is a self-directed project. Here are some suggestions for working
with your partner:
Teachers can keep the partner location a secret. Students can use seasonal
clues to guess where their new friends are located!
Which data will you collect and exchange? How often you will share
it and how you will do it? For instance, you
might fax, mail, or e-mail Signs of Fall checklists at the end
of each month. You might also exchange photos or drawings of some
of your observations, such as how an "adopted" tree
changes from month to month.
Think about how you'll organize and interpret the information. For instance:
a chart and list observations/measurements that are the same
in each area on a given date. Next list things that are different.
What patterns do you see?
a graph to show how average temperatures compare in the two
locations. Do the same for photoperiod (the number of hours
Ask questions like these:
Which seasonal changes are the same in both regions and
which are different?
* What patterns do we notice? What do they "tell"
* How does the timing of changes vary from place to place?
* What do we predict will happen next in each location?
* What can we learn about seasonal change from our data?
* How do changes in day length and temperature seem to affect