Common Core Cooking and Gardening for the Next Generation
In this presentation, I will demonstrate how cooking and gardening engage children in a purposeful activity that nurtures their bodies and expands their minds. Specifically, I will share best practices for developing standards-aligned lessons for eating as learning based on a multisensory, multimodal, and multicultural approach: Eat-Read-Talk-Write. This classroom-tested pedagogical cycle extends to the school garden with suggested planting, growing, and harvesting activities.
February 5, 2020
Southwest Desert Almanac
Kinders can count...bees!
In this lesson, kindergarteners become “citizen scientists” by observing, counting, and recording bees in the school garden.
Click here for the recording sheet adapted for young learners.
In this session, we will explore the nature of interdependence by considering how matter cycles and energy flows in a soil ecosystem to better understand the role of decomposition in a school garden compost pile.
In this full-day course, participants will examine their background knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA). Through guided interactive lessons, participants will learn how to meet the standards using the school garden or outdoor classroom. (CEUs available.)
Enhance STE(A)M Education
Nov. 2nd, 2019 and Jan. 18th, March 21st, and May 16th 2020
Sustaining School Gardens
In this four-session course, participants use a Professional Learning Community (PLC) model to collaborate to develop leadership capacity to sustain school gardens.
Citizen Science as a Catalyst for Environmental Stewardship
The students at Pueblo Vista Environmental Science/Dual Immersion Magnet School have been studying human impact on pollinators, incorporating these citizen science projects as a catalyst for environmental stewardship. Using the school garden as an outdoor classroom, bilingual K-5 teachers and students investigate bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and bats within the context of NGSS aligned units of study taught in Spanish.