a Signs of Spring (Phenology) Journal
(Signs of Fall)
for Ready-made Journals
your students to think and act like scientists as they explore signs
of spring. Print and use these journal pages to document their thinking,
questions, and more.
Print a cover for each student. Add your
own blank pages or click and print from this collection of
students are using one of Journey North's Signs
of Spring Checklists, they should include these in this
or bind journal pages or keep them in each students' pocket
folder to pull out on "Journey North days."
Tip: Signs of Spring Journals
In addition to documenting observations of living things,
weather, water, and so on, encourage students to add what
they've noticed about sunlight, daylength, and shadows.
students document their observations and data — and
reports from other observers — prompt them to describe
clues that tell them that spring is progressing.
students to think about the chain of events that triggers
seasonal changes. (For instance, "The sun warmed the
soil, so the earthworms came up.")
Teaching Tip: Journals and Assessment
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.