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Track 2, 4th-6th, Class Descriptions

ART

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

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Terri Kryzer

This year's themes will be focused around American 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.

NOTES:

  1. This class complements History Alive! class AND both the IEW Fundamentals and IEW Fundamentals Plus writing classes (focus on American history).
  2. This class is offered at two different times during the 2017-2018 school year to ensure all students in Track 2 have the opportunity to take art!

Cost:  Early Registration = $225/year ($235 after July 15th); + $15 supply fee payable directly to Terri Kryzer on the first day of class


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 American 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 American History) class and the Art – Extended Projects class (focus on American art).

Cost: Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 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 American 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 American History) class and the Art – Extended Projects class (focus on American art).

Cost: Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 15th)

 

SPEECH & COMMUNICATION, 4th - 8th 

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

To be successful in life, students must have strong communication skills. Students need to be taught, how to introduce themselves properly, how to make meaningful eye contact, how to start and maintain conversations, how to interact with all kinds of people, foster healthy relationships, and eventually stand up and 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 have the opportunity to participate in large and small groups. Small group activities will be according to age or ability.  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 15th)


HISTORY

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

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Oliver Skurdahl

Come join the fun as Mr. Skurdahl explores American History in this year-long course! Explore the events, characters, and issues related to the following topics: 

  • Land Ho! Columbus "discovers" America
  • Jamestown Colony and Pocahontas
  • Separatist Pilgrims persevere
  • "The British are coming!" Paul Revere's ride
  • Sons of Liberty resist the Crown
  • Washington loses most battles, but wins the war.  Say, what?
  • Four page paper king - the Constitution
  • The White House is burning!
  • First three presidents compared
  • Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea explore cheap but awesome land
  • Woodland heroes: Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone
  • Pioneer dangers on the Oregon Trail
  • Victory or Death - Battle of the Alamo
  • Cherokee Trail of Tears
  • Gold Crazy!
  • Minnesota becomes #32

This is a hands-on and experiential course!  No formal homework, quizzes, or exams, but Mr. Skurdahl will keep you engaged and on your toes every class!  Outside reading, either history texts or historical fiction, is encouraged but not required.  Each student will be required to present (2)-5 minute reports, one for each semester, on a subject related to American history.  

NOTES:

  1. This class complements the Art - Extended Projects classes (focus on American art) AND the IEW Fundamentals and IEW Fundamentals Plus writing classes (focus on American history).
  2. No text is required for this class.
  3. This class is offered at two different times during the 2017-2018 school year to ensure all students in Track 2 have the opportunity to experience history!

Cost:  Early Registration = $225/year ($235 after July 15th); price includes all supplies, props, etc.!


MUSICAL THEATER

MUSICAL THEATER, 4th - 8th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Cindy Beck

After a brief exploration of the history of American Musical Theater, students will be introduced to skills required for performing in musical theater through active participation and reflection. Focus will be on three skill sets:  acting, movement, and vocal training. Acting instruction will consist of theater exercises, working on motivation, speaking skills, monologues, scenes, characterization, and group presentations. Instruction in movement will include basic theater movement as well as expressing feeling and stories through movement, while vocal instruction will cover musical theater singing, technique, enunciation, and basics of voice preparation. The class will present a performance for families in the co-op at the end of each semester! Come and take advantage of our affordable introductory fee for this exciting new class!

Cost:  Early Registration = $260/year ($270 after July 15th)


SCIENCE

SCIENCE FUN!: 4th - 6th

55 min. class, 27 weeks*, Sharis Cooley

*This class starts on 9/12/17, with 3 weeks off at the end of the year

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

Explore science in a fun, hands-on curriculum! In this experiential-based science class your student will get excited about learning how God created our world and our bodies perfectly and with purpose. There are 4 sections that are each 6 weeks long and one section that is 3 weeks long, for a total of 27 weeks of fun with science! Each class will also have a take-home memory song associated with the lesson. 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 Sharis Cooley 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 5 sections we will cover this year are:

Zoology (6 wks)

Explore your senses, learn about camouflage, identify ocean layers, dissect an owl pellet, investigate insects, and dissect a worm in this introduction to some of the billions of different creatures living on earth.

Weather (6 wks)

Dive into the water cycle, make a precipitation predictor, create a cloud in a bottle, observe pressure, make wind, and explore extreme weather events from the comfort of the classroom. Weather is easily observable, making it a fun and educational field for students to explore!

Anatomy (6 wks)

DNA and genetics, musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, and the nervous system are all of the topics we will cover in this basic introduction to human anatomy.

Electricity and Magnetism (6 wks)

Simple circuits, flashlight fun, conductors and insulators, magnetism, electromagnetism and power production are all part of this hands-on exploration of the science of flowing electrons!

Health, Nutrition and Movement (3 wks)

What to eat and how to move. This short section will cover the importance of exercise, stretching and balance as well as an overview of why healthy eating is important in taking care of the body that God gave each of us! 

Cost:  Early Registration = $250/27 weeks ($260 after July 15th) + supply fee of $30 payable directly to Sharis Cooley on the first day of class

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY SCIENCE:  HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY, 6th - 7th

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

This class is a fun, positive way for students to learn about God’s wonderful designs in human anatomy and physiology from a godly perspective. Beginning with an introduction to the realms of medicine, cells, and DNA, we will cover fourteen lessons discussing many subjects, including main bodily systems such as the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous system. A portion of class time will be used to explain some of the textbook material, in addition to experiments and hands-on projects to help students learn the material and add to what they may already know. Students will work through a notebooking journal, with great activities like crosswords, vocabulary exercises, and full-color mini-books used to reinforce key concepts. It also provides a place for them to practice recording and analyzing lab data while displaying their work. Students are expected to read the week's lesson in their textbook before coming to class.

Required materials:

Cost:  Early Registration = $175/semester ($185 after July 15th); price includes supply fee

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY SCIENCE:  CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS, 6th - 7th

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

This class provides an introduction to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the physical laws and principles created by God to govern the universe. This study covers atoms, molecules, simple chemicals, forms of energy, laws of motion, magnetism, electricity , and simple machines. Along the way, students will make items such as a bouncy ball, fashion a miniature motor, create a miniaturized lava lamp, and much more, all to aid in demonstrating scientific principles. Throughout the text, God is consistently glorified as the Master Designer of all that they’re discovering about the world and how it works. Students will also work through a notebooking journal, with fun activities like crosswords, vocabulary exercises, and full-color mini-books used to reinforce key concepts. It also provides a place for them to practice recording and analyzing lab data while displaying their work. Students are expected to read the week's lesson in their textbook before coming to class.

Required Materials:

Cost:  Early Registration = $175/semester ($185 after July 15th); price includes supply fee


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 = $260/year ($270 after July 15th)