Engaging Students with the Signs of Spring: New Six-Week Curriculum Initiative

Published On: June 10th, 2024|Categories: News|
Engaging Students with the Signs of Spring: New Six-Week Curriculum Initiative

The NCESD STEM Team launched a six-week educational initiative titled “Signs of Spring,” throughout April and May, designed to engage students in hands-on learning experiences that explore the natural world’s seasonal changes. This innovative program integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education with practical fieldwork and family engagement, making it a holistic approach to environmental education.

“We are thrilled to introduce this hands-on, interdisciplinary program that not only aligns with educational standards but also nurtures students’ connection to the natural world,” said Lisa Monahan. “By engaging in these activities, students will gain a deeper appreciation for the environment and the vital role it plays in our lives.”

The “Signs of Spring” curriculum invites students to investigate the signs of spring through nature journaling, scientific sketching, and data collection. Students are guided through the process of observing, recording, and analyzing the natural world’s seasonal transformations, allowing them to foster a deeper connection with their environment.

It’s not easy to build a program and coordinate speakers,” a participating teacher from Palisades School District said. “I really appreciate the care and time NCESD took to make it work. The kids made good use of the notebooks, enjoyed the speakers and they love, love, love the field guide. Thank you so much. You make learning better for us all.”

The “Signs of Spring” curriculum aims to:

– Develop students’ skills in scientific observation, data collection, and model development.

– Encourage family involvement in the learning process.

– Promote understanding of the interconnectedness of Earth’s systems.

– Foster a sense of curiosity and stewardship for the environment.

Quotes from Students

“I like how we track our buds. It’s fun to see them grow.” – Participating 7th grade student

“I think I’ve been improving my sketches.” – Participating student 

“It’s nice being outdoors, it’s a nice break from being indoors.” – Participating 7th grade student

Elements of “Signs of Spring” Curriculum

For more information about the “Signs of Spring” program, please contact:

Lisa Monahan
STEM and Migrant Ed Coordinator, North Central ESD

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