UPDATE: In response to COVID-19 school closures, Thorne has shifted all School Programs for the Fall of 2020 to meet the emergent needs of our community through Nature Learning Pods. Thank you for your support of and interest in connecting youth to nature!
The In-School Program generates enthusiasm for the natural world while expanding students’ knowledge in the areas of science and literacy through a three-class series of lessons that involve interactive explorations, inquiry-based experiments, scientific instruments and specimens, and writing a photo book.
Thorne delivers its three-visit In-School Program to students in grades k-5 at Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School District Schools and at select schools in Adams County and Douglas County. Each participating classroom selects from a list of topics, examples of which include Decomposers (grades k-2), Wetlands (2-4), and Climate Change (5-6). The first two visits are inquiry‐based and focus on engaging students with content, and the third visit allows students to elaborate on their learning by writing and illustrating a class photo book on their topic of study. Curriculum is closely correlated with Colorado State Science Standards, and prompting and questioning techniques reflect the rigor set in the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening. All programs are sheltered for diverse learners and incorporate strategies for building background knowledge, review of concepts, comprehensible input, accountable talk, and student‐to‐student interaction. CLICK HERE for a list of all 10 topics offered along with descriptions, grade levels, and state science and common core standards addressed.
For more information read the FAQ provided below or contact Thorne’s School Programs Manager Paul Humes at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule an In-School Program for your classroom, complete the In-School Program Application Packet.
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IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM FAQ’s
We know that teachers need answers to lots of questions before they decide to invite an outside organization into their classroom. We have compiled answers to a list of the most popular questions teachers ask Thorne each year and encourage you to e-mail Paul@nullthornenature.org or call 303.499.3647 ×109 if you would like to speak directly to a staff member about any questions you have regarding Thorne’s fun and educational In-School Program.
Thorne’s In-School program expands students’ knowledge and interest in the areas of science and literacy, resulting in accelerated vocabulary and a significant increase in knowledge of Colorado Academic Standards for Science. Through Thorne’s fun and engaging programs, students are motivated to connect their experiences to other classroom activities and beyond, ultimately helping to build the next generation of environmental stewards.
In-School Programs are facilitated by Thorne’s highly trained and experienced full-time team of educators. Thorne strives to have the same educator teach across grade levels at the same schools for multiple years, thereby creating a deep bond between the Thorne staff members and the school’s students and teachers.
The cost for the In-School Program is $500 for three classroom visits and the production of up to 30 photo books.
Most of our programs are subsidized and delivered at little or no costs at Title 1 (low-income) and culturally diverse schools.
The majority of registrations for Thorne’s In School Programs occur in the late summer and early fall. Be sure to register as early as possible as space is limited. CLICK HERE for the In-School Program registration packet.
Multiple classroom visits allow students to participate in a more in‐depth exploration of science topics and help to build fertile ground for developing a positive environmental ethic!
To ensure quality programs for diverse audiences, Thorne provides bi-lingual instructors with ESL experience, so that students learning in Spanish can fully benefit from participation in the program. Programs can be taught in English or Spanish, and the photo books can be written in one or both languages.
The In-School Program is delivered in the school classroom and typically occur at the same time and day for three consecutive weeks (for example, three Tuesdays in a row at the same time).
Instructors usually arrive 15-20 min. early to set-up.
Instructors generally require space on a chalkboard/whiteboard and access to an electrical outlet. We will work with your current classroom arrangement. During the third visit, instructors show slides and need an area to project images (like a screen, whiteboard, or blank wall space).
Teachers should remain in the classroom during the program. They are encouraged to join students in their explorations and science activities.
Consider taking 5-10 minutes before the first visit to create a “What We Already Know About [program topic]” list with your students. During the program, students will often be working in small groups, so a review of strategies for working collaboratively is always helpful.
During the third visit, students will write photo books in pairs. Thorne Instructors will ask for teacher assistance in creating these writing pairs based on individual writing levels. You know your students best!