Sense of Journey North Maps
Questions and Specific Questions
Journey North, students see a progression of real-time maps as part
of each migration or spring event they follow. Each time students
look at a new map, they should consider some basic questions. These
questions will help them make sense of changes over time. You can
use the journal page "Making
Sense of Journey North Maps" to prompt students' thinking
about most any map. We also provide handouts in our updates with specific
map questions. This process provides excellent opportunities for assessment.
core questions like these about most any map:
at the map:
What do you notice? Describe any patterns you see.
a general statement to describe what's happening.
questions do your observations raise?
to explain what might have caused this pattern (e.g., weather
changes). Form a hypothesis and record it your science journal.
did the map change?
what ways is it the same?
something to quantify (count or measure). This might include changes
in the number of sightings, miles travelled, days passed, or directions
does the map relate to your earlier predictions? In what ways
does it match your predictions? How were you surprised?
new questions do your new observations raise?
Map Questions: Handouts
A handout is provided in each
Journey North update that asks specific questions about the latest map.
Here are two examples:
Butterfly Migration Map Questions: March 16, 2007 >>
Migration Map Questions: March 1, 2007 >>