ELF Science Program: K- Grade 5

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ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) Science Program

Program Package

ELF Science partners with teachers, cultivates scientific literacy, and excites students to engage with the world as scientists and engineers.

The classroom teacher and the VINS Educator collaborate to design lessons that align with the curriculum. The VINS Science Educator and the teacher will then co-teach two to three lessons. Science lessons take students outside and into nature as much as possible.

ELF Science Program includes:

Support from VINS Educators who are certified teachers and have a Master’s in Education.

Access to teaching resources.

Increase in pedagogical content knowledge.

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The Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) Science program addresses the current needs of teachers, schools, and the NGSS. The program partners with teachers, cultivates scientific literacy, and excites students to engage with the world as scientists.

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The ELF Science Program continues VINS’ tradition of high quality environmental education while adding key science concepts and skills with a central focus on teacher professional development. The program cultivates a deeper understanding for science and the environment.

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The ELF Science Program focuses on providing teachers with resources and the support needed to implement engaging, hands-on science and place-based lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

This program may be further customized based on the needs of the teacher.

Additional Options include:

Additional Lessons

Additional Topics

Lessons at the VINS Nature Center

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Science & Environmental Education

Each VINS Science Educator has a Master of Education degree, is a Highly Qualified Teacher, and holds a teaching license in Vermont and New Hampshire.