Life on Earth

Discover the nuances of life as we explore life in the simplest of forms to the more complex. We will travel through different periods in time starting in the Archean and ending in the Quaternary.

Topics Covered:  We will visit 14 different time periods.  We will discuss the growth and development of the life forms present in that time period.  Once we reach the Silurian Period, we will break the lectures into three (3) sections: Plants, Invertebrates, and Vertebrates.

Note: This course is currently undergoing redesign based on excellent student feedback.

Prerequisites
  • Students must be able to read at a fifth (5th) grade level or above.  Parental support is encouraged.
Level
  • The grade is designed for 5th grade level and up.
  • Age is not considered.
Materials Required
  • The required textbook for this course is Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth by DK Publishing.  The textbook may be available at your local library or better priced elsewhere.  I have seen a wide price variation with this particular book.  If you buy it, try to find it around $25.
  • Parental support is encouraged.
  • Students will need a quiet environment and a working microphone.
  • We screen websites heavily before posting links.  However, websites are in control of the advertising on said sites, not Willow Scholars.  Parental supervision is highly recommended.
Class Description
  • Life on Earth is a 50 minute lecture based course.  There are two (2) components to the course: the live webinar and the asynchronous classroom assignments.
  • Students are expected to read assignments beforehand, participate in discussions as they occur, and complete homework/quizzes.
  • Additional assignments may include related video, websites, analysis and small projects.
  • Parents are highly encouraged to support the student.
  • We screen websites heavily before posting links. However, websites are in control of the advertising on said sites, not Willow Scholars. Parental supervision is highly recommended.
Duration

The course is a 16 week course.

Costs
  • The 16 week course is $234.00.
  • I have seen a wide range in prices for the textbook.  It is available at many libraries.  If you buy it, try to find it around $25.