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Ecoliteracy for All: Summer Institute for K-2 Teachers

by megan on Mar. 26th, 2014 No Comments

Ecoliteracy for All
Summer Ecoliteracy Institute for K-2 Teachers from SFUSD

Monday June 2, 2014 — Friday June 6, 2014
9:00 am – 3:30pm

This week-long training for K-2 teachers offers an interdisciplinary immersion in ecoliteracy principles.

  • Learn strategies for engaging and effective outdoor learning
  • Foster in your students an awareness of and appreciation for the environment
  • Align science learning with the Common Core State Standards
  • Integrate ELD and Science
  • Get to know the Next Generation Science Standards Practices
  • Build partnerships with your colleagues from your school and throughout SFUSD
  • Year-long support and a celebration

 
Benefits include earning extended hour pay, engaging in outdoor learning, and gaining curriculum and resources.

Morning refreshments and lunch provided daily.

For more information, download the flyer or contact Leah Plack.

Applications Due May 1st
Application online at http://tinyurl.com/sfusdecoliteracy

Note that the Academy is not the primary planner for this event. If you have specific questions you can contact Leah Plack directly.

Want a wetland at your school?

by megan on Mar. 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Wetland at a School!
Would you like to have a wetland at your school?

SAVE THE FROGS! is looking for a school within a two-hour drive of Berkeley, California, that would like to have a wetland. The wetland would be designed to help frogs and provide for outdoor education. It would be shallow, less than 18-inches deep in the middle, and have gradual slopes.

Tom Biebighauser, a Wetland Ecologist would design and oversee the construction of the wetland. He has built over 1,600 wetlands in 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces. There would be no cost to your school for designing and building the wetland!

Application:
If you are interested in having a wetland, please ask the Principal of your school to send the following information to tombiebighauser@gmail.com by April 28, 2014:

1) Name, phone number, and e-mail
2) School name and address
3) Google Earth image showing the school and school property
4) The area available for building the wetland should be circled on a Google Earth image. This area should be at least 5,000 square feet.

Timeline:
Tom Biebighauser and Dr. Kerry Kriger (Executive Director, Save the Frogs) would plan to visit your school to design the wetland project the week of May 18.

Your new wetland would be built on October 14, 2014 as part of a Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop that has been funded in part by Nature’s Path Envirokidz Cereal and in part by FrogTape.

Please contact tombiebighauser@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Tips: The area where you would like the new wetland should not contain buried utilities such as gas lines, fiber optic cables or sewer lines. The site should be level with a slope of 6-percent or less. It is recommended that a site be chosen near the back of the school, and the area should not be currently used for other school activities.

To see how wetlands appear at schools, please visit https://picasaweb.google.com/105985116543820569589/SchoolWetlands#

More information about building wetlands at schools is available at www.wetlandsandstreamrestoration.org

Educator Exhibit Guides

by megan on Mar. 1st, 2014 No Comments

In the Academy’s effort to help teachers link our museum to their curriculum, we have been rolling out guides to our exhibits. With these Educator Exhibit Guides, you can:

  • Plan an Academy field trip around a specific exhibit.
  • Learn about an exhibit’s themes and key concepts to guide your students’ experience.
  • Discover Academy-written classroom and field trip activities related to the exhibit.
  • Find out about the Academy’s scientific research happening behind-the-scenes.

While this is an ongoing effort, we already have guides for 5 of our exhibits. Check them out:

NEW! Philippine Coral Reef
Philippine Coral Reef Diver 
Explore a broad range of aquatic life — from sharks and rays to corals and clams — found in the coral reefs and mangrove lagoons of the Philippine Islands in one of the deepest coral exhibits in the world.
 
Philippine Coral Reef (preK-2)
Philippine Coral Reef (3-5)
Philippine Coral Reef (6-12)

Water Planet
Moon Jellies in Water Planet 
Water is life. Discover how water shapes life on Earth and the adaptations animals have for living in and out of water. Explore a variety of animals that live in water and their unique features for survival.
 
Water Planet (preK-2)
Water Planet (3-5)
Water Planet (6-12)

California Coast
CA Coast Tank 
The mix of sunshine, wind, water and geology has created one of the world’s richest temperate marine communities right here in California. Discover why our coast is special and protected.
 
California Coast (preK-2)
California Coast (3-5)
California Coast (6-12)

African Hall
Zebras in African Hall  
Journey across the African continent to explore the diverse biomes and meet some of the animals that live there. Learn about human evolution and our migration out of Africa.
 
African Hall (preK-2)
African Hall (3-5)
African Hall (6-12)

Earthquake
Earthquake entry sphere 
Earthquakes provide dramatic evidence that we live on a dynamic planet. Learn how earth processes shape Earth’s surface, affect the evolution and distribution of life on our planet, and directly
impact people’s lives.
 
Earthquake Exhibit (6-12)
Earthquake Planetarium Show (6-12)

More to come soon!

Photo Credits
Moon Jelly photo by nigham
Zebras in African Hall by Chris Picon
Coral Reef Diver by Will Love