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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 7th);  + $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, 13 week session, 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 = $145/session (13 weeks of the first semester) ($155 after July 7th).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

PICTURE THIS!  INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY, 5th - 9th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Wendy Sulzer

An introduction to the world of photography, no matter the photography device used.  Students explore the fundamentals such as visual aspects of picture taking including "rule of thirds," leading lines, negative & positve space, use of light, shutter speeds, ISO, apertures, and the exposure triange.

Class will be active, engaging and hands-on.  Teaching time will emphasize and encourage practice during class (both indoors and outdoors), a weekly photo challenge to be completed between classes in a home or yard setting, as well as critique of works during class time.  Students can participate in Teach's Art Showcase at the end of both semesters with each student printing their own photos and mounting them for display.

The overall goal is for students to learn skills they can use to improve their ability in taking photographs which they can carry with them for a lifetime. *NO reproduction of:  Picture This! without permission of Wendy Sulzer Photography

Older students (grades 8+) will be required to do some assigned reading and prepare short reports on a topic approved by the tutor.

Prerequisite:  This is an introductory class; a digitial camera with ability to shoot in various modes is required.  Cameras must have an SD card slot.  Also need SD card for camera, spare set of batteries as students will be encouraged to practice often.  Also recommended is a camera strap and case to keep camera protected.

Note;  Email tutor for questions on camera make and model prior to class registration!  Also, it is advised students take time prior to the beginning of class to become familiar with how to operate their camera, adjust their ISO, aperture (f-stop) and shutter speeds by READING the manual and bringing it to class.

Texts or Materials:  Camera

Cost:  Early Registration = $250/year ($260 after July 7th) + $20.00 supply fee for prints and other supplies.  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 Minnesota 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:

  • Minnesota Musings ($10.00 Copy fee payable to the tutor on the first day of class)
  • Student Resource Notebook (Purchase a spiral-bound copy for $19 OR an eBook for $15)

Cost:  Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 7th).  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's theme is Minnesota.  We will be using Minnesota Musings & Meanderings, to be purchased from the tutor, as our textbook.  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:

Cost:  Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 7th) + $10 Supply Fee for Minnesota Musings & Meanderings Text.  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 = $225/year ($235 after July 7th). A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 


 


SCIENCE

SCIENCE FUN!: 3rd - 5th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Heather Whyte

*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 hands-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 botany, chemistry, astronomy, sound & light, and marine life.  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 Heather Whyte 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 notebooks throughout the year for each student to keep so that they can reflect on what they learned. No text is required for this class.

Cost:  Early Registration = $250/year ($260 after July 7th) + supply fee of $30 payable directly to Heather Whyte on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY SCIENCE, 6th - 7th

A full year of science with Ecology first semester and Astronomy second semester.

ECOLOGY

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

Journey through the many ecosystems of the world as we discuss the subject of ecology! Everything from forests to grasslands, aquatic environments to mountains, are all read and talked about, as well as topics such as animal behaviorism. Learn how each single part of creation works together to form an immensely precise network of life here on earth. Lessons about being a good steward will be discussed, and students will work on putting together a binder of related material as we progress through the course. Experiments and time spent outside will aid in gaining knowledge about this wonderful subject of science.

Note:  Tutor may take a mission trip during school year; it is possible that Miss Woytcke will want to schedule Skype or Zoom, or other lessons, with students expected to log in for online lessons, on November 5th and February 18th as part of the make up time that will be spent away from Teach. Teach will update this information as plans are finalized. Until then, please keep those dates open for lessons with Miss Woytcke. Thank you!

Required materials: 

  • Text: Lawrence, Debbie and Richard.  Properties of Ecosystems.  Answers in Genesis, 4th ed.  ISBN: 9781626914759.
  • Three-Ring Binder

ASTRONOMY

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

Learn about the wonders of God’s creation beyond our planet! Study our solar system, stars, meteors, nebulae, comets, and many other aspects of the universe in this course. We will read about each planet and see how Earth was magnificently designed by God to perfectly support life. Also, we will talk about the space program and cover the requirements for being an astronaut, while looking at the lives of some noteworthy scientists who made great contributions to astronomy. Observations of the night sky, experiments, and projects, including creating a model of the solar system, will help students better understand the concepts contained in the course.

Note:  Tutor may take a mission trip during school year; it is possible that Miss Woytcke will want to schedule Skype or Zoom, or other lessons, with students expected to log in for online lessons, on November 5th and February 18th as part of the make up time that will be spent away from Teach. Teach will update this information as plans are finalized. Until then, please keep those dates open for lessons with Miss Woytcke. Thank you!

Required Materials:

  • Text: Lawrence, Debbie and Richard.  Our Universe.  Answers in Genesis, 4th ed.  ISBN: 9781626914360.

Cost:  Early Registration = $350/semester ($360 after July 7th) + supply fee of $30 payable directly to Erica Woytcke on the first day of classA late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 


SPANISH

SPANISH:  PASSPORT TO LATIN AMERICA, 4th - 6th/7th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Mari Rodriguez

This class is a rotation class so students will visit Latin America to learn about the culture, songs, flags, and food of México, Guatemala, Panamá, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Every time a student “visits the country”, they will learn basic conversational skills, pronunciation, greetings, introductions, classroom directions, numbers, alphabet, telling time, days of the week, months, weather and seasons.

Each student will have a passport and will earn a stamp after finishing their assignments!

Teaching goal is for immersion in a Spanish environment that is engaging and FUN, through 4th – 7th grade activities (songs, dance, cooking, arts and various activities) designed to help students develop a knowledge and appreciation of Latino/Hispanic culture.

Class usually is 1-hour teaching with games and manipulatives so students learn more.

Every other month during the year there is a “Cultural day”.  We will make items such as: Mexican tortillas, pyramids, Peruvian mask, molas from panama, ornaments for Christmas, etc. Topics rotate every year for variety year to year.

NOTE:  We also have an optional field trip to a Mexican bakery where students can learn how to make Mexican bread and decorate cakes. There is an additional fee for this; it will be announced closer to the date of the field trip.

Required Materials:

Internet Access: Quizlet, Kahoot and other online games as assigned.

Textbook: Passport to Latin America book designed by Mrs. Rodriguez.

Optional:  Okee, Dokee CD, Cost ~$15.00 - Purchase on own.  Tutor will provide information on current CD title and copyright date to look for.

Cost:  Early Registration = $275/year ($285 after July 7th) + $30.00 Supply Fee for Text and Supplies.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th.