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Kids Into Discovering Science: A Framework for Place-Based, Hands-On Ecology

    The Kids Into Discovering Science (KiDS) curriculum, designed for 5th grade students, includes 10 classroom lesson plans and one field trip lesson plan centered on a plant science experiment. Over 10 lessons and a field day, students practice observation, set up and monitor an experiment, analyze and present their data, and learn about plant ecology, soil ecology, habitats, and their local environments. Students gain an understanding of many ecological concepts, get experience with the scientific process, and develop a sense of place. The curriculum emphasizes local ecology in Lake County, CA, but is written such that its structure or individual lessons may be adapted to other locations and ecosystems.
    Primary or BEN resource type
    Secondary resource type
    General Biology Core Concepts
    Discipline Specific Core Concepts
    General Biology Competencies
    Life science discipline (subject)
    Keywords plants, soils, place-based education, scientific process, seeds, serpentine
    Intended End User Role
    Educational Language
    Pedagogical Use Description This curriculum is intended to be used as an ongoing program over 10+ weeks to teach scientific process and local ecology. It was designed for use in Northern California, with lessons taught by graduate and undergraduate student volunteer instructors visiting a rural elementary school in a nearby region once a week. However, we encourage people to adapt our curriculum and framework so that it suits their setting, audience, curricular requirements, and logistical constraints. Many lessons or the general framework can be adapted to different systems and lessons can be adapted to stand alone or as subsets of the full curriculum. We provide a section of the Curriculum Overview as well as "Adapt This!" boxes throughout the lesson plans with our suggestions for tailoring the curriculum to your needs. Indeed, we hope that you will adapt the curriculum in ways that centers the local ecology in the location where the curriculum is taught.

    We suggest that you begin with the Curriculum Overview and/or the PDF of the overview and the lesson plans (AllLessons document) to get a sense for the curriculum as a whole and what each lesson contains.
    Primary Author Controlled Name
    Primary Author Affiliation University of California, Davis
    Primary Author email
    Secondary Author Name(s) Barbara Fernandez, Maureen Stanton, Stella Copeland, Carmen Cortez, Lauren Camp, Jan Ng, Kara Moore
    Submitter Name Alexandra Weill
    Submitter Email
    Rights The KiDS program is available for free and open use and adaptation. We ask that you credit the authors and program if you use our work.
    Date Of Record Submission 2016-09-10

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