1 Feb 2018 (Can you believe it!) DSN, Partner Tree, Personal Inquiry Project

I have been reviewing DSN’s.  Check the blog for the following dates:

  • 9 Jan
  • 11 Jan
  • 15 Jan
  • 17 Jan
  • 19 Jan
  • 23 Jan
  • 25 Jan
  • 30 Jan
  • 1 Feb

Now check your DSN for entries corresponding to those dates.

Please find your New Year’s Resolution–answer the following:

How well have you done keeping your New Year’s Resolution? Be honest. Send an email to your parents and Dr. F about your assessment of DSN in light of your New Year’s Resolution.

Fix your DSN where needed.

Give a meaningful file name to the entry and include the date. Be sure the file is in the appropriate folder. Any photos, sketches, or other documentation associated with the entry should be named meaningfully with the date.

Number/label the items in each entry:

  1. Ordinary notes you would take
  2. What I/we did (several sentences)
  3. What I/we saw (several sentences)
  4. What I/we talked about (several sentences)
  5. What I wondered, asked, thought about, reflected on (several sentences) This is a most important item. Address questions like: What do the facts mean? How do we know? Why do we believe? Why should I care? (Eisenkraft). What do I wonder? What would happen if . . . ? What else do I need to learn in order to understand? What are the possibilities? etc.
  6. A sketch that helped me remember and think (a caption–what did you want to remember; what did you think about)
  7. A photo that helped me remember and think (a caption–what did you want to remember; what did you think about)

If your entry is incomplete, use the time to make it complete. Bring your notebook up-to-date. Make it complete. Be sure it is organized. Get the most from your education. Make yourself and your parents proud! Take charge of your learning!!!


A Partner Tree Prevents “Plant Blindness”

Please acquire and organize the following information.

  • Scientific, common English and local names of the tree
  • Information on how the tree got its names
  • Location of your tree on campus–map and description
  • Location of other specimens of your species on campus
  • Total number of specimens of your tree species on campus
  • Description of key features of your partner tree (height/diameter, leaf shape/size, arrangement, branching pattern, bark, fruit, flowers,  etc.) Girth in cm at 1.5 meters above the ground OR just below where the trunk divides–give the height above the ground as well. Greatest spread of canopy in meters. Approximate area shaded by canopy (directly under the tree) in square meters.
  • Pictures of your tree, its flowers, fruits, bark and leaves over the course of the year and examples of other specimens of the same species,
  • Leaf rubbing showing venation
  • Bark rubbing
  • Line drawings showing various structures and details of your tree (specimen and/or species)
  • Use a stethoscope and “listen” to the tree. Describe any interesting sounds that come from the tree–not sounds from, say, scraping the stethoscope.
  • Tell a secret to your partner tree. You do not have to record this in your DSN. Record it in your “heart.”
  • What the tree is used for by humans? Furniture, medicine, fodder for livestock, ritual? What cultural or religious associations are there with the tree species? Dr. F may be able to give you a hint if you are stuck. Can you find a poem, story, novel, song, work of art associated with your tree species?
  • What associations does the tree have with other organisms? Is it eaten by animals (host plant for butterfly or moth larvae, for example)? Dens or nests. Pollinators? Parasites? Fungi? Bacteria?
  • How much oxygen would you estimate that your partner tree releases in a year? How could you / scientists make this estimate? How much carbon from carbon dioxide is taken up by your tree in a year? How could you / scientists make this estimate? How productive is your tree–if , for example, you could collect the fallen leaves every day for a month and get their dry weight, how much would you get–estimate–or make arrangements to do the experiment?
  • What particular importance does the tree species have for science?
  • Is it native or introduced? Native to the Delhi region? To India? To Asia? Introduced from where? If it was transferred, what can you find out about its introduction to India? If it is exotic (introduced), what is the extent of its invasiveness?
  • References must be cited–full bibliographic information. (Note: You must have permission to use any photos that are not your own.)

Write a poem or series of poems about your partner tree (specimen and/or species).


Partner Inquiry Project.

Be sure proposal has been submitted.

Seek feedback.

Summarize feedback and adjust plans accordingly.

Begin. Show Dr. F the results of initial findings and experiences. Discuss next steps.

You should be keeping an on-going log of your inquiry–procedures, thinking, data, drafts, etc.

Be thinking about how you will “publish.” There will be both a written account and a display in some visual medium/media.

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