Teachers’ Lounge

KQED Do Now!

by rochelle on Aug. 22nd, 2014 No Comments

Elephant Ivory: KQED Do NowKQED Do Now is a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools like Twitter.

And guess what? Do Now Science is a monthly activity in collaboration with us here at the California Academy of Sciences.

Every other Tuesday, youth within the Academy’s teen programs post a compelling topic, include background resources and media, and encourage discussion on Twitter.

The monthly content schedule is as follows:

Every Friday: Civic, Government & Politics
Every Tuesday: Rotation between Science and Arts/Popular Culture

What’s more?

KQED is looking for highly engaged teachers from around the country who are interested in trying some innovative pedagogical approaches to learning to become part of the online working group. Educators who join and participate throughout the Fall semester will receive a $150 stipend.

The deadline to apply is December 31, so apply today!

Free teacher preview of Skulls exhibit – online!

by megan on Aug. 8th, 2014 No Comments

Want a free sneak peek at our Skulls exhibit to help plan your field trip this fall?

Skulls Exhibit Preview: For Teachers Grades 3-12

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

If this timing doesn’t work for you, we also encourage drop-ins! We will have an agenda of sorts, but the event will be casual.

Cost: Free!

Register now

Skulls Exhibit EntranceEvent Summary
Academy Educators will take you on a live tour through the exhibit as we roam around with our handy wireless cart. Experience a wide view of the exhibit layout, check out close-ups of skull specimens, and learn which exhibit components are most interactive. We’ll have a special Q&A session with a docent to answer your pressing content questions, and educators will be on hand throughout to answer logistical questions to help plan your trip.

All you need is an internet connection, as you’ll access the event via your favorite web browser. Feel free to invite a buddy, or project it for a group of teachers! Exhibit content is most appropriate for grades 3-12, and our target audience is educators who plan to attend — or are considering planning — a field trip to the Academy this fall.

Simply complete this simple form, and we’ll email you a link to access the event on the day before. Be sure to register by 5pm on August 19th so we can save you a spot.

Register now!

If you have a question, leave a comment below, or email us at teachers@calacademy.org

Homeschool events for the 2014-2015 school year

by rochelle on Aug. 5th, 2014 3 Comments

Are you a homeschool parent or coordinator?
Here is some of the information you might need to bring your students to the Academy this year

Event details for Homeschool Day on Thursday, September 18, 2014!

Skulls Exhibit EntranceRegistration will open online and over the phone at 8:00 AM on August 26, 2014.
Read our Registration Guide for all the details about the event and how to sign up.

If you are interested in a hand-on lab program, read all about the fall offerings in the Reserved Programs Guide
Receive event information directly to your email by signing up for our homeschool email list. Simply fill out this form.

Can’t make it this September?
Visit us at our spring event on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 or organize a group to visit the museum at any time of year! Homeschoolers qualify for our CA Youth Group discount program when you bring 10 or more homeschool students and their parents. For more information and to submit an application, visit our youth group website.

Target’s Field Trip Grants: Apply August-September

by megan on Aug. 1st, 2014 3 Comments

Target logo

Have you taken advantage of Target’s Field Trip Grants?

Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide, and each grant is valued up to $700.

Applications are accepted between August 1 – September 30, 2014, so apply today, whether you are planning a trip in the fall or the spring!

Of course, we highly recommend the fall, seeing as the Academy’s Skulls exhibit closes on November 30, 2014. Then again, you can certainly use your Field Trip Grant to visit any local cultural institution!

Summer workshop from Astronomical Society of the Pacific

by rochelle on May. 10th, 2014 No Comments

NGSS and the Solar System
An Astronomical Society of the Pacific Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-9 (and those who work with them)

Saturday – Sunday, August 2 – 3, 2014 / 8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Hyatt-Regency, Burlingame, CA

UCMP Short Course BannerExplore the solar system through classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of the solar system.

Explicit alignment to the NGSS cross cutting theme of Scale, Proportion and Quantity and the practices of Developing and Using Models and Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Connections to Literacy and the Common Core.

Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM, a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.

Workshop facilitators include:

  • Linda Shore, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (formerly of the Teacher Institute at The Exploratorium)
  • Brian Kruse, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Brian Day, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Rob Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

*** Scholarships are Available for California Teachers ***
*** Academic Credit is Available ***

Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Cost: $80 Early Bird rate through July 4
To register: go to http://www.astrosociety.org/education/asp-annual-meeting/