Course Details

P035-10830.1M21 - What Did a Plant Ever Do For You? The Value of Plants in Natural and Human History

Course Details
Course Description: This online, yet hands-on, course provides an introduction to the science and art of botany and horticulture taught in the context of the diverse indoor and outdoor plant collections of Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) for teachers of students of all populations in elementary, middle and high school grades. An understanding of the value of plants in natural and human history will emerge through our inquiry-based approach to learning how plants are built, how they work, and how they interact with the living and non-living components of the natural environments they inhabit. Emphasis is placed on experiential, authentic learning that participants can readily bring back to their own classroom settings to engage students with diverse learning styles and personal backgrounds. Teachers will be asked to reflect on their own backgrounds and how they may affect the classroom learning environment, both in-person and online. Virtual tours of the Garden and activities to investigate the nature that surrounds you will provide teachers with skills that they can apply to plan and implement their own outdoor explorations of the plant collections in their schoolyard or in their school community as well as at BBG. Participants will keep science journals and learn how to use student journals to assess student comprehension of science facts and concepts, a practice that supports the Common Core Reading and Writing Standards as well as the New York State Science Core Curriculum Standards. As part of the final project, participants will have a choice to design either a field investigation, a thematic unit plan, a plant investigation, or a specialized learning tool, that will be grade-appropriate, rigorous, and differentiated for a diverse population of learners.
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 07/01/2021 Start Date: 07/02/2021 End Date: 07/30/2021
Location: Online CTLE Hours: 45 No. of Credits: 3 Categories: Science
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: Pre-K,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Danielson Components 3b : Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
3c : Engaging Students in Learning
Education Partner Information
Education Partner: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Contact:
Instructor # 1: Lauren Tecosky Instructor # 2:
ASPDP Fee: $125.00 Education Partner Fee: $250.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $375.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction: Participants can complete their registration with and pay the Partner Fee for Brooklyn Botanic Garden on the website: