Wonders of the World Series: Seven Natural Wonders

Wonders of the World Series: Seven Natural Wonders


About this course

This is the second installment in the Wonders of the World Series. Other courses in the series include:

Seven Ancient Wonders

Seven New Wonders

Recommended Ages: 10-17.

SUMMER Start Date: Enrollments received on or before Monday will be given class access the following Tuesday. Course consists of 4 lesson plans. No live classes — view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! You have until August 23 to complete the course. Upon enrollment, you will receive class access information on Tuesday. Final reports will be issued on August 24. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 23.

FALL Start Date: November 1, 2022. Course consists of 4 lesson plans. Students have 2 weeks after the last lesson is posted to complete the course. No live classes — view the lessons on YOUR schedule.

Price: $60

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Next Level Homeschool presents the third installment of our Wonders of the World series with the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Unlike previous classes, which focused mainly on the history of manmade wonders, this class focuses on environmental and geographical concepts. Students can expect to learn about each of these natural wonders, how they were formed, how humans have influenced them, and why they are important enough to be considered wonders.

While this class is part of a broader series, there are no prerequisites, and each Wonders class can be taken in any order that works best for the student.

LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, Minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our Facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

Week 1 – Introduction to the Seven Natural Wonders and the Aurora Borealis

The first week serves as an introduction to the topic. We will discuss how and why each of these wonders was chosen for this list, and there will be a brief introduction of each wonder. From there, we begin our deeper look into each wonder, beginning with the Aurora Borealis.

Week 2 – Mountainous Wonders

This week’s lesson discusses the two mountains on our list: Mt. Everest and Paricutin. The formation of both mountains will be the first thing we learn about, but we will also be following the effects these mountains have on the environment around them and how humans have interacted with them.

Week 3 – Freshwater Wonders

The third week of the class is based around Victoria Falls and the Grand Canyon. Both wonders were created by the moving of fresh water over long periods of time, and we will learn more about those processes. 

Week 4 – Oceanic Wonders

Unlike the previous week, our final week of wonders come from the ocean. The Great Barrier Reef and the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro provide students with a look at some of the most visually striking wonders in the list, and we will be studying the impacts of environmental damage that both wonders have experienced.


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