Science
(Grades 5-6)
Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin
Email: deann.gerdin@gmail.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, eCHAT period 1 (9:00-10:00) or period 5 (12:45-1:45)  (Choose one)

Description Zoology Fall Semester - During the fall semester of eCHAT for 5th and 6th graders we will be exploring zoology while focusing on flying animals including insects, birds, and bats. During the semester we will discuss the mechanics of flight, classification, and physical and behavioral characteristics of these creatures from a creationist point of view.  The class structure includes a lecture, guided note taking, and hands-on demonstrations, experiments, and activities that reinforce concepts.  Parents do not need to purchase the textbook or journal but it is recommended.

Description Bio Engineering: Spring Semester - Biology meets Technology: Each week we will be discussing a new organism and the amazing abilities, senses, or substances God gave each of them and how we can apply those to our lives.  Whether it is a dolphin’s echo location, a spider’s strong but flexible webs, a shark’s ability to sense electromagnetic waves, a gecko’s ability to walk up glass, or a hag fish’s slime we will explore how we can mimic what God has designed and apply it to technology.  The class will include lectures, note taking, hands-on demos and experiments, and designing inventions of our own.

Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife -Management from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. DeAnn has a strong interest in ecology and animal behavior. While attending the U of M, she spent nine months conducting an independent study on the courtship behavior of Mallard ducks. After graduating, DeAnn worked at Woodlake Nature Center in Bloomington, MN before taking a full-time position at Marshall Fields as a Marketing Effectiveness Analyst. DeAnn furthered her education and received a M.A. of Teaching in Secondary Life Science from the University of St. Thomas. Currently she is a stay-at-home mother and a homeschooler with three children.  She enjoys soap making, pottery, birding, and running in her spare time. DeAnn is amazed at the wonder and beauty of God's creation and is eager to share it with others.


Level: Grades 5-6

Prerequisite: none
Suggested Text:  (to be purchased by parents) Recommended text Fall Semester – Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day ISBN 978-1-932012-61-3 and Zoology Notebooking Journal ISBN 978-1-935495-11-6

No required Text for the spring semester

Homework: Read the appropriate chapter in the text according the syllabus

Lab fee: $20

Zoology text

zoology journal