to Use the "My Thoughts" Journal Page in Your Classroom
Take advantage of the field observations that other gardeners
report. Students can use this journal page 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 questions
would we like to ask these citizen scientists?
the New garden reports in each week's update. The data is listed
on a page that you can print or display. All reports
for the season
are stored in the sightings
database and on the tulip garden
map. Ask each student to select a favorite sighting.
students use the journal page to record a sighting and collect
his or her thoughts about it. They should do the following:
the date, location (town/state/province), and global address (latitude
and longitude) in the space provided.
- Use the
map to mark the location of the sighting.
the report. Collect information and data to comment on; copy or paraphrase
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 personal 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 journals or pages periodically
and use Post-it Notes for your comments.