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Long Island Sound Educators’ Conference

Long Island Sound Educator’s Conference April 30, 2010 at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin McBride, Associate Professor

University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology

“The Cultural Ecology and Native History of Long Island Sound”

Hands-on Workshops and field trips;  Exhibit area with information, handouts, displays and more

Conference flyer

Registration Website

Long Island Sound Update Available

Interested in learning about wildlife in and around Long Island Sound? The Long Island Sound Study’s newest issue of Sound Update is now available online Learn about the 200+ dolphins that were spotted this summer and about other creatures that live in the Sound, such as sharks, river otters, seahorses, and shorebirds!! If you would like hard copies to distribute to the public or to use in your classroom, contact Larissa Graham <larissa.graham@cornell.edu>.

Long Island Sound Teacher Workshops

This year, there are three Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher workshops to choose from, facilitated by Connecticut Sea Grant via funding from the EPA Long Island Sound Study. Each workshop costs only $10, and includes resources for each participant to take back to the classroom.

ISLAND CRUISE: How to have a blast with the science standards! Saturday, September 26, 2009, 8am-4pm, Outer Island, Stony Creek, CT All educators (grades six through eight) can spend a “day on an island” with Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers Beth Taylor and Ellen Dworkin on Outer Island, one of the Thimble Islands off the Southern coast of Connecticut.  Learn how to engage students in the exploration of a unique, natural area while still covering the science standards.  Contact Beth Taylor (etaylor@branford.k12.ct.us)

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE WATERS: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Long Island Sound. Learn how to integrate Long Island Sound into your curriculum and excite your students about your discipline! Saturday September 26th from 8:45- 3:30 pm in New Haven, CT, led by Long Island Sound Mentor teachers Karen Beitler and Marge Drucker.  Free sail aboard the Schooner Quinnipiac and learn about New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound.  Spend the afternoon receiving lesson plans, activities and resources for your classroom.  All disciplines are welcome.  We will have lessons & activities for grades 5-10 in Science, English, Reading, Writing, Math, History and adaptable to Foreign Language, Music and Arts.  Contact Karen Beitler

Karen.beitler@new-haven.k12.ct.us

TEACH AT THE BEACH! Friday, October 2 from 9AM – 3PM (rain or shine) at Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, CT.  Led by veteran Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers Donna Rand and Donna DuBaldo. Learn how to organize a field study on Long Island Sound, apply science inquiry skills,  learn science concepts! Take-home materials include the LIS Guide to Curricular Resources, seine nets, field guides, and more!  Open to all grade 5-12 formal and informal educators.  Contact Donna Rand, drand@crec.org

Long Island Sound Classroom Resources

The Long Island Sound Study’s latest issue of Sound Update focuses on Fish and Fishing in Long Island Sound and is now available online
Sound Health, a publication about the health of Long Island Sound can be downloaded in four parts

If you would like to receive a hard copy of either of these free publications (or a classroom set), email Larissa at ljg85@cornell.edu.

Long Island Sound Resource Guide

Long Island Sound Resource Guide Connecticut Sea Grant announces the publication of the Long Island Sound Curricular Resource Guide.  Funded by the EPA-Long Island Sound Study and edited by Diana Payne, the 148-page guide is a resource for educators teaching about Long Island Sound.  The Guide is divided into five sections: 1) background information about Long Island Sound (LIS), 2) LIS activities, 3) LIS lesson plans, 4) science lessons at a LIS field site, and 5) resources.  The lesson plans and field site section were written by CT Sea Grant LIS Mentor Teachers – K-12 teachers who currently utilize LIS as a teaching tool in their curriculum.  All lessons are aligned to the CT Science Frameworks, the NY Science Standards, the National Science Education Standards, and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.  To obtain a print copy, email CT Sea Grant administrative assistant Karen Massaro. Copies of the Guide are free, but you will have to pay shipping unless you pick up the Guide at the CT Sea Grant office.  Electronic copies will be available by September 2009.