Professional Development for Educators
The Delaware Museum of Natural History is committed to enhancing educators’ knowledge, appreciation and understanding of our natural world by providing quality professional development workshops onsite and in the community.
All of our workshops are designed to provide relevant content specific materials taught through hands-on procedures and techniques to help educators transform their students into champions for nature and science.
Science Up: Birds & Bugs is a two-class series introducing PreK-2nd grade educators to the importance of birds and insects to our environment. Hands-on activities and methods for discovery-based learning provide the techniques for immediate application of the information into classroom experiences. The programs include up-close encounters with natural history specimens, explorative learning using the museum’s galleries, opportunities to review digital and print learning materials and discussions designed to awaken a new appreciation for birds and insects.
Science Up: Habitats is an exploration of world habitats with a special focus on the Delaware River Basin and its importance in the ecosystem of migratory animals. Designed for elementary and middle school educators, this class provides insights into the work of citizen scientists and the importance of their work. Discovering the ways in which animals adapt to their environments is experienced using the galleries of the museum as a classroom.
Seeing Science Everywhere
Each of the Seeing Science Everywhere programs promotes the process of scientific inquiry in the classroom. These programs focus on providing opportunities for hands-on exploration in all curricular areas and throughout each day. Hands-on lessons are the focus of these programs to exemplify the application of inquiry-based learning. Participants leave with hundreds of lessons, songs and games that can be immediately incorporated into any classroom.
Seeing Science Everywhere: Animals & Habitats reviews a wide range of information specific to various animal species. Habitats of the world are also explained through hands on activities, and graphics that make teaching science fun and easy. Activities include games like: The Layers of The Ocean; Insects or Not?; and Eat Like An Insect.
Seeing Science Everywhere: How Things Grow explores what living things need in order to grow. Lessons include examples from plant life as well as animal species. Nutrition, the five senses and the life cycles of plants are all part of the content included in this session. Activities include making paper from recyclable materials, Seed to Plant sequence cards and Fruit or Vegetable?
Seeing Science Everywhere: Seasons & Weather focuses on the science of seasons and weather as they affect animals and plants. Approaches that provide hands on materials for daily use in the classroom are the focus of this session. Sample activities include games like Hibernate, Migrate, or Stay; Bird-Nesting Ball, and the felt-board story, The Water Cycle Story.
Healthy Together: Teaching Nutrition and Healthy Living to Preschool Children
Healthy Together is a two-hour workshop that explores how to teach healthy eating habits, exercise and body awareness to children. Content for this class includes a review of current nutrition information, exploration of children’s literature and samples of activities, songs and games to enhance learning.
Seeing Science Everywhere, Healthy Together and Science Up: Birds and Bugs classes have been quality assured through the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) and the Delaware Teacher Center (DTC). We would be happy to provide a certificate of attendance for participants seeking clock hours or credit.