and Reflecting on Reports from Citizen Scientists
to Use the Journal Page in Your Classroom
Take advantage of the field observations that other student and
adult citizen scientists report. Students can use the journal page (right)
to collect information from the reports and add their thoughts, discoveries,
calculations, predictions, and questions. Here are some core questions:
- What scientific
data can we collect from each report?
- How can
we tell facts from opinions?
- What did
we discover about hummingbirds? About the progress of this spring's
- What questions
would we like to ask these citizen scientists?
migration sightings in each week's migration news update. All observations
are also stored in the sightings
database and on the migration
maps. Ask each student to select a favorite sighting.
each student use the journal page to record an excerpt and collect
his or her thoughts about the sighting. Students should do this:
the date, location of observation (town/state/province), and global
address (latitude and longitude).
- Use the
map to mark the location of the sighting.
the observation report. Collect information and data to comment on;
copy or paraphrase excerpts.
about their discoveries, questions, predictions, personal connections,
these reflections in small groups or as a class.
a booklet throughout the season. Encourage students to add these
completed pages to their travel journals.
Assessment note: You and students can also use the journal pages
to assess their emerging understanding. Read student reflections together
and discuss their thinking. Or collect the booklet or pages periodically
and use Post-it Notes for your comments.