Today is early release.
We shall turn in summative projects on campus trees/partner tree. Be sure that you have a print copy and a digital copy uploaded in your digital science notebook. If your project is not ready, please send an email right away to your parents and to me stating that you have note completed a summative project by the deadline. Indicate when you expect to submit the project. Let your parents know that you have had class time to work.
When we are finished turning in projects, we will look at the brainstorm of organisms and questions generated in your area groups from last time. While you are waiting, examine the information below and in the links provided. Look at the pictures. Begin thinking of something you are curious about involving living things that can be observed on our campus.
Depending on the time we will take a short biodiversity walk about the campus. The purposes would be:
- To practice observing birds–to try out the 7 S’s (See this link: http://rfrazier.msblogs.aes.ac.in/files/2012/03/the_art_of_birding_part__2.pdf
- To notice interactions among living things–and especially to notice what we have not noticed before.
- To brainstorm questions suitable for a second field study that goes beyond a simple biodiversity survey to look at some aspect of life in the school yard with more focus and depth.
On the walk, stay with the group. Move quietly and attentively. Have your senses on high alert to the life that is about you–notice movement, notice forms and shapes, notice sounds. Listen carefully to information that is pointed out. Ask if you have questions. If you see something interesting, alert the group.
As you select some possible questions to investigate, begin developing plans for how you will investigate. What will you observe? How will you observe (without interfering with what you are observing)? How will you define variables? What will you count and/or measure? What background information will you need? How much time will you need in direct observation? What is a back-up plan in case your target object of study is not viewable when you are attempting to observe it?
For the next class, be prepared to share and to start your plan.
Review this blogpost from a previous class–begin considering what aspect of nature in the school yard you would like to examine more deeply through firsthand observation. Keep this post bookmarked for its reference value.
Examples of 7th graders involved in field study (some years ago! but recognizable 7th graders).
Some context: 1993_12_SAS News Flash_Woodlands – A Creative Approach to Integrated Studies , sas arch. forest , and links below:
- (Interview with Steve Early who was a new teacher when we surveyed the school site and developed the proposal to keep a bit of the “forest”)
cfm?p=3213 (see 1993)