The workshop introduces a teacher-written, thematically integrated unit that uses a geological theme that appeals to primary students, rocks. The lessons address the processes of science, as well as language arts, music, art, social studies, personal planning, and math, all using natural materials that truly fascinate children. Among the topics: sorting and classifying, the rock cycle, volcanoes, soil, working as a geologist, uses of rocks and minerals, mining communities, etc. The unit lends itself to place-based explorations, and supports nature-based and experiential learning.
Participants will receive a comprehensive resource unit kit: a 300+p. binder, supportive print (books, posters, activity books, et al) and AV materials, and rock and mineral samples.
The workshop combines basic geology instruction, an exploration of and guidance on using the binder and support materials, and hands-on activities.
Payable at registration.
Each kit is valued at $300. The cost of this workshop for registrants is $25, payable upon registration.
The teachers are asked to bring an egg carton filled with rocks (locally picked up or from their own collection) and a back pack for carrying the kit materials away.
This session is full.
Ann Brace is a primary specialist who taught for many years in Burnaby schools. A long-time partner-teacher with MineralsEd, Ann was lead writer and developer of the K-3 resource unit. She also developed the complementary student workshop, Kids & Rocks, which she has delivered in BC schools since 2010.
Currently working with MineralsEd, a non-profit educational organization that is dedicated to encouraging and supporting Earth science, mineral resources and mining education in BC schools.
Ms. Stenzel is a geologist and Director of MineralsEd, a non-profit educational organization that is dedicated to encouraging and supporting Earth science, mineral resources and mining education in BC schools. She co-presents this intermediate workshop with Ms. Eisler, introducing geology to the teachers.