Animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, archaebacteria, protists, viruses.... How did they come to be? Why are they the way they are? How do they live and function? How do they interact with each other? This class will answer these questions and more, as we explore ecology and evolutionary biology.
This class will use Collaborative Curriculum Design - Students will get to help choose which specific organisms, topics, and questions we focus on, within ecology and evolutionary biology.
Much of our learning and exploration will be done through labs and hands-on simulations. Some of these labs will be conducted outdoors. The same masking and social distancing rules will be in place indoors as well as outdoors. Students are expected to dress for the weather, as we may be outdoors rain or shine.
Students will be expected to complete 1-2 hours of homework per week between classes. This may include research on a topic or species, independent lab/project work, or other activities.
Prerequisite skills: In order to participate in this class, students are expected to have the following skills/abilities. If a student has some but not all of these skills, please contact me ahead of time, so that I can determine what modifications I might be able to make in order to include the student in the class.
- ability to follow instructions, including safety instructions
- ability to work constructively with teacher and classmates on a collaborative project such as a lab
- reading, at roughly a middle-school level
- writing legibly by hand (please contact me if the student needs to use a computer for writing - this can be easily accommodated with advance planning)
- math skills including working with decimals, fractions, percentages, and ratios
Materials: Each week, each student is responsible for bringing:
- their lab book (a notebook or binder with paper - same one every week)
- a pencil
- a pen
- clothing appropriate for the weather - we may be outdoors rain or shine, in any temperature
- other supplies may be requested along the way, depending on what projects and labs the students choose to pursue - these will be supplies that can be obtained free or cheaply, and if you are unable to provide the extra supplies, please let me know and we can help find some for you (ex: empty plastic container, poster board, markers)
Please note, some of the labs we might do involve food or other materials. Please let me know if your child has any allergies to food or anything else (including medication allergies, environmental allergies, etc). Please let me know the severity of the allergy and if the child can be in the same room as the substance or not.
(This will cover group materials and science-specific supplies that would be harder for each person to find/purchase.)
Teacher: Rae Goodman-Lucker is a biology and environmental science teacher with 14 years of experience. She holds teaching licenses in Illinois and California, as well as a National Board certification. She has a masters in biology and has published research on the effects of climate change on birds. As a classroom teacher, she created the process of Collaborative Curriculum Design, in which students and the teacher work together to design a course of study on a topic. She currently volunteers at the Somme Preserves, working on ecological restoration.
Age range: 12+
Family must register for LOGYC Coop in order to sign up for classes.
Please note that by attending this event, you confirm that you will assume all the risk to yourself and your family related to coronavirus.