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Upcoming Teacher Institute Events

If you are not enrolled in the Teacher Institute, but would like to register for some of these workshops, please call (415) 379-8000.

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Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
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Geology Kit
Join us to experience hands-on activities that illuminate the hidden processes of our planet. Learn about the Earth's layers, the movement of tectonic plates, and earthquakes. Take a look back over geologic time and check out some fossils from key points in Earth's history.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Geology (grades 6-12) Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Geology (6-12) Kit page.
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
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Coral Reef Kit
Dive into the world of the coral reef ecosystem through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities and games. Learn about coral polyp anatomy, the ecological importance of coral reefs, and the critical environmental conditions necessary for coral to survive. Explore the California Academy of Sciences' Philippine coral reef exhibit and discover ways to connect this vibrant exhibit with your classroom curriculum.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Coral Reefs Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Coral Reefs Kit page.
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
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Biology plays an important role in the movement of carbon in and out of the air, land and ocean through the process of photosynthesis. Plants pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and use it to power themselves and increase their mass as they grow. But how does the carbon dioxide get into a plant? Using microscopes, we will investigate stomata on the leaves of plants, pores that plants open and close to allow carbon dioxide to come in and water to get out. This workshop is a great connection to pre- and post- visit activities for the Plants of the Living Roof field trip program.
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $35
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Special Note: This is a two part workshop taking place on

  • Wednesday December 10 and
  • Wednesday December 17.

In order to participate, you must be able to attend both sessions.

NEW! Discover how your classroom library can link the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), bringing science into reading time and reading into science time. In this workshop, we will explore books that tell the stories of scientists and their work, highlighting the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS. You will also develop a new perspective on your existing classroom library, enabling you to spot the books that illustrate the Practices in action. In addition, you will learn strategies for integrating these books into your teaching. Leave the workshop with a list of book titles, a new perspective on old favorites, and the ability to help foster your students’ connections to science.

 

Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Workshop price: $15
Click here to register.
obsidian rock
Explore the physical properties of rocks, minerals, and sand through hands-on observation and investigation. Discover the difference between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, learn about the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used to manufacture objects that you use every day. While appropriate for grades 2 - 5, this kit emphasizes 4th grade science content standards.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Geology (grades 2 - 5) Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Geology (2-5) Kit page.

Generously sponsored by

Union Bank

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