Adult Education

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2015 Educators' Conference: Natural Connections

Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

 

March 18, 19 & 20 (8 hours professional development points per day)

This three-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for Pre-K – 6th grade educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers. Join your colleagues for inspiring opportunities to make natural connections using interdisciplinary teaching approaches. Presenters model ways to blend science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics standards for authentic learning experiences.

 
Click here to register for Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Pre-K - 1st Grade*
Click here to register for Thursday, March 19, 2015: 2nd - 3rd Grade*
Click here to register for Friday, March 20, 2015: 4th - 6th Grade*

*If you need to register more than two people or pay with a Purchase Order call (804) 262-9887 ext. 322 to register.

$40 per day; each day includes continental breakfast, lunch, a book related to session topic and interdisciplinary teaching approaches using science as the integrating context.

Schedule for each day

 

8:00 –  8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

 

8:30 –  9:00 Welcome

 

9:00 –  9:15 Transition to Strand

 

9:15 –  12:00 Morning Session

 

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 –  3:00 Afternoon Session

 

3:00 –  3:30 Closing & Door Prizes

The Virginia Department of Education’s Division of Instruction is pleased to support Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning. This conference will provide exemplary opportunities for professional growth using science and social studies as the integrating contexts to teach language arts and mathematics.                      

John W. “Billy” Haun, Ed.D.

Chief Academic Officer

Virginia Department of Education,

Division of Instruction

 


 

March 18, 2015: Pre-K - 1st Grade Strand Descriptions

 Choose one of four strands:

  • Putting a Sunny Twist on Any Weather Day

Integrating Context Earth Science

Presented by Elizabeth Kirk, Curriculum Specialist – VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University, Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D., Director of VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University, & Kim Dye, Science Specialist – Hanover County Public Schools

Tired of the same old weather lesson?  Put a sunny twist on any weather day. Investigate weather patterns, conduct hands-on explorations of temperature in the Garden, complete weather related engineering task, and discover cross-curricular tie-ins for your weather and seasonal change lessons.

 

  • First Peas to the Table  

Integrating Context Life Science & Social Studies
Presented by Kristin Mullen, Early Childhood Program Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden & Matt Darring, City Schoolyard Garden Coordinator at Burnly-Moran Elementary, Charlottesville Public Schools

Thomas Jefferson held a contest with his neighbors every spring:  Who can get the first peas from the garden to the table?  Use this same contest with your students as a springboard for a cross-curricular investigation into what plants need to grow and thrive.  While observing and measuring plant growth and change, the function of each plant part comes to life, culminating in a pea party!

 

  • All Aboard Spaceship Earth!   

Integrating Context Earth/Space Systems

Presented by Barbara Young, Science Specialist, Virginia Department of Education & Debbie Delozier, Mathematics Specialist, Virginia Department of Education

How is the community we live in part of Earth’s global community?  Use map skills and information about local plants and animals to investigate what makes our ecosystem unique.  Participants will use interdisciplinary approaches in the Garden environment to explore shadows, day and night, water and other science phenomena that make our Earth a wonderful place to live.

 

  • Water, Water, Everywhere!

Integrating Context Physical Science

Presented by Judy Christopher, Science Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools & Lynn Smith, Reading Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools

Water here, water there, water, water everywhere! From a treasure hunt in the garden to designing a boat, we will share cross curricular tie-ins for your water unit!  We will explore the properties of water, and investigate how common materials interact with water.  By blending hands-on activities, technology, engineering principals, multi-sensory activities, poetry and song, you will walk away with many ideas and resources for vamping up your water unit!

Click here to register for Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Pre-K - 1st Grade


  

March 19, 2015: 2nd - 3rd Grade Strand Descriptions 

 Choose one of four strands:

  • Digging Into Earth Science

Integrating Context Earth Science

Presented by Kim Dye, Science Specialist – Hanover County Public Schools, Elizabeth Kirk, Curriculum Specialist VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University & Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D., Director of VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University

How does water impact the Earth’s surface?  Discover ways to help your students differentiate between weathering and erosion?  Dig into soil’s many components and its importance as a natural resource.  Teachers will construct their own models of a soil column and make a soil tunnel for students to explore what is just below the surface.  Learn how to engage your students in these science topics using hands-on and cross-curricular activities.

 

  • Oh, What a Journey!

Integrating Context Life Science  

Presented by Kristi Orcutt, Elementary & Secondary Education Program Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Design and construct your own travelling seed.  Does it fly?  Does it float?  How far will it go?  Measure and compare your seed’s performance to natural seeds.  Document your seed’s journey by creating and sending digital postcards to your friends and family.  Travel back in time to plant a Three Sisters Garden in the tradition of the Monacan and Powhatan Indians while learning teaching strategies that support cross-curriculum learning.

 

  • Earth, Sun & Moon

Integrating Context Earth/Space Systems

Presented by Barbara Young, Science Specialist, Virginia Department of Education & Debbie Delozier, Mathematics Specialist, Virginia Department of Education

How does seasonal change occur?  What do the Earth, moon and sun have to do with our ocean tides? Investigate exemplary ways to model and simulate these natural systems.  Learn to engage your students in a multi-disciplined exploration of our Earth’s precious resources and ways to become better stewards of our planet Earth.

 

  • Matter Matters!

Integrating Context Physical Science

Presented by Judy Christopher, Science Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools & Lynn Smith, Reading Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools

Matter does matter! From bricks to bread to a mystery substance observation, we will use scientific investigation to explore and observe the characteristics of matter.  By blending hands-on activities, technology, and data collection, you will walk away with many cross-curricular ideas and resources to help your students discover that matter matters!

Click here to register for Thursday, March 19, 2015: 2nd - 3rd Grade

 


 

March 20, 2015: 4th - 6th Grade Strand Descriptions 

 Choose one of four strands:

  • Flowing Down Stream

Integrating Context Earth Science

Presented by Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D., Director of VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University, Elizabeth Kirk, Curriculum Specialist VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University & Kim Dye, Science Specialist – Hanover County Public Schools

Where does your water come from?  Investigate US and Virginia’s watersheds from their source to the oceans using maps and Google Earth.  Explore the processes of weathering, erosion and deposition and their link to our water systems using watershed models and stream tables.

 

  • Champion Trees

Integrating Context Life Science  

Presented by Kristi Orcutt, Elementary & Secondary Education Program Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Breathe life into schoolyard science lessons as you engage your students in cross-curricular tree explorations. Learn simple techniques to observe and measure photosynthesis in action, discover how trees adapt and respond to seasonal light and weather conditions, and find out how climatologists read tree rings to reveal unique weather patterns that influenced the tide of history in colonial Jamestown.

 

  • Bringing the Solar System to Life

Integrating Context Space Systems

Presented by Barbara Young, Science Specialist, Virginia Department of Education & Debbie Delozier, Mathematics Specialist, Virginia Department of Education

Explore the relationships between the planets in our solar system and then… it’s off to Mars!  As we plan a trip to Mars, we will compare planet Earth with what we currently know about Mars.  What types of rocks and minerals are there and how did they form? Can we find water? Do both planets have evidence of plate tectonics? Empower your students to become advocates for our planet Earth!

 

  • Dolphins ASHORE

Integrating Context Physical Science

Presented by Judy Christopher, Science Specialist Henrico County Public Schools, Lynn Smith, Reading Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools & Heather Theakston, Elementary VISTA trained teacher, Henrico County Public Schools

Dolphins ASHORE – Assuring Students Have Opportunities for Researching our Environment!

Come be a part of a dolphin stranding team as we participate in a mock dolphin stranding along the waters at Lewis Ginter!  Participants will learn how to implement a mock dolphin stranding at their school.  This is guaranteed to excite and engage students and you integrate your stranding with multiple math concepts, reading, scientific investigation, ocean, natural resources, and the study of water!

 

Click here to register for Friday, March 20, 2015: 4th - 6th Grade


 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Workshops provide educators with the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to enhance curriculum through nature-based learning. While participating in activities throughout the Garden, educators learn effective outdoor teaching techniques and gain new ideas for hands-on connections to the Virginia Standards-of-Learning. Participants receive valuable classroom resources and a certificate for continuing education units (CEUs).

Professional Development Workshops at Your School

Let us come to you! Topics include but are not limited to:

Outdoors in All Seasons (Pre-K - 2nd)

Explore the plants and animals in your schoolyard through multidisciplinary activities, experiments, art, and literature connections.

Inquiry-based Investigations in the Schoolyard (3rd - 7th)

Learn how to design and lead your students through open-ended inquiry science investigations using your schoolyard sidewalk, lawn and trees.

Using the School Grounds as a Classroom (all grades)

Discover techniques for using plants and other natural materials in your schoolyard to increase student engagement while enhancing core curriculum.

Contact Kristin Mullen at 804-262-9887 x275 or kristinm@lewisginter.org to discuss your professional development needs.

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