Fermilab Education Home sciencelines Spring 2000

Summer 2000 Teacher Adventures


Beauty and Charm
Grades 6 - 9
July 26 - 28, 2000
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Beauty and Charm at Fermilab is an engaging, exciting unit of study for grades 6-9 that culminates in a field trip to Fermilab. The unit is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and the National Science Education Standards, and features themes such as "Methods of Science," "Seeing the Unseen," and the "Human Element" of Science.

In the Beauty and Charm workshop, teachers have the opportunity to learn by doing several of the activities in the unit. The workshop instructors willl provide ideas for teaching the unit and suggestions for supplementary materials. After attending the workshop and teaching the unit, participants may bring their students to Fermilab for a field trip to explore the exhibits of the Lederman Science Center and a special guided tour of Wilson Hall, the Linear Accelerator building, and the Main Control Room. Each field trip also includes a question and answer session with a Fermilab scientist.

Instructors: James Cox, Hinsdale Junior High School; Robin Dombeck, Brookfield Zoo; Robert Grimm, Fremd High School and Barbara Romack, Kaneland Elementary School
Fee: $125.00/teacher. One semester hour of graduate credit may be arranged.


From Beneath the Ashes
Grades 3 - 5
July 24 - 25, 2000
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

This adventure will introduce you to a ten-day integrated teaching unit about the prairie. You will receive the instructional unit including transparencies, videotape, audiotape and supporting materials. This unit of study will allow you to share the prairie with your students so that it will truly come to life. You will be able to teach a whole language learning experience using alternative student assessment to determine mastery of concepts. This unit works well with cooperative grouping or with a more traditional approach. Imagine walking into a room filled with three-dimensional plants, animals (bison, insects and birds) while listening to the sounds of the prairie. The culminating activity could be a half-day field trip to the Lederman Science Center at Fermilab to explore an actual prairie, forest and live bison herd. Be prepared to spend most of the workshop out of doors.

Instructors: William Fraccaro, Johnson School, District 200 and
Bernie Jokiel, Washington Middle School, District 129
Fee: $100.00/teacher. One semester hour of graduate credit may be arranged.

Particles and Prairies
Grades 6 - 8
August 8 - 11, 2000
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Particles and Prairies provides a close, hands-on look at the abiotic and biotic aspects of the prairie, the savannah and the aquatic environments of Fermilab. Teachers attending this workshop will learn how to use standard ecological measurement techniques and biological principles to teach their students how to assess and compare different habitats. Background information on the natural areas of Fermilab and indigenous species will also be provided. After attending this workshop, teachers will be able to schedule field trips to the Lederman Science Education Center for their students. During these visits, teachers will lead their students in both lab and field activities from the Particles and Prairies curriculum. Be prepared to spend much of the workshop out of doors.

Instructors: Patricia Franzen, Madison Junior High School & Richard Billings, Glenbard West High School
Fee: $125/teacher. Two semester hours of graduate credit may be arranged.