How Earth Got Its Shape – Elementary Level Science Series Season 1 (Winter/Spring 2021)

How Earth Got Its Shape - Elementary Level Science Series

Session 1 of Season 1

From weathering, erosion, and deposition to the rock cycle to plate tectonics and volcanism students will learn about the forces that shape Earth. Students will conduct field research, make a scientific model, and conduct a lab in this high-interest, hands-on 4-week Session.

How Earth Got Its Shape  is one of the 4 sessions in Season 1 of the Elementary Level Science Series. This session meets 4 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each session in this series includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format. The sessions c=have been designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards.

Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. The materials include materials list, lab instructions as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, gives time for students to ask and answer questions as we work our way through the thoughtfully paired activity. Classes are taped for anyone unable to attend a class.

For those using the REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Environment 1 curriculum, these lessons will highlight, but not duplicate, labs and activities from the course. 1st – 4th grades recommended. Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level, science acumen of the student.

* Lab materials are inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Bundle Pricing on the Entire Series!

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We are absolutely loving the format, content and of course teaching in our Thursday Science Series! Thank you for all the hard work you have done. It’s fabulous and hands down the best homeschool class my kids have ever taken. C.D.

My child is really enjoying your class and I love how you are teaching to this age group! I wish there were more classes like this for the elementary age group you are offering! S.N.

I wanted to let you know that when I ask the girls what their favorite class is, both agree, it is your online science series :-). C.W.

My child has genuinely enjoyed your class. My father is a life-long ecologist and so my child has been exposed to a lot of science. It’s tough for me to find something interesting and engaging enough for them – and you’ve delivered in spades! Thank you! Your excitement and engagement with these kids is terrific! B. is genuinely enjoying the classes!!! We can’t wait for more!!! K.P.

    R. loves all science and the way you teach is so engaging for my child. The hands on projects have been a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with the children. It is wonderful!

How The Earth Got It’s Shape was wonderful. Thank you. M. cracks me up. I am purposely not around so she can tell me ALL about it after, as that is really how she learns best, by teaching. The way she talks about you, is so endearing. She says, Mom, Blair is seriously in love with science. LOL. 🙂

These classes will have your kids LOVING science as much as Blair does!

Class Duration: January 18, 25, 2/1

Monday at 12:30 pm PST

This class is full.

Class Size: 1-12 learners

Age Range: 6 – 10

Total Price: $80 single; $125 for 2 siblings

Bundle Pricing for all four Sessions of the Elementary Level Science Series $285; $450 for 2 siblings

How Earth Got Its Shape – Elementary Level Science Series Season 1 – Session 1

There are 4 meetings (1 per week for 4 weeks) covering a different topic in Earth Science each week.

In this 4-week series students will build their own 3-dimensional scientific models to use to demonstrate core principles in Earth Science. Students will be encouraged to choose one of these topics to share information they have gleaned outside of class.

Week 1: Why There are Shells on Mount Everest – Plate Tectonics

Students will create a series of scientific models looking at how different types of mountains form based on different types of movements of tectonic plates. We will also answer the question: How could continents moving at the rate of centimeters per year form mountains as tall as Mount Everest?

Week 2: How the Grand Canyon Got It’s Shape – Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition are powerful earth shaping forces. Students will make a scientific model to learn about these processes and how they can lead to the creation of a large geological feature like the Grand Canyon. Interested students can also share about their state fossil

Week 3: The Rock Cycle

In this week’s class, students will learn the basics of how the three types of rock form. They will make a scientific model investigating how each rock type, igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary, form. Interested students can also share about a rock that they name.

Week 4: Exploding Earth! – Volcanoes

Plate tectonics and volcanism are studied in tandem as student’s use their own homemade volcano to investigate how volcanism affects the shape of Earth’s surface and its atmosphere. In addition to volcanoes, students will model forces to explain the folding and other shapes of exposed rock layers.

How Earth Got Its Shape; is one of the 4 sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. With the exception of this one, each Elementary Level Science Series  meets 3 times. Each 3-week session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format.

Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. Materials will be available in Teachable 2-weeks before the class meets. These materials include guided readings, materials list, lab instructions, as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, students can ask questions as we go over the material. Then we will work on an lab/activity as a class. Classes will be taped for anyone unable to attend a class.

For those using the REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Environment 1 curriculum, these lessons will highlight, but not duplicate, labs and activities from the course. 1st – 4th grades recommended. Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level and the science acumen of the student. Note: You do not need to be using REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Environment 1 to get the most out of this class. This compliments, but does not directly pair, with the course. 

* Lab materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Materials List is available on the Teachable website. All materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.

To interact in class: Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Parents will need a Zoom account (free).

Usually 2-3 hours per week of work, including class.

Students will gain an understanding of weathering erosion, and deposition, volcanism, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle.

Students will learn important on topic vocabulary, including the meaning of the term “scientific theory”.

Students will learn lab technique.

Students will gain an understanding of the scientific method.

Students will learn about conducting field research.

ESS2.A and ESS2.B

4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, and 4-ESS2-2

Families and learners are welcome to share any information about their individual learning preferences and needs and instructor will make accommodations that are helpful to the class.

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