Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden (Grades K-5)
Let's head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using lessons from Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? Graduate education units available.
Developing Your NGSS Garden Lessons (Grades K-5)
Let’s apply the guiding principals of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to make our students the lead scientists in our garden lessons! This workshop is ideal for participants who have already attended the Intro to NGSS in the Garden Workshop or are otherwise familiar with NGSS. Using activities from Life Lab’s award-winning curricula, and/or lessons brought by participants themselves, participants in this workshop will spend a day developing, modifying, and sharing lessons for the garden using the NGSS approach. Graduate education units available.
Anyone interested in teaching K-5 science in a garden.
Location and Cost Options
Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus 1 day: $180/$200 per participant – See dates and registration deadlines for upcoming workshops
Key Workshop Components
- How to lead highly contextualized, engaging, hands-on science lessons outdoors
- How to link garden activities to Next Generation Science Standards
- How to use garden-based science lessons to reinforce Common Core Math and English Language Arts
Take home …
- An activity packet full of garden-based, elementary science lessons cross-mapped to Next Generation Science, and Common Core Math and ELA Standards
- Inspiration to use the garden as context for exploring earth and life science
- Strategies for success from Life Lab and other educators engaged in this exciting work
- Optional: 1 units of education credit per day from the University of the Pacific ($70/unit)
"I am a scientist and have a Ph.D in molecular/microbiology, but I am a mom first. When I came to my son's 2nd grade class and found that the 'science' kids were doing consisted of making dinosaur dioramas, I knew the school needed to do more. I wanted elementary school students to be exposed to true, hands-on science. I chose Life Lab to fill the void because the science was sound. The Life Lab program provides true experiments for students and inspires in them a love of science."
– Volunteer Garden Coordinator near San Diego, CA
All workshops require advanced registration and deposit.
To set up a workshop for your school site, please call Life Lab at (831) 459-2001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.