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Earth Science Outside for teachers

Syllabus

Table of Contents

To Enroll

Schedule (2 Tracts)

Course Description

Course Objectives

Course Requirements

Safety First

2018 – 2019 School Year

MIDAS _____. Via Salt Lake School District – Candace Penrod, Science Specialist

Qualifies for 1.0 USBE Credit (attend all sessions; complete assignments).

Schedule

The two tracks, one on Tuesday, the other on Thursday meet separately August, September, January, and April.

The field trip for both tracks is all day, Monday, October 22.

TUESDAY TRACK THURSDAY TRACK PLACE ADDRESS SESSION
Session 1

Tuesday

August 7

9 – 11 AM

Session 1

Thursday

August 9

9 – 11 AM

Salt Lake District Headquarters Room 112-113

440 E 100 South

SLC, UT   84111

Session 1 – Landscape Literacy.

Go outside, feel the joy of observation, encourage curiosity, and wonder how it came to be.

Session 2

Tuesday

September 11

4 – 6 PM

Session 2

Thursday

September 13

4 – 6 PM

Fault Line Park 1100 E 400 South

SLC, UT 84112

NOTE: Watch for weather. Check website.

Session 2 – Tectonics.

What causes the Oquirrh Mountains and Wasatch Range to be farther apart, and consequences.

Session 3

MONDAY

October 22

8 AM to 6 PM

Session 3

MONDAY

October 22

8 AM to 6 PM

Depart from Salt Lake District Headquarters. Parking lot, south side.

440 E 100 South

SLC, UT   84111

Session 3 – FIELD DAY!!

Earth Materials / History of Planet Earth – Utah was once south of the equator near sea level.

Session 4

Tuesday

January 22

4 – 6 PM

Session 4

Thursday

January 24

4 – 6 PM

Remarkable views from this building. Room TBA. Meet 6th Floor, near Bistro. Huntsman Cancer Center Bistro Restaurant

2000 E Circle of Hope, SLC, UT  84112

Session 4 – History of Planet Earth. Lake Bonneville / Great Salt Lake is the best historian of recent climate change of North America.
Session 5

Tuesday

April 2

4 – 6 PM

Session 5

Thursday

April 4

4 – 6 PM

Sugar House Park, a pavilion on the south side TBA. Enter Sugar House Park from 1330 E 2100 South, proceed to south side. Session 5 – Pull it all together.

Salt Lake County may have more exposed geology than any other county of the USA.

Course Description

Course format

Instructor

Learning Materials

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This Earth science course prepares teachers to go outside with their students and connect the current K12 science framework with what their students see.

Specifically, teachers will practice three crosscutting habits of Earth scientists:

  • recognizing patterns,
  • considering cause and effect, and
  • appreciating stability and change.

Each session will prepare teachers to recognize evidence of K12 Earth science disciplinary core concepts, including:

  • tectonics,
  • Earth materials,
  • the role of water on Earth’s surface, and
  • history of planet Earth.

The course will role-model three of the K12 framework’s eight scientific and engineering practices:

  • asking questions and defining problems,
  • developing and using models, and
  • obtaining and communicating information.

FORMAT:

Four two-hour afternoon sessions: August, September, January and April and one all-day field experience in October. Participants will attend all sessions. This course uses cohort camaraderie as a learning strategy. Please put the dates on your calendar and protect them. Under exceptional conditions, teachers may replace a Tuesday session with its Thursday equivalent or vice versa, however, there is no alternative for the field experience.

Additional course information: http://www.earthscienceeducation.org

INSTRUCTOR: Genevieve Atwood

Genevieve Atwood, PhD, emeritus adjunct professor (Dept Geography) UofUtah, former State Geologist and Director of the Utah Geological and Mineral Survey loves teachers, Earth science, and the new K12 science framework.

LEARNING MATERIALS:

Salt Lake City’s remarkable vistas.

In class handouts.

Supplemental materials and resource links on the class website (www.earthscienceeducation.org ).

Email communications that tie to phenomena, current events or local vistas.

And, JOY, these plastic raised relief maps of Salt Lake and Tooele’s topography contributed by ESE sponsors.

Course Objectives

Go Outside!

See patterns

Be curious

Inspire curiosity

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Teachers will have confidence to teach outside in ways that reinforce their students’ natural curiosity about Earth science.

Teachers will see patterns and be able to anticipate student curiosity and connections to K12 science content.

From Patterns… to Curiosity… to Content

  • Tectonics

  • Earth materials

  • The roles of water on Earth’s surface

  • History of planet Earth.

Course Requirements

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

Earth Science Outside qualifies for 1.0 USBE credits. Participants must attend all five sessions, approximately 18 contact hours (four two-hour sessions and one all-day 10 hr field experience). Expect an hour of preparation between sessions and about four hours for the final project. GOAL: The course is spread out across 9 months. Short assignments remind participants to see patterns of Earth science that surround us.

Homework Details: Overview of Assignment.

HW1 – Go outside! (1 hr. max)

HW2- Visit G.K. Gilbert Park (1-2 hr max)

HW3 – Field Notes from Field Day…  Plus! (Done in class and on the bus – Nothing due In January, but will be short review quiz)

HW4- Teachers as Earth Scientists – Warm Springs Park (2 hr max)

HW5 – From Patterns, Through Curiosity, To Glimpses of Earth’s History (1 hr)   (draft)

Optional – Personal Coaching by instructor —      CLICK HERE (not active)

Safety First!

Emergency Management Statement. IMPORTANT: Outdoor classroom experiences have inherent risks. Teacher-participants are expected to adhere and contribute to a safe environment including but not limited to alerting the instructor to concerns. Safety first. Safety is a team effort.

  • Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.
  • Be prepared for 10 – 30 minute mild walks on sidewalks, grass, and trails.
  • Be comfortable for lectures. Sessions are only two hours. Suggestion: make a preventive pit-stop.

Equipment: A camera is a must! An iPhone or equivalent is sufficient. Also, the ability to get onto the web will be helpful.

Academic Participation and Integrity: This course encourages cohort learning. This implies working together, sharing ideas, and committing to others’ success. Don’t do others’ work for them or plagiarize. Not only is it unprofessional, doing others’ work steals their education.

 ADA Statement: Students with medical, psychological, learning or other disabilities desiring academic adjustments, accommodations or auxiliary aids should contact Candace Penrod, Salt Lake District

Disclaimer: Information contained in this syllabus, is subject to change. Please check with the course website www.earthscienceeducation.org for all details and especially last-minute notice of meeting places.