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Environmental Science

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 8th–12th grade

Live class: Thursdays 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST (Live session includes Mrs. Lauria’s AP Environmental Science students.)

Course dates: August 26th–May 1st

Price: $599

Instructor: Kristen Lauria

Instructor email:  knlauria@masteryacademic.com

This course is currently out of stock. Registration will open on March 1st.

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Course Description

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This class is a gentle introduction to environmental science, teaching students not only about earth science, but also about the human impact on our earth. I specifically plan projects so students get an opportunity to reach out to members of their community who can teach the student and make connections that will hopefully continue even after the class ends as the student continues to find ways to participate in their community.

Course Structure

Students will work through a chapter each week, with questions to guide their study in each section and a quiz and lab to gauge comprehension. Three to five chapters will comprise a unit and will culminate in either a unit exam or a project. There are 21 chapters in 6 units with a final at the end of the course. We will meet live weekly for 1 hour to discuss that week’s topics and any questions the students have. Students will interact with their classmates with weekly discussions and collaboration on various assignments. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week working on class material.

Who should enroll?

This class is for 8th to 12th graders. There is very little math, but students shouldn’t be intimidated by completing labs.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I believe homework and projects are the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning and grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Assignments are generally graded within 5 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, labs, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.

Communication

Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course parents will only be contacted if issues arise and at midterm and close of the course as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. My website is kristenlauria.com.

Reviews

  1. Hollyn Martin (verified owner)

    We were so excited about the addition of this class for my high school son. He has been very engaged in the material and finds it to be very relevant for life and for his educational goals. It has challenged him and I have seen wonderful growth since it began in the Fall.

  2. Rebecca Klabunde (verified owner)

    My son very much enjoys this new class! Mrs. Lauria is prompt in all communication, organized in her assignments, and makes her students feel comfortable in class discussion – making her a great teacher. We both highly recommend this course!

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Required Texts

Required Texts:

  • Environmental Science 2013 ed. (Holt McDougal) ISBN: 9780547904016

Note: An interactive version of this book is available through iBooks and may be purchased instead of the physical book if that is preferred.

A lab equipment list will be sent after enrollment.

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Instructor Bio

Kristen Lauria

Kristen Lauria is a lifelong student who has become the teacher.  In second grade she was found stealing teacher’s editions from her public school classroom to teach her younger best friend at home. She’s since progressed to buying her materials legally, but her love of teaching hasn’t wavered.  She spent 4 years in the Navy learning about nuclear reactors and went on to finish her BS in Physics with a minor in Math graduating Cum Laude.  She also was inducted into the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, having attained a GPA in Physics of over 3.0.  She has her MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University and is certified to teach physics and chemistry in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to teaching for Aim Academy, she also homeschools her own 2 children in elementary school, counsels her adult stepchildren in what adulting really means, and helps her husband with restoring their 200-year-old farmhouse one slow-moving project at a time.  She also runs her own tutoring company and teaches at her local homeschool co-op.  In her free time (which is rather scarce at the moment) she loves to read and spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.

She hopes to share her love of math and science with all of her students here at Aim Academy.  While she can’t make all the topics students in her classes will be learning easy, she will do her best to make them approachable and interesting.  She hopes to show her students how everything they will encounter in their textbooks will apply to their own lives; not just in the future, but today.

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