Rocks, Planets and Seas

The Earth is a really cool place with so much to learn about! From the heavens to the ocean depths it is simply amazing! Adults sometimes don’t notice the wonder around us but I’ll bet your children do and want to know more! Everything around us is built on the Earth, grows on the Earth, or depends on the Earth in some capacity. Much of history has been influenced in some way by earth science from the Great Flood to the Gold Rush. The Luray Caverns, Mt. Everest, and the Mariana Trench are all gifts of earth science. Earth science includes geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography and how they affect the immediate physical environment. The weather, tectonic plates, the moon, and the ebb and flow of the oceans are all part of the earth sciences along with so much more.

The Sun, moon, and planets have purposes and affect our lives here on earth in ways large and small, from tides to plant life. How do volcanoes work, why do they exist, and how do they shape the earth long after they erupt? Where did that water go when it disappeared from the jar? Why does it rain? What does the ocean floor look like? Are there mountains under there? Is your birthstone a rock or a mineral, igneous or metamorphic? How do human beings shape the world we live in and how can we help it be more healthy? Through experiments and hands on projects in addition to instruction design to get the kids involved and engaged we will these things as well as much as we can squeeze in about the world around us, above us, and beneath us! Building volcanoes, causing earthquakes, observing the water cycle and erosion, building a model of the ocean floor, and edible models of the layers of the earth are all things we will do in this class and I can’t wait!

Class Homework requirements: 2-4 sheets of homework each week just to keep you in the learning loop with us.

Thursday – FILLED
Time: 9:00-10:30
Grade: K-3
Cost: $300
Supply Fee: $75
Tutor: Rena’ Gammon

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class.
*Tutor will submit youtube videos to view and weekly projects, experiments, or work.
*Tutor and students will meet during the last 30 minutes of the scheduled class time for students to share their work with me and other students via video conferencing platform.
Our plan is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin OR cancel CLASSROOM meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation changes.  Our goal is to keep your family safe and engaged during this unprecedented time.