The Paleontology for Educators Workshop provides teachers with a hands-on introduction to paleontology, the study of past life. Each session includes a short course on paleontology, evolution, and earth science, with the aim of illustrating how to present this material in an interactive way to students. Each participant gains experience in paleontological museum methods, within the setting of an accredited museum. The museum also makes available “classroom kits” for check-out, including real and replica fossils for use in activities in the classroom. Each session is tailored to science standards for specific grade levels.
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- Funding is provided for substitute teachers, and we also provide lunch, snacks, and workshop materials. All our participants have to do is get to the Alf Museum!
- This workshop is designed for area school teachers.
- Participants will get a chance to try their hand at fossil preparation, see behind-the-scenes in a working museum's collections, and learn about some of the latest advances in paleontology - all from trained paleontologists!
- Major topics include local California paleontology, how to evaluate science in the news media, free and low-cost resources for educators, paleontology as evidence for biological evolution, and much more.