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Track 2, 4th-6th, Class Descriptions

ART / Theater

ART:  EXTENDED PROJECTS, 4th - 6th/7th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Terri Kryzer

This year's themes will be focused around Ancient History! Students will be introduced to a variety of mediums including graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, painting with tempera & acrylic paint, printmaking, watercolor, pastels, and one clay piece, glazed and fired. Supply fee of $15 covers the whole year and includes the cost of all paper, pastels, glue, clay, glaze, kiln fee, blocks, tools and ink for printmaking, tempera, watercolor paints, colored pencils, brushes, sharpies, pencils and copies.

NOTE:  This class complements History Alive! class AND both the IEW Fundamentals and IEW Fundamentals Plus writing classes (focus on ancient history).

Cost:  Early Registration = $225/year ($235 after July 1st);  + $15 supply fee payable directly to Terri Kryzer on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 


ACTING ADVENTURES, 4th - 6th

55 min. class, 15 weeks, first semester, Julie Nelson

Come explore the world of acting with other kids through various theater games, acting exercises, improvisation activities, skits, and scene work!  These activities are specially designed to tap into your young child's creative side, while developing a range of skills such as focusing, listening, teamwork, imagination, vocal projection, creating a believable character, and building self-confidence!  This is all done in a fun, positive, and encouraging Christian environment.

Performance at the end of the semester will be either a 10 minute skit or short student presentations highlighting skills learned.  

Homework will include memorizing lines and writing about character, and find/make an easy costume.  

Students should bring to class:  a folder, writing utensils, and a highlighter

Cost:  Early Registration = $140/year ($150 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 


ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

IEW FUNDAMENTALS, 4th - 7th 

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

This class uses the Excellence in Writing method and curriculum to develop confidence in the writing process. Covering the first seven IEW units, this course teaches foundational writing skills, while students write about ancient history. This course is designed for first- or second year IEW students (it can- and should be repeated as many years as needed for students to gain mastery). Students will receive a minimum of 12 papers corrected with feedback. Parents are required to be in class if their student is taking this class for the first time at Teach Co-op.

Required Materials:

NOTE: This class complements the History Alive! (Highlights from Ancient History) class and the Art – Extended Projects class (focus on ancient art).

Cost:  Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

IEW FUNDAMENTALS PLUS, 5th - 8th 

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

This year IEW Fundamentals Plus will be meeting with the IEW Fundamentals class at 9:15am.  Mrs. Djerf has successfully combined these two classes in the past.  Students in the Plus class move at a faster pace than the IEW Fundamentals class, and students will cover the nine IEW units, develop composition, grammar, and vocabulary skills while writing about ancient history. Students will receive a minimum of 12 papers corrected with feedback.

Prerequisite: a minimum of 1 year of IEW experience at Teach Co-op or tutor approval.

Required Materials:

NOTE: This class complements the History Alive! (Highlights from Ancient History) class and the Art – Extended Projects class (focus on ancient art).

Cost:  Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

SPEECH & COMMUNICATION, 5th - 7th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

To be successful in life, students need strong communication skills. This course is specially designed for growing the reluctant or inexperienced student needing more exposure to verbal communication skills. Students start with the basics, such as: how to introduce themselves, make meaningful eye contact, how to begin and maintain conversations, foster healthy relationships, and eventually stand up to address a live audience with authority and assurance.  Through a variety of speeches, presentations, storytelling, role-playing, and classroom activities, students will grow in courage, candor, and confidence.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in large and small groups and learn to provide constructive peer and mentoring encouragement and feedback.  This class can be taken more than once to improve confidence and public speaking ability.

No text is required for this class.

Cost:  Early Registration = $220/year ($230 after July 1st). A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 


HISTORY

HISTORY ALIVE! HIGHLIGHTS FROM ANCIENT HISTORY, 4th - 7th/8th 

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Jeanne Adams

Ancient history is full of empires, characters, discovery, art and all the Bible stories!  This year we will be experiencing the early civilizations through the eyes of those living during these times in many different countries.  From Abraham, Isaac & Jacob (Israel's patriarch) to King Tutankhamen to Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Paul the Apostle and Constantine, the students will encounter real lives and how God was working through their lives to change world history!  Philosophers, missionaries, artists, legendary leaders & battles will be included in this History in Action course.  We will learn through stories, skits, games such as Nine Men's Morris and crafts like weaving and building pyraminds.

NOTES:

  1. This class complements the Art - Extended Projects classes (focus on ancient art) AND the IEW Fundamentals and IEW Fundamentals Plus writing classes (focus on ancient history).
  2. No text is required for this class.

Cost:  Early Registration = $225/year ($235 after July 1st) + $25 supply fee payable directly to Jeanne Adams on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 


SCIENCE

SCIENCE FUN!: 4th - 6th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Kristen Savage

*This class covers the same topics as the K-3 class, but in greater detail and is taught to a higher level.

Scientists in fourth through sixth grade will have fun exploring God's creation with this fun and hand's-on science curriculum!  The school year will be divided into 5 topics, each 6 weeks in length.  During class, students will be engaged in science labs, projects, games and other activities while learning about ecology, earth science, forces & motion, nutrition & health and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  It is sure to be a memorable year of learning about this amazing world God has given us! 

This class rotates on a 3-year basis, so a child can take it for 3 consecutive years without repeating any of the programs!

Supply fee of $30 (payable directly to Kristen Savage on the first day of class) covers the cost of supplies needed for each class. There will be at least one demo per class and typically also a hands-on activity for each student. We will build science lab books throughout the year for each student to keep so that they can reflect on what they learned. No text is required for this class.

The five unit topics we will cover in more detail are: 

Ecology

Students will become familiar with the 5 kingdoms of living things, play a game exploring the food chain, learn characteristics of herbivores vs. carnivores, create a rain forest in a jar and explore how animals adapt in order to thrive in their environments.

Earth Science

Students will build a model of the earth with each of its layers, create an erupting volcano, demonstrate how the earth moves during an earthquake and what causes mountains to form, identify the three main types of rocks and explore ocean zones.  

*This unit will be taught from the biblical perspective that God created the world.  Topics of timelines, the age of the earth, etc. will not be discussed.

Forces and Motion

Students will experiment with gravity, explore properties of force, built a simple machine, interact with the force of friction, investigate Newton's Law of Motion and engineer bridges.

STEM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  This unit will allow students the opportunity to complete various engineering challenges using teamwork, trial and error, observation, problem solving and creative thinking.  Plenty of hands-on fun and class discussion are included in this student favorite!

Nutrition and Health

Students will learn about the importance of nutrition to fuel the bodies God gave them!  They will also have plenty of opportunities to run, move, exercise and play games related to fitness.

Cost:  Early Registration = $250/year ($260 after July 1st) + supply fee of $30 payable directly to Kristen Savage on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY SCIENCE:  EARTH SCIENCE, 6th - 7th

55 min. class, 1st semester, 15 weeks, Erica Woytcke

In this course we will study unique features of our planet, created magnificently by God!  Read and talk about subjects like how fossils provide support for the Bible, and why the Flood changed so many aspects of the world.  Learn about topics such as glaciers, rocks, earthquakes, and volcanoes!  Projects and experiments help the student understand more about God's design for the earth that we live on.

Required materials:

Text: Lawrence, Debbie and Richard.  God's Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Planet Earth.  Answers in Genesis, 3rd ed.  ISBN: 9781600921544.

Cost:  Early Registration = $175/semester ($185 after July 1st); price includes supply fee.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY SCIENCE:  Microscopy, 6th - 7th

55 min. class, 2nd semester, 15 weeks, Erica Woytcke

This class is a great introduction to observe the world around us not normally seen with the naked eye!  Class time will be spent covering topics like the basics of the microscope use, including how to properly use and care for them and how to create your won slide mounts for observation.  We will be investigating subjects like plant and animal cells, microbes, crystals, and other "ordinary" things that surround us in life!  The hands-on methods help students learn the material and add to what they may already know.  Reading at home will supplement the labs completed in class.  Check-off boxes in the lessons denote each step, illustrations help in understanding, and lab sheets bring completion to the lab.  

Required Materials:

  • Text:  Wright, Kym.  "Microscope Adventure!" (1998), Textbook ISBN: 978-1-4276-2074-3
  • Additional manual for families with multiple students "Microscope Adventure!" Lab Sheet manual

On Kym Wright's website, the textbook is priced at $17.95 and the Microscope Lab Sheet manual is $8.00.

The textbook needed for this class, "Microscope Adventure!", contains the reading guide and lab sheets.  If you have more than one student, it is not necessary to purchase more than one textbook.  However, each additional student will need a copy of the separate "Microscope Adventure!" Lab Sheet manual to record their own data in.  

Cost:  Early Registration = $175/semester ($185 after July 1st); price includes supply fee.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 


SPANISH

SPANISH:  Las Luces de Dios - The Lights of God, 4th - 6th/7th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Senora Noguera

Please see the Spanish Program Overview for Senora Noguera's approach to tutoring Spanish.

This course is designed to introduce the study of the Spanish Language to students in fourth through seventh grade.  This course provides students with language they need to communicate in real-life situations.  While oral communication is the emphasis of this class, some reading and writing will be an integral part of each thematic unit.  Students will also be exposed to some interesting facts of the Spanish-speaking world and experience various aspects of the Hispanic culture through art, music, and cuisine that are related to the topic of the lesson.  Students completing this course will be well equipped to continue foreign language study at the middle- and high school level.

Instructional Goals:

During this course, the student will learn to:

  • Use common phrases and expressions on the topics of:  greetings, identifying classroom objects, colors, numbers, days of the week, months and seasons, descriptions of weather, descriptions of people, likes and dislikes, identifying family members, describing their home, and ordering food.
  • Understand the concept of gender in Spanish grammar (masculine and feminine).
  • Understand the definite and indefinite articles
  • Understand the use of plural and singular nouns.

Required Materials:

  1. Textbook:  Viva el Espanol! Used books will be available on the first day of class for $10; please pay the tutor (these books can be used for more than 1 year of study)
  2. Workbook:  Viva el Espanol!  ISBN 13: 9780076002863
  3. Small whiteboard with dry erase marker and eraser
  4. Notebook
  5. Pocket folder
  6. pencil, red pen

Notes:

  1. Custom-made audio files are given on the various units to listen to at home. Your child should listen at least twice daily to the (very) short audio segment(s) and homework will be assigned from their book on a weekly basis.
  2. Verbal or written assessments will be given once a month, wherein the tutor will pronounce the vocabulary word and the student chooses the correct picture or phrase which they think matches the Spanish word spoken.
  3. Students may start at various levels in this class (i.e., this class can be repeated in subsequent years) because the curriculum "re-cycles" in order to maintain long-term cognitive comprehension.

Cost:  Early Registration = $275/year ($285 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th.