What Makes a Weed a Weed

Use a simple clump of dandelions to anchor a Next Generation Science Standards-aligned storyline that will get your students outside and engaged with science this spring. 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.


You’ll be provided activities to implement between course sessions and an opportunity to debrief and adapt with other 3rd – 5th grade teachers. 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.


This course consists of five online sessions.