We are proud to introduce EcoTime 2.0, which focuses on the three dimensions of science instruction emphasized in the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science:
Science & Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas.
EcoTime 2.0 Listed by Theme
Supporting documents are included with * Lessons
Contributing Writers and Editors:
Graphics Design for Front Cover and Additional Resources:
Administration and Online Design:
Current Jeffers Board of Directors, Cara Rieckenberg, Prior Lake-Savage Teachers & Administrators who developed ecotime
Paul Oberg (1931-2021)
Former Jeffers CEO and champion of education programs and resources that support outdoor learning
In 2010, Jeffers Foundation, working with teachers from the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District, produced ecotime, curricula to build a culture of science and the environment in the classroom while addressing academic standards. The lessons were used by teachers all across Minnesota.
In 2021, Jeffers Foundation updated ecotime, and is proud to introduce EcoTime 2.0, which continues a Jeffers Foundation commitment to providing high quality instructional materials.
The 120 lessons focus on three dimensions of science instruction emphasized in the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science: Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core ideas.
Features of EcoTime 2.0:
A themed-lesson format includes three types of lessons: Greeting, Science Activity & Interdisciplinary Lesson
Greetings (blue) build community and engage students in practices that develop an understanding of core ideas.
Science Activities (yellow) promote investigation, analysis, and interpretation of data related to core ideas.
Interdisciplinary Lessons (green) extend science instruction to include student research, designing solutions to engineering challenges, producing reports, building models and more.
Lessons enhance learning and engagement by connecting science to language arts, math, art, and engineering.