For the past few years, the Delta Science Center has been delivering, free of charge, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Educational Resource Guide Calendars to fifth grade classrooms throughout East Contra Costa County. The goal of the Resource Guide Calendars is to help teachers introduce the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to their students with photos, introduction to each facet to the Delta that relates to the California Standards and Benchmarks.
Why a calendar?
Calendars are practical and they offer the chance to show off the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta's beauty and ecological features.
Why fifth graders?
Through our research we've found that fifth grade curriculum best meets the learning age for rivers and water studies. So far we haven't found a local school that specifically teaches about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, nor when we checked the California State Standards and Benchmarks or the Common CORE requirements did we see a section included specifically under this topic.
This was very disappointing to our committee as we feel that the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecology is in the hands our local students and they need to know about this vital California resource.
What is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Teacher Resource Guide?
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Teacher Resource Guide will be uploaded monthly. The Guide offers student assignments, experiments and games with information that relates back to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Looking through the Resource Calendar teachers will notice that every month has a topic that relates to the Delta, as well as covers a topic within the fifth grade Standards and Benchmarks. Topics include water quality and mercury, species of the Delta including endangered species, rich soils of the Delta, including irrigation and farming, invasive weeds and water pollution, watersheds, food chain, water conservations, migration and levees.
The Delta Science Center is continually offering corresponding activities, experiments and more in their Teacher Resource Guide. Come back each month for the corresponding months activities.
The Delta Science Center is looking for feedback and help from local teachers. Every school district, school and classroom is different and we want this program be a help for everyone. Please keep a watch for our periodic surveys and help us make this pilot program the best it can be.