Course Catalog

Staff & Faculty Science Scope & Sequence

Pre-K

Architecture and the Built Environment

Educators learn how to use the neighborhood as an architectural resource. Hands-on activities illustrate methods for engaging students in architecture and model making through the concepts of building identity and form and function.

3 or 5 Sessions. +
Local Walk details: Optional Neighborhood Walk
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Bridges of NYC

Educators will develop an understanding of six basic bridge types and learn a series of fun hands-on activities that communicate their physical properties. Educators will walk away from this session with materials, resources and ideas for adapting local bridges into their science curriculum.

3 or 5 Sessions. +
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Ecology Seminar for Teachers

This professional development explores topics in ecology such as forestry, aquatic ecology, botany and invertebrate zoology.  Educators may specify a focus for the seminar prior to delivery. This program encourages educators to weave hands-on investigation and neighborhood exploration into their existing curriculum.

3 or 5 Sessions. +
Field Trip details: Optional Field Trip to Local Park
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Environmental Mapping

Environmental maps are used by scientists, urban planners and community activists to understand and solve complex problems. In this session educators are introduced to ways of mapping and evaluating the environmental health of the neighborhood. Educators learn how to us water and soil pH testing and noise and tree health evaluations to help students understand human impact on the urban environment. 

3 or 5 Sessions. +
Local Walk details: Optional Neighborhood Walk
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Exploring the Built Environment

Teachers explore the learning potential of their local community through an investigative neighborhood walk to look for shapes, architectural features, and building materials.  Texture rubbings and making buildings from recycled boxes present ideas for incorporating the visual arts into built environment curricula.

3 or 5 Sessions. +
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Getting an Early Start in Science with Little Critters

Teachers investigate the anatomy and local habitats of live worms and soil creatures using scientific tools, art projects, and local green spaces.

3 or 5 Sessions. +
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Sustainability and Eco-Footprinting

Educators calculate their “ecological footprint” to explore how their daily consumption choices affect the environment. Through several hands-on activities they are introduced to ways to incorporate sustainability in the classroom and in their lives.

3 or 5 Sessions. +
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Sustainable Science Education for Elementary Teachers

Teachers learn about environmental science and ways to incorporate green topics into lesson plans.  Ideas for student activities compliment student program Don’t Trash It, and offer an orientation to the coming student program.  In session two, teachers follow up on Don’t Trash It by exploring ideas for extension activities and culminating projects, and examine resources for continued learning about environmental science.  Professional Development delivered in conjunction with student course Don’t Trash It.

3 or 5 Sessions. +
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Out of School Time learning that connects learning to the daily lives of students. David Gelman After-School Coordinator