Community-Centered Climate Action for 3rd – 5th Grade Teachers
Jan 10 – May 15, 2024
Did you know idling cars during school pickup impacts air quality and the environment? Have you ever wondered about the role of trees in relation to air quality? Learn how to use an engineering design focused action project to motivate and empower your students.
This course presents an air quality focused storyline that integrates Next Generation Science Standards with related social studies standards. Your students will build an understanding of how air pollution impacts other species, their community, and the climate. They will investigate their school grounds to inquire about and monitor air quality as well as learn about carbon emissions and activism in their community. Teachers and students will gain inspiration from the actions of local community members and then develop and implement an action plan to make a difference.
All sessions are virtual with the exception of one optional in-person session at the Tacoma Professional Development Center. For those attending the in-person session, we are excited to be together in community and happy to be able to provide course-related books! There will be a virtual alternative for the Tacoma session on the following Saturday, but we can only provide the books to those who join us at the in-person session.
Learn how to involve their students in using an Engineering Design Process as a part of a community action project.
Experience how the Next Generation Science Standards Engineering Design Process and Social Studies standards can be an integral part of students working on real-world problems.
Explore the social-emotional side of climate change and how direct action can foster resilience and environmental justice.
Implementing Teachers will also:
Create an Action Plan with their students using the Engineering Design Process to decode and develop understanding of student-gathered data.
Collaborate with community stakeholders (and maybe teachers from across the region) to implement an action plan to have a collective impact on air quality and the environment.
Investigate how action projects support a larger equity and justice-focused framework and work with other participants to develop ideas that will work for their individual curriculum and community.
This course is intended for teachers of 3rd-5th grade students with some flexibility in what they teach. The action project in this course is focused on idling cars and buses during school pickup and the role of trees as carbon capturers. It is best suited for teachers who can make this student-generated action project a part of their school day. Others are welcome but will likely be unable to implement the materials.
“I was excited to see that students who typically struggle with “doing the work” actually participated and became invested in the process of investigating pollution at our school and many of them had great ideas for an action plan.”
– Robin T., Blaine Elementary School, Blaine School District
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
IslandWood is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our tax ID number is 31-1654076.
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