Birding in Your Classroom NEW

K-5th Grade Science (also grades 6th-12th)

No matter where you are on the planet you can find birds. A source of wonder for everyone from home bird feeder enthusiasts to ornithologists, birds are also a key indicator of the health of our ecosystems. Participants will increase their own birding knowledge, learn various strategies for engaging students in learning about the ecosystem through bird observations in the field, and come away with activities that can be done in the classroom. All participants will receive resources from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Essential Elements

K-5th Grade Science (also grades 6th-8th)

There has been a resurgence of students interested in chemistry in the past few years and we know that chemistry is a vital part of many science disciplines. During this session, participants will be introduced to the You Be The Chemist Essential Elements SM curriculum. This curriculum is based on the 5E constructivist learning approach to teaching and learning and will provide inquiry-based activities for each grade level. Each participant will take home a flash drive with over 30 activities (including SOL and supplemental information).


How Much Do Plants Need Animals?

NEW K-5th Grade Living Systems

Many plants use animals as pollinators, seed dispersers, fertilizers and propagators, but plants have also “learned” to use animals as a means to encourage growth or change habitat so that they may survive. Look at plants with a new perspective in this hands-on session and come away with a deeper understanding of the relationship between plants and animals.


Investigating Arthropods in Your Classroom NEW

K-5th Grade Science (also grades 6th-8th)

Ignite the sense of wonder in your students by using living organisms from the phylum arthropoda to teach the scientific method, needs of living organisms, and the importance of the most abundant animals on Earth. Using living examples of arthropods, participants will determine the niche preference of these organisms by designing experiments, observing behaviors, and interpreting the data that is collected. This hands-on experience will unleash the power of research and actively engage participants in deeper learning and understanding of arthropods.


Is It Alive?

K-5th Grade Living Systems

Animals in the classroom offer an easy and unique opportunity to engage students in learning that cultivates an appreciation of the interdependency of living systems in a nurturing environment. With minimal preparation, teachers can capitalize on scientific investigations that explore life processes, living systems, adaptations and classification. Take away activities will help increase students’ understanding and respect for all living things, including some wicked cool multi-legged, fuzzy ones!


Let’s Celebrate Earth Day NEW

K-5th Grade Science

Can one person impact the Earth’s natural resources? Yes, each person has a positive role to play in protecting the Earth’s natural resources! We will investigate the impact that discarded items have on the environment. What happens to trash once it is thrown out? Do all products break down the same way? Prepare yourself to face the ultimate challenge of creating a zero waste lunch box! Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the impact that waste has on the Earth’s natural resources, and classroom activities that will make this connection meaningful for students.


Seeds of Discovery NEW

K-5th Grade Science

Questions are seeds that form the foundation of scientific inquiry. Participants will discuss ways to further cultivate students’ inquiries, and provide the tools and nurture the dispositions students need to engage in independent research projects. Strategies for bringing out student creativity and collaboration in the research process and methods for developing rubrics will also be discussed.


Everyday Life Science Mysteries

2nd-6th Grade Science Strands will be covered.

How do tiny bugs get into oatmeal? What happens to rotten apples after they fall off the tree? How can squirrels find the nuts they buried in the summer/ fall? These everyday mysteries will motivate your students as they conduct hands-on, inquiry-based investigations to discover the answers. But, don’t expect to walk away with an answer key because your students will guide the direction of each investigation. These investigations allow for multi-leveled, multiinterest groups to successfully collaborate. So, are you ready for a good mystery?


Step Right Up Folks! NEW

3rd-4th Grade Force, Motion, and Energy

Come and explore the intersection between circus acts and physical science. Participants will explore how an understanding of force and motion and simple machines is vital to the success of many circus acts such as the The Cirque du Soleil® Teeterboard Act. You will leave with resources for creating STEAM experiences for your students that challenge them to combine their understanding of science concepts with the excitement and beauty of the circus performing arts.


Science Fair 101

3rd-5th Grade Science

As humans we are born scientists; we are innate inquirers. However, somewhere along the way many of our young scientists lose their desire to use their gift of inquiry. During this workshop, participants will discuss ways to guide students back to the wonder of inquiry. Come learn and share strategies for helping students reconnect with their curiosity and develop engaging research projects.


Soil Isn’t a Dirty Word

3rd-5th Grade Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems

Why is soil so important? The simple answer is that we are what we eat. Soil is not just dirt under our feet, but a home for living organisms. Soil also provides nutrients and stability for plants to grow. Without soil, we would not be! Come and get your hands in the dirt and learn more about the importance of soil!


Light: What’s Your Angle?

4th-5th Grade Force, Motion, and Energy; Geometry

Come explore how the behavior of reflected light can be predicted based on scientific principles and geometry. Participants will investigate various angles created through reflection using physical and virtual protractors, as well as participate in a periscope challenge that will surely be a hit with students! Activities will help students develop new understandings of scientific applications of geometry and the ways that scientists and engineers use reflected light in practical applications.


Classify This!

5th Grade Classification; Living Systems

Get ready for a deep dive into the classification system! In order for us to understand how all living organisms are related, organisms are arranged into different groups. The more features that a group of animals share, the more specific the group becomes. In this session, participants will focus on the ocean ecosystem using dichotomous keys, preserved specimens and lots of “hands-on” activities. Come on in, the water is fine!


For more information:

Please contact Daphne Schmidt (343-6525, ext. 246) or Tawana Gilyard (343-6525, ext. 221).