I am very excited to be partnering with Dr. Priscilla Spears, to offer a new course, Life Science Literacy for Elementary Teachers. This course will provide an overview of current life science concepts and teaching resources. Even better, now through May 12 you can get it for the special introductory price of 40% off!
We teach life science to connect children with the natural world. However, many of the materials we use are old and outdated, and do not provide an accurate view of what we know about the natural world today.
In Life Science Literacy for Elementary Teachers, Dr. Priscilla Spears guides you through the exploration of key life science areas so that you can effectively teach useful and current ideas.
This course looks at the three main ideas of life science literacy: the unity of life, the organization of life, and the history and diversity of life. These topics are broken down into the following sections:
Introduction to Life Sciences – including:
- What is life science literacy?
- The needs of life
- The characteristics of life
- Teaching about evolution
The Organization and Diversity of Life – including:
- The timeline of life, history of classification, and viruses
- Introducing the Tree of Life chart
- How to read a phylogenetic tree
- Nesting and branching diagrams for learning to read phylogenetic trees
Introducing the Tree of Life – including:
- The two lineages of prokaryotes
- The protists and fungi
- The animal kingdom and its branches
The Plant Tree of Life – including:
- Introducing the plant kingdom
- Flowering plant families
- Other Tree of Life diagrams
- Sorting branches on the Tree of Life: vertebrates and plants
“This course is awe inspiring! In my opinion, this course should be a required segment in every single elementary training – especially lower el. I really really wish I had this info when I was in the classroom. I am very glad I have it now.
Priscilla is just a treasure trove of knowledge, infinitely inspiring, and so immensely motivating. I think this course will really empower teachers to embrace a living science curriculum.” – Kelly Johnson
This self-paced, online course consists of 4.5 hours of pre-recorded videos that you will have access to for one year. You may watch at your convenience, and as often as you wish, during that time.
After this course you will have an updated view of what we know about life science for today’s world and today’s biology. Upon completion, you will feel confident in the knowledge of what your students will see as they advance in their studies beyond your classroom.
Registration for Life Science Literacy for Elementary Teachers is now open. To learn more about the course and register CLICK HERE.