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Seasons of Change: A Plant Inventory Challenge
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Grade: 7th - 12th grade
Class: Technology Education
Author: Alta Jo Longware
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:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

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
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How does mapping help humans understand the physical changes in a living environment that can occur over time?
The Challenge:

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. 

See Example of Student Display

Project supported in part by the New York State Museum Biodiversity Research Institute

Quality Standards:

Individual site visual should be:

  • completed by date established
  • be under 11” x 17”
  • easy to understand
  • grammatically correct
  • colorful, neat and aesthetically pleasing

Individual site content should provide accurate and appropriate information:

  • a title that identifies site location and date of data collection
  • color pictures or computer graphics of each species identified
  • a graph that accurately represents the percentage of each of the species

The 4 seasons map visual should be

  • completed by date established
  • be under 24” x 36”
  • easy to understand
  • grammatically correct
  • colorful, neat and aesthetically pleasing

The 4 seasons map content should provide accurate and appropriate including:

  • a title that reflects the data
  • a GIS map that locates the site in GPS units
  • each of the four individual site illustrations in logical order
  • a conclusion of results
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Individual Site Visual Evaluation

  • Visual is completed by date established…  (5)
  • Visual is 11” x 17” or under  (5)
  • Visual representation is easy to understand  (5)
  • Text is grammatically correct  (5)
  • Layout is neat and aesthetically pleasing (good layout, well balanced)  (10)
  • Pictures/graphics and graphs are colorful  (10)

40

Individual Site Content Evaluation

  • Title identifies site location and date of data collection  (10)
  • Pictures that accurately represent plant identification  (25)
  • Graphs that accurately represent plant percentage data  (25)

60

 4 Season Map Visual Evaluation

  • Visual is completed by date established…  (5)
  • Visual is 24x36"  (5)
  • Visual representation of data is accurate but easy to understand  (5)
  • Text is grammatically correct  (5)
  • Layout is color, neat and aesthetically pleasing  (10)

30

4 Season Map content evaluation

  • Title reflects the data  (5)
  • GIS map with site located from GPS  (10)
  • Individual sites in logical order  (5)
  • A conclusion of results  (10)

30

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