PDI-1: Bringing Outdoor Science into your Classroom
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Conference Room 7, Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
Recommended Pathway Sessions
Provider: Steve Rich, Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center, University of West Georgia
Framing Questions / Outcomes
- Why is outdoor learning important?
- How can teachers take advantage of existing resources in the school yard?
- What are the logistical considerations for improving the school yard to enhance learning opportunities?
- What strategies are most effective for integrating outdoor science with mathematics, ELA, reading, and social studies?
- How are science trade books useful in teaching science outdoors and in?
Research shows that environment-centered education improves student achievement. Whatever your school’s setting—urban, suburban, or rural—you can create stimulating outdoor classrooms for your students, with a little help from the author of Outdoor Science. This professional learning opportunity shows teachers how to create outdoor learning spaces that can be used from year to year. These practical suggestions for creating, maintaining, and using outdoor classrooms work for both elementary and middle school students. The simple and inexpensive lessons align with Common Core State Standards, the NGSS framework, and curriculum objectives in the areas of life, Earth, and environmental sciences—without a field trip permission slip in sight! Math, social studies, and language arts activities that can be easily integrated into the curriculum are also included in this highly interactive PDI. Explore hands-on resources and ideas from related NSTA Press books.
Steve Rich describes this session:
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