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Using Picture Books in Schoolyard Science — San Diego Science Educators Association Conference March 2, 2014

News Flash! SDSEA is a GREAT conference! Don’t miss it next time it rolls around!

A wonderful turnout for my session  on Using Picturebooks to Promote Common Core Writing in Schoolyard Science. The room was packed, and we brought the outside inside on a rainy day. Intrepid teachers tried their hand at using inquiry and hands-on learning to construct an understanding of one of my favorite subjects — worms! — before researching and writing to the informative and narrative text types. We used the  mentor text Diary of a Spider, to create narrative diary entries for our worms.

Every teacher received a curriculum guide for Weeds Find a Way, and three lucky teachers got a free copy of the book! Hopefully what that means is more kids heading out into their schoolyards for inquiry into weeds, worms, and everything else under the sun.

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