Place-based Science for Educators: Module 2
Welcome to Module 2!
Module 2 Theme: Reading the Local Landscape
- What determines the composition and character of our local forests?
- What tree is THAT? And why should I care?
- How can forests, trees, and rocks provide opportunities for place-based science?
In this second module, we will sharpen our skills of “reading” the natural landscape. These frameworks and skills are foundational to any aspiring naturalist, and can be adapted to students of a variety of ages. Check out the module introduction video and table below for a preview of where we’re going.
Activities and Assignments
Part #1: Natural Communities
Watch: Natural communities and factors that affect them
Read: Reading the Forested Landscape (Wessels), intro and chapter on topography and substrate
[Optional] Wetland, Woodland Wildland (Thompson and Sorenson) introduction
Part #2: Trees
Watch: Introduction to tree identification; high and low-tech tools for tree ID
Part #3: Assignments
Visit and Submit: Return to your wonder journal site to complete your second assignment
Submit: Draft and submit initial ideas your ideas for Place Plan in your course notebook
Part 4: Live Session
Fri, July 15
3:00 – 4:30PM
Debrief wonder journal visit; connections to science concepts and skills
Place plan brainstorm