What Makes a Weed a Weed

In this online course, join IslandWood educators and fellow teachers in using 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. Lessons integrate science standards with ELA read-alouds and culturally sustaining activities that engage students’ families and communities.


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.


The course includes five separate sessions over several weeks.