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Workshops for Teachers
The SCD their partners host continuing education workshops for teachers. Keep an eye out for these opportunities:
K-12 Lessons & Programs
Browse our SCD classroom lessons and programs. Click on a subheading below to view the opportunities; grade level suggestion is listed at the end of each description. If you are interested in a presentation that is not listed, contact our Education Coordinator Stacey Selcho to discuss options.
- Students will learn why trees are some of the most amazing forms of life on the planet. They will use tree cookies to identify the structure of a tree inside out and adaptations trees use to sustain their lives. Using dichotomous keys, students will experience how scientists identify trees and learn the major differences between trees. Grades 3-6
Watersheds and Wetlands
- Using a three dimensional model called Enviroscape, students will learn what a watershed it, what watershed they live in, and how we affect our watershed. By making observations with the model students can see how pollution affects our watersheds, the difference between non-point and point source pollution, and why wetlands are so important. Watersheds are complex ecosystems that can be difficult to grasp, but this model brings watersheds to life. Grades 3-8
Water – From the Ground Up
- Students will learn about where their water comes from and where it fits into the water cycle. We will explore water on our planet and how we can conserve the water that we use. We also will cover any local issues that we may be facing with our water. Students will make models of their aquifer and the water cycle.
- Students will review the water cycle and participate in an adapted Project WET activity that takes them around the world as a water droplet. Students diagram and reflect on how they moved from place to place. Grades 2-6
In Deep Water
- While the Earth is covered with water there is a very small amount that we are able to use. Students explore how much fresh water and salt water is on the planet and how much we use in the United States as compared with other countries. Students will explore water scarcity across the planet and construct their own water filters. Water is a universal solvent and in this capacity it can be very difficult to separate water from the substance (or solute) that is polluting it. Students can experiment with homogeneous and heterogeneous polluted water mixtures. This is a two part class. Grades 5-8
How Does our Water Flow?
- Students will learn about their aquifer and how groundwater is part of the water cycle. We will discuss the importance of soil as a filter and why it plays such large role in cleaning our drinking water. Students will be able to observe how ground water moves through a large ground water flow model and how pollution can affect our groundwater. Grades 5-8
Have Seeds Will Travel
- Students will learn about the importance of biodiversity and adaptations. We will explore the different adaptations that plants have for seed dispersal and students will engineer their own seed dispersal adaptations. Grades 5-8
It’s a Soilabration!
- Students will learn more about soil formation, soil biology, and the important role that soil has in our watersheds. We will explore weathering and erosion and the part they play in soil formation. They will also see how soil interacts with water and some of the physical properties of soil. Grades K-8
A Rock Can Be…
- Students will explore different rocks, minerals, and fossils and how we use them in everyday life. We will discuss being a geologist and other careers that use rocks. Students will get some hands-on experience with rock investigations and get a take home rock activity. Grades K-2
Trout in the Classroom
SCD Education Coordinator Stacey Selcho will help teachers set up their trout tanks, deliver trout, provide technical and curricular support, and help coordinate trout release days. Multiple classrooms can benefit from one trout tank.
Wheat Week Lessons
Five days of wheat lessons examine wheat from the ground up. 4-5th grade.
*These lessons are fairly flexible – SCD staff can adjust them to suit your needs. Listed are the lessons and materials that are already designed; however, if there is something else that you are interested in doing on your field trip contact Stacey Selcho firstname.lastname@example.org to see what we might be able to develop.
- Students will collect their own macros (if the area allows for this), identify macros using a dichotomous key, and then classify this macros using a bio-assessment sheet. Students will conduct their own bio-assessment of the water quality otherwise known as using biological organisms to help determine water quality. Grades 4-12
- Students will use a number of different soil tools and learn all about “Shovelomics” to determine soil properties and quality. Grades 3-12
- Students will use dichotomous keys to identify different trees and determine the characteristics that make them different. Students will undergo a fun exploration of trees through an activity called “Meet a Tree”. The activities I have for trees are various and will depend on the time of year and age of students. Grades K-8
Kids in the Hills – In June of every year teachers have the opportunity to bring their students out for a day in Dishman Hills Natural Area. The fieldtrip is “FREE” and last approximately 5 hours. Students will go on two natural resource related hikes before lunch and two after. Topics generally include Geology, Pond Ecology, Wildlife Biology and Forestry.
School Yard Lessons
This section of lessons is still in development. As we start to move into using the Next Generation Science Standards, the inclusion of field investigation within our science program becomes more important. SCD Educator Stacey Selcho is in the process of designing lessons that can be used in any school yard habitat. So, we can take your students outside for an hour and do hands-on field investigations right at your own school.