Earth Science and Geology

This 30 week, 90 minute course will take students on an adventure as they discover their fascinating home planet.  From the clouds above us to the rocks below and the trees between, this course will give students the opportunity to learn how much there is to love about the natural world all around us. 

We will use a combination of the Sassafras Kids Geology and Earth Science books and log books as well as Elemental Science Earth Science for the Grammar Stage texts.  In class, students will preform experiments (like water filtration), complete log books & lap books, and read.  To cement their knowledge, students will go on scavenger hunts (at home and at school) to collect data.  They will present their findings to their fellow scientists and discuss their successes and failures in data collection.

Students will need a binder for handouts and note taking.  They will also need sheet protectors and a shoe box or plastic container with a lid to store some of their specimen collections (leaves, grass, bugs, rocks, etc.).

Class homework requirements: time will be roughly 30-45 mins a day, 3x a week- this will include nature walks, specimen collections, reading and note taking. If you have a real adventurer, he/she may spend much longer on the nature walks.  If your student can read well on his/her own, he/she should be self-guided for most of the at home course work.  They will need access to glue and blank printer paper at home.  Homework will be posted on Schoology.

In addition to class meetings, we will take a field trip to the Pink Palace to look at their fascinating rock collection and learn about seismic activity in our area.  We will also take a trip to the Tunica River Park to learn about the mighty Mississippi and explore the nature trails. 

For additional reinforcement and just good fun, you may purchase the audio version of the Sassafras’s kids books here



Time: 9:00-10:30
Grade:  4-6
Class Fees: $350
Supply fee: $85 (supplies used in the classroom) field trips are not included
Tutor: Candace Fortino

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.