Connecting Science and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom
A virtual professional learning opportunity for Grades 3-5 educators
Join the Wade Institute and the EcoTarium as we explore the use of picture and trade books, as well as other tools for integrating science and literacy skills in the classroom.
Discover the amazing world of squirrels as we engage in phenomena-based science instruction exploring animal behavior, like the physical and behavioral adaptations that make squirrels part gymnast, part economist, part bandit, and completely irresistible.
Get a squirrel’s-eye view of engineering and life science topics such as feeder building challenges, and skull morphology, and find fun ways to teach students about the symbiotic relationship between oak trees and the nut-loving critters with whom they co-exist.
Gain strategies for finding and using quality picture books and other texts. We will investigate using “Notice and Wonder” protocol, science journals, probing questions, and other pedagogical strategies as we learn about these dynamic creatures you can observe in your schoolyard.
You’ll leave the workshop with science investigations that incorporate the concepts explored throughout the workshop, meet 3rd-5th grade science education standards, and model using the Science and Engineering Practices in the classroom. Participants will be provided with a materials kit for the inquiry-based, hands-on investigations during the course and four books for use with your students.