Schoolyard Science Storyline for 3-5 Teachers: What Makes a Weed a Weed?

Schoolyard Science Storyline for 3-5 Teachers: What Makes a Weed a Weed?

FREE 5-session Course from IslandWood & OSPI ClimeTime

Wed, March 29 4:00 PM - Fri, June 2 2023 5:00 PM

Administered by PSESD


  • Brad Street


Use a simple clump of dandelions to anchor a Next Generation Science Standards-aligned storyline that will get your students outside and engaged with science this Spring. Incorporating your schoolyard and community into your classroom is a powerful strategy for justice-centered and equitable science learning that connects Next Generation Science Standards to personal experiences, makes learning relevant and affirms all students as scientists. 

“Local phenomena is so powerful!  Connecting kids to ideas they already have a relationship with builds their learning deeper.” – Course participant Toni Hiatt teacher from Selah Intermediate School

Model lessons integrate science standards with ELA read alouds and culturally sustaining activities that engage students' families and communities. You'll be provided activities to implement between course sessions and an opportunity to adapt and debrief with your peers. In the final session of the course, we'll reflect on lessons learned and how to carry the strategies forward towards increasing equity, justice, and engagement in your classroom.

This course is intended for teachers of 3rd-5th grade students with some flexibility in what they teach. Informal science educators also welcome!  


3/29/23 4-5:30 Zoom

4/1/23 10-2:30 Zoom

4/26/23 4-5:30 Zoom

5/10/23 4-5:30 Zoom

5/31/23 4-5:30 Zoom

6/2/23 (all asynchronous work due)

Event Notes

Funding provided by the Washington State Legislature through the ClimeTime Proviso and is available to Washington State teachers only.

You will be sent a survey before the course to confirm your registration and gather some additional information

This course is a repeat of IslandWood’s “Schoolyard Learning” course taught Fall 2021. If you took it in a previous year, consider contacting about being a teacher facilitator.

Clock Hours: 10 STEM clock hours ($3 per clock hour)

Stipend: Up to $300 upon submission of teacher and student work and completion of assessments. 


  • Wed, March 29 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat, April 1 2023
    10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Wed, April 26 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wed, May 10 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wed, May 31 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri, June 2 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Asynchronous work due


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Tuesday Mar 28, 2023 4:00 PM
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Professional Hours

Clock Hour Number: SEM0196
10.00 Clock Hours $30.00
10.00 STEM