Earth Story Ecology

Spring 2025: Life on Our Amazing Planet

“Nature has to be connected to work, and our cooperation is essential to creating and maintaining those connections that will ensure wildlife has a future.”

Beth Pratt, from When Mountain Lions are neighbors
  • Has your student taken Earth Party Biology?
  • Are you looking for courses with hands-on activities?
  • Do you have curious, self-starter kids that enjoy digging into their studies?
  • If you answered “Yes!” to these questions, this class is just for your student!

In my classes, I pull from multiple disciplines, incorporating in-class, hands-on activities.

Instructor: Christine Echeverri

Ages: Grades 5-7

Semester: Spring (13 classes)

Sections (90 minutes)

  • Tuesdays at 1 PM
  • Wednesdays at 1 PM

Tuition: $355* ($50 discount for private pay)

  • If paying privately, tuition can be paid in a lump sum or in 3 installments.
  • Earth Party/Earth Story sections will continue on the same days and times of the week for the duration of the year.
  • *The Earth Party Biology/Earth Story Ecology series is a year of biology and ecology. Earth Party is 12 weeks, and Earth Story is 13 weeks. Both semesters are the SAME price, but Earth Story has 1 additional week.

Course Description

This course is a companion and second part to the Earth Party Biology class. After learning about all of life, big and small (in Earth Party), students will pivot in this class to explore WHERE life lives. We’ll consider major biomes such as the rainforest, tundra, arctic, desert, oceans, and grasslands — considering how life is different in each biome, and how each region creates a special place for organisms to thrive in a unique way they simply cannot, in any other place. As we explore places far away, there will also be a consideration of life right where students live: ecosystem connectivity, microecosystems, urban wildlife, and other natural areas where life can be found in our cities and neighborhoods. We’ll hear stories and see videos which chronicle efforts to increase biodiversity through habitat preservation and connectivity, in the face of often rampant urban development. This course will not be a climate change downer, but rather a celebration of all of life, encouraging students to more closely notice and to be in awe of life.

To learn about global biomes, we’ll use several engaging resources (listed below), videos, and hear stories. Each session will have 60 minutes of content involving discussing the reading, videos, and other topics; the last 30 minutes will involve games, online research, and hands-on activities. This class will have weekly reading and independent work involving research, nature journaling, using an online block editor to find information on the biomes, and a fun final project component.

From a student perspective –
I really liked how fun it was. Usually other science classes or any core subject classes are more serious, but this class was one of the best I’ve taken because it [wasn’t too] serious. We got to annotate, play games, and it wasn’t [either too] challenging or [too] easy.  Also, I liked how when we did a bigger project, [Ms. Christine] would break it up into smaller pieces so the load would be lighter on us. I would definitely recommend this class to other people.

-Noora, 7th grade student, READ MORE REVIEWS FOR MS. CHRISTINE

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Class FAQs

Do you accept California Charter School funds?

  • Yes, we do! See our Service Vendorship list for an up-to-date list of charters.
  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions below.
  • $25 deposit required to hold spot. This deposit will be refunded when the PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.
  • Don’t see your charter listed? Fill out this form to begin the process of adding your organization!

Required Resources

I see there is a wide range of grades. Do you teach to a higher level for older students?

Yes, since this class encompasses upper elementary and middle school, there will be additional challenges for grades 6/7.

What is the class schedule?

  • Spring semester (13 weeks): Week of January 13 – week of April 24 (Off weeks: Feb 18/19, Spring Break – March 31-April 4)

What is the course workload?

  • Weekly: 90 minutes per week of reading (books listed above), developing visual “mood boards” (collections of images, text, and other resources explaining each biome), and written and/or other work.
  • Final Project: 2-4 hours, depending on project chosen.

What type of parental support will be needed?

  • Setting up Google login and email account for student (or sharing parent account with student)
  • Assisting student in checking weekly reading and other assignments posted to the online learning management system and creating a completion schedule
  • Helping student as needed in uploading photos or written work to the online classroom

What platforms are required?

Zoom and Google Classroom (Google Login email or Gmail required); work must be submitted via Google Classroom. We will also use Sutori, Youtube, Kahoot, and GimKit.

Here is our cancellation and refund policy.

For more answers to your questions, see our Class FAQ page.


PURCHASE ORDER INSTRUCTIONS

For billing purposes, please order in monthly increments.

  • Vendor: Christine Echeverri DBA Carrier Shell Curriculum
  • Instructor name: Christine Echeverri
  • Class: Group tutoring – Earth Story Science Online Class
  • Start date: January 13, 2025
    • End date: April 24, 2025
  • Duration of lesson: 90 minutes
  • Frequency: once per week for 13 weeks, with holidays as stated above
  • Cost per month: $88.75 per month x 4 months (January-April)
    • Semester tuition: $355
  • Class link: https://carriershellcurriculum.com/classes/science-online-classes/earth-story-ecology/