Elementary Teachers

You can browse all of our recordings of past webinars below.

If you are attending your first EEI training by watching one of these recorded webinars – you’ll qualify to receive up to two EEI units in print, absolutely free. Just send an email to EEI@calrecycle.ca.gov with the subject line “On Demand Webinar” and include the title of the webinar you watched (please copy/paste the title as it appears on this page).

EEI 101 - Elementary Grade Focus

This webinar provides a comprehensive introduction to the EEI Curriculum for elementary teachers. This session highlights EEI’s background and the State of California’s vision for environmental literacy, the various features and components of a typical EEI unit (sample lessons, connections to California issues, and assessments), and how our curriculum can be used teach select history-social science standards to mastery, as well as support Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Presenters: Christy Porter-Humpert & Wendy Weller
Length: 33 minutes
Subject(s): Science, History-Social Science
Unit Featured: Various

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Introducing Natural Resources and Conservation to Your Elementary Students

Join us as we explore the EEI kindergarten science unit A Day in My Life and highlight how it supports Common Core State Standards. This unit introduces students to everyday resources, such as water, and the ways in which these resources can be conserved. This webinar is designed for teachers in the lower elementary grades, but the strategies and concepts covered can be applied towards all elementary level students.

Presenters: Jill Simmons & Wendy Weller
Length: 46 minutes
Subject(s): Science, Common Core, Water
Unit Featured: Kindergarten, A Day In My Life

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Supporting Garden-Based Learning with the EEI Curriculum (2nd Grade Focus)

Learn how the EEI Curriculum can help build your students’ foundational knowledge of plant and animal life cycles and food production, knowledge that can then be extended outdoors into the school garden for hands-on learning! This session will focus on 2nd grade EEI units that have strong connections to the garden, including Flowering Plants in Our Changing Environment, Cycle of Life, From Field to Table, and The Dollars and Sense of Food Production. Come learn how these units can enrich your school garden activities while also supporting Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Presenters: Christy Porter-Humpert & Heidi Schaeffer
Length: 54 minutes
Subject(s): Science, History-Social Science
Units Featured: 2nd Grade, Flowering Plants in Our Changing Environment, Cycle of Life, From Field To Table, and The Dollar and Sense of Food Production

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Supporting Garden-Based Learning with the EEI Curriculum (4th Grade Focus)

Learn how the EEI Curriculum can help build your students’ foundational knowledge of food chains, decomposition, and California’s agricultural economy, knowledge that can then be extended outdoors into the school garden for hands-on learning!  This session will focus on 4th grade EEI units that have strong connections to the garden, including Life and Death with Decomposers, Plants: The Ultimate Energy Resource, and Cultivating California. Come learn how these units can enrich your school garden activities while also supporting Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Presenters: Christy Porter-Humpert & Wendy Weller
Length: 56 minutes
Subject(s): Science, History-Social Science
Unit Featured: 4th Grade, Life and Death with Decomposers, Plants: The Ultimate Energy Resource, and Cultivating California

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How to Use Hands-On Water Activities to Enhance Your EEI Lessons

Join us as we explore the EEI science unit Our Water: Sources and Uses and highlight how it supports Common Core State Standards. This unit focuses on how humans use and can conserve fresh water resources.  As a special bonus we’ll be teaming with Project WET to demonstrate how their hands-on activities complement EEI and bring water issues to life! This webinar is designed for teachers in the upper elementary grades, but the strategies and concepts covered can be applied to all elementary level students.

Presenters: Lucy Christensen, Laura Walls, & Brian Brown (Project WET)
Length: 55 minutes
Subject(s): Science, Common Core, Water
Unit Featured: 5th Grade, Our Water: Sources and Uses

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California’s Water Availability - Examining Snowpack and Precipitation Patterns

California’s natural precipitation patterns greatly influence people, the availability of water, and the wide variety of ecosystems that thrive in our Golden State. Join us for this engaging session as we highlight our 5th grade EEI unit: Precipitation, People, and the Natural World. We will cover six lessons that help your students discover the importance of the state’s snowpack, how precipitation patterns influence the distribution of natural systems and where people live, the connection between rainfall and the vitality of California’s vibrant economy, and much more. Support for Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed.

Presenters: Roni Java & Barbara Woods
Length: 50 minutes
Subject(s): Science, Water
Unit Featured: 5th Grade, Precipitation, People, and the Natural World

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