Science
(Grades 5-6)
Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin
Email: deann.gerdin@CHATclasses.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, eCHAT period 5 (12:45-1:45) or period 6 (1:45-2:45) (Choose one)

Description for MN Geology and Ecology:  Fall Semester - This course includes a broad overview of MN geology as well as glaciers, agate formation, common rocks and minerals, 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, and studying for short online quizzes. We will compile all of our work throughout the semester into a personalized 3-ring binder and complete our semester with a group presentation on one of the MN symbols
Materials Needed: 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. No textbook to be purchased.


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 nonvascular 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.

Covid - 19 Contingency Plan - In the event that we are forced to transition to online classes at any point in the school year, this class will continue to be held.  See the adjusted 3-day schedule for the meeting time.

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.


Cost: $152 per semester
Level
: Grades 5-6

Prerequisite: Students must be able to listen to a short lesson and draw pictures with notes. Students must also be able to work cooperatively in small groups.
Homework:  Weekly reading in the textbook, occasional outdoor observations, at home experiments, or short on-line quizzes.
1st emester Text: none

2nd Semester Text (to be purchased by parents):  Exploring Creation with Botany Textbook by Jeannie Fulbright ( ISBN-13: 9781932012491)
Supplies:
Fall: 3-ring binder and colored pens or pencils; Spring: paper, writing utensils, and a 3-ring binder to keep your work neatly together for the entire semester.

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