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Tuesday, November 1 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Invasive Species and Elementary Age Students: Using Literature and Theater as Educational Tools

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Can leaning science be fun for your students and you? Yes it can! Join workshop leader Bricken Sparacino, Assistant Manager of Education at the Central Park Zoo (NYC), as she shares a dynamic lesson on how theater can help students understand science. Studies have found that theater helps students connect kinesthetically and emotionally to the subject being presented. This workshop will discuss the Conservation Theater style that encourages teachers to guide their students to develop their own plays about the natural and scientific world around them. For this workshop participants will delve into the science of invasive species and their impact on the environment. Using drama and a classic children’s literature book, this lesson allows the learner to identify invasive species and understand it experientially while having fun portraying a king or a mouse. In this workshop participants will be invited to be the “students” and create a short play about invasive species. The session will include a breakout brainstorm, examples of this lessons past success at the Central Park Zoo and conversations about how to adapt this lesson for middle schools students. Participants will walk away with everything they need to use the lesson in their classroom.


Bricken Sparacino

Manager of Live Interpretation, Wildlife Conservation Society Education

Tuesday November 1, 2016 1:45pm - 2:35pm EDT
Meeting Room C