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CALIFORNIA SCIENCE
EDUCATION CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 19-21, 2012 • SAN JOSE, CA

PROGRAM STRAND:
PRIMARY (K-2)

The Primary Teacher Strand has been developed under the guidance of veteran primary and elementary teachers who have made their mark in their students’ lives by finding ways to make time for quality science education. If you are a primary or elementary teacher who wants to add more quality science in your daily curriculum, but don't feel that you have the right knowledge or skills to do so, then this is the event for you. The strand will consist of a six-hour Short Course, a Focus Speaker presentation, and workshops.

Primary Strand Keynote Speaker:

WRITING AND SCIENCE: SCAFFOLDING INSTRUCTION TO DEVELOP SCIENTIFIC THINKING, UNDERSTANDING, AND WRITING
Betsy Rupp-Fulwiler, Consultant
Learn about a research-based approach (developed, in part, with NSF funding) in which teachers use scaffolding and modeling to help elementary students learn how to think, speak, and write as scientists do. The focus of instruction in this approach is not literacy but science, which determines the forms of communication that students learn. Through student notebook entries and a video of a classroom in which a teacher is implementing the approach, the session will present strategies that you can use immediately in your own classrooms.

The following sessions will make up the Primary (K-2) strand [PRIMARY]:

Friday, October 19, 8:00 am - 9:00 am

AMAZING AIRCRAFT
Take your students on an aerial adventure in science with the Hiller Aviation Museum! Experiment with forces using inexpensive gliders, airplanes and helicopters in an exciting make-and-take workshop. [PRIMARY]
PHYSICAL SCIENCE, PEDAGOGY/I&E
Jon Welte, Education Programs Manager, Hiller Aviation Museum
Grades: K,1,2,3

Friday, October 19, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

SUCCESSFULLY INTEGRATING FIELD TRIPS WITH CLASSROOM CURRICULUM
Learn about the benefits and barriers to taking students on field trips, including current research findings about integrating field trips and classroom curriculum, and essential components of exemplary field trips. (COSEE/SWMEA) [PRIMARY]
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, INFORMAL SCIENCE
Emily Arnold, Marine Science Education Specialist, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley; Sarah Pedemonte, Marine Science Curriculum Specialist, Lawrence Hall of Science
Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5,6

TEACHING ENERGY SOURCES THROUGH INTERDISCIPLINARY ACTIVITIES
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of our nation’s ten sources of energy using innovative, grade appropriate activities that engage all learning types. [PRIMARY]
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, STEM/CAREERS/WORKFORCE
Rebecca Lamb, Program Director, National Energy Education Development
Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5,6

Friday, October 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SC01: Putting the Focus on Primary (PreK-2) Science Education Part 1: Science Content and Pedagogy
Finding time to teach physical science in primary (PreK-2) grades is daunting! Come delve into the world of physical science, learn about exciting possibilities for integrating science and literacy, and explore our new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. [PRIMARY] (This Short Course is six hours in total. The second part of the course will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.) Ticket: $20
Physical Science, Pedagogy/I&E
Valerie Joyner, Retired Elementary Science Educator and Michelle French, Staff Developer and Classroom Teacher, Wilson Elementary School
Grades: PreK,K,1,2

SC05: Living Inquiry for Early Learners
Using strategies focused on observation, questioning, predictions, and communication, we'll explore our innate curiosity of the natural world. Join us to gain confidence in doing inquiry in your classroom and leave with tools to help engage your students in this important process. Ticket: $30
Life Science, Pedagogy/I&E
Helena Carmena, Manager of Teacher Services, California Academy of Sciences and Sarah Soule, Teacher Services Educator, California Academy of Sciences
Grades: PreK,K,1,2

Friday, October 19, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

ELEMENTARY FAMILY SCIENCE: AN APPROACH FROM THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
Ready to expand your Family Science Night? Learn about implementing a multi-night program using hands-on science and conservation activities. Find out about ideas to get started, and roadblocks to avoid. (MBAQ) [PRIMARY]
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, INFORMAL SCIENCE
Mary Whaley, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Grades: PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5

FROM MAGIC TO MISCONCEPTIONS...DEVELOPING ACADEMIC LANGUAGE THROUGH SCIENCE FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS
This hands on workshop will include participants involved in "joint productive activities" using science observations and misconceptions integrated with literacy strategies to build academic language and vocabulary for English Learners. (CSP) [PRIMARY]
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, LITERACY/EL
Suzanne Nakashima, Teacher Liaison, California Science Project
Grades: 2,3,4,5,6

Friday, October 19, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

KEY TO THE SEA - CONNECTING STUDENTS TO THEIR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT
Learn about Key to the Sea, a marine environmental education program for teachers and elementary school children. Engaging, hands on activities will focus on watersheds, coastal environment, and environmental stewardship. [PRIMARY]
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, INFORMAL SCIENCE
Amber Maron, Heal the Bay
Grades: K,1,2,3,4

Friday, October 19, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SATURN IN YOUR CLASSROOM: NASA'S "READING, WRITING AND RINGS"
Learn about NASA’s “Reading, Writing and Rings” program, which teaches both science and language arts, based on the Cassini Mission to Saturn. Teachers will receive instructional materials for classroom use. [PRIMARY] [LITERACY]
EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE, LITERACY/EL
Rachel Zimmerman Brachman, Solar System and Technology Educator, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Grades: 1,2,3,4

Saturday, October 20, 8:00 am - 9:00 am

K-2 PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Lively K-2 Hands-On Science and Common Core Standards! Come experience engaging physical science activities integrated with ELA. Work through the grades levels, progressing through science content and ELA skill building. (K-12A) [PRIMARY] [CCSS]
PHYSICAL SCIENCE, LITERACY/EL
Kathleen Jones, Teacher, K-12 Alliance/Shasta Elementary; Michael Harris, Staff Developer, K-12 Alliance
Grades: K,1,2

Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

SC01 (Cont’d): Putting the Focus on Primary (PreK-2) Science Education Part 2: Science Content and Pedagogy
Finding time to teach physical science in primary (PreK-2) grades is daunting! Come delve into the world of physical science, learn about exciting possibilities for integrating science and literacy, and explore our new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. [PRIMARY] (This Short Course is six hours in total. The first part of the course will be presented on Friday, Oct. 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.) Ticket: $20
Physical Science, Pedagogy/I&E
Valerie Joyner, Retired Elementary Science Educator and Michelle French, Staff Developer and Classroom Teacher, Wilson Elementary School
Grades: PreK-2

Saturday, October 20, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

A HEAD START ON SCIENCE
Early childhood educators will be engaged in hands-on developmentally appropriate science activities that not only engage your young learners with science content but also provide strong literacy and math connections. [PRIMARY] [LITERACY]
INTEGRATED SCIENCE, LITERACY/EL
Gregory Potter, Assistant Professor, Benerd School of Education, University of the Pacific; William Ritz, Professor Emeritus, CSU Long Beach
Grades: PreK,K,1,2

MAKING MEANING: SCIENCE, LITERACY, AND ENGLISH LEARNERS
Science instruction can support ELs with strategies such as Discourse Circles, Graphic Organizers, Conversation Stems, and Vocabulary Cards. Leverage instruction in science and literacy through text structures and visual literacy. [PRIMARY] [LITERACY]
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, LITERACY/EL
Rachel Jordan, Science Resource Teacher, Palo Alto Unified School District; Pam Price, Science Teacher, Hoover Elementary
Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5

Saturday, October 20, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

GET GREEN - EARLY CHILDHOOD ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCES
Try out fresh ideas that engage young students in exploring the natural world. Take home Project Learning Tree’s new early childhood guide and a music/movement CD. (CEEIN) [PRIMARY]
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, PEDAGOGY/I&E
Linda Desai, Education Director, Placer Nature Center; Kay Antunez de Mayolo, Project Learning Tree Coordinator, CA Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection
Grades: PreK,K,1,2

DON'T BE AFRAID TO FEEL THE FORCE
COME FEEL THE FORCE - Second grade physical science. Experience lively activities that build background knowledge for teachers and students. Identify common student misconceptions through student work and assessments. (K-12A) [PRIMARY]
PHYSICAL SCIENCE, PEDAGOGY/I&E
Michael Harris, Staff Developer, K-12 Alliance; Kathleen Jones, Teacher, K-12 Alliance/Shasta Elementary
Grades: 2

Saturday, October 20, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Primary Strand Keynote Speaker:

WRITING AND SCIENCE: SCAFFOLDING INSTRUCTION TO DEVELOP SCIENTIFIC THINKING, UNDERSTANDING, AND WRITING
Betsy Rupp-Fulwiler, Consultant
Learn about a research-based approach (developed, in part, with NSF funding) in which teachers use scaffolding and modeling to help elementary students learn how to think, speak, and write as scientists do. The focus of instruction in this approach is not literacy but science, which determines the forms of communication that students learn. Through student notebook entries and a video of a classroom in which a teacher is implementing the approach, the session will present strategies that you can use immediately in your own classrooms.

Saturday, October 20, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

TAKING SCIENCE OUTDOORS FOR THE PRIMARY GRADES
Expand your K-2 classroom walls and embrace the schoolyard environment. You will learn about outdoor teaching techniques and go outside to experience primary outdoor activities firsthand. [PRIMARY]
LIFE SCIENCE, CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
Joanna Totino, Co-Director FOSS Professional Development, Lawrence Hall of Science
Grades: K,1,2

DINNER WITH A SCIENTIST
Learn the nuts and bolts of planning an amazing Dinner with a Scientist event where students and teachers meet local scientists, engage in science activities, and participate in great conversations. [PRIMARY, STEM]
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, STEM/CAREERS/WORKFORCE
Caleb Cheung, Program Manager, Science, Oakland Unified School District
Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5

EXPERIENCING SCIENCE THROUGH MORE TALK, LESS STUFF
See how using visuals, realia, graphic organizers and plenty of accountable talk supports all students, especially ELs. Learn to organize instruction by focusing on big ideas, tools and strategies. [PRIMARY] [LITERACY]
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, LITERACY/EL
Rachel Jordan, Science Resource Teacher, Palo Alto Unified School District; Michelle Robell, Walter Hays Elementary
Grades: K,1,2

Saturday, October 20, 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

PARACHUTING INTO THE INQUIRY PROCESS
Excite your students by parachuting into the inquiry process. Learn how to develop an investigatable question, design a parachute, test it, and modify the design to make a better parachute! [PRIMARY]
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, PEDAGOGY/I&E
Craig Wicks, Teacher, Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley
Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5,6

SCIENCE AND WRITING INTEGRATION AS ASSESSMENT
Learn how student work can be used to integrate elementary science and English Language Arts objectives while serving as a formative assessment of student learning in our district level project. [PRIMARY] [NGSS] [CCSS] [LITERACY]
PHYSICAL SCIENCE, ASSESSMENT
Claudio Vargas, Director, Bay Area Science Project, UC Berkeley
Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5,6

Sunday, October 21, 9:20 pm - 10:20 pm

THE WATER CYCLE
Teach literacy through science instruction on the Water Cycle. Science teaching can support English Learners with techniques such as discussion circles, concept maps, poetry, and songs. [PRIMARY]
EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE, INFORMAL SCIENCE
Rachel Jordan, Science Resource Teacher, Palo Alto Unified School District; Carol Miller, Addison Elementary
Grades: 1

Sunday, October 21, 10:40 pm - 11:40 pm

ENGAGING YOUNG LEARNERS IN SCIENCE WITH PBS MEDIA-RICH EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Explore the value of using media to help young learners deepen connections in science, build critical thinking skills, and reach diverse learners with free online media resources from PBS. (KQED) [PRIMARY]
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY
Nancy Yamamoto, Project Supervisor, KQED; Almetria Vaba, KQED
Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5

Sunday, October 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

EXPLORE THE SUN AND SOLAR ENERGY WITH READY-TO-GO ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM
Join us to explore our amazing Sun with hands-on science activities created especially for elementary students. Discover new strategies for integrating science, language arts, mathematics and art in your classroom. [PRIMARY] [LITERACY]
EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE, LITERACY/EL
Ruth Paglierani, Coordinator, Public Programs, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
Grades: 1,2,3,4,5