Teacher Classes

Teacher classes


All classes offer PDCH. Graduate credit through Dominican University is optional for most classes. Dominican University will accept up to 6 hours of credit from these class options as electives in their MaEd program.

Teachers, sign up and pay for three classes at once in 2018 and receive a 25% discount !

Cancellations, Rescheduling, and Refund Policy:
The following policies are in place because making our Teacher Classes the best possible experience they can be requires months of planning, preparation, and investment of staff resources. Upon making a reservation, we reserve a space for you. In doing so, we are barring others from signing up as we have limited seats available.

All class fees include a $100 non-refundable deposit. Class fees, minus the non-refundable deposit, can be refunded or transferred to another teacher class if we receive notice of this request at least 14 calendar days prior to the date of the original class.

During registration, you agreed to and paid a processing fee. The total processing fee imposed by The ACTIVE Network, LLC or its applicable subsidiary, (collectively ACTIVE) includes sums charged by ACTIVE as consideration for providing its software and services (including without limitation promotional and marketing services) to the activity organizer (Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo). These sums, as part of the total processing fee, are in addition to any actual costs incurred by ACTIVE from third party providers for each transaction. These fees are nonrefundable as they do not belong to the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo.

Participants who do not show up for their registered class or choose to leave early on one or more days will not be granted a refund.

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2018 Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo


Teachers: sign up and pay for three classes at once in 2018 and receive a 25% discount !
 

September 14 & 15: Non-Fiction Reading and Informative Text: Taking the “hard” out of “hard science” interpreting non-fiction and informative text for all ages

Friday, September 14 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, September 15 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course Number EDU 820)


Making the leap from learning to read to reading to learn can be tough! Join us as we examine the skills necessary to comprehend non-fiction text and how using picture books plays an integral role. Learn like your students in this interactive class that highlights fun and engaging ways to make text come alive through discussion and real-world connections.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Engaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

September 28 & 29: Nature’s Winter Activities: Chill Out! Cool Activities for Cold Weather

Friday, September 28 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, September 29 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course Number EDU 821)


Step outside and take a deep breath! Smell the chill in the air? Experience the zoo in a different season as we learn more about animal adaptations to the changing weather. Interact and observe the world around you through engaging and authentic learning experiences as we explore the natural world during the colder months. Discover ways to integrate these activities into your curriculum and how make connections to fall and winter holidays.

NGSS LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
NGSS LS4C: Adaptation
NGSS LS1A: Structure and Function

October 12 & 13: Social Emotional Learning: Holistic Development Through Animals and Nature

Friday, October 12 (4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 13 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 801)

Do you struggle with group work in your classroom? Have you found that students, despite all your best efforts, don’t seem to be progressing the way you would like? Learn how to address issues like these across the curriculum as we look closely at how to integrate Social Emotional Learning Standards. The goals of these standards are to address the student as a whole and to teach them how to set and achieve positive goals. Join us as we make connections to one another, the animals here at the zoo, and the larger world through emotion management and empathy.

Goal 1: Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
Goal 2: Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Goal 3: Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect; Systems and System Models; and Stability and Change.
NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing and Using Models; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

October 26 & 27: Solving Engineering Challenges: Building A Better World Through Engineering Challenges in your Classroom

Friday, October 26 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 27 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 823)

Think and act like engineers and scientists as you follow the eight steps of the engineering design process to successfully complete team challenges. Engineering Design Challenges connect students with the work of engineers and scientists by engaging them in similar challenges of their own. Learn how to lead an exciting unit that focuses on specific problems that engineers must solve and the process they use to solve it. Watch your classroom come to life as your student’s design, build, test, and revise solutions to problems using simple and inexpensive materials and experience real-world science and engineering issues.

NGSS K-HS: Engineering Design
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing and Using Models; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Engaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

November 2 & 3: Health and Nutrition: You Are What You Need: Health and Nutrition at Home and The Zoo

Friday, November 2 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, November 3 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 826)


Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and well-being. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. How does health and nutrition go hand-in-hand? How does the nutritional needs of Brookfield Zoo animals compare to the nutritional needs of their human visitors? Are the signs of good health and nutrition the same in both? Combine math, biology, and fun to learn more about animal and human nutrition.

NGSS ESS3.A: Natural Resources
NGSS LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
NGSS LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships I Ecosystems
NGSS LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

November 16 & 17: Cycles in Nature: The Circle of Life and Nature’s Other Cycles

Friday, November 16 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, November 17 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 822)


The Earth is a dynamic planet that works in cycles. Thanks to this natural process, life can thrive! Examine which elements are continuously cycled in various forms between different compartments of the environment and how many of nature’s cycles overlap. Learn how to make cycles accessible to all age groups through hands-on activities, observations, and simulations.

NGSS LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships I Ecosystems
NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect; Scale Proportion and Quality Systems and System Models; Energy and Matter; Structure and Function; and Stability and Change.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing and Using Models; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Engaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

 
November 30 & December 1: Carnivores: It Eats the Meats: Meat the Carnivores!

Friday, November 30 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 1 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 825)


In this course participants will investigate carnivore conservation and behavior through direct observation providing a foundation for understanding research methods and conservation issues. Lions, wolves, painted dogs, tigers, leopards, and other carnivores are ideal for comparative studies on topics ranging from social structure to communication.

NGSS LS 4: Biological Evolution

December 14 & 15: Animal Behavior and Training: You Catch More Flies with Honey: Educating Animals Through Play

Friday, December 14 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 15 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 824)


Find out about the work done in zoos to ensure quality of life for their animal residents. Meet staff who help encourage natural behaviors and the craftspeople who create animal “toys” and environments. From the Dolphin Experience to training predators to show their teeth on command, training and enrichment programs improve animal husbandry and the environment in which animals live.

NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function, and Stability and Change.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking questions; defining problems; developing and using models; using mathematics and computational thinking; obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.
NGSS LS4C: Adaptation
NGSS LS1A: Structure and Function

 

Have questions?
Contact Jennifer Noncek-Eastman at 708-688-8437 or jennifer.noncek-eastman@czs.org or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or julie.wozniak@czs.org.

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