BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Seasons of Change: A Plant Inventory Challenge
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|Grade: 7th - 12th grade
Class: Technology Education
Ausable Valley Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 2: Information Systems
Standard 6: Interconnectedness: Common Themes
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
||Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
MST 2: Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
MST 6: Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
|Keywords: technology, GIS, site survey, mapping|
|Investigative Question or Issue: How does mapping help humans understand the physical changes in a living environment that can occur over time?|
You will work in teams of four to plan and create a visual illustration that represents the variety of plant species, which are located at a specific site.
You will be a site where you will conduct a small plot plant inventory. At the site, you will measure and mark off a 1 meter by 1 meter square plot. Within the plot will be a variety of plant species such as herbs, shrubs and/or trees. You will have access to a GPS unit and a digital camera as well as a variety of plant identification manuals. You will need to identify all of the plants and estimate the quantities of each within the plotted area.
To share your findings with others, you will create a visual that will present your data in an easy to read format. The visual should fit an 11” x 17” piece of paper and be reproducible on a color copier. The visual should include appropriate text, pictures and graphs that will identity the characteristics, the common name, and quantity of each of the plants found at your site.
The site survey will be conducted during one class set. Your team will then have four additional class sets to identify each of the plants and create a site visual illustration.
Note: This task can/will be repeated three additional times throughout the school year to ultimately create a “Seasons of Change” map. Your final map should enable others to see the same changes that you observed at your site.
Project supported in part by the New York State Museum Biodiversity Research Institute
Individual site visual should be:
Individual site content should provide accurate and appropriate information:
The 4 seasons map visual should be
The 4 seasons map content should provide accurate and appropriate including:
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|Standard/Criteria:||Points Possible:||Points Awarded:|
Individual Site Visual Evaluation
Individual Site Content Evaluation
4 Season Map Visual Evaluation
4 Season Map content evaluation
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