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Connections & Adaptations An interdisciplinary approach to classroom & field trip experiences

December 7, 2021

The wonders of our Sonoran Desert provide the perfect context for teaching many key ecological understandings. In this workshop, we will focus on two of these concepts: interrelationships between living and nonliving things and plant and animal adaptations for survival. These understandings are a critical part of upper-elementary science. We will discuss how these topics can be effectively taught in the classroom and how field trip experiences can be used to increase understanding and retention. We will also explore how these concepts can be taught using your school/district curriculum and external resources, as well as how an interdisciplinary approach can enhance the learning experience.

The Instructors:

Caryl Crowell is a retired classroom teacher with over 40 years of experience as an educator. Caryl also serves as a Docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and is a founding member of Partners for Equitable Science Instruction.

Esther Witt is a retired teacher. She worked for TUSD as a classroom educator for 27 years. She is also an active PESI member. Throughout her career as an educator, she has always been interested in learning and teaching science.

Deadline to register: November 30th

For more information: CooperPESIConnectionsAdaptationsWkshp 12.7.2021

Funding for substitute teachers is available as needed. Please contact us if your school needs funding for your sub.

  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact Cooper Center for Environmental Learning.
  • Contact Name: Colin Waite
  • Phone No: Office Phone: (520)626-1825 Cooper Phone: (520)743-7422
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