9 March Science 7 Begin Focused Field Study

See previous blogpost for ideas: http://rfrazier.msblogs.aes.ac.in/2018/03/06/7-march-science-7/

Share your research question and plan (including procedure, place, etc.). When you begin, you will need to log your actual observation time. This is individual. While you are waiting, review the links in the previous blogposts. See samples of student work. See pictures of creatures in the school yard. It is amazing what you can find!!!

You will need to conduct your observations away from other classmates–keep 20 meters apart–do not get distracted and do not cause distraction and do not be a part of distraction. Send email to Dr. F if you have questions or interesting observations when you are in the field.


Pictures from field study (let me know if you have some to upload and I will give you editing privileges):


Pictures from 2017 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4DPwlouN3dIblNIRGhLbXFoSlE?usp=sharing

  1. Students design and carry out a naturalistic field investigation(with a finer focus than the Biodiversity Survey). Attention is directed toward a specific organism / population / interaction.
  2. Data is collected and analyzed.
  3. Analysis is made and conclusions drawn with respect to structures, behaviors, successful reproduction and / or population.
  4. Notice the performance indicator from the Next Generation Science Standards:
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
  1. Presentation of survey and analysis in a format appropriate to the study decided by individual students in consultation with teacher.
  • SEP
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
  • CC
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change
  • DCI
  • Growth, development, and reproduction of Organisms
  • Natural selection and adaptations

Report outline (text, presentation, poster, other)

  • Paper copy / hard copy.
  • Electronic copy in digital science notebook. Link on blog with comment/reflection—see below.
  • Introduction:
  • Explanation of how the report is organized.
  • Question.
  • Expectation. (Suspected answer to the question and why.
  • Background:
  • Information from reading other reliable and cited sources (includes videos and websites).
  • At least 3 sources.
  • Methods:
  • How observations were made. (Minimum total observation time = 60 minutes)
  • How data were analyzed.
  • Results/Data:
  • Organized. Well-presented. Labeled and described.
  • Counts.
  • Measures.
  • Calculations.
  • Graphs.
  • Verbal descriptions and anecdotal records.
  • Sketches / drawings / diagrams / maps
  • Photographs. (May be separate, linked well-labelled files). Captions and descriptions.
  • Video segments (may be linked to youtube uploads—on middle school channel). Captions and descriptions.
  • Analysis:
  • Link the results to question to background to growth, development, reproduction, adaptation. Refer to expectation.
  • Conclusion:
  • Short summary of investigation and findings. New questions. Suggestion for new methods / improved methods.


  • Reflection posted in DSN with link to report.
  • A substantial reflection of what you noticed through both field studies. Describe your experience of observing nature in the school yard. What thoughts do you have about how nature relates to you and you to nature?

Sample: Bee Summative for Science 7

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