digital maps, will be introduced. This class also includes an array of writing prompts to guide your learner's crafting of story and connect their ideas to their maps. The class will finish with a group project featuring a collection of maps and stories based on a world we create together, and all students will be sent a physical …
October 10th, 2020 by 
Historical Thinking and Writing Bootcamp: Middle School Thinking and writing from the perspective of a historian is not just an important academic skill, but also an essential life skill. The ability to connect the past to the present and future through discussions and assignments changes the way history is seen and told. In this Bootcamp, students will look at how historians approach research and draw conclusions, learn to examine and evaluate evidence, search for diverse perspectives, use different kinds of sources, and create meaningful essays and projects. Required assignments will use the history they are already studying, or are interested …
October 9th, 2020 by 
Ancient Archaeology Archaeology is the window through which historians have been able to see the past by means of tangible evidence. In this class, students will learn about the practice of archaeology in the field, lab, and institutions, and how it contributes to historiography, or the way history is studied and written. Through an exploration of archaeology and the Ancient World (prehistory to Ancient Rome), learners will discover unique and important sites and artifacts, explore history through places and objects, examine cases of fraud, and discuss ethical dilemmas pertaining to archaeological sites and artifact collections. The instructor, Samantha Matalone Cook, …
October 8th, 2020 by 
Fantasy Map-Making Workshop (Spring 2021) For kids who love fantasy, maps, art, and making! Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT for a hands-on workshop to explore hand-drawn, relief, and printed maps. Examples of maps from literature, science, and media will be explored, both within the fantasy genre and the real historical maps they are inspired from. The four sessions will also include discussions on storytelling and design, map-making techniques, and using a variety of materials. This is a fun and engaging class that encourages personal creativity and skill-building! Note: If you have multiple students who would like to take this class …
October 7th, 2020 by 
A Young People's History of the United States Students will engage in a thirteen-week study of the first half of A Young People's History of the United States.. This class is discussion based with a project focus. Each week, there will be guided comprehension questions that help student's get the most out of the readings. Videos suggestions will also be sent as they apply to the topic. In class, our conversations will be guided by a series of thought questions created by both the instructor and the students. At the end of the semester, students engage in a project based …
October 6th, 2020 by 
Befriending and Understanding Your Emotions (BeE) (Teen) This class is as much about social and emotional learning (SEL) as it is about health. Everyone has a range of emotions and no emotion is bad. In this class, we learn about what exactly emotions are, what our unique experiences of the emotions are, and what we can do to make sure we process them in a healthy way and we don't react to them and do things we might regret. Each week offers interactive work that is science-based and customized according to the student's responses. This class includes developmentally appropriate information …
October 6th, 2020 by 
Befriending and Understanding Your Emotions (BeE) (Youth) This class is as much about social and emotional learning (SEL) as it is about health. Everyone has a range of emotions and no emotion is bad. In this class, we learn about what exactly emotions are, what our unique experiences of the emotions are, and what we can do to make sure we process them in a healthy way and we don't react to them and do things we might regret. Each week offers interactive work that is science-based and customized according to the student's responses. This class includes developmentally appropriate information …
October 5th, 2020 by 
Surviving Together: A Minecraft Experience (Spring 2021) Students will use the game Minecraft as a group survival exercise. The goal will be to plan, execute, and review coordinated team activities to achieve a goal set at the start of class.  We will use a Realms server to play Minecraft Survival Mode together and learn about project management, task delegation, and cooperation skills. Time in Minecraft will be limited, and all learners will be part of a team.  Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: February 2-March 23 Class Size: 2-9 learners Age Range: …
October 5th, 2020 by 
Understanding Identity “Identity” is a concept that we see many people discuss and share today. In this course, we will learn how identity is thought of, expressed, and talked about. We will also explore historical and social contexts for how people with different identities have been treated when they were not in the majority. In this class, we will practice talking about our identities in all facets, like gender identity, race/ethnicity, cultural heritage, disability status, social class, and more. We will learn proper terminology for these identities and understand how groups have been hurt in history and currently in systematic …
October 4th, 2020 by 
Science: A Way of Knowing This is an interdisciplinary class that introduces science as a social practice, a historical endeavor, and as a way of interacting with policy and law. Drawing from university level History of Science, Philosophy of Science, and Science and Technology Studies, this course will present these ideas at a middle school level. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Section 2: March 18-April 22 All 3 PartsPart 1 OnlyPart 2 OnlyPart 3 OnlyClass Details Section 2 Part 1: March 18-March 25 Part 2: April 1-April 8 Part 3: April 15-April 22 Class Size: 2-8 participants Age Range: 11-14 (10 …
October 3rd, 2020 by 
Changing Life: Extinction, Evolution, Conservation This class will look at ecological concepts like extinction, evolution, adaptation, and conservation, with a focus on anthropogenic (human-caused) change. Part 1 is focused on introducing these scientific concepts and connecting them to real situations and examples in an interactive, discussion-oriented environment to promote retention of knowledge. In part 2 we will explore and discuss current events and issues in the social and policy arenas like zoos for conservation and publicity, NGOs and other organizations working for conservation, and uses of science and technology to bring back extinct and endangered species. Taught by Sabrina Weiss …
September 28th, 2020 by 
Food: Culture, Health, and Justice Food is a great way to learn about culture, history, economics, science, and health. This class takes an interdisciplinary approach to learn about these topics using student-centered and culturally responsive approaches. I teach from a global, multicultural and intersectional perspective that recognizes the value every culture brings to food, the importance of history and social context, and considers poverty, access, and environment when we discuss foods. I also bring in a balanced and body-positive discussion about diets and health using science to promote effective research and discussion about foods. Students will have opportunities to dig …
July 16th, 2020 by 
Middle School Writing with A Dog in the Cave (Guided) You may know that humans domesticated wolves, but did you know that wolves domesticated humans right back? That's what Kay Frydenborg explores in her book A Dog in the Cave. Students will learn foundational academic writing skills including thesis statements, topic sentences, paragraph focus, and transitions. They will practice these skills through themed writing assignments based on the book. This is a guided class, which means there are no live meetings, but students receive weekly assignments, a discussion board for interactions, and personalized feedback on all paper submissions. Provided materials …