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'An Outdoor Classroom Approach to Project-Based Learning and STEM Activities'

We will cover the basic set-up of an outdoor schoolyard garden such as materials needed, an explanation of garden ties to problem-based learning and STEM, demonstration of a problem-based learning lesson plan using a template that will be filled out together (Fall Planting in A Raised Bed) and demonstration of STEM activities (water cycle baggies and circuit flowers). Other hands-on activities to be conducted include planting radishes, setting up a watering system and setting up a sensory table.

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Dawn Ellis
Email: dawn.ellis@mps.k12.al.us
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Person Type: Primary Presenter
Biosketch: Dawn has been a special education teacher for 10 years. She has taught preschool through fifth grade in various settings such as inclusion, resource, homebound and self-contained. Dawn has an Ed Specialist degree in Early Childhood Special Education but is also certified in general education too. She was the District V Teacher of the Year in 2017 for Alabama. She has presented at district and state-wide conferences about her garden and other special education topics. On the weekends in the spring, she is a volunteer coach for the Miracle League baseball program in her town. She is married and has one son (age 3). When not teaching, Dawn enjoys being at the beach, reading and working on her teacher created materials/blog.
Organization/Affiliation: Alabama Ag In The Classroom