25 Feb. Science 7 Finish blogposts in preparation for parent conferences. Begin Biodiversity survey of trees assessment project

Finish blogposts in preparation for parent conferences. See previous post.

Begin Biodiversity Survey—Assessment Project (due Wed. 2 March).

Criteria and standards

  1. Biodiversity Survey
  2. Students design and carry out a biodiversity survey in the schoolyard or in the neighborhood.
  3. Data is collected and analyzed.
  4. Analysis is made and conclusions drawn with respect to structures, behaviors, successful reproduction and /or population.
  5. Presentation of survey and analysis in standard or alternative report format decided by individual students in consultation with teacher.
  • Which 5 species have the largest trees on campus? How do you define large? How large? Why?
  • Which 5 species are most abundant? What features of the tree would you associate with their abundance? Why?
  • What is the ratio of “wild” trees to those planted by humans? Which are the “wild” species? What related implications for the campus environment do you see? Be sure to consider “environment” from a wide point of view (natural, social, aesthetic, educational, etc.).
  • What is the ratio of trees native to India to trees from native to other parts of the world? What trees are specifically native to our region of India (Aravalli)? What related implications for the campus environment do you see? Be sure to consider “environment” from a wide point of view (natural, social, aesthetic, educational, etc.).
  • What are the 3 most abundant plant genera? What are the 3 most abundant plant families? What features of these plant groups do you think contributes to their abundance? What related implications for the campus environment do you see? Be sure to consider “environment” from a wide point of view (natural, social, aesthetic, educational, etc.).
  • Which tree species are most widely distributed on campus? Why do you think this is the case? What other patterns of distribution do you see? How would you explain them?
  • Which tree species had flowers during the survey period? Which tree species showed fruit during the survey period? Which species showed widespread flowering and/or fruiting within the same period? What environmental triggers or signals do you think might bring on flowering and fruiting?
  • Which tree species attracted the greatest variety of bird visitors? Bee visitors? Ant visitors? Squirrel visitors? What are some possible reasons?
  • Other questions related to the growth, development, reproduction, adaptations of the trees that could be addressed from the tree survey data.
  • F. Everyone address the following:
  • Indicate the distribution of the trees.
  • How accurate do you think your class’s database is? Explain. How does your class’s data compare to Dr. F’s other class?
  • What value(s) do the trees hold for our campus? Explain.
  • What recommendations would you make for enhancing the tree diversity on campus for educational and conservation purposes? Explain.
  • G. Select a medium and format of presentation in consultation with Dr. F
  • H. Include a reference list with full information. An isolated URL is insufficient.

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