Category Archives: Middle School

July 4th, 2020 by 
A Young People's History of the United States Students will engage in a thirteen-week study of the first half of the text. This class is discussion based. Each week guided comprehension questions will be sent to assist with the readings. Videos 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 will choose one event or person to present to the class. The presentations will allow for personal creativity and a deeper …
June 18th, 2020 by 
Human Origins: Human Evolution from Prehistory to the Agricultural Revolution Many history books leave out prehistory (the time before written records), but the study of human evolution is essential to understanding how we became capable of everything that followed. In this class, students will explore how our prehistory sets the stage for how humans adapted to their environments and formed communities before the Agricultural Revolution, when humans began building villages and farming their food source. This class is multidisciplinary, weaving history, art, science, and more through discussion, research and writing assignments, and hands-on projects. Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Project-Based Climate Literacy & Action The Science of Climate Change & Climate Action Climate literacy should be an essential part of every child's learning. It is important and deeply pertinent to their life and the health of the planet. This project-based class has students investigate the science while they look at what they can do to make a difference. An important goal for this class is that students feel and how worked to be the change they want in the world. Students create their own personal action plans, write letters to policymakers, and create their own educational outreach materials. In …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Middle School Chemistry - Project-Based Lab Class Middle School Chemistry Lab Class This is a lab and lecture/discussion class. It meets 1x/week every 3 weeks - on week 4 every 4 weeks, students will work on a project. During the 3-week sessions there is a live lecture/discussion session (this will be taped for students who miss a session). There will be an accompanying lab matched with that week's topic. Every 4th week that students work on a project. These can be completely self-directed or scaffolded and guided, as needed and desired by the student. The lab portion of the class …
June 14th, 2020 by 
The Stargazer’s Club - Family Series Do you and your family love to look at the night sky, imagining what is out there in the vast universe? Wouldn't it be fun to be part of a community of stargazers? The Stargazer's Club is an online community that meets monthly to learn about the cosmos. This club is geared for the whole family, from littlest to adults. Using the course, The Stargazer's Notebook, as a guide, members of the club will map the night sky, get information about special events, and prove the heliocentric model for the planetary motion. Each month there …
June 6th, 2020 by 
Surviving Together: A Minecraft Experience 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: September 28-December 14 Class Size: 4-15 learners Age Range: 11-13 Full …
June 6th, 2020 by 
Reboots and Retellings (for Middle School) We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold.  List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Star Wars, Transformers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Taught by Sabrina …
April 7th, 2020 by 
Runaway Trains and Lifeboats: Ethical Philosophy Introduction How do we make decisions that involve harms and benefits to people?  In Runaway Trains and Lifeboats: Ethical Philosophy Introduction, we will do some classic thought exercises that will help us to understand that there are many factors involved in making "right" decisions. Philosophical concepts of Utilitarianism, Consequentialism, Deontology, Rights, and Responsibilities will be explored. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: June 29-July 12 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 12+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description Runaway Trains and Lifeboats: Ethical Philosophy Introduction: How …
April 7th, 2020 by 
Zombie Survival 101 for Middle Schoolers Zombie Survival 101 for Middle Schoolers The zombies are coming!  We have to prepare! The zombie, as Max Brooks and other authors describe, represents today’s fear of the unknown, the strange, the familiar-turned-hostile, and the horror of dealing with something so like yet unlike us.  In this mini-class, we will explore the idea of the zombie in fiction and discuss how to defend ourselves against different types of zombies. We will also look at global social situations that can contribute to them (inspired by Max Brooks). Sources include: Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies, I am …
April 4th, 2020 by 
Middle School Research Boot Camp Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are all essential skills for any learner. In Middle School Research Boot Camp, we’ll be focused on how to research accurately and efficiently using the plethora of resources available, how to identify credible sources and examine bias, and use this knowledge to dive deeply into the subjects we are passionate about. Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: August 3-August 16 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 11-14 Total Price: $40 Full Class Description Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are …
April 1st, 2020 by 
Artificial Intelligence from HAL to Thunderhead We will discuss and explore the topic of artificial intelligence as portrayed in media and discussed in the public sphere. More and more, computer-based decision making and algorithms are becoming part of our lives. While there are realistic doubts, we have many cautionary tales in movies and books about the dangers of AI run amok and destroying humanity. Should we welcome our AI overlords or keep them under human control? Why are some people anxious or fearful about artificial intelligence, and why are some excited about bringing Alexa into our homes? Taught by Sabrina …