Calling All Merced-Area Teachers
Proven Science Curriculum Offered to Merced
The Sacramento Splash Program has been a highlight of elementary school for more than 30,000 Sacramento-area students since it began in 1997. Every winter, over 80 fourth- and fifth-grade teachers use the award-winning curriculum Life in Our Watershed: Investigating Vernal Pools to prepare their students for a field trip to local vernal pools. To learn more about the field trip, please click here.
Teachers return year after year because the program is teacher-friendly and brings science to life for their students. Splash lets teachers bring the best of science to the classroom, even if they have no background in the subject. Teachers consistently report that the curriculum works for all their students, from the high achieving to the disengaged. It also gives their English Learners a chance to shine.
Splash has a long waiting list for its Sacramento-based program, but the first six Merced teachers who qualify can pilot the program in Merced this year at no expense. A 4-hour teacher training workshop will be held in Merced in early-February. Field trips will occur in mid-April at the nearby UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve, part of the largest, most pristine expanse of vernal pool grasslands in California. This preserve is an accessible living laboratory for Merced students. Assistance with transportation costs and administrative support will be offered.
Splash has partnered with UC Merced to pilot this environmental science program. The local community will determine how the program will evolve beyond this pilot to serve its students in the future. If you want to learn more about piloting the curriculum in your class this winter/spring, please fill out this form before January 15, 2014. There are only four slots left!
To view or download the Sacramento version of the curriculum, please click here. Hard copies will be loaned to teachers enrolled in the Merced pilot program. With input from these teachers, the curriculum will be modified to create a place-based version for Merced schools, featuring the unique geographical and biological features of your local vernal pool prairies.
The application period for this pilot ends January 15, 2013.