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Training By Demand: Orleans/Niagara BOCES

Training By Demand

BOCES 4 Science is excited to offer the following professional learning opportunities at Orleans/Niagara BOCES. Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4124 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, New York, 14132. 

All training sessions are FREE to those employed by a district that leases the respective units. Registration is not limited to those in the Orleans/Niagara BOCES area.



Why are there piles of worms evenly spaced along the center of a road?  Kindergartners ask questions and observe a classroom compost bin of redworms in order to investigate this phenomenon.  On behalf of the Worm Scouts of the World, Scout the Worm guides students through the unit as they explore interdependent relationships in the ecosystem of a worm.

In this unit, students act as scientists as they observe how young rabbits look similar to but different from their parents. Students continue to study the rabbit, and other animals, when they look at patterns of behavior displayed by both the parents and the offspring that ensure the survival of the offspring. These patterns of behavior include how parents and offspring use their senses to process information. Students also observe how the structure and function of the rabbit’s external body parts (feet and coat) help the animal survive. Inspired by what they have learned, students design a product, which solves a problem in their own lives, by copying nature.

In this unit, Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems are explored through the lens of deer overpopulation. Students take on the role of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation researchers charged with the task of creating a public service announcement on this issue.  During the unit, the students will focus on the Science and Engineering Practices of Developing and Using Models, and Engaging in Argument from Evidence.  The unit addresses the Crosscutting Concepts of Systems and System Models, and Energy and Matter.

In this unit of study, students are trained to become Earth and Space explorers. They are challenged to find a fictional scientist by investigating clues about her disappearance. Students engage in lessons that provide support for the argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the Sun, compared to other stars, are due to their relative distances from Earth.

In this unit students take walk in a park. They stop to admire wildflowers and learn how the internal and external structures of these plants function to support growth and reproduction. Students continue on their walk making stops along the way to look at different animals. Students study these animals and learn how the animals use their senses to take information from their surroundings and process this information. Special emphasis is placed on the sense of sight. Students realize that animals, like plants, also survive by the interaction between their internal and external structures.


BOCES 4 Science is happy to plan a training session at a location convenient to you. Have questions or want to schedule an in-person BOCES 4 Science training at your location? Contact BOCES 4 Science Assistant Director Lisa Zeznick at (585) 617-2362 or [email protected]
BOCES 4 Science is a collaborative science program service developed through a partnership among the BOCES in the Mid-Western New York State region. 
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