suggested grade levels:7- 8
view Idaho achievement standards for this lesson
1. Students will develop keen observational skills.
2. Students will compile, organize, and compare data.
3. Students will identify species of wildlife using the Digital Atlas.
4. Students will complete a report on one species using the Digital Atlas and their observations as resources.
I. Introduction to Project
a. Instructor will explain requirements and what students are expected to do (this can be adapted by instructor).
b. Introduction to the Digital Atlas of Idaho. Teachers should demonstrate how to use it and navigate around the sections. Give special attention to the biology and climatology sections.
a. Weekly checks on observations. Teachers should check student's notebooks periodically to make sure they are doing their observations.
b. Keep track of species observed.
a. Teachers should give class time to work on report and use the Digital Atlas in class.
b. Presentations to class on each student's observations.
a. As a class, begin to compile a species list for your area from the many student observations.
b. Draw maps showing sites and number of species observed.
1. What are the major differences between the different sites observed?
2. What were the reasons for the differences in species observed at different sites?
3. How does the changing weather or other environmental conditions change the species observed at the site?
4. Did your prediction and observation skills improve during the project?
5. Were you surprised at any of your observations?
Biology: Biology Topics