Seasonal Change in the Schoolyard

Use observable seasonal changes to anchor a Next Generation Science Standards-aligned curriculum that will get your students excited about doing science in their schoolyard. Incorporating your schoolyard and community into your classroom is a powerful strategy for justice-centered and equitable science learning that connects Next Generation Science Standards to personal experiences, makes learning relevant and affirms all students as scientists and caring citizens.


Model lessons integrate science standards with ELA read alouds and culturally sustaining activities that engage students’ families and communities. You’ll be provided with activities to implement between course sessions and an opportunity to adapt and debrief with your peers. In the final session of the course, we’ll reflect on lessons learned and how to carry the strategies forward towards increasing equity, justice and engagement in your classroom.


There will be four online sessions after school on Wednesdays and one in-person Saturday at Brightwater Education Center in Woodinville). For those attending the in-person session at Brightwater, we are excited to be together in community and happy to be able to provide course-related children’s books! There will be a virtual alternative for Brightwater session on the following Saturday, but we can only provide the books to those who join us at the in-person session.