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 for Minnesota Ecology and Geology:  Fall Semester - This course includes a broad overview of MN geology as well as glaciers, agate formation, common rocks and mineral, caves, and lakes and rivers. We will cover the four biomes in MN: prairie, deciduous forests, coniferous forests, and tall grass and Aspen parklands. We will discuss the difference between native and invasive species, the process of succession, and the MN state symbols.

Classroom time consists of a short lecture with guided notes and hands on lab activities. Homework may include one or more of the following each week: additional research/reading at home, map coloring, taking or printing photographs, outdoor observations, or studying for a short online quiz. We will compile all of our work throughout the semester into a personalized 3-ring binder.



Description for Botany: Spring Semester- This course includes a broad overview of botany including flowers pollination, fruits, seeds, plant organs, germination, photosynthesis, seedless plants and non-vascular plants. Classroom time consists of a short lecture with guided notes and hands on lab activities.

Homework may include one or more of the following each week: required reading of the text, outdoor observations, completing an experiment at home, or studying for a short online quiz. We will compile all of our work throughout the semester into a personalized 3-ring binder. We will conduct individual science research for an experiment to be presented at the end of the semester.

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
Text:  No text is needed for the fall semester.  For the spring semester, students are required to purchase the textbook Exploring Creation with Botany, by Jeannie Fulbright (ISBN #9781932012491).  An optional book for the spring semester is Exploring Creation with Botany Notebooking Journal (ISBN #978193549062)

Botany text
Required for 2nd Semester
Notebooking Journal
Optional for 2nd Semester

Supplies:
Bring blank guided note taking sheets to class that will be emailed to you in advance, writing utensils, and a 3-ring binder to keep your work neatly together for the entire semester.  
Lab fee: $10 for first semester and $20 for 2nd semester